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  • Hardcover: 527 pages
  • Publisher: Center Point; Lrg edition (Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602855692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602855694
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 14.7 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,494,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Fahy's imaginative debut puts a fresh spin on the survival-of-prehistoric-beasts theme popularized by Jurassic Park.’ Publisher’s Weekly

‘Good, fast fun’ Bookseller

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What inspired you to start writing Fragment?
Having been fascinated with biology since I was a child (at the age of 9 I used to dig for fossils in the Hollywood Hills by myself after school, and I attended a neurobiology course at Cal-Tech when I was 11 years old), I have been a life-long student of naturalism, weaned by far-off heroes like David Attenborough, Louis Leakey, and Charles Darwin. That was my general inspiration in all things evolutionary. What specifically inspired the premise of Fragment were some of the writings of Stephen Jay Gould and the discovery of the Movile Cave in Romania, where 33 previously unknown species had evolved in total darkness after being sealed off for five million years. After tinkering with ideas based on these and other fascinating facts, the whole story suddenly fell into place in a flash of inspiration – and I dropped everything else I was working on and never looked back until it was done.

The scientific detail is very impressive, how long did it take you to research the background to the novel?
In a sense, all of my life. I have always pondered what forces brought about the emergence of our planet’s incredibly diverse life forms. It’s a constant audio track in my head. Once I began work on the novel proper, however, it took about three years of intense research to flesh out the ecosystem of Henders Island.
The creatures from the island are included in sketch form in the book. Did you always know how you wanted them to look?
Yes, I knew precisely how I wanted them to look, what kind of locomotion I wanted them to have, etc., then worked with scientists and artists to bring that to life, and during that process they evolved as necessary adaptations emerged. It was a very Darwinian process! What surprised me most was that no matter how outlandish and alien the species I thought I was creating, I nearly always found that nature had beaten me to it and that there was some living allegory that used precisely the same process or mechanism – sometimes in an even more outlandish form! Ironically, trying to outdo nature with all the freedom of my imagination gave me a renewed respect for nature’s staggeringly boundless invention.

Do you have any one scene in Fragment that you most enjoyed writing?
Without giving too much away, I had a blast writing the rover scene. One of the things I love to do is put characters into the most terrifying position I can imagine, with no clue how to get them out of it, strand them there and sit back to watch what happens. Did you find that the characters behaved as you had planned, or did they ever surprise you? They surprised me, often, and certainly did what they wanted to in most respects. Sounds odd perhaps, but I don’t create characters so much as identify them, put them in the situation, and then report on what they do. I know what kind of characters, in terms of skills and personality, I will need to have present to accomplish certain things, and outside of that, I let them go. Curiously, they won’t let themselves die sometimes, even if that’s what I had planned, and if and when they do die, it’s very hard for me to report the news of their deaths. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By StrontiumDogBoy VINE VOICE on 25 Jun. 2009
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I'm afraid that this simply didn't hold my attention: which is a sad thing to say about an island filled with prehistoric creatures. If anything would make for a rip-roaring adventure, then this should have been it. An intriguing (if not exactly original) premise is ruined by terrible characterisations and simply stupid character-decisions. Add to that some simply awful writing, and you've got an idea of what to expect. If you like the kind of sci-fi TV movies that Sky 3 shows in an evening, you might like this; if not, then avoid.
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Although proposed from a left over of a previous era of earth's history, This story is frightening in its implications in it's genetic implications for the future' As Wm Fehy says himself: ‘We’re crossing wires of evolutionary circuitry billions of years in the making and precipitating a genetic breakdown that could soon rage through our environment like a molecular plague. We have spliced the genes of jellyfish into mice to make them glow green in the dark. We have manipulated Hox genes to give houseflies a hundred legs and millipedes six. We have inserted the genes of insects into plants and the genes of plants into animals. There is practically nothing on earth that mankind does not use and nothing he will not “improve” if given the chance. And whatever is left is carelessly discarded. Pollution and global warming are merely precursors to the environmental apocalypse to come. He adds: ‘Before the century is out, if we have not destroyed ourselves first, or even if we have, we humans will probably have pounded the last nail into Earth’s coffin.

The author also presents us with a new specie that relates to us on our own level and presents us with a picture of how we might relate to it at first with hostility
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By Ursula K Raphael TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Jun. 2009
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A reality TV show stumbles across an island that has evolved quite differently than the rest of the world. For instance, the life on the island has copper-based blood, instead of our iron-based blood. The author does a good job of making the scientific explanations sound real, but not sure if it would stand up to real science. Nevertheless, Fahy obviously did serious research for this book.

Needless to say, all hell break loose after the first humans set foot on the island...my absolute most favorite scene is when one of the RVs is driving through a tunnel in the "jungle" and the people witness the vicious killing cycle firsthand.

It seemed a little too convenient that the island was found just before earthquakes start to break it down. I'm glad they were able to save "specimens," but the ending was anti-climatic after all the action sequences throughout the book. I could accept it if I knew a sequel was in the works.

I don't think it's fair to compare this story with The Ruins [DVD] [2008] because I'm pretty sure the plant life in the movie wouldn't be a match for what they find on the island in Fragment.

If you like the twists in this book, you might like Demons.
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It's painfully obvious from early on that single attractive man scientist and single attractive woman scientist are going to get together etc etc. The characters are a bit one dimensional and cliché but it rattles along for a while with a predictable plot until it becomes absolutely preposterous and looses any shred of credibility. Good science fiction contains good science and although this book means well and contains some long words it fails in every other regard. You can suspend your disbelief so much, it is fiction after all, but this is nonsense. The biggest crime this book commits though, and I can't stress this enough, is the author clearly does not understand what science is at a fundamental level. Fahy confuses science with philosophy and opinion. What separates science from an opinion is data. It's that simple. The baddy in this story has written a scientific book which he has just made up and doesn't personally believe in and the book is winning every scientific award going. That's not how it works, that's not what science is. You can't just write your opinion down and call it science. It's really destructive to portray science this way and I think Warren Fahy should be ashamed of him self.
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The premise of this book is simple... a reality TV show aboard the ship "Trident", answers a distress call on a remote, hitherto uncharted island. And then all hell breaks loose. In a mixture of "The land that time forgot", Jurassic Park and what was supposed to be a reality TV show, those aboard the Trident quickly find themselves up to their necks in nightmarish critters.

One of the things I enjoyed about this book was the fast-pace and the author's approach to not boring us with overly long histories of the major characters. He writes just enough to get us to bond with them, but not too much that we get bored with their childhood. I believe this book has the perfect balance for this kind of genre.

In-between the action, there is alot of science going on here. Just enough to use your head, and not so much that you begin to think you're reading Scientific American.

If you have a plane-trip planned, a hospital visit, or any other scenario where you need to bury yourself in something fun, I highly recommend purchasing this book. Expect to see a movie in the next few years. I'll definately go see it, just to watch the expressions on their faces.
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