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At the Earth's Core is a 1914 fantasy novel by Burroughs, the 1st in his series about the hollow earth land of Pellucidar. It 1st appeared as a 4-part serial in All-Story Weekly from 4/4-25/14, 1st published as a hardcover by A.C. McClurg in 7/22.
The author relates how, traveling the Sahara, he's encountered a remarkable vehicle & pilot, David Innes, a man with a rema
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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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
Garrett Calcaterra
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: influences
Overall, this was a fun re-read. As I mentioned in my previous update, there are definitely some problematic aspects from a modern perspective. Beyond the obvious sexism, there's a recurring theme that all it takes to create a "great nation" is superior martial technology and a willingness to annihilate your enemies into extinction. Or perhaps that still is modern perspective. Either way, I found it a little bothersome, even if the antagonists were more reptilian than human.

From a story standpoi
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 B ...more
Marts  (Thinker)
Dec 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, sci-fi
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

Doing a podcast on this Sunday. Free online audio version of the book (the narrator will be on the show)

Same author as Princess of Mars, and very similar, with perhaps a greater variety of creatures, including an evil all female flying lizard race that (view spoiler). Feminist novel? Not really. So it has fun action if you like that sort of thing (some suprisingly gruesome), with a little bit of romance as
Feb 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I ever read by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It started me on a love affair with the Fantasy book genre and captured my imagination as a young boy. While I have read many of his books, I will only review this one since it was my first. It's probably been over 30 years since I've read a Burroughs book but I can still recall the excitement I felt when reading these adventures. I loved everything about them. The creatures, warriors and women on the covers were fascinating for a youn ...more
In the continuing spirit of trying to remember every bk I've ever read, I'm going to list all the Edgar Rice Burroughs Pellucidar bks - adventures in the Hollow Earth. I read them devotedly when I was about 13 to 15 & enjoyed them alot. I also pretty much wrote them off as trash. ERB wrote an enormous amt & I probably read at least 1 of the Mars novels too. Doubt that I'll ever read anything else by him but I'm ALMOST curious to see what my 13 yr old mind got out of these.
Erik Graff
Jul 17, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: boys
Recommended to Erik by: boys
Shelves: literature
In concept, this was my favorite of the Burrough's series. Like the John Carter books, David Innes also saves girls, fights monsters and becomes a hero, but his other world, the inner earth, is not so far away as Carter's Barsoom and he gets there using technology. Besides, as a regular reader of Fate Magazine throughout most of junior high, I had heard about Cmd. Peary and his discovery of the entrance to the hollow earth.
A.R. Voss
Mar 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other
Not one of my favorites. The book wasn't horrible, but it seemed like an after thought as if Mr. Burroughs needed an idea so he took his own Barsoom series and combined it with Vern's masterpiece 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth. If I were to recommend a book, I would suggest you skip this and read what it is based on instead.
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: burroughs, fantasy, pulp
Romance isn't one of Burroughs' strong points (they usually boil down to "I'm hot, you're hot, we're attracted to each other, let's get married"), but the romance in this story is particularly bad for him. However, he more than makes up for it with mind-blowing pseudoscience, a weird society, and prehistoric creatures.
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like all things Tarzan, I loved the Pellucidar series. I read as many as I could find in my Middle School and High School Library. Looks like they are back in print again. The language is probably pretty quaint for the kids of today, but the stories are great.
Kurt Reichenbaugh
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulp
Fun pulp adventure with a cliff-hanger ending. My version is the Ace paperback with the terrific Frank Frazetta cover. It's the kind of story to let your brain relax from all the stresses of the work-week.
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Boulder Book Club: At the Earth's Core 28 13 Dec 27, 2011 06:50AM  
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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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  • Land of Terror (Pellucidar, #6)
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