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Tanar of Pellucidar

(Pellucidar #3)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  936 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Ace Book F-171 cp.40 No Pub-date stated, Cover art by Roy Krenkle, Jr.,
Mass Market Paperback, # F-171, 224 pages
Published 1962 by Ace Books (first published 1928)
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Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

At long last, our Earth's Core universe continues, the good one, the one Burroughs did where the Earth is full of awesome monsters and cave men.

The Gridley Wave is back and so is inventor Jason Gridley, so we get a frame with him talking to Burroughs and expressing disbelief in Pellucidar when a message comes through from Abner Perry down in Pellucidar. David Innes is around, but our hero is Tanar, a cave dude who is a prisoner of the Korsars. The Korsars are straight up pirates, descendants
An Odd1
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

Tanar gets two admirers, bound for disappointment. He stays loyal to blonde Stellara, different from black-haired Sari natives in homeland. Spanish corsairs somehow got through crust centuries ago? Chase follows across land, forest, caves, sea.

Abner Perry narrates 15 years after first break through into Pellucidar. David brings Empire against Korsars, pirate invaders of Thuria, but loses favorite Tanar "like a son" p 164. David, Ja King of Anoroc
"Tanar of Pellucidar" is the third of the seven Pellucidar novels by Burroughs. It was written many years (in fact decades) after the first two books and thus it is clear that Burroughs originally intended the Pellucidar series to only consist of two books. Pellucidar is Burroughs' inner-earth world, five hundred miles inside the earth's crust, where there is a perpetual noon-day sun and the land area is much greater than the outer earth's atmosphere. Men in the inner-earth are at the cavemen ...more
Jul 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I have the Ace edition so I don't know if the Bison has extra material in it, but I certainly enjoyed this entry into ERB's Pellucidar series.
Zach Naylor
After nearly 15 years apart, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Pellucidar reunite to deliver a decidedly mediocre story.

There's really not much to say about "Tanar." The world of Pellucidar, though retaining some of the promising nuggets of pseudoscience-fiction that made the first entry so memorable, seems to lack a certain je-ne-sais-quoi. Burroughs barks up the wrong tree repeatedly, producing a cyclical, flat, and tedious book. One that smells rather strongly of burned rubber, owing to spinning
Stephen Brooke
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Tanar, the title character of this tale, is something of a Tarzan stand-in — his name itself suggests this. The old ape-man didn't have much room for development by the time it was written, so ERB needed a fresh version. And where better place to set him down than among the prehistoric beasts and men of Pellucidar?

Burroughs was about as polished a writer as he ever would be by the time he wrote 'Tanar of Pellucidar,' at the top of his craft. He may now-and-again slip into a bit of purple prose
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, pulp, sci-fi
When it comes to Edgar Rice Burroughs novels, it's often easy to think, "If you've read one, you've read them all." So it is with TANAR OF PELLUCIDAR, which is a total mishmash-rehash of the standard Burroughs cliches, only this time the setting is Pellucidar rather than Mars or the jungles of Africa. Tanar is basically a half-civilized version of Tarzan, and the plot consists of him rescuing beautiful maidens, escaping from dungeons, and traversing strange landscapes filled with savage human ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, pulp
I never cared as much for the Barsoom books that didn't feature John Carter. This book features Tanar, the son of Ghak, instead of David Innes and wasn't as enjoyable. A part of that might be that he and/or his love interest are captured and break free a ridiculous number of times in this book. Add in the "romantic misunderstanding" elements and I became somewhat fed up with those tropes.

All that said, it was still an interesting look at a different part of Pellucidar, descendants of Spanish
Sara Baggins
Aug 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
This book was terrible. Burroughs' writing is convoluted, sexist, and racist. The basic "plot-line" is:
1. Stellara gets kidnapped, because she is "so feminine" she can't help it.
2. Tanar goes of to find Stellara, in the process saving a chief's son, jumping off a cliff, and finding another girl who loves him.
3. Tanar and Stellara reunite.
4. Stellara gets kidnapped, because she is "so feminine" AGAIN.....
From there, the "plot" repeats itself several more times, until Burroughs has a
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The third volume in ERB's Pellucidar series, it's 15 years since the events in the previous novel. David Innes has to rescue Tanar of Sari who has been captured by the Korsairs, a pirate kingdom newly encountered, who originated from a pirate ship that had inadvertently entered Pellucidar through a polar opening and had never found their way out. And Tanar falls for the pirate king's daughter.
Interesting story but this is book 3 of a series. I shpuld have started with book 1.
Eric N.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another winner in the hollow earth series. No need to be a Tarzan or John Carter of Mars fan to enjoy these adventures which hold up well after all the decades.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read this and the rest of the Pellucidar series in the 70s. Enjoyable!
Mar 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
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Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tanar of Pellucidar
by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - October 8, 2012

