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West of Eden Hardcover – 1 Aug 1984

4.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Bantam; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (Aug. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553050656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553050653
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I read this years ago and remember I enjoyed it but I gave up on this Kindle version about a third of the way in.
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.
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The meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs did not strike, and they continued to evolve to the point where they have technology and a complex society. Humans have also evolved, but are still at the hunter-gatherer stage. An ice age is approaching, both species need to find new homes, there is conflict, it's all very exciting and I'm not going to tell you too much or else it'll spoil the story.
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.
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This book creeps up on you. You begin reading it and you think 'this is slightly tedious'. There are so many new words and names to get used to because of the imaginary world he creates. But once you get a few chapters in, BELIEVE me, it is all worthwhile! This a most fascinating, captivating tale set in the past, at the dawn of man, exploring the concept of him NOT being the only intelligent species to have evolved. It is absolutely excellent, mind-blowingly well-thought out, unbelieveable attention to detail, and thoroughly enjoyable.
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I first read book 1 and 2 in the early eighties when they were released, but I never managed to find a copy of book 3 at the time. So it's great to find them all here, easily accessible in kindle format and I can finally finish off Kerrick' s story. The concept of Dinosaurs actually surviving, evolving and ultimately coming into conflict with early man was a great one and these stories were a very enjoyable read. I'm looking forward to reading book 3 very soon once I've reread the other's.
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 :-)
Highly Recommended.
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I first read this book a few years after it came out having borrowed it from a library. I have ever since fought to try and remember the titles author. By chance whilst searching Google I managed to find a reference and here I am, book located. I have been unable to put it back down since.
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.
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Other writings of Harrisons can be a little trite and facile, the writing laughable, the plots obvious. But here, that is not the case, so if you dont be put off this series if you have felt badly about some of his other books.

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.
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By Caz on 13 Feb. 2013
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One of the most unusual and thought provoking Si Fi fantasies I have read in years. It is a trilogy and although 1 and 3 are in kindle format # 2 isn't. Apart from that amphibians as the dominant race is a unusual story subject.
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