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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    edgar rice burroughs was weigh ahead of his time...

    Tarzan the terrible was very entertaining, never dull.....full of imagination.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2015


    I grew up on Tarzan movies starring Johnny Weismuller and am quite pleased that when the motion-picture industry elected to make feature films around the Tarzan character they also chose too tell different stories than what Edgar Rice Burroughs actually wrote--thankfully. Burroughs did create in Tarzan an interesting character, though he, Tarzan, is a bit much to swallow, what with him being the strongest, smartest and most durable human who ever lived in trash fiction.

    Tarzan at once is stronger than Hercules, Samson, Achilles, Ajax, Hector and at least a dozen other fictional and legendary heroes combined. His superior British genes make him smarter than Isaac Newton, Galileo, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking combined, so much so that he can master intellectualisms that took us mortals thousands of years to achieve (I won't go into details because to do so might spoil the surprises--most of which brought a grimace, not a smile as I encountered each in turn during my reading). And he heals from injuries that would have killed mere mortals faster even than Burroughs' John Carter of mars--another of Burroughs not-to-be-believed heroes. Would you believe that after having an arm all but torn off, Tarzan was as good as new and stronger than ever just a couple of weeks later, right there in the jungle--no operating room, no surgeon, no anaesthesia, no stitches, no antibiotics and no physical therapy? Label me a skeptic if you will, but I find that just a bit hard to believe.

    The foregoing applies to Tarzan throughout Burroughs' Tarzan books. As for this particular book, I say it's trash pure and simple. Tarzan in The Land That Time Forgot?! Come on now. Tarzan is hard to take in the early Twentieth Century in a technically unsophisticated era but to introduce the reader to Burroughs' concept of the Jurassic Era peopled with dinosaurs and two different strains of protohumans with fully-developed language, architecture and a technology out of reality is too much for even my imagination to accept and I assure you that I have a very active and wide-ranging imagination.

    As I plodded through the pages of this book, I held out to the very end with little hope of getting a coherent story line that at least tied in with the other books in the Tarzan series. All my expectation were met. This book just doesn't pass muster.

    Would I recommend this book? No! It's not worth the read. Stick with the othet books in the Tarzan series; at least they stretch credibility just to the breading point, while Tarzan The Terrible takes you way beyond.#

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  • Posted December 16, 2013

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    Tarzan the Ter­ri­ble by Edgar Rice Bur­roughs, the eighth novel

    Tarzan the Ter­ri­ble by Edgar Rice Bur­roughs, the eighth novel in the Tarzan series, con­tin­ues the adven­tures of the Ape Man from Tarzan the Untamed dur­ing World War I (the novel was pub­lished in 1921).

    Jane has been taken by Ger­mans sol­diers and Tarzan is fran­ti­cally look­ing for her. The fact that they are Eng­lish and World War I is rag­ing doesn’t help. Tarzan stum­bles upon Pal-ul-don (Land of Men) filled with strange humans and pre­his­toric animals.

    Tarzan befriends Ta-den, a war­rior of the Ho-don (a white and hair­less race) and Om-at, a chief of the Waz-don (hair and black skinned) tribes. Tarzan impresses his friends / cap­tur­ers so much that they name him Tarzan-Jad-Guru (Tarzan the Ter­ri­ble). Lo and behold, Jane is also a cap­tive at Pal-ul-don and is actu­ally lead­ing her incom­pe­tent Ger­man cap­tors through the jungle.

    Tarzan the Ter­ri­ble by Edgar Rice Bur­roughs should more accu­rately be called Tarzan the Untamed Part II. The story picks up from the point where Untamed has ended but the reader is privy to a bit more infor­ma­tion (I don’t think I’m spoil­ing any­thing when say­ing that Jane is … gasp … alive!)

    It seemed that in this book Mr. Bur­roughs has came to admit that Jane will be Tarzan’s mate, she comes to her own, has a bit more spunk and even hunts a rab­bit. Of course, our beloved pro­tag­o­nist is put through much agony, fights and dar­ing escapes, as is only appropriate.

    Even though there are still many more books in the series, it’s obvi­ous that at this point the author is milk­ing his suc­cess­ful for­mula for all its worth.
    And you know what?
    It works.

    While I did not enjoy this book as some of the oth­ers, I still thought the novel was excit­ing and fun to read. Bur­roughs sets up the dark­est regions of Africa to hold lost cities full with secrets, gold and … dinosaurs, not a bad setup for future novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2006

    Great till Burroughs blew the ending

    I've been a huge fan of Burroughs for well over a decade now, and I've read a huge majority of his writings. As a sequel to the hugely entertaining Tarzan the Untamed, this was a novel I expected a lot from, and Burroughs didn't disappoint--till the end, that is. This will include spoilers, so anyone reading this who doesn't want a conception of the novel's end had better look away. For all the personal wrongs they had done him and the fact they clearly intended raping his wife and butchering him, Burroughs doesn't let Tarzan get personal revenge on Obergatz, Lu-don, and Mo-sar. Instead, while Tarzan's trussed up to be slaughtered like a lamb, Korak suddenly appears and becomes the book's deus ex machina. While it's cool at least a member of Tarzan's family did away with the villains, they never suffered as they should have for the murder they were about to commit, nor for the rape the contemplated against Jane Clayton. Clearly, Burroughs should have had Korak show up and free his father so the two could start slaughtering the villains immediately. Had it not been for this, the book would easily have deserved five stars for its rich imagery and nonstop action. Sadly, Burroughs decided to take what could have been the greatest Tarzan novel of all and ruin the ending. It's still recommended though for the 99 1/2% of the book that is good.

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