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The reader is good but he reads a little too fast. The prose occasionally feels uncomfortable. The story is fantastic and not very believable. Caprona is the Land that Time Forgot. It is a fairly large island near Antarctica, warmed by volcanic processes, protected by 1200 foot sheer walls along it?s entire periphery, the result of a huge volcanic explosion that blew the top off of a gigantic volcanic mountain in the prehistoric past. It is a sanctuary to a prehistoric world where the laws of evolution took a different twist. Like most science fantasy of the 19th century, the story isn?t very believable so you will have to suspend your scientific skepticism to a much greater degree than is required for most modern science fiction. The book is worth reading because it is enjoyable and very short.
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Originally posted at FanLit
In Out of Time’s Abyss, the last volume of Edgar Rice Burrough’s CASPAK trilogy, we learn what happened to Bradley, one of the adventurers we met in the first novel, The Land that Time Forgot. As we expected, Bradley has frightening adventures on Caspak, is nearly killed by lions, bears, tigers, dinosaurs, etc, and he saves and falls in love with a beautiful young damsel in distress.
In this installment, we meet the Wieroo, the most highly evolved species on Caspak. Their form and society isn’t at all what the American and European adventurers would have expected. We also learn the rest of the mystery of the strange evolution that has happened on Caspak. Since this is Earth instead of a fantasy world, it’s all too far-fetched to believe, but that’s okay because we weren’t really expecting or demanding more from a lost world story.
The plot of Out of Time’s Abyss could have been enjoyable, but its problem is that, except for the episode with the Weiroo, it’s nearly identical to the previous two CASAPAK stories, The Land that Time Forgot and The People that Time Forgot: white man fights prehistoric creatures and falls in love with the adorable native girl he’s protecting. At this point, the formula which has worked well before has become stale.
Blackstone Audio’s version of Out of Time’s Abyss was read by Brian Emerson who does a great job. The CASPAK trilogy was published in 1918 so you can find both a print and an audio version in the public domain.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Out of Time's Abyss to be better than the print version?
As I've never seen the print I can't say. I found this on Audible and jumped at it
What did you like best about this story?
I enjoyed it as it finished off and closed gaps that were left open.
Have you listened to any of Brian Emerson’s other performances? How does this one compare?
No I've not but it was very good.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I just had a lost look on my face as I drifted around Caprona
Any additional comments?
A delight to find a third novel about Caprona, it tied up lose ends, brought the people that time forgot to their ultimate evolution and had a great story to boot. It was fabulous to return to the land that time forgot for an unexpected third time and I loved my return visit as much as I enjoyed my previous landings.