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Dinotopia Lost [Mass Market Paperback]

Alan Foster
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March 26 2002
For countless centuries, the Land Apart from Time has been protected from intruders by the coral reefs surrounding the island. But when a storm-tossed ship finds its way to the shore, this lost world of humans and dinosaurs will be utterly exposed-to a crew of pirates...

"I am proud that Dinotopia can benefit from the rich imagination of this master storyteller...a bold new voyage...with unforgettable characters-both human and saurian-and a riveting adventure of the first order." (James Gurney, creator of Dinotopia)

"A good adventure story." (Science Fiction Chronicle)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Dinotopia Lost:: A Review Feb. 17 2004
By Melody
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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1.0 out of 5 stars quite different in reading level than others Dec 2 2000
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A notch or two above the original Dinotopia books. Sept. 13 2002
By Thanos6
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A little juvenile, but a good read Nov. 17 1998
By A Customer
I bought this book because it was written by Alan Dean Foster. I didn't know anything about Dinotopia when I started reading it. After I began reading it, I got the feeling that the Dinotopia series is aimed at a juvenile audience (teenagers maybe?), but I still enjoyed the book. When I first started it, I had trouble getting into it, but that went away as I read a little further. The premise is a little far-fetched (a utopian society inhabited by humans and intelligent dinosaurs), and in the first few chapters, Foster had an irritating habit of constantly reminding the reader that Will really wasn't afraid of heights (I only need to be told once, not every time he's not on solid ground), but eventually, he stopped doing that. The further I got into the book, the better it got.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good, and very exciting Feb. 10 2001
By A Customer
This is a great, great book. I loved every moment of it. The entire time I was reading it, I was either sighing, because I would rather be in Dinotopia then our world, or my heart was pounding through my chest. The book was very descriptive, without spending too many words giving useless details, and the scenes were almost visible. It was almost like I was in the book, watching what was going on, which only a small number of books have done for me. The plot is excellent, and has a nice, fulfilling ending. Foster brings the reading-level up, which overall made for a better book, in my opinion. Some of the other Dinotopia books were quick, fun romps, but this was a full-scale novel, and it was extremely good. I recommend it to everyone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Yo-Ho-Ho and a bottle of rum…
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... Read more
Published 5 months ago by CSB
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded My Expectations
I've read some of Alan Dean Foster's earlier works and found them to be well-written, but just not my type, I suppose. Read more
Published on July 23 2003 by "trumpetgeek44"
5.0 out of 5 stars Best By Far
Dinotopia Lost is an exceptionally written masterpiece, and anyone who says otherwise hasn't read it! Read more
Published on Dec 28 2002 by "kellykaty2006"
2.0 out of 5 stars dinotopia is a lost cause.
Dinoptopia lost was a short, rather boring book about a group of pirates who land on the shore of dinotopia. The plot is pointless and not enjoyable. Read more
Published on May 28 2002 by jones
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a good Fantasy book
This is a fantasy book. Why anyone would be upset that it carries a fantastical theme I cannot even begin to fathom. Read more
Published on March 28 2002 by Hilary G.
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly superb novel that will capture all!
Having experienced this novel was a complete pleasure! The descriptive language used in the book allows even the vivid of an imagination to conjure spectacular images and indeed... Read more
Published on May 1 2000 by Kami
5.0 out of 5 stars WWWWOOOOOOWWWWW!
This is one of the best Dinotopia books I`ve read in a long time. It may be a little harder to read for the smaller kids. Read more
Published on Nov. 10 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars The language style of this book is not for young readers
Our family adores the Dinotopia books, both from the original author and the offshoots. However, we found this book an extremely difficult read for our nine year old, who is a... Read more
Published on Oct. 21 1999 by Maria L. Brooks (brooks.m@ghc.org)
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read for young adults and older.
This was my first introduction to Dinotopia and the fertial imagination of Alan Foster has to be as ripe as aged vintage wine. Read more
Published on June 29 1999 by CharlesVan@aol.com
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