I've pretty much explained my reasons for rereading any of the E. R. Burroughs "Pellucidar" series in my review of Back to the Stone Age ( ). An additional reason not mentioned in that review is that I have hundreds of bks in piles in my bedroom awaiting reading & reviewing & reading a Pellucidar novel is an easy way to knock one more out & work
Oct 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pellucidar #3; possibly read some time in winter 1967
While talking to a fan on the surface, Edgar Rice Burroughs receives a message from Perry in Pellucidar. The empire he and David Innes helped set up has been attacked by pirate-like Korsars, vicious men who kill for the sake of it. They've taken several Pellucidarians captive, including Tanar, Prince of Sari. While Tanar is among the Korsars he encounters the beautiful Stellara. Along the way the two of them will face Korsars, prehistoric beasts, even the undead, but nothing can prepare
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It has been many years since I've read any ERB and I have fond memories of the Barsoom series. Stylistically this novel is little different and follows much the same plot lines - danger, capture, escape, capture, rescue. It requires a bit more suspension of disbelief than some of his other novels. In my view, the description of Tanar's imprisonment in the Korsar dungeon is the best piece of writing in the book and the most realistic. (It might be seen as a precursor to Zelazny's imprisonment of ...more
Jan 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like adventure
Shelves: personal-reading
Tanar of Pellucidar, Edgar Rice Burroughs
This novel is about a young man, Tanar, who is a prince in Sari, his native land. He gets captured by sea men called Korsar, who are brutal and wonder if they should even keep Tanar alive. On this boat Tanar meets a lovely lady Stellara and they start to fall in love. Throughout the whole book Tanar and Stellara are trying to escape the many perils they face, while slowly falling in love with one another. They make friends and enemies, and there is a lot
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, e-book
The third book of this pulp era series about adventures inside a hollow earth. In its time I guess this was a cutting edge thrill ride, but today it really shows it's age.

Like some of the others, this one is written as if Burroughs himself was in contact with Pellucidar and the story was relayed to him from one of the main characters. It's an interesting concept and does adds a bit of variety. This concept seems to have been almost forgotten in recent years.

The writing style bothered me the
May 29, 2011 rated it liked it
I first read this in high school, circa 1965. At the time I was an inveterate ERB fan and the Pellucidar series was my favorite--we even had a 'Pellucidar club' and made our own stone-tipped spears and axes. I remember enjoying this at the time, but in retrospect it reads more like an adventure on another planet (notably Carson of Venus) rather than a prehistoric world. I did like the frame story, set up with Jason Gridley (featured more prominently in Tarzan at the Earth's Core) and ERB ...more
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Civilisation isn't the same, even if the citizens are pirates. Non-stop action and really creepy new creatures, the Coripi. The hero, Tanar, son of the King of Sari spends the whole book moving between capture and escape. He visits two islands, one where all is love and happiness, the other where all is hate and misery. The key distinction lies, apparently, in the availability of no-fault divorce on the happy isle. He is kidnapped by pirates, escapes them thanks to a storm at sea, is imprisoned ...more
B. Reese
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
So far this was a low point in this series, and only 3 books in. Tanar was little different from other Burroughs protagonist, but this one just didn't have "it".

Overall, it's kind of a potboiler.

There are a few interesting elements, it's cavemen vs pirates, cannibals, and wild animals, but none of them are developed that well. They really could have been better story elements but are just kinda there.

Unless you're a completist or need to know what the setup for Tarzan at the Earth's Core is,
Way more internal than the other Pellucidar novels and centered around a love story that actually rings true for all its pulpiness. Tanar is an almost Candide-like adventure, with the internal worldviews of various tribes treated as the centerpiece of entire civilizations. You can tell that Burroughs was tired of writing adventure serials and from what I understand, he began phoning it in on the Pellucidar and Tarzan series after this novel. Which is unfortunate, since Tanar is a delight and ...more
Dec 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A nice adventure story, more grand in scope than the previous books, and a bit darker in its themes. The characters themselves don't exude complexity or conflict, but the story itself is quite complex and weaves and interesting picture of the world at the earth's core.
Phil Jones
If you have read the other Pellucidar books then you know just what to expect.

It is a fast paced old fashioned adventure story complete with the attitudes of the early 20th Century.
My only real gripe is that the story just ends what feels like half way through and he wraps it up in a single page.
A very odd way to end the book.
Matthew Antosh
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has been my fav pellucider book so far, mostly because it lately disposes of the first person narrative style for a third person omniscient style.

Plot wise it was super repetitive but the characters and the word building made up for it.
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jim-s
The Pelliucidar series is my favorite series written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I used to walk to Grand Central and gather bottles along the side of the road. I would be able to collect enough bottles and turn them in for the deposit for the next book in this (and all of his series)series of books!
Daniel Smythe
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't beat it! See my reviews of "At the Earth's Core" and "Pellucidar" for details, but basically, this is a solid series from start to finish. If you don't mind the slightly dated feel to it, you'll have a great time.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good

Another excellent story from the mind of Edgar Rice Burroughs. I had never read any of his books until recently but I am really enjoying them.
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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.

Other books in the series

Pellucidar (7 books)
  • At the Earth's Core (Pellucidar, #1)
  • Pellucidar (Pellucidar, #2)
  • 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)