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At the Earth's Core (Pellucidar #1)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  2,254 ratings  ·  125 reviews
David Innes 30 finds author in Arab desert, narrates ten years gone in flash. Old Abner Perry invents vehicle that drills through earth's crust, relaxes with paleontology, takes David. In Pellicidar, sun neither sets nor rises. Dinosaurs and strange beasts roam. Ape-men Sagoths enslave humans with Dian the Beautiful for evil reptilian Mahars.
Paperback, 180 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Wildside Press (first published 1914)
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2.5 stars. Solidly between 2 stars (it's okay) and 3 stars (I like it), this classic pulp science fiction adventure is the first of the Pellucidar series about a hidden world (complete with a sun and a moon) located in the center of the Earth. I am a fan of Pulp SF and liked the idea behind the series and the general pace of the adventure. The only reason I didn't rate this higher was that I was not as fond of the main character as I have been of other pulp heroes (e.g., Eric John Stark by Leigh ...more
A dreamy yet sometimes nightmarish excursion into the world beneath our world: Pelucidar! With ugly cavemen, beautiful cavewomen, armies of ape-men, a wide variety of dinosaurs, man eating reptile birds that rule the underworld, and giant mechanical mole machines, Burroughs packs a lot of oomph and pizzazz into this science romance. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series which also includes a Tarzan story!
At the Earth's Core, published in 1922, was the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Pellucidar novels. I’ve always found his books to be highly entertaining and ingenious in their imagining of strange worlds and that’s certainly the case with this one.

The book opens with a framing story, as the narrator encounters a solitary and rather disheveled European somewhere in the wastes of the Sahara Desert. The man is named David Innes and he has a strange story to tell.

Professor Perry has invented a machi
Edgar Rice Burroughs could be called The God-father of cheesy fantasy adventure. He can boast of influencing many later fantasy writers from Robert E. Howard to even John Norman, but that is not exactly something you would want on your resume. I had a brief obsession with Tarzan when I was nine but, asides from that series, I've found Burroughs' pulp adventures to be trite and silly. At The Earth's Core is no exception. Except for a rather exciting beginning, in which our intrepid but boring her ...more
Fue un sentimiento absoluto de nostalgia el que me hizo comprar el libro. Cuando vi el título me sorprendí por un momento y luego recordé los días en que mi papá nos llevaba a comer al restaurante “La Opera “en las calles de Serapio Rendón, hace cincuenta años. Atravesando la calle, en una esquina, había una librería; en sus vitrinas se exhibían los libros. Creo recordar haber visto en esos aparadores una edición de las mil y una noches, que mi papá compró y nos leía.
Alguna tarde, después de co
David B
Another stalwart ERB hero travels to a lost world where he encounters dangerous men and even more dangerous beasts, this time at the center of the earth.

It seems that Burroughs had a little more discipline in his world-building here than usual. Instead of setting his story on an alien planet inhabited by whatever crazy melange of monsters and superscience his fruitful imagination could produce, he created a pretty consistent Stone Age world that exists under the thumb of some telepathic holdover
I love how Burroughs tends to turn all the rules and knowledge of this world on it’s head… of course we know at the center of the earth is nothing but the molten core… then again maybe there is a Pellucidar… a world a few million years behind ours… because as it took longer for the core to cool, it took longer for life to emerge down there… and as in an essentially different world, being evolved differently… so even though the humans are intelligent here and have their culture and language… the ...more
I will admit, I saw the 1976 film version with Doug McClure and Peter Cushing,along with the alluring Carolyn Munroe, well before I read the book. Unlike modern or should I say postmodern cynics, I was not turned off by the cheesy acting and rubber dinosaurs, as I knew that the book was always better then the movie. That said, this was the first Edgar Rice Burroughs novel I ever read.

