Dinotopia Lost Mass Market Paperback – Mar 26 2002
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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.
From Library Journal
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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)