At the Earth's Core (Pellucidar #1)
When the inventor Perry fires up his burrowing prospector, it runs out of control, plunging him with his young protege into the centre of the earth. There, instead of being destroyed by the molten lava they expect to find, they discover an inner world of bizarre savagery and unearthly beauty. Here mighty dinosaurs still roam alongside beasts never seen in the world above....more
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...more
Alguna tarde, después de co...more
Just like "The land that time forgot", the story opens with an unnamed narrator who just so happens to come acro...more
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...more
Doing a podcast on this Sunday. Free online audio version of the book (the narrator will be on the show) http://www.marsbooks.libsyn.com/webpa...
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)[reproduces though parthenogenesis (hide 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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
The story is shorter than I remember and his style more simplistic than I remember but he packs a lot into a few pages.
Good simple story telling full of imagination.
Sure the science is silly but he is a product of the early 20th century and can be forgiven.
Now onto Pellucidar.