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The Beasts of Tarzan (Tarzan #3)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,582 Ratings  ·  164 Reviews
In a Paris Review interview, Ray Bradbury said of Burroughs that "Edgar Rice Burroughs never would have looked upon himself as a social mover and shaker with social obligations. But as it turns out and I love to say it because it upsets everyone terribly Burroughs is probably the most influential writer in the entire history of the world." Bradbury continued that "By givin ...more
Published September 1st 2003 by Wildside Press (first published 1914)
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Quentin Wallace
Mar 24, 2015 Quentin Wallace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another action packed Tarzan novel. This one was a bit of a contradiction. On one hand this may have been my favorite of the Tarzan books so far, but on the other hand it was a little more far-fetched then even the previous novels. (If it gets more far-fetched than a human raised by apes, that is.)

I liked this one because Tarzan led a tribe of Apes as well as a panther in battle against evil. But as you can imagine, it requires some suspension of disbelief, especially when they all get on a sail
Brom Kim
Feb 08, 2008 Brom Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Yeah, more Burroughs - read it on my smartphone. This was arguably, a bit sexist, and/or racist, again, arguably, although not for the times, considering it is early 20th century fiction.

The main thing is, Tarzan has A PET LEOPARD, and loyal band of giant apes in this one, who chew up his enemies through the course of many adventures. Come on. A PET LEOPARD!

While I cannot deny the appeal of this type of reading for me, living in cube land by day, and make no excuses for it, I think that my rea
Jun 06, 2016 Qt rated it really liked it
Shelves: action-adventure
I quite enjoyed this Tarzan adventure and found it full of twists, turns, dastardly villains, and action! I hadn't read a Tarzan book in a while and was eager to return to his jungle world. My copy is illustrated and I loved the drawings.
Christopher Roth
Third in the series. After "Return of," which was a foray into John Buchan style espionage fare, this one is very satisfyingly jungle-oriented, and also includes Jane taking on some courageous action-hero duties. The story is unashamedly bloodthirsty in places—not at all like the sanitized Tarzan of film. Tarzan is quite capable of sinking down into savagery—snapping the neck of a villainous henchman, even while Jane begs him to spare the guy; then he impatiently discards the corpse over his sho ...more
Lisa Jones
Apr 19, 2013 Lisa Jones rated it did not like it
The Beasts of Tarzan is tiring. I tire of Tarzan’s magical ability to make apes evolve into human, complete with language, at the mere exposure to his presence. I tire of the horrendous African stereotypes from a snowflake-white author that makes the natives appear worse than savage. I tire of Jane’s constant hysteria. I tire of Rokoff and Paulvich’s nonsensical wickedness, without rhyme or reason, just bad intent for the sake of the novel’s need for a villain. Most of all, I tire of Tarzan’s i ...more
Oct 04, 2012 Sandy rated it really liked it
To celebrate "Tarzan of the Apes"'s centennial this month--Edgar Rice Burroughs' first Tarzan novel was released in the October 1912 issue of "All-Story Magazine"--I have been compulsively reading the first novels in what eventually became a series of some two dozen books. Book #2, "The Return of Tarzan" (1913), was a fairly direct sequel to the initial classic outing, while book #3, "The Beasts of Tarzan," picks up the tale several years later. This novel originally appeared in serial form in t ...more
Jan 24, 2015 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tarzan fans, adventure fans, literary historians
Recommended to Michael by: Serendipity
Once again, I decided to listen to an audio book on a long ride, and this was the one I stumbled across. I had recently mentioned online that Tarzan of the books was articulate and intelligent, in contrast to his film version, but I knew this by reputation only, as I had never read a Tarzan book. Indeed, the book confirmed, but also complicated that view. When at home with Jane in England, Lord Greystoke speaks perfectly good English, and he can call upon that ability in the jungle as well when ...more
