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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.
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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.
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 morePublished on July 23 2003
Dinotopia Lost is an exceptionally written masterpiece, and anyone who says otherwise hasn't read it! Read morePublished on Dec 28 2002
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 morePublished on May 28 2002 by jones
This is a fantasy book. Why anyone would be upset that it carries a fantastical theme I cannot even begin to fathom. Read morePublished on March 28 2002 by Hilary G.
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2001
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 morePublished on May 1 2000 by Kami
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 morePublished on Nov. 10 1999
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 morePublished on Oct. 21 1999 by Maria L. Brooks (email@example.com)