Hello, lovely readers!
Unbelievably, I am back already with another book review! On the one hand, I feel pretty good about the fact that I have both read and reviewed another book so quickly, but on the other hand I feel like I need to be more reliable about this. I think it is due to the way I read; I never, never read only one book at a time, and in fact I usually have three to five books on the go at once. This usually results in long periods of time where I don’t finish or review any books, and then a series of reviews in quick succession. I am trying to change that!
I just finished At The Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Now, admittedly, I was predisposed to like this book because I really enjoyed Tarzan of the Apes and the Return of Tarzan. That compendium was one of the three books that kickstarted my love of classic fiction, so I was really excited to read something else by the same author.
This book is way, way different to Tarzan. I expected it would be, but it didn’t really hit me how different it was until I was actually reading it, which sounds stupid but is the truth nonetheless. Reading about the adventure of David and Perry to the perilous core of the Earth and the strange land that they found there was still thoroughly enjoyable though. It absolutely boggles the mind that authors can just create worlds like this, it really does. I mean, I hope to do the same one day but nothing puts modern literature in its place like reading works of classic fiction. For all this book is relatively short, it does a great job of creating the world it takes place in, if you know what I mean. All the details are there without being overwhelming. And things are just so well-thought-out. There is a reason for everything, and that is eminently satisfying as a reader.
Sure, there are some old-timey ideas and turns of phrase that don’t jive well with my more modern outlook sometimes, but that, I find, is true of pretty much every single classic I have read so far. As long as you read with an open mind, and the understanding that these books are written in a way that reflects the era they were written in, that shouldn’t affect your enjoyment of the book. And, what’s more, is that this story is apparently one in a series! So, while I am on a no-buy at the moment, it is actually quite neat knowing I can return to the world of Pellucidar, the world-within-a-world, in the future should I wish to (and I do).
Spectacularly, At The Earths Core also fulfills one of the prompts for the 2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge! I’m using this book for the prompt “A book that is a story within a story,” because David and Perry’s adventure is actually told as a story by David to the narrator, with whom the book begins and ends. I thoroughly recommend this book, especially if you are looking to ease into classic literature but might be somewhat intimidated by the enormous tomes that some of them are!
Excellent read, people.