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En el centro de la Tierra

(Pellucidar #1)

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Con la novela At the Earth’s Core (1914), el autor Edgar Rice Burroughs daría comienzo a una de sus sagas de mayor éxito, junto con las de Tarzán y John Carter. En la saga de Pelúcidar, que Costas de Carcosa tiene previsto publicar íntegra y con todos sus interiores originales, Burroughs nos presenta una tierra hueca poblada de toda clase monstruos prehistóricos, al estilo ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Costas de Carcosa (first published April 1914)
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Maybe I’ve been reading and listening too much from Bob Fletcher; about (secret) underground facilities* by the hundreds in the US and in other nations, meant for the wealthy, when catastrophe strikes; one like Nibiru planet (called Planet X?, that’s OK)… incoming….maybe this August or a few months later, into 2016, passing by, "close" to our planet.

Maybe it was the memories of Jules Verne Journey to the center of the Earth that has drawn me to this book of Burroughs. The fact is, that I still
2.5 stars. Solidly between 2 stars (it's okay) and 3 stars (I like it), this classic pulp science fiction adventure is the first of the Pellucidar series about a hidden world (complete with a sun and a moon) located in the center of the Earth. I am a fan of Pulp SF and liked the idea behind the series and the general pace of the adventure. The only reason I didn't rate this higher was that I was not as fond of the main character as I have been of other pulp heroes (e.g., Eric John Stark by Leigh ...more
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the Earth's Core, published in 1922, was the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Pellucidar novels. I’ve always found his books to be highly entertaining and ingenious in their imagining of strange worlds and that’s certainly the case with this one.

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
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A dreamy yet sometimes nightmarish excursion into the world beneath our world: Pelucidar! With ugly cavemen, beautiful cavewomen, armies of ape-men, a wide variety of dinosaurs, man eating reptile birds that rule the underworld, and giant mechanical mole machines, Burroughs packs a lot of oomph and pizzazz into this science romance. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series which also includes a Tarzan story!
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Edgar Rice Burroughs could be called The God-father of cheesy fantasy adventure. He can boast of influencing many later fantasy writers from Robert E. Howard to even John Norman, but that is not exactly something you would want on your resume. I had a brief obsession with Tarzan when I was nine but, asides from that series, I've found Burroughs' pulp adventures to be trite and silly. At The Earth's Core is no exception. Except for a rather exciting beginning, in which our intrepid but boring her ...more
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pure pulp adventure. An eccentric old inventor, Abner Perry, builds a giant “iron mole” vehicle which takes him and his friend David Innes on an unexpected expedition to the earth's unexplored core. They end up in an upside down world where time doesn't exist and the human inhabitants are the slaves and lab rats of a prehistoric race of pterosaurs (yes, you read that right). Humans are mercilessly stalked, captured, and herded by armies of ape-men. Dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts are arou ...more
Dec 28, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fue un sentimiento absoluto de nostalgia el que me hizo comprar el libro. Cuando vi el título me sorprendí por un momento y luego recordé los días en que mi papá nos llevaba a comer al restaurante “La Opera “en las calles de Serapio Rendón, hace cincuenta años. Atravesando la calle, en una esquina, había una librería; en sus vitrinas se exhibían los libros. Creo recordar haber visto en esos aparadores una edición de las mil y una noches, que mi papá compró y nos leía.
Alguna tarde, después de co
Patrick Gibson
Catching up on a book I should have read when I was a teen. Damn entertaining -- you know it is so.
J.Aleksandr Wootton
Sensationalized mashup of early sci-fi progressivism, "Noble Savage" theory, humanism, florid prose, and era-typical prejudices and pop-paleontology in a Jules Verne setting. Simply destined to become a movie that Mystery Science Theater would (and did) lampoon; nothing special.

Burrough's setting does introduce two somewhat-interesting ideas:
(1) Gravity is an attraction towards planetary crust, not planetary core, such that a hollow world could support life on its inner surface as well as its o
T.I.M. James
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although a good part of my to read pile is there to be reread, there are a run of older books that I have never read before, and some of these are the Pellucidar series by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Burroughs is, of course better known for his preeminent creation, Tarzan but he had great success with some of his other creations including John Carter of Mars and this series.

Pellucidar is another world, hidden beneath the surface of our own, miles and miles beneath our crust it exists, more primitive th
“At The Earth’s Core,” first published in 1914, is one of Edgar Rice Burrough’s most imaginative works. It is the first of seven books in the Pellucidar series and imagines a world inside the earth (five hundred miles beneath the surface) where the most advanced species is reptilian and the humans are still living in the stone age. As ludicrous as it sounds now, during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, there were many who believed in the possibility of a hollow earth world with entrances ...more
Marts  (Thinker)
Dec 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, classics
I enjoyed this Burrourghs title.