Joseph Pinchback
Feb 12, 2014 Joseph Pinchback rated it it was ok
Here's the deal. Edgar Rice Burrows wrote racist things in his Tarzan books. He didn't have a terribly high view of Africans. Sometimes the racism is overt, and sometimes it's more subtle, but it's there. The question for me is whether I want to let this racism ruin what are otherwise reasonably entertaining novels. I'm reading these in order, and I felt like the first two novels had "I'm going to enjoy these books but not recommend them to my nephews" levels of racism. The racism is bad, to be ...more
Jun 20, 2010 Raj rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, classic, adventure
I've read very little Burroughs and no Tarzan so when I found this slim volume going cheap at a con I grabbed it. The writing style is fairly simplistic but once you get past that and the casual racism (the assumption that white men are superior to the jungle 'savages' is omnipresent but not pushed down your throat; and a tribe leader that Tarzan befriends is counted as one of the eponymous 'beasts' of Tarzan) it's quite a fun story. Tarzan's arch-nemesis Nikolas Rokoff has escaped from prison a ...more
Scott Rachui
May 31, 2013 Scott Rachui rated it it was amazing
If you want to know what great pulp fiction is like, read Edgar Rice Burroughs. Writing of this style is in line with the thinking of the times...that there could be an ideal and perfect man who is both brilliant and physically superior. You can see this in other characters of the times like Doc Savage. It represented the modernist thinking that man can achieve perfection through his own efforts (and, indeed, was on the verge of doing so). While this thinking was clearly wrong, it made for some ...more
Mark Hodder
Aug 19, 2016 Mark Hodder rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
All the usual ERB cautions apply: this is racist and sexist, character motivations are cartoon-level basic, and the plot, which takes the form of a prolonged chase, is plain silly. Normally, with this sort of thing, I’m able to consider it in its historical context and thus get past the dated content to enjoy the pulp action. However, with this one, the repeated threats of rape levelled at Jane by the Russian villain, Rokoff, are so deeply unpalatable that I found the whole novel overshadowed by ...more
Sheryl Tribble
This book has two of my favorite scenes from the first five books, namely Sheeta showing up and being no help whatsoever in freeing Tarazan -- "Hi, boss! So glad to see you! [rub rub] Oh, you want me to cut the rope? I have no idea what that means. Oh, you're waving your bound arms at me? Very well, I'll give them a friendly lick." -- and Jane meeting Rostov at the edge of the boat as he's trying to sneak on, one of the few scenes I've ever read that made me wish I was an artist so I could paint ...more
Timothy Boyd
Feb 05, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though the Tarzan stories are over 60 years old they remain timeless. These books are fantastic reading. These books make all the movies and cartoons seem meaningless. Highly recommended
Dec 19, 2013 Catherine rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
This is getting so tiresome. Stop separating the lovers and always returning to the jungle! Ugh. But I cant say that haven't still made a lot of progress. They're together, they have a son, some long time enemies are gone. They've come a long way in spite of all their setbacks. And Jane is a damsel in distress but she's never been a weakling and continues not to be. I like that! But seriously, these adventures are redundant (even within each book) and insane. But it reminds me of the formulaic w ...more
Sep 06, 2012 Mark rated it liked it
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Alexandra K.
This story has cool connections. There is a section where Jane has a toe game with John. In disney there are many janes and johns. we see them in mary poppins with jane and john banks. also in peter pan. The toe scene connects the story to Dane Ayre or Jane Etso by Charlotte Blowne. rather than get together with mr. rochester she chooses to have fun with tarzan or jarzan. charlotte and brunty or bronte and webbed toes also gives the story connections to Charlottes Web.

