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Dinotopia Lost Mass Market Paperback – Mar 26 2002


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (MM) (March 26 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441009212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441009213
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,263,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

With a film version of their adventures in development from Columbia Pictures, it's no surprise that the supremely intelligent and civilized dinos of James Gurney's slight but immensely popular illustrated fantasy yarns Dinotopia and The World Underneath are again tromping between book covers. What is an unexpected pleasure is Foster's storytelling this time out, so much more resourceful than in The Dig, the most recent of his many spinoffs and sequels. A band of pirates, lost at sea and led by the crafty and blustering Captain Brognar Blackstrap, invade the kingdom where dinos and humans live peaceably side by side. The brigands capture a family of dinosaurs, aiming to bring them back to England or the U.S., dead or alive. Their plans are foiled, however, by 18-year-old Will Denison, hero of Gurney's tales. In Foster's Swiftian take, the dinosaurs are moral, civilized beings, whereas humans can be brutish and dangerous. The pace is sometimes as slow as a stegosaurus, but this endearing tale should captivate readers with its imaginative storytelling and ecotopian message. 100,000 first printing; $250,000 ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Although previous friendly dinosaur works (e.g., Dinotopia, Turner Pub.) were more popular among children than adults, this installment by a best-selling sf writer (e.g., The Spoils of War, LJ 4/15/93) should have wide appeal.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
With two best-selling books under its belt ("A Land Apart From Time" and "The World Beneath"), it’s only natural the "Dinotopia" franchise expand beyond its children’s book beginnings. Enter "Dinotopia Lost," a full-length novel taking place in the land time overlooked. Notable sci-fi writer Alan Dean Foster tries his hand at adding his own style to James Gurney’s world. Can intricate story details and complex character interactions substitute for the fantastic eye-candy of Mr. Gurney’s books? Well, the results are mixed.

The centuries-long peace on the island is threatened by the arrival of pirates. These buccaneers only care for riches and fame, and they’ll stop at nothing to get what they want. The Dinotopian’s response to this unexpected threat is confusion; they rarely come into contact with hostile humans willing to kidnap helpless dinosaurs and tread where tyrannosaurs rule. They are also perplexed by the pirates viewing dinosaurs as nothing more than unintelligent animals and not sentient, sophisticated architects of the peaceful island civilization. Nevertheless, they are willing to negotiate peacefully with the pirates...after a loooong debate. Their slow deliberations prompt Will Denison, a man of action, to venture into the Basin on a rescue mission. He is accompanied by Chaz, a Protoceratops translator and Will’s foil in every way: he is cautious to Will’s bravado and often voices his discomfort and fear in the face of danger. Though cowardly on the surface, his role as translator is much valued when it comes to communicating with irate carnivores. Keelk, the brave young struthie who escapes the pirates, rounds out the rescuers.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the southern areas of the Indian Ocean, there exists an Atlantis, not solely for humans, but for what was previously thought extinct - dinosaurs. These unlikely companions co-exist in harmony, though not all of them, and have worked over the ages to build the grandest utopia ever. The peoples of this 'lost isle' have long since shed ideas such as money, violence, and self interest in favor of a better civilization. So when a group of murdering, pilfering, greedy - in short, the scum of the earth - pirates somehow land their ship amidst the dangerous coral reefs, the citizens of Dinotopia are in grave danger from the outside world. What follows is a standard adventure story, filled with multiple kidnappings, breathtaking chases, unexpected turncoats, and eye popping surprises. The reader is reeled in from the beginning, and given a mental thrill that stays long past the end of the page. Yet, with a few careful additions, Alan Dean Foster creates a tale that far surpasses any standard story.
Here, aside from providing entertainment, Alan Dean Foster also conveys a concept with a philosophical bent. Dinotopia is painted as heaven on earth, would this have been something we could have attained? Just as Dinotopia is the perfect society, the pirates represent humanity; which, from their actions, lead to the questions, do we destroy everything in sight if we cannot have it? Is our self interest so encompassing? Are we really as vile as those pirates are? There will be many who do not look beyond the veneer of an engrossing novel, but for those who do, Dinotopia Lost offers much re-reading value.
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Format: Hardcover
I rate this book low for lack of a better choice.
My 4th grader, who is a very capable reader, didn't finish it. She *loved* the other Dinotopia books, and was looking forward to reading this one. But we agree entirely with the review of Maria Brooks, who points out that the language in this particular one is a level up from the others in complexity. Consider the first page, which has words like "unnavigable", "proportionately", "brackish", "homogeneous", and "hue". Yes, these are words that I'd like my 4th grader to be familiar with, but when she doesn't know them, it really slows her down. And that's the first page out of three hundred! She had a wise teacher who said that if you pick up a book, and there are five words on the first page you don't know, then put it down for a year. So that's what we'll do with this one.
If your child can handle these words, then go for it. If plot and character development are as good as the others, it'll be great. So the one star is mainly for the inhomogeneity in reading level of the series, and the expectations for it by its fans that are not supported.
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Format: Hardcover
A few of the reviewers below slam "Dinotopia Lost" by Alan Dean Foster because they claim that the language is too difficult for children. But in doing so, they forget to look at its merits as, simply, a book.
This is an excellent novel that I, a college junior at time of writing, have read and reread numerous times. I personally feel that Foster managed to develop the characters of the Denisons to a level that even James Gurney, Dinotopia's creator, was unable to. He infuses the new characters with much three-dimensionality as well, especially the wild and wily pirate captain Brognar Blackstrap and his intellectual first mate, Priester Smiggens. And Tarqua, a character who shows up near the end of the book, is such a delight that if I tell you more about him I'll ruin some of the book's best moments.
Please, don't judge this as a "children's book." Judge it as a full-fledged novel, like I did.
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