Just like "The land that time forgot", the story opens with an unnamed narrator who just so happens to come acro
Thom Swennes
The young well-to-do David Innes is impressed with a prototype earth drill invented by the air-brain genius inventor Abner Perry (as I read, images of Dr. Emmett Lanthrop “Doc” Brown of Back to the Future notoriety came to mind). He invests in the project and the drill becomes uncontrollable during its first trials, plunging them down and through the Earth’s crust. Beneath the crust the Earth is hollow and another world thrives where the vastly reduced core serves as the only light. Because this ...more
A swashbuckling breeze of a book! Imagine a hollow earth, inhabited by strange beasts and stone-age humanoids. The hollow space is lit by a perpetual sun which floats at its center. A small moon rotates synchronously with the earth, so that it casts a permanent shadow over one region of the land called Pellucidar.

Into this strange world crashes David Innes, with the help of Professor Perry and his mole-like vessel, the "Prospector." With their superior know-how, Innes and Perry are destined to
Stephen Gallup
As I return in my dotage to reread some of the Burroughs tales that so captivated me many years ago, I continue to find them enjoyable. I do feel the need to acknowledge that this is pure escapism. There are points, at least in this book, where the prose is almost laughable, and generally speaking much of it could have been burnished to provide a more enjoyable reading experience. But none of that negates the sheer delight of Burroughs' imagination, and the impressive whole societies and worlds ...more
After starting his Barsoom and Tarzan series of adventures, Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1st, 1875 – March 19, 1950), wrote “At the Earth’s Core” which was published in 1914. This kicked off his Pellucidar series, which is based on the idea that the Earth is hollow and there are creatures from our prehistoric times still alive and active, as well as more than a few horrific creatures, both intelligent and non-intelligent. As with many of Burrough’s ideas, that of a hollow Earth would inspire ...more
Feb 17, 2009 Liz rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Classic sci-fi lovers.
Young David Innes' scientist friend, Abner Perry, has invented a wonderful new machine that he expects will revolutionize mining techniques. Dubbed "The Mole", it is capable of digging through the ground with incredible power. However, on the test run, something goes awry, and the digger carries Perry and David deep beneath the Earth's crust, where they expect to be vaporized by the intense heat of the molten core. Instead, when the machine finally stops, they find themselves in a strange world ...more

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Same author as Princess of Mars, and very similar, with perhaps a greater variety of creatures, including an evil all female flying lizard race that (view spoiler). Feminist novel? Not really. So it has fun action if you like that sort of thing (some suprisingly gruesome), with a little bit of romance as
After reading some John Carter and a couple Venus books, I found this pretty much more of the same from ERB. I always find his scientific inventions to be more interesting in concept (ie, on the back of the book) than when they're actually on the page, whereupon they start to sound kind of boneheaded. But then, pretty much all the science fiction from this era and before had that problem. And his action sequences would be thrilling, if there weren't so damn MANY of them. If you have not read a B ...more
Marts  (Thinker)
I enjoyed this Burrourghs title.

