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The Land That Time Forgot (Caspak #1)

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In the South Pacific is a mountainous island called Caspak. Winged humanoid creatures, dinosaurs, ferocious beasts of prey, Neanderthals, "wild ape-men," and monstrous reptiles terrorize each other, and the mixed crew of WW 1 adventurers who fight across the island and dine on Plesiosaurus steaks in the company of a jungle princess.
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Published January 1st 2011 by United Holdings Group (first published 1918)
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Sanjay Gautam
Aug 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sanjay by: Pramod

The Land that Time Forgot is a fantasy novel, based on the similar lines of The Lost World, in which a group of people find themselves in a strange land, that was cut off from the rest of the world since antiquity, where they find flora and fauna of prehistoric ages still surviving (and yes, that includes Dinosaurs and other wild creepy creatures). How they came to be in this wild prehistoric land is actually another adventure, and a different story in itself, which only make it more realist
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Similar to Arthur Conan Doyles's The Lost World, but with a touch of romance added. Entertaining, but not as good as his A Princess of Mars. I have yet to read his Tarzan novels.
Kenny Bellew
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short book was first published in 1918. Worts and all, this book is considered a classic. A group of people are stranded on an island with dinosaurs. To enjoy this book, you must suspend your knowledge of science and evolution. The book may be the source, or, at least, evidence of the beginning of the false idea that humans were the "goal" of evolution, and that some creatures are "more evolved" than others. Also, when homo sapiens were "more evolved" Burroughs describes them as being "less ...more
Kathy Worrell  ツ

I enjoyed this (nearly) 100 year old classic adventure.

Stephen Gallup
Sep 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Okay but not great, and pales in comparison to Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, (which was written six years earlier, and to which this clearly owes a debt if not an outright apology). Not really sure what Burroughs' focus was here; the first half of the book is exclusively a World War I submarine story, and only does the second half take place in his nonsensical lost continent. Unlike Doyle, who at least stabbed at scientific plausibility atop his isolated South American tepuis, Burroughs b ...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
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
Z.S. Diamanti
I enjoyed this book like I have enjoyed many ERB books. His classic style of writing is always pleasant and the adventure for our characters in this one is not short on entertainment value. While not quite as wild as his Barsoom escapades, ERB takes readers on a very satisfying adventure into a lost world of long forgotten creatures and peril.
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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.
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