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At the Earth's Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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Nov 19, 2009

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bookshelves: hollow-earth, lostworlds, read-in-2009, science-fiction
Read in November, 2009

After reading some John Carter and a couple Venus books, I found this pretty much more of the same from ERB. I always find his scientific inventions to be more interesting in concept (ie, on the back of the book) than when they're actually on the page, whereupon they start to sound kind of boneheaded. But then, pretty much all the science fiction from this era and before had that problem. And his action sequences would be thrilling, if there weren't so damn MANY of them. If you have not read a Burroughs book, in my opinion the only one you should even consider starting with is Tarzan, which is sheer f**king genius. His planetary romances and lost world books are rather less satisfying.

The book is infinitely more delightful as a companion to the truly garish 1976 B-movie based on this book, with Peter Cushing as Abner Perry.
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