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Pellucidar (Pellucidar #2)

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Book 2 in Edgar Rice Burroughs's Pellucidar series.
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Published April 14th 1990 by Ballantine Books (first published 1915)
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John Peel
"Pellucidar" is the second of Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Earth's Core" series. David Innes has returned to the strange land in the center of the Earth with plans to change that world. As with all of Burroughs' stories, the plot is propelled by improbable coincidences, and whenever the action falters, somebody kidnaps his wife. This happens several times in this story alone... However, you can't fault Burroughs' imagination, and he creates a fascinating alien culture and propels the story with fast a ...more
St-Michel
Well, pushed through the first two books of the Pellucidar series in two nights, and what an awesome series so far. This book was basically the icing on the cake as a follow-up to At the Earth's Core and filled in everything and more that I wanted to know about this strange new land. Just the beginning itself blew me away where David Innes must relate his entire story through TELEGRAPH via a wire traversing the entire Earth's crust - my god! what a concept!

Unfortunately, at the moment I don't h
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Stuart
An enjoyable pulp read full of quaintly terrible notions of colonization, industrialization and gender roles.

The book gets two stars instead of three because for all the fantastic setting and action, ERB doesn't quite have all the pieces necessary to make these books work--until the very end no character aside from David really has any agency (and the women characters certainly never have any) and the whole "WHOA YOU GUYS TIME DOESN'T REALLY WORK HERE" thing is more of a narrative crutch than a
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Gerhard
Another one of those, "dashing hero saves the day and wins the heart of the pretty girl" stories that ERB loved to wright. He had an amazing imagination considering how long ago these stories were written. I'm busy reading all these old classics and having a lot of fun. Definatley worth the read.
Charles
I have an older edition of this book, from Del Rey, and it's pretty good. I don't care as much for the Hollow Earth stories as his Martian and Venus series, but it's still grand adventure.
Cindy Lynn
In the previous book, At The Earth's Core, David Innes has been tricked. He ends up back on the surface of our own world, his beloved wife Dian replaced by a vile, winged-crocodile like Mahar. Determined to once again return to the underground world of Pellucidar and get his wife back, he turns his digging machine downward, to dig back through the hundred miles of Earth's crust, to land once more in Pellucidar. He finds himself lost, miles away from any recognizable landmark. Soon he encounters ...more
Dave
Pellucidar is the second novel in the series of the same name by Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1st, 1875 – March 19, 1950). It was published originally as a four-part serial in “All-Story Weekly” from May 8th, 1915 to May 29th, 1915. It is the continuation of the story begun in “At the Earth’s Core” which was published in the prior year. Once again David Innes is the hero, and the action picks up where the prior story left off. In the prologue, Burroughs indicates that he has received a letter ...more
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Thom Swennes
This is the second book in a four book series first published in 1915. Before I expound on the literary contents of this narrative let me say a little something about the first thing you see when confronted with this (and I dare say any other Burroughs’ novels of recent print); the cover. Regardless of the literary content, the covers are an inspiration in themselves. Gods and goddesses, kings and queens, princes and princesses… all beautiful, noble, proud and strong, I dare say you can spend as ...more
wally
Just finished one by Jim Thompson, A Hell of a Woman, good read, check it out...and now this one from Burroughs. I've read a handful of his stories...they're fun easy reads for the most. Haven't read any reviews of this one, as yet...to see who has spanked Edgar for this story, that starts:

Prologue
Several years had elapsed since I had found the opportunity to do any big-game hunting; for at last I had my plans almost perfected for a return to my old stamping-grounds in northern Africa, where in
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Eric
Yet another romp through the made-up underworld within the Earth. It's a good escapist read for a few hours, with a story line pace that hardly pauses to develop interesting characters. At times, ERB moves it so fast that he even shifts plot devices in the middle of a paragraph. Love and war and fantastic beasts and different, conflicting races all combine to keep it mildly interesting. He does a nice job of imagining his made-up science that lets Pellucidar exist, with some interesting conseque ...more
Eija
"Ikuisen päivän maa" on suoraan jatkoa "Maan uumenissa" kirjalle. Näissä seikkailukirjoissa on taukoamatta toimintaa ja kaikki ”turhat” suvantovaiheet on jätetty pois. Lyhyisiin kirjoihin on mahdutettu uskomaton määrä tapahtumia. Sännätään kriisistä toiseen kuin päättömät kanat ja vihollisia tapetaan hymyssä suin ja tunnontuskista kärsimättä. Naiskuva Pellucidar sarjassa ei ole tyystin avuton tyttönen vaan sankarin rakastettu on puolivilli taistelija, jota sankari David Innes palvoo. Siltikin sa ...more
Andre
I'm on chapter three of another Project Gutenberg treat. Though ERB's books are truly pulp fiction and far, far from anything remotely like literature, they are nonetheless fascinating and have a pull hard to describe. On one hand the cavalier attitude ERB takes in describing his male characters taking advantage of the natural resources of Pellucidar and their treatment of women makes me cringe. It is a reverse snap shot, in a way, of the prevalent POV that brought us here to this global pass. O ...more
Todd Martin
Pellucidar is a “Journey to the Center of the Earth” style pulp novel featuring the American explorer David Innes who battles cave men and lizard creatures to rescue his love interest, the beautiful Dian (who seems incapable of preventing being captured by enemies again and again).

