Kirsten's Reviews > Hollow Earth: The Long and Curious History of Imagining Strange Lands, Fantastical Creatures, Advanced Civilizations, and Marvelous Machines Below the Earth's Surface

Hollow Earth by David Standish
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Feb 07, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: read-pre-12-07, borrowed, non-fiction, crackpots
Read in August, 2006

This is a fascinating and fun history of the idea of a Hollow Earth -- that is, the idea that inside the Earth is another world, possibly one with utopian civilizations and riches beyond humankind's wildest dreams. The author tackles the subject matter with considerable humor, and is at his best when describing and commenting on the various Hollow Earth narratives that have been written throughout the years, from Journey to the Center of the Earth to Tarzan at the Earth's Core and beyond. The chapter on modern-day Hollow Earthers falls a little short, and I'm still sort of surprised that there was really no introductory or concluding chapters as such -- he just sort of starts at the beginning and when he gets to the present day, he stops, with very little analysis. It's still a very entertaining and interesting book, however.
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