The Land That Time Forgot (Caspak, #1)
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When adventurer Bowen Tyler was taken captive aboard an enemy submarine, he never dreamed that his voyage would end in the land that time forgot. It is a land called Caspak, a land of myth and fable: located somewhere on a mountainous island in the South Pacific, populated with winged, humanlike creatures, dinosaurs, ferocious beasts of prey, Neanderthals, "wild ape-men,"...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Wildside Press (first published 1918)
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As Libervox recordings go, this one is pretty good. The reader, Snelson, has a voice that goes with the story pretty well, although his accents for some characters are just awful. Still, I wanted to read this book with a group & didn't have time for the old paperback on my shelves. The library has an audio edition, but it's out on loan & I'm still waiting for it. (I know why electronic formats are limited in their number of loans, but I don't like it.) This edition was handy & the bo...more
Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper
This is the Omnibus Version of Edgar Rice Burrough's (ERB) Caspakian Novels. Included here are:

The Land That Time Forgot

The People That Time Forgot

Out of Time's Abyss

These are three novels of adventure told in a classic style similar to that of Jack London, Arthur Conan Doyle and H.G. Wells. This is a style of early in the last century and more like the century before it. It's a story that is narrated to us, rather than painted so that we can experience it. And it's full of adventure, love, cour...more
Kat  Hooper
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.

You gotta love Edgar Rice Burroughs. He underperformed in life until, as a pencil sharpener salesman who spent his free time reading pulp magazines, he figured he could be paid to write “rot” at least as good as the “rot” he read in the pulps. And thus started the illustrious career of the man who brought us Tarzan, John Carter, and David Innes… And who inspired a generation of fantasy and science fiction writers.

The Land that Time Forgot, a lost world sto...more
Stephen Gallup
In 1995, I sold a large box full of mint-condition Edgar Rice Burroughs books left over from my younger days. A coworker took it off my hands for the princely sum of $10. Looking at what's available today on eBay (where I retrieved a new copy of this title), that box might now fetch $500. Oops.

My recollection of Burroughs is that (possibly aside from the Tarzan series) he had a formula, which he used again and again: a doughty hero ventures into extraordinary circumstances, and along the way res...more
Edgar Rice Burroughs is quickly becoming a part of my Authors-I-Regularly-Take-Promenades-With club. His creations are the stuff dreams are made of--if you're lucky and have awesome dreams. This is the first book in the Caspak series, which made its appearance in three installments in the Blue Book Magazine in 1918. I seem to particularly enjoy novels that are stories within stories. For instance, in "Land", a man tells us about how he found a message in a bottle. He proceeds to show us the manu...more
Mark Dewey
I loved this book. It's like a mix between Indiana Jones, Gulliver's Travels, Jurassic Park and a mutant sort of Planet of the Apes, with some other stuff thrown in.

I don't know that I've seen either of the movies (maybe parts of the first one, when I was a kid), but I recommend reading it first, as it is significantly different, from what I've read about the movies on Wikipedia. The book is rather short (only about 40k words, which is 10k words off being a long short story).

The writing style is...more
A second or third-grader would love this - there's non-stop action, and not much thought behind the world Burroughs created here, except as was driven by the thought "What would a second or third grader find exciting!?"

Make no mistake, I love me some prehistoric life, and I don't mind the cold-blooded lizardy version of dinosaurs that ruled thought at the time Burroughs wrote, but there's like 25 big dinos per acre! All carnivores!

The book isn't satisfying on its own, either - it's so clearly se...more
Michael Ramm
This is the first ERB that I have read. It was a fast and fun read. I was thoroughly engaged in the characters and the plot. I didn't know that ERB wrote the John Carter novels also. So I will check them out now, too.
Surprisingly, this novel works best in its initial chapters, before the characters reach dinosaur island. Once they finally do, things take an abrupt turn for the campy. Charles Darwin certainly didn't do this book any favors, as evolution is the driving force behind what makes much of this story both silly an inherently racist. Burroughs obviously believed that whites were the most evolved people on the planet, while blacks had barely come down from the trees. I normally wouldn't give a book th...more
Burroughs's love of evolution shines through in this fast tale filled with constant danger, romantic deeds, and heroic escapes. All the characters get out of all the scrapes just in the nick of time, and they sail away after coincidentally finding everything they need. Even the timeline towards the end seemed a little dubious. It's showy and flashy and exciting, but take away the setting, and what have you got? Boring people.

Between the constant reminder of the dangerous, ferocious, huge animal...more
3 1/2

The People that Time Forgot was the best of them, and the last page of Out Of Time's Abyss was also great. But the entire time I read the book I kept seeing Plastic Dinosaurs. Maybe because my copy has pictures from the movie that look super fake?

Anyway, in this case I can definitely say nostalgia didn't prove true and the cover was better that the book it's self. The only one I'd reread it the middle one. On a whole not bad, but not Tarzan great either.

PG Some killing of beasts and peop...more
Three different stories bind together by same mystic land of strange human races and many action packed quests. For me first thing what came to mind was that it is like Jules Verne writing Ringworld novel :P and Burroughs likes the idea of human hatching :).
"There were all sorts and conditions of horrible things; huge, hideous, grotesque monsters...I had perhaps the fraction of a second longer to live when I heard an angry growl behind us mingle with a cry of pain and rage from the giant..." Classic pulp fiction! What Land of the Lost aspired to be! Hilariously fun!!! Like an action-adventure popcorn movie! Mine is the 1924 Grosset & Dunlap edition, stained and worn with the cover half falling off; not the Commemorative Edition shown here. Ther...more
It's been a good many years since I first read this one. I just watched the 1975 version, that starred Doug McClure, and wanted to compare the two. The script was co-written by Michael Moorcock and I thought it might be more literate than other such efforts.