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
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
How about this: hollow Earth, evil ape-men, hypnotic reptile overlords, cave-people, time madness, monsters, and a stolen scientific secret? You get all that and more in “At the Earth's Core”!

David Innes, a muscular mine-owner backs his professor friend's drilling machine and wind up accidentally burrowing into the big hollow world in the center of the Earth: Pellucidar. This is first-wave Burroughs, so we get all the goodies: princesses, jungle survival, escape plots, traitors, the works!

A supremely enjoyable adventure novel marred by a few major flaws, AT THE EARTH'S CORE rehashes all the usual Edgar Rice Burroughs cliches but does so in superior fashion. For one thing, the mythology of Pellucidar is more clever and interesting than what we got from his BARSOOM or CASPAK novels. The "hollow world" plot device is, of course, patently absurd, but Burroughs does a surprisingly good job of selling it by providing enough pseudoscience to enable readers to suspend their disbelief to ...more
Vicky Hunt
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Burrough's Imagiscape Turned Inside Out

Though I've been a long time fan of Burrough's fiction, this is my first book of the Pellucidar series. I've read most of the Tarzan series, and all of the Caspak Trilogy. I've read the first in the Princess of Mars series. It looks as though this one was written just a couple of years after Tarzan's first issue, early in his career. It is very scaled down... lots of action which the book jumps right into with an excellent frame narrative and combat that ma
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Now that was fun, mind-bending, but fun. I had no expectations of anything beyond a kill-‘m caveman, giant purple monster story, but I was pleasantly surprised. Not in the characters, they were highly predictable, but the world was wonderfully imaginative. I really can’t wrap my mind around it yet, but it was fun trying. Maybe that was aggravated by the way he messed with time. I don’t want to give anything away so I really can’t say any more than, it gets more mind-bending the farther you read. ...more
Leila P
Olipas sujuva ja vauhdikas seikkailukirja, tämän luki nopeasti. Päähenkilö David oli tosin aika ärsyttävän täydellinen sankari joka jaksaa kehua itseään vähän väliä. Onton maapallon teoria oli myös aika huvittava, sekä se että sankarimme kadottaa ajantajunsa täysin koska Pellucidarissa vallitsee ikuinen keskipäivä. Minusta kyllä ihmisen pitäisi erottaa edes suurinpiirtein onko kulunut pari tuntia vai pari viikkoa...

Joistain asioista huomasi kyllä että tämä on kirjoitettu jo 1920-luvulla, esim.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, classics
Not unlike the basic premise of The Princess of Mars, our hero here, David Innes, along with Dr. Abner Perry ride a massive drill he's invented deep into the earth, where they discover an underground civilization (Pellucidar) of primitive humans, flying monsters, and ape like creatures.

Rex Libris
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first volume in Edgar Rice Burrough's Pellucidar series. Pellucidar is a "hollow earth" realm, existing on an inner portion of the earth. The earth is hollow, with a miniature sun at the core, and the concave surface of the inner globe is Pellucidar. Thus one can look up and see the other side of the world. in this aspect, it is a precursor to Ringworld and Rama.

In this establishing story the protagonist and an inventor friend have created an automatic mining machine. It malfunction
Dylan McIntosh
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s amazing how ERB could create such a creative and fascinating world in a time that there was much to canabalize from for his world building. It was a bit outdated from a perspective of the treatment of woman, but overall an good read. Looking forward to the follow on stories.
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A swashbuckling breeze of a book! Imagine a hollow earth, inhabited by strange beasts and stone-age humanoids. The hollow space is lit by a perpetual sun which floats at its center. A small moon rotates synchronously with the earth, so that it casts a permanent shadow over one region of the land called Pellucidar.

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
After starting his Barsoom and Tarzan series of adventures, Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1st, 1875 – March 19, 1950), wrote “At the Earth’s Core” which was published in 1914. This kicked off his Pellucidar series, which is based on the idea that the Earth is hollow and there are creatures from our prehistoric times still alive and active, as well as more than a few horrific creatures, both intelligent and non-intelligent. As with many of Burrough’s ideas, that of a hollow Earth would inspire ...more
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Classic sci-fi lovers.
Young David Innes' scientist friend, Abner Perry, has invented a wonderful new machine that he expects will revolutionize mining techniques. Dubbed "The Mole", it is capable of digging through the ground with incredible power. However, on the test run, something goes awry, and the digger carries Perry and David deep beneath the Earth's crust, where they expect to be vaporized by the intense heat of the molten core. Instead, when the machine finally stops, they find themselves in a strange world ...more
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will admit, I saw the 1976 film version with Doug McClure and Peter Cushing,along with the alluring Carolyn Munroe, well before I read the book. Unlike modern or should I say postmodern cynics, I was not turned off by the cheesy acting and rubber dinosaurs, as I knew that the book was always better then the movie. That said, this was the first Edgar Rice Burroughs novel I ever read.

