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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: #1,133,560 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.

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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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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By A Customer on Nov. 17 1998
Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on Feb. 10 2001
Format: Paperback
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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