It was.

The ending was considerably different and a few incidents were compressed into one, one subplot eliminated, and cheesy looking dinos.

The tale of a German U-boat, with the survivors of a merchant ship they'd sunk, land on an island tha...more
I downloaded this book onto my iPhone via the iBooks app (because there is a boatload of stuff that is free on there, and that's my favorite price). Anyway. GREAT book, incredible story, and very fast/enthralling.

I hadn't realized what a compelling writer Burroughs was; I found this book in my favorite way (which is to just have one sorta 'fall' on you). I opened it and could not put it down.

Scenario takes place in the ocean, mid-WWI activity. Without divulging too much of the story, group of f...more
Marts  (Thinker)
This is actually the narrative of Bowen J. Tyler and his adventures and mis-adventures in the strange land of Caprona.
It starts with Tyler, an American being a passenger on a ship in the English Channel, this is during World War I and unfortunately the ship is torpedoed by a German submarine called U-33. After the ship is sunk Tyler and one other passenger Lys La Rue are rescued by a British tug boat..... alot occurs here, the tug boat is sunk, the crew captures the sub, the sub is overcome by...more
Claire Smith

I really enjoyed this story. I thought the narration style was very interesting because it felt more like a conversation than telling a story. It was a little confusing, because there were multiple kinds of animals running around the island, both modern and prehistoric. But over time it is explained, although I felt as though the explanation was kind of rushed.

I enjoyed that there are really two stories within this book. There is the interesting bit with the Germans and their journey t...more
David B
An American shipbuilder and some British sailors commandeer a German U-boat and sail it to a forgotten continent inhabited by all manner of prehistoric life.

Any devoted reader has cherished memories of those first experiences of being totally immersed in the world of a particular book. I have vivid recollections of curling up on the couch in front of the fireplace as a pre-teen with an omnibus edition of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Caspak trilogy that I got from the Science Fiction Book Club. My rece...more
Turok Tucker
"Night of the Living Dead", 1968, 114,000 dollars. Filmed during the race riots in L.A., finished on the edge of the Kerner Commission. "Night of the Living Dead" was written by George A. Romero after having read "I Am Legend", and studying writers like Burroughs. The screenplay took from Burroughs a sense of plot, pacing, and action -- however, it left out any ideas as to who was to play the roles. As fate would have it, Duane Jones, a black man, earned the lead role. Romero had no intentions o...more
So it doesn't happen often, but I picked this book up for a definite reason.
My sister had reminded me of the Dinotopia tv series and then I found this wandering around the project Gutenberg website shortly afterwards, and it sounded just perfect.
And it was. It was a very nice adventure tale, with a plucky protagonist (and love interest, to a certain extent!), elements of mystery and I must admit that I found the tension between the Englishmen and the Germans very entertaining and a bit hilarious...more
This is a pretty fun adventure book that starts as a war adventure that ends up on a prehistoric island. Since I was expecting dinosaurs from the get-go, that made it a little weird.

The book picks up when they get to the island and they start battling dinos. Then they discover primitive peoples. The main character meets tribes one by one of various primitive man, each one progressive more advanced than the last.

You can see how racism is subtly weaved into evolutionary ideas. The primitive peopl...more
Michael Battaglia
Because part of me is perpetually ten years old, I will always be a sucker for "Lost World" type novels, all those stories of people winding up on remote islands or lost continents or hidden sections of the Arctic and finding a land full of extinct creatures, especially dinosaurs, who make everything better simply by being large and scaly and awesome in a way that mythological creatures so rarely are.

For me, the better examples of this sub-genre of pseudo-science adventure are the ones written i...more
I think I've now read all of Edgar Rice Burroughs. What a wondrous and fantastical imagination he had - and he gave the same to his characters, who seem doomed every few pages but then leap free to the next crisis. Easy, fun reading.
Audiobook from LibriVox. (LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain.

Classic adventure pulp from the man who gave us Tarzan. A highly entertaining escape from the work day. :)
This is a fun and nail-biting adventure story by the author of the original Tarzan books. When it ended I was very disappointed because so many loose ends were left untied, until I realized it is the first in a trilogy. A message in a bottle is found, and the wartime story is told from there of a captured German submarine that penetrates into a lost world through a subterranean river. The mysterious island has dinosaurs and supposedly extinct animals from every era of history, plus tribes of men...more
Patrick Nichol
This is a wonderful story. i finally got round to reading it and it is certainly much better than the Doug McLure movie from the '70s. Talk about high action and excellent writing.
Joseph Burris
This is a good quick read, very interesting and hard to put down. The language used when this was written will hold your interest if nothing else will.
Luke Burrage
Super racist, super sexist... also quite a fun read.

Full review and discussion on the SFFaudio podcast, episode #218.
Ali Mandala
The Land that Time Forgot: I really enjoyed this book. It was surreal and yet told in such a way that I was able to suspend my disbelief. Although in the beginning there were a few difficult moments where it just seemed like the character had the worst luck in history. That being said, it did serve a purpose and get us to this lost world. I really enjoyed the characters especially the main character. He had a wonderful voice and presence and was able to bring the other characters and the scenery...more
Roddy Williams
The author's explanation for how this manuscript got into his hands is that it was stuffed into a vacuum flask by the original author and ended up on the shores of North America.
The journal is written by one 'Bowen', a man who is inadvertently captured by a German submarine during World War I. His fellow captives eventually manage to overpower the Germans but find that they can dock nowhere, and are fired on by ships. Lost, they find themselves at a land mass surrounded by cliffs, one which has...more
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