Author Topic: Edgar Rice Burroughs  (Read 8105 times)

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Edgar Rice Burroughs
« on: November 30, 2007, 11:38:36 pm »
Has anyone read his books?

He wrote the original Tarzan series (his most famous), the Barsoom series (John Carter series), and several other stand-alone novels and shorter series (the venus series, pelucidar, etc.).

I haven't read many of the Tarzan series, but my mother began reading me the John Carter books before I could talk. ^.^

I've noticed that someone has begun re-releasing some of his books. Most of the books are very entertaining, but unless you have a good used bookstore nearby, they can be hard to find (which is why I'm glad they are re-releasing them).

I "read" them for the first time when I was about 9-10, but I still find them awesome.

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Re: Edgar Rice Burroughs
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2007, 04:39:45 am »
I read Tarzan and a couple of books in the John Carter series.  They were a lot of fun, especially the Barsoom books.   :)
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Re: Edgar Rice Burroughs
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2007, 09:36:36 am »
I believe I've read ALL the Tarzan books, including a couple that are seldom published.  Haven't read Barsoom, but did -speaking of reading *all* the Tarzan books, read many if not all the Pellucidar books, including 'Tarzan at the Earth's core'.    One of my favorite actors from the 70s & 80s was in an adaptation of the first Pellucidar book(s) that I believe was made for tv.
And, this shows my weird obsessions; the guy that writes the really bad westerns I'm addicted to wrote both a Tarzan spin off and a Pellucidar follow up volume with the permission of ERB's estate, and I've read those, too.
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Re: Edgar Rice Burroughs
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2007, 10:45:50 am »
Did he do a bunch of books about people traveling to the center of the earth, but it was actually hollow and had a fake sun and had mute intelligent dinosaurs that had human slaves?  I remember taking out a bunch of books from the library when younger and seeing mention of Tarzan books in the foreward. 
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Re: Edgar Rice Burroughs
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2007, 10:48:21 am »
Dat's der bunny.
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Re: Edgar Rice Burroughs
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2007, 10:48:54 am »
Huh?
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Re: Edgar Rice Burroughs
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2007, 12:07:30 pm »
yes.  I gather you're not a Diskworld reader, GD.
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Re: Edgar Rice Burroughs
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2007, 12:46:40 pm »
Only a few of 'em.
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Re: Edgar Rice Burroughs
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2007, 01:06:47 pm »
Ah.

 Well, I've heard - don't have any idea if it's true, but I've heard - that ERB had some kind of bet about how bad a book could be and people would still buy and read it, something to that effect.  And then got stuck doing over 2 dozen sequels to Tarzan because people just wouldn't let go.
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Re: Edgar Rice Burroughs
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2008, 11:02:10 am »
Has anyone read his books?

I think I read just about everything he ever wrote during my teen years.  The whole Barsoom series (yeah SFBC and those killer Frazetta covers!  :D), the Pellucidar series, the Venus series, most of the Tarzan books.  I used to love those books.  They were a great mix of action, beautiful women and exotic locations.  When I went back to re-read some of them as an adult years later, I have to say I found them less enjoyable, outside of the nostalgic appeal.  They really show their age compared to more contemporary writing, and are very much a product of the "pulp fiction" era of scifi and fantasy.  :)
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Re: Edgar Rice Burroughs
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2008, 11:20:41 am »
That's for darned sure.  Consider just the movies, and the attempts to revive the series on TV a couple of times since.

Same thing with some of the other old series, which is a pity, they were fun.  The Doc Savage stuff, not quite as bad, but funnnnny these days!  They were a bit funny & outdated when I read them in the 60s & 70s, but now?  Wow!

And they're reprinting some of the Doc Savage books in trades the size of the pulp magazine, 4 'novels' to each, as well as some others from the same age.  Some Shadow and another 'pulp' series -- Black Mask?
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Re: Edgar Rice Burroughs
« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2011, 06:01:39 am »
A good overview of his work, with links to many available for free download, is here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Rice_Burroughs

see also here:

http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/b#a48

and here:

http://gutenberg.net.au/plusfifty-a-m.html#burroughs