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Old 03-28-2008, 12:43 AM   #1
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Collingwood, Harry: The Strange Adventures of Eric Blackburn v1, 27 Mar 2008

There's nothing quite like going out for a nice relaxing cruise, having a meteor crash through your boat and finding yourself shipwrecked on an uncharted isle. As luck would have it, the island happens to be full of war-mongering apes and deadly frog-like creatures that happen to be the size of donkeys.

Everyone knows that pesky killer frogs always end up ruining a good day on uncharted islands. Don't forget to stay away from the watermelon-sized spiders that happen to be everywhere--they have webs strong enough to snare a grown man-child like myself.

Oh yeah, throw in a savage king, some mean pirates and even hidden treasure.

These are the adventures of Eric Blackburn, fourth officer of the ill-fated sailing ship, "U.S.S. Saturn."

I'm always on the look out for a nice "lost world/uncharted land" kinda adventure story and this fits the bill. It's a well-written, fast-paced adventure tale and it makes for some great saturday afternoon reading.
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Old 03-29-2008, 06:58 AM   #2
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Thank you for this book. I love old pulp fiction.

I went searching for more information because I like to know the year a book was first published.

I found some great information here:

http://www.athelstane.co.uk/collngwd/ericburn/about.htm

The first edition of this book is dated 1922. The edition used is dated 1922. The publisher was Blackie and Son Limited, London, Glasgow, Bombay. The number of pages is 309.

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We found the original publisher’s blurb for this book:

In Chapter I the reader is introduced to Eric Blackburn, fourth officer of the ill-fated “Saturn”, and hero of this story. The s.s. “Saturn” is overtaken in mid-ocean by a sudden and irreparable disaster, Blackburn being the sole survivor. Picked up by a sailing ship, the castaway finds himself elevated to the position of skipper, and joins in a search for hidden treasure. The search is successful, but on its way to port the ship is wrecked on an uncharted island.

Blackburn and the dead captain’s son reach land safely, and while exploring have many adventures and experiences. They become acquainted with a savage king, to whom they render aid in repelling attacks by huge apes which are a continual menace.

The treasure, which they have saved, proves a source of danger when two doubtful characters, former members of Blackburn’s crew, turn up unexpectedly. A settlement is effected, but complications arise and disaster is narrowly averted.

Later, the hero and his companion leave their island home, carrying the treasure with them.
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I love the old pulps as well. I'll try to remember to put the publication date in my descriptions. I thought their book description had a wee bit too many spoilers for this book though.

I have been reading this book and I really like it. In fact, I'll be posting more of Collingwood's stuff because I think he's a great writer. I'd never even heard of him before I found this book.

The website you found is a great resource for descriptions of his books. Thanks!
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