At the Earth's Core is all about an inventor Abner Perry and a young wealthy gentleman David Innis. Perry invents a vehicle referred to as the 'iron mole' which has drilling properties so powerful it can drill into the earth's core. Innis goes with Perry on a test run and ends up reaching earth's core which amazingly, is hollow. At the hollow core is a world called Pellucidar with stange beings like Mahars and Sagoths. They make aquaintances with Ghak, Hooja and
This was the first book I ever read by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It started me on a love affair with the Fantasy book genre and captured my imagination as a young boy. While I have read many of his books, I will only review this one since it was my first. It's probably been over 30 years since I've read a Burroughs book but I can still recall the excitement I felt when reading these adventures. I loved everything about them. The creatures, warriors and women on the covers were fascinating for a youn ...more
Ана Хелс
Представете си планета , на която праисторическите чудовища никак не са изчезнали, ами даже са еволюирали до господстваща раса на върха на хранителната верига. Няма хоризонт, няма време, технологиите са изчезнал мит. Оръжията още не са изобретени, а подръчните материали биха могли да служат и за лов, и за убийство според тежината си. Учудващо боксът е свръх новост, а стандартният ляв ъперкът поваля и триметров гигант във вечен нокдаун. А сега си представете тази планета под краката си, и то с гл ...more
In the continuing spirit of trying to remember every bk I've ever read, I'm going to list all the Edgar Rice Burroughs Pellucidar bks - adventures in the Hollow Earth. I read them devotedly when I was about 13 to 15 & enjoyed them alot. I also pretty much wrote them off as trash. ERB wrote an enormous amt & I probably read at least 1 of the Mars novels too. Doubt that I'll ever read anything else by him but I'm ALMOST curious to see what my 13 yr old mind got out of these.
Erik Graff
Jul 17, 2008 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: boys
Recommended to Erik by: boys
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In concept, this was my favorite of the Burrough's series. Like the John Carter books, David Innes also saves girls, fights monsters and becomes a hero, but his other world, the inner earth, is not so far away as Carter's Barsoom and he gets there using technology. Besides, as a regular reader of Fate Magazine throughout most of junior high, I had heard about Cmd. Peary and his discovery of the entrance to the hollow earth.
A.R. Voss
Not one of my favorites. The book wasn't horrible, but it seemed like an after thought as if Mr. Burroughs needed an idea so he took his own Barsoom series and combined it with Vern's masterpiece 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth. If I were to recommend a book, I would suggest you skip this and read what it is based on instead.
This book is definitely a product of its time. The hero of the book, along with an engineer friend, go on an adventure to drill into the earth. They lose control of the drilling machine and end up in a strange world on the inside of the earth's crust. This hero quickly takes it upon himself to save this world from itself. The hero is presented as perfect in every way, overcomes obstacles through luck and coincidence, and experiences no development to his character. Additionally, the hero express ...more
Probably my favorite Edgar Rice Burroughs story this book features some of Burroughs' finest world building and wastes no time getting right into the action. After a brief prologue where the narrator reveals that this story was told to him by a man he encountered while on safari in Africa, we are drilling into the Earth's crust with the main character David Innes and Perry the scientist responsible for inventing the spectacular machine. Thinking themselves about to die when the steering wheel be ...more
Kurt Reichenbaugh
Fun pulp adventure with a cliff-hanger ending. My version is the Ace paperback with the terrific Frank Frazetta cover. It's the kind of story to let your brain relax from all the stresses of the work-week.
Abner Rosenweig
There's something pure and childlike about Burroughs' imagination. Maybe it's the pioneer sci-fi/fantasy era in which he wrote that permitted such simple, free-flowing prose. Despite the fantastic work that's been done since, I keep coming back to late 19th and early 20th century stories by Burroughs, Wells, Verne, Rohmer, Doyle and others for inspiration and rejuvenation. The purity of these writers always helps me rekindle my passion for speculative fiction.

The work would probably be dismissed
This is my first Edgar Rice Burroughs novel (somehow I missed his stuff as a child--I liked Ray Bradbury's take on Mars more I think).

At the Earth's Core is unabashedly American in the jumbo-chili-cheese-fries-iest possibly way. From the alternation of piety and profanity, to the notion that murdering a few Mahars would be murder to excitement (in literally the next paragraph) at the notion of genociding the entire race of Mahars to the goal, by the end of the book, of ruling over the entire inn
Loved this one. First in the series.
Daniel Shellenbarger
In this, the first of Burroughs' Pellucidar books, Burroughs encounters Connecticut native David Innes while hunting lions in the Sahara and the latter tells him about his adventures tunneling to a prehistoric timeless world formed by the underside of the Earth's crust (the Earth being hollow, with a small sun in the middle). The story follows the general pattern of Burroughs' books, hero arrives in new world and is beset by monsters, hero encounters beautiful native girl and falls in love, hero ...more
Michael Battaglia
There are some books you read for a skewed yet realistic depiction of the world we live in, and there are some books that you read for the pure adrenaline rush of reading them. This is a book about a world that exists at the center of the earth. It is not about science.

Even given the state of science in 1914, when this book was first published (or serialized, depending on how technical you want to be), certain things were known, one of them being that if you drilled straight down into the planet
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“But this I do know that since you have told me that ten years have elapsed since I departed from this earth I have lost all respect for time—I am commencing to doubt that such a thing exists other than in the weak, finite mind of man.” 2 likes
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