Monday, May 17, 2010

Tanar of Pellucidar

Tanar of Pellucidar (Pellucidar, #3) Tanar of Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs



My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one of the first books by Edgar Rice Burroughs that I ever read. It's the third in the Pellucidar series, which is what Burroughs called the inner earth setting for this and the other six books in the series. Tanar is a native Pellucidarian who is a friend and ally of David Innes, ERB's hero in the first two books in the series, but it's not necessary to have read the other ones to enjoy this volume. Tanar finds adventure, pirates straight out of a Johnny Depp movie, and true love in this, one of the better Burroughs books. The Roy Krenkel cover on the old Ace version was a bonus for me in the 1960's, but it's not necessary to enjoy the book today. Still, neat if you can find a copy on ebay or amazon or barnes and noble. 5 stars at the time I read it in my pre-teen years, still a 4 stars for those who like adventure in the old time Pulp magazine style...



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3 comments:

Hamilcar Barca said...

you first read it in the 60's, eh? we're close in age. did you ever read any sci-fi books back then by Andre Norton? i loved her stuff. lots of time-travel and end-of-the-world themes.

Steven R. Harbin aka coachhollywood67 said...

Hi Hamilcar,
Yes, I did read Andre Norton at around the same time. I remember liking her science fiction but the only titles that have stayed in my memory are the Witch World books, which I didn't read until later. Looking her up on Wikipedia I see some titles that jog my memory:
Star Man's Son 2250 A.D.
and
Huon of the Horn.
I'm pretty sure I read those in my elementary school library in the mid 60's and maybe one or two others by her. Of course at the time I had no idea that Ms. Norton was a Ms. I thought "he" was a French author...lol...

Hamilcar Barca said...

Ah, Star Man's Son 2250 AD. I loved that book as a kid. i think i bought lt thru a promotion by the school-sponsored Weekly Reader program.