Jane Otes has ties to the
Jan 13, 2016 Ed rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, action
#3 in the Tarzan series. Sub-par series entry. After Tarzan is kidnapped and left on an uninhabited jungle island by arch-enemy Rokoff, he forms a team consisting of a band of great apes, a leopard, and a stranded native chieftain and sets off to rescue his son who he believes has also been kidnapped and left with a tribe of cannibals on the mainland.

Tarzan series - Not long after Tarzan claims his hereditary title of Lord Greystoke and marries Jane, their infant son, Jack, is kidnapped in Lond
Rubén Lorenzo
Dec 15, 2015 Rubén Lorenzo rated it really liked it
"Las bestias de Tarzan" es un libro pulp de aventuras que garantiza el entretenimiento. Cada giro argumental te deja esperando impaciente la solución mientras se cambia de escenario y se narran otros acontecimientos paralelos. La acción no deja un momento de respiro, narrada con una prosa sencilla y directa.

Además, como punto a favor de Tarzan sobre los relatos de Burroughs sobre marte, la sensiblería brilla por su ausencia, la crudeza de la selva impregna la novela y no hay tiempo para romanti
Jan 02, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it
I was glad to see Jane portrayed as a strong woman. None of the shrinking violet in this Jane! She picks up on a betrayal, follows the evil-doers to a disreputable neighborhood, gets answers, gets conveyance to a ship, climbs a ladder onto the ship...and sadly gets captured, but, hey! She was not your typical literary Victorian Lady! Later in the book she scales more ladders with a rifle slung on her back, bonks a baddie on the head with a revolver, threatens him with a rifle, and captures drunk ...more
Jun 22, 2016 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Birrough fans
Recommended to Kathy by: Amazon
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Nov 22, 2015 Gabi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Szokták mondani, hogy vigyázni kell, mit kíván az ember lánya: hát én valami könnyedet akartam olvasni, amin nem kell sokat agyalni, és megkaptam. Ettől még szerethettem volna a könyvet, elvégre tele van akcióval, igazából egy fél oldalra sem ül le a történet, jelenthetett volna valódi kikapcsolódást. Csakhogy folyton kizökkentett a számtalan következetlenség, például, hogy Tarzan helyenként kilométerekről kiszagolja az ellenségét, máskor meg akkor sem veszi észre, ha centikre megközelíti, az ál ...more
Phil Syphe
Jul 25, 2014 Phil Syphe rated it liked it
This third book of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan series takes up the story soon after book two.Old enemy Rokof tricks Tarzan, resulting in the ape-man being left stranded on a jungle island. Of course, his being raised by chimps means this is a situation that Tarzan can not only deal with but can command.

The Beasts referred to in the title are, with one exception, fearsome apes that Tarzan manages to befriend after a contest with their leader. The other beast is a panther who injects terror int
Dec 28, 2014 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An escapist novel, but you can't escape the racist portrayal of Africans, who compare unfavorably with James Fenimore Cooper's Indians. Aptly titled, as Tarzan's puma and army of apes come to the rescue several times. The bad guys, two Russians, have no redeeming qualities. The prose is clunky but spare enough to be easily read. H. Ryder Haggard's writing, in comparison, is more ornate and tougher going, but at least at times you feel you are in a faraway place untouched by time. While reading t ...more
As always pure nostalgia reading a ERB filled with mystical/mythical characters of my youth that I grew up with. Love it as always for its entertainment value rather than a sophisticated novel.
Dean Peake
Oct 17, 2015 Dean Peake rated it it was amazing
Tarzan and Jane are living well in high society until his arch nemesis, Rokoff, escapes from prison and hatches a scheme to kidnap Tarzan's son, and lure Tarzan to his death. As usual, Rokoff underestimates the Ape Man. Through a twist of events that ERB is master at contriving Jane is also captured, and so is Tarzan after a fashion, and the Ape Man is stranded on Jungle Island. Tarzan soon becomes master of this domain and builds an army of Apes, Cheetas and tribesmen and goes after Rokoff and ...more
Tyler Hill
Feb 19, 2016 Tyler Hill rated it it was amazing
The third installment of my (most likely) month of Tarzan. I really liked this one, priimarily because it sees Jane Porter, once the archetypal love interest/damsel in distress, take the initiative and do some action-heroing (heroineing?) without her husband, Tarzan of the Apes. The first time she leveled a heavy rifle at some fool Russian's head I almost giggled with glee. The rest of the story is pretty standard Tarzan fare, the imagery of Tarzan's new gang sailing down the river is a fearsome ...more
Sandra Visser
This is a step back from The Return of Tarzan and more of the same that bogged down Tarzan of the Apes a bit. There's too much repetition of capture, pursuit and release, and Tarzan makes too many dumb mistakes. That Mugambi also treats the white man like his lord and master is a bit hard to digest by today's standards. And poor Jane is on the point of being ravaged ad nauseam. The jungle setting is also now done to death and Tarzan needs to experience more of a variety of adventures as he did i ...more
James Bullinger
Apr 03, 2016 James Bullinger rated it really liked it
The third Tarzan book was the coolest so far, but not as great as its predecessors. Beasts of Tarzan lives up to its title is amount of awesomeness. The beasts of Tarzan are awesome, but the story wasn't as good as the first two. I'm sick of the Russian arch nemesis, and his silly plans to destroy the king of the jungle, although they somehow almost work every time. I didn't gasp at any point in this book, as I did with the first two, but it was still good enough to keep me reading the Tarzan se ...more
Nov 04, 2014 Bryan rated it liked it
Okay, so here's the short version. This book is better than book 2, but not nearly as good as the first one.

Now to elaborate. The Beasts Of Tarzan is filled with the same sort of thing you can expect from all of Burroughs' novels - manly protags running around being manly, getting their women stolen from them (again and again), narrowly escaping death, and performing feats no other man could ever even contemplate before beating the bad guy (sounds like about 90% of Hollywood action movies, come
Oct 09, 2010 Dave rated it really liked it
“The Beasts of Tarzan” by Edgar Rice Burroughs was published in May and June of 1914 in “All-Story Cavalier”. The better known details of Tarzan and Jane are handled in the first two books, but this book seems to get less of a mention than those two, or even then the following book in the series. For myself, I think this book contributes a key factor to the legend of Tarzan, that of his mastery over many animals, and his ability to call them to his aid.

At the start of this book, we learn that R
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