Just like "The land that time forgot", the story opens with an unnamed narrator who just so happens to come acro
Stephen Gallup
As I return in my dotage to reread some of the Burroughs tales that so captivated me many years ago, I continue to find them enjoyable. I do feel the need to acknowledge that this is pure escapism. There are points, at least in this book, where the prose is almost laughable, and generally speaking much of it could have been burnished to provide a more enjoyable reading experience. But none of that negates the sheer delight of Burroughs' imagination, and the impressive whole societies and worlds ...more
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how Burroughs tends to turn all the rules and knowledge of this world on it’s head… of course we know at the center of the earth is nothing but the molten core… then again maybe there is a Pellucidar… a world a few million years behind ours… because as it took longer for the core to cool, it took longer for life to emerge down there… and as in an essentially different world, being evolved differently… so even though the humans are intelligent here and have their culture and language… the ...more
Thom Swennes
The young well-to-do David Innes is impressed with a prototype earth drill invented by the air-brain genius inventor Abner Perry (as I read, images of Dr. Emmett Lanthrop “Doc” Brown of Back to the Future notoriety came to mind). He invests in the project and the drill becomes uncontrollable during its first trials, plunging them down and through the Earth’s crust. Beneath the crust the Earth is hollow and another world thrives where the vastly reduced core serves as the only light. Because this ...more
Cristina Caladia
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
En el centro de la tierra, la primera de Pelúcidar, es una novela de aventuras entretenida e imaginativa que te deja con ganas de más.
Con un lenguaje sencillo y sin recrearse, o distraerse, en nada que no sea importante, Burroughs nos conduce por la acción y los problemas que se va encontrando el protagonista.

Los personajes rezuman el marco de la época. Son los creadores de los estereotipos actuales, hay que tener en cuenta que esta novela, publicada en serial, es de 1914, ahí es nada. David es
An Odd1
Dec 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
David Innes, 30 finds "white man" pg prologue Burroughs in Arab desert, narrates last ten years, passed in blink of an eye. He funded drill invented by Abner Perry, whose "relaxation" is "paleontology" p 3. Despite his youthful strength exercised by sports "boxing, football, and baseball" p 5, they cannot turn around, and go through the crust.

Chases and fights are the fun parts. David battles dinosaurs, invented beasts, ape-men Sagoths, even humans, Hooja the Sly. He makes allies, takes Dian fo
David B
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another stalwart ERB hero travels to a lost world where he encounters dangerous men and even more dangerous beasts, this time at the center of the earth.

It seems that Burroughs had a little more discipline in his world-building here than usual. Instead of setting his story on an alien planet inhabited by whatever crazy melange of monsters and superscience his fruitful imagination could produce, he created a pretty consistent Stone Age world that exists under the thumb of some telepathic holdover
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Boulder Book Club: At the Earth's Core 28 13 Dec 27, 2011 06:50AM  
  • The Blue Star
  • Dwellers in the Mirage
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan: The Land That Time Forgot
  • Ardneh's World (Empire of the East, #3)
  • Conan the Warrior (Book 7)
  • The Skylark of Space (Skylark #1)
  • Star Born (Pax/Astra, #2)
  • Thongor and the Dragon City (Thongor, #2)
  • Conan the Victorious (Conan, #7)
  • The Fallible Fiend (Novarian, #3)
  • The Unforsaken Hiero  (Hiero, #2)
  • The New Machiavelli
  • The Syndic
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.

Other books in the series

Pellucidar (7 books)
  • Pellucidar (Pellucidar, #2)
  • Tanar of Pellucidar (Pellucidar, #3)
  • Tarzan at the Earth's Core (Tarzan, #13/Pellucidar, #4)
  • Back to the Stone Age (Pellucidar, #5)
  • Land of Terror (Pellucidar, #6)
  • Savage Pellucidar (Pellucidar, #7)
“But this I do know that since you have told me that ten years have elapsed since I departed from this earth I have lost all respect for time—I am commencing to doubt that such a thing exists other than in the weak, finite mind of man.” 3 likes
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