West of Eden Hardcover – 1 Aug 1984
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"An exciting adventure into a 'what if' world. A brilliant work of creative imagination, one that rivals in conception, scope, and execution of plot Jean Auel's bestselling novels." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It is riddled with stupid spelling errors. Did a ten-year-old proof-read this? A quick spell-check would sort it out!
Some of the errors I came across:
possesions, unpleasent, completly, satisifed, similiar, betweeen, possesed, posssibly,
arivals, questiongly, om, acomplished, carniverous, foward, loooked, barrrier, themelves,
inititive, philosopy, absoluteley, reasearchers.
Also, too many duplicated words:
"Kerrick bit the knot off with his his teeth."
It should be sent back to the publishers for correction.
The plot is good in that it's got enough to it to keep you reading, but it's not too wildly complicated to require you to take notes. I would say that the fact that each species gives places different names gets rather confusing, it's hard to work out where they are, but the second and third books have little maps in them which makes it that much easier. The structure of dinosaur society is nice (well, not for the dinosaurs, but it's a nice bit of plot), and the characterisation is really good, you really get to hate the bad guys and love the good ones.
Definately a book I would recommend to my friends, although maybe only the ones who share my love for fantasy, sci-fi etc. Fans of family sagas and trashy love stories keep away, there are far too many silly new words and hunters-sitting-round-a-fire scenes.
If you like your sci -fi you should enjoy these books. Imagine 'One Million Years B.C' mixed with 'Planet Of The Apes' and you won't be far wrong. All that's missing here is Raquel Welch....unfortunately :-)
The story follows a young boy captured by intelligent descendants of the dinosaurs in a world that did not see the mass extinction of these fantastic creatures. Instead human and dinosaur have evolved into intelligent species on separate landmass. But the world is cooling and the intelligent dinosaurs must find new homes across the sea. The stage is set for the first ever large scale conflict in the world.
This is something of an alternative-history. Dinosaurs have not been wiped out. but have continued to evolve into intelligent bipeds. But man has also evolved and has reached approximately a stone age technology. Cue a confrontation between the two species.
The reptilian society contrasts nicely with the human - it is female-dominated, eschews maths, has not discovered fire, has taken genetic engineering to such an extent they have avoided the need for technology (eg food is predigested by enzymes instead of being cooked, they have submarines that are genetically modified marine animals). There are interesting and, as far as they go, fairly accurate descriptions of the reptilian anatomy.
This is a good, fun, adventure yarn. Its not particularly subtle - dont expect a satire on modern human society or anything as intellectual as that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had books 2 and 3 so was pleased to read this, now started on book two again as I will get a different slant on it now.Published 9 months ago by Nuada
I borrowed this book from a library sometime ago. Really liked it. Very good escapist fiction. Couldn't find the next two in the trilogy in libraries or books stores so, ordered... Read morePublished on 30 July 2012 by Pradeep A. Jayatunga
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