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One of the low points of the Tarzan series. The book is made up of two magazine stories combined here into one, neither is much good. The first part is something of a Rider Haggard rip off and the set up is fairly good. The device of a magical diamond and emerald that grants their possessors telepathic powers should have easily been used to far greater effect than it is here. The second part rather surprisingly revisits the lost twin cities of Cathne and Athene from Tarzan and the city of gold n ...more
I have read all 24 of the Tarzan books. Read dates are from the mid 1970s through 1982. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the Tarzan books. They made a great escape from high school and college. I still have all 24 books and they are at the top of my book shelf. I thought it was pretty neat to find the actual covers listed on Goodreads and there are no barcodes on the books, plus the cover price ranged from $1.50-1.95 for each book.
What a silly little book. I haven't read it for almost 31 years, and I don't remember if I liked it back then. But I sure don't like it now. The whole idea of Tarzan himself is ridiculous and requires total suspension of disbelief, but this goes above and beyond. I can't imagine how the whole Tarzan series became so popular in the early half of the 20th century, but somehow it did. I suppose it's no different than the fantasy and sci-fi books of today though.
Really two novels strung together and far from Burroughs best. One of the issues with this book is the constant use of classic Tarzan scenes over and over. How many lions can you kill in on novel? This book, a product of its time, is probably the most raciest of the Tarzan series I have read today.
Edgar Rice Burroughs was an American author, best known for his creation of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic John Carter, although he produced works in many genres.More about Edgar Rice Burroughs...
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