Pellucidar [NOOK Book]

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Pellucidar is a fictional Hollow Earth milieu invented by Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs for a series of action adventure stories. In a notable crossover event between Burroughs' series, there is a Tarzan story in which the Ape Man travels into Pellucidar.
The stories initially involve the adventures of mining heir David Innes and his inventor friend Abner Perry after they use an "iron mole" to burrow 500 miles into the Earth's crust. Later protagonists include indigenous ...
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Overview

Pellucidar is a fictional Hollow Earth milieu invented by Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs for a series of action adventure stories. In a notable crossover event between Burroughs' series, there is a Tarzan story in which the Ape Man travels into Pellucidar.
The stories initially involve the adventures of mining heir David Innes and his inventor friend Abner Perry after they use an "iron mole" to burrow 500 miles into the Earth's crust. Later protagonists include indigenous cave man Tanar and additional visitors from the surface world, notably Tarzan, Jason Gridley, and Frederich Wilhelm Eric von Mendeldorf und von Horst.

Geography:
In Burroughs' concept, the Earth is a hollow shell with Pellucidar as the internal surface of that shell. Pellucidar is accessible to the surface world via a polar opening allowing passage between the inner and outer worlds through which a rigid airship visits in the fourth book of the series. Although the inner surface of the Earth has an absolute smaller area than the outer, Pellucidar actually has a greater land area, as its continents mirror the surface world's oceans and its oceans mirror the surface continents.
A peculiarity of Pellucidar's geography is that due to the concave curvature of its surface there is no horizon; the further distant something is, the higher it appears to be, until it is finally lost in the atmospheric haze.
Pellucidar is lit by a miniature sun suspended at the center of the hollow sphere, so it is perpetually overhead wherever one is in Pellucidar. The sole exception is the region directly under a tiny geostationary moon of the internal sun; that region as a result is under a perpetual eclipse and is known as the Land of Awful Shadow. This moon has its own plant life and (presumably) animal life, and hence either has its own atmosphere or shares that of Pellucidar. The miniature sun never changes in brightness, and never sets; so with no night or seasonal progression, the natives have little concept of time. The events of the series suggest that time is elastic, passing at different rates in different areas of Pellucidar and varying even in single locales.

Culture:
Pellucidar is populated by primitive people and prehistoric creatures, notably dinosaurs. The region in which Innes and Perry initially find themselves is ruled by the cities of the Mahars, intelligent flying reptiles resembling Rhamphorhynchus with dangerous psychic powers, who keep the local tribelets of Stone Age human beings in subjugation. Innes and Perry eventually unite the tribes to overthrow the Mahars' domain and establish a human "Empire of Pellucidar" in its place.
While the Mahars are the dominant species in the Pellucidar novels, they seem confined to their handful of cities. Before their overthrow they use the Sagoths (a race of gorilla-men who speak the same language as Tarzan's apes) to enforce their rule over the human tribes within the area which they rule. Though Burrough's novels suggest that the Mahar realm is limited to one relatively small area of the inner world, John Eric Holmes' authorized sequel Mahars of Pellucidar indicates there are other areas of Mahar domination.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149181810
  • Publisher: e-Kitap Projesi
  • Publication date: 5/26/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,145,053
  • File size: 964 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2009

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    An extremely good sequel

    I read this book because I thoroughly enjoyed At The Earth's Core. This is the sequel to that book, and is every bit as good. I am a fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs, but some of his books seem to be dated. Not the Pellucidar books. Pellucidar and At The Earth's Core are thrilling escapism at it's best. There is hardly a dull moment as the characters catapult from one adventure to another. This may be described as science fantasy because there is very little relation to science facts as we know them today, but who cares when a story carries you along so well. The interior of the planet wasn't nearly as well understood when these stories were written as it is today, and even with that disclaimer the author could be said to have taken wild liberties with reason. Scientific accuracy is not the point. The point is that Burroughs has constructed a universe of romance and daring set in an exotic locale. It's just good fun! Most people know Burroughs for his Tarzan series, but I think the Pellucidar books hold their own as classic adventure novels and this one, Pellucidar, is certainly a fine example. I believe there are actually seven books in the series altogether. However, they each stand alone well. I do recommend reading At The Erath's Core first, though, because it lays out the basic storyline and concepts that all the other books basically follow. All in all, Pellucidar is a great read.

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    Posted June 29, 2013

    Dust Man

    "A gift to the king." He lays down three Wishes on the doorstep to the throne-room, each usuable only once. Turning, he tugs on the straps of his backpack and quietly walks out.

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  • Posted January 1, 2012

    Recommended

    Another example of Edgar Rice Buorroughs' fantasy worlds with much adventue and romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    A great book, except for...

    A wonderful novel all in it's one, however I'm only giving it four stars because of the constant typographical mistakes that populate the book more than the saurians and mysteries do! Now, it's not too bad as to make it unreadable but it definitely tears you out of the amazing story (At least it did for me) so often that I got tired of it near the end. Nonetheless, a true classic for generations to come.

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