Burroughs is a master of the cheesy, pulp, serialized genre. The book has most of the elements you’d expect from it's day – battles, cliff hangers, cultural insensitivity, misogyny, violence, action, tight jams and esc
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Wechselbalg
I liked the first volume very much and I liked this, too.
It was easy to read and an exciting adventure.
If hadn't been paying attention in school I guess I would believe it, too. That there is an inner world, under the surface of ours. It's a really good idea and I enjoyed the explanations.

I don't really like Dian, though. I'm not sure why. She's not the typical 'helpless girl', but there's something about her, that makes me grimace, I just don't know what exactly it is...

I keep hearing/reading,
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Phil Jones
This is an entertaining early story but one that feels hugely rushed.
The story cannons from one plot point to the next with barely a pause for breath.

It is fun but at times reads more like a plot summary rather than the story itself.
Thomas
Really not sure about this one. I'm pretty lukewarm on Burroughs much of the time, and on this one I'm more luke than warm. I love Hollow Earth stuff but here it's just all kind of dull and blockheaded. It feels like more of the same, after reading some of the Mars books and other Burroughs works.

My biggest problem with Burroughs, though, is that it's all tell-don't-show. I don't mind it that much some of the time, but when the telling is his weird wonky worldbuilding stuff that doesn't really m
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Neil Davies
Not quite as good as the first in the series but still a highly enjoyable hollow earth romp. Great fun.
Rick Yvanovich
Great sequel to at the earths core ... a shame this was the last, there was scope for a third. I really enjoyed this, not sure why I never read it as a child.
AndrewP
Found a few of these old classics so I thought I would read a few of the ones that I missed years ago.

This certainly shows it age and it's serialized pulp magazine roots. Each chapter is about the same length and is either a complete sub story, or ends in a cliff hanger. The actual narrative seems very dated reading it today. Many sections of adventure are joined together with phrases such as "it came to pass" and "after a long time we came upon".
A very quick read but probably only for fans or
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Nicholas Hansen
Like all Edgar Rice Burroughs books this story revolved around a normal earth man in a bizarre world trying to rescue a kidnapped princess. You would think the premise would bore me by now, but sadly, it doesn't. However this book gets a two star rating because of it's horrendously bad coincidental plot devices and conflicts that take a chapter or three to resolve but one sentence to create. And one more thing, you would think Burroughs heroes would learn to leave a night watch for as often as t ...more
Frans Karlsson
David and Perrys journey in Pellucidar continues with new people and dangers. The people in Pellucidar really learn to adapt to new technology quick :)
Jesse
I've got a 1925 copy of this book in rather poor condition. Will finish reading after I repair the binding. As exciting as the first so far.

9/19/08: The binding repair is going well. Just got the final component, so god willing it won't be long now.

11/10/08: Finished the repair work. Hopefully the new binding will last another 90 years or more.

The book was definitely worth the repair. I love the old style descriptive writing and lightning fast serial-like cliffhanger pace. Check it out.
John Evans
Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote much more than just the Tarzan series. Pellucidar is the name of a land in the center of the earth where exotic tribes and animals live. Great adventure stories. I'm curious as to how they have stood the test of time. The science of course will require some suspension of disbelief but if I remember correctly the swashbuckling adventure and interesting characters make for great reading. Edgar wrote this series of seven books from 1914 to 1963.
Lee
Always fun to join Burroughs on a trip to the middle of the Earth. An inverted world, with the molten center of the Earth the never-setting sun shining down on the creatures and cavepeople living on the inner surface far below our feet. When David Innes (get it? "In-es") brings his advanced 19th century knowledge (and firearms, with plenty of ammo) he destroys evil telekinetic flying lizards, dinosaurs, and badguy cavemen with alacrity.
Daniel Smythe
Confusingly, the book "Pellucidar" is actaually #2 in the series, not #1. That would be "At the Earth's Care," another terrifically fun book. Anyway, this keeps the momentum of #1 going, without a lot of gloomy reflection and plenty of nail-biting action. ERB's slightly old-fashioned writing style might slow some readers down, but to me it's perfect weekend-afternoon fare. And dinosaurs! How can you go wrong?
Phil Clymer
More classic pulp fiction, wild and exciting.
Michael
I enjoyed this book better, even though it has all the same problems as the last book. Really how long would it take for people to create the tools needed to make cannons and rifles and the balls to go with them. Even if you have books to help. Still I enjoyed the story overall, and it's nice that David's taken an interest in something other than genocide.
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