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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: 16.8 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #929,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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PUNDU SINGUANG AND CHALK WERE WATCHING THE ocean, similar thoughts running through their minds though they were very different in appearance. Read the first page
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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
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. My friend and I are always exchanging good reads, and this came up in the conversation. I haven't read any of the other Dinotopia books, but I totally fell in love with this one. It has all of the elements of a good story: exotic settings, secret civilizations, kidnapping, rescue, pirates, and keen suspense. It took it a while to pick up at the beginning, but it just soared for the remaining pages. A page-turner to the end, this exceeded my expectations with flying colors.
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By "kellykaty2006" on Dec 28 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dinotopia Lost is an exceptionally written masterpiece, and anyone who says otherwise hasn't read it! The beginning dragged because it was setting the scene and characters, but Alan Foster made Dinotopia seem like an actual spot on the map. It was full of traps, pirates, kidnapping, rescue, amazing creatures, and everything else that is essential to a spectacular fantasy novel. This book is truly a work of art that should be enjoyed by all.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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. Foster does not use much detail in describing the characters or the island, and the reader is left with a vague kind of hazy idea of what things are like. Illustrations would have been a big help. I did like the idea of the book (an islnad where dinosaurs and humans live together) but i think Foster could have done a better job with it.
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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: Paperback
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 embarks the reader on a fantastic adventure. An escape from our everyday world with ideas that will surely get anyone thinking. When the marauding band of pirates threatens Dinotopia we find ourselves thinking, do all humans take interest only in the material values of the world?
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By A Customer on Nov. 10 1999
Format: Paperback
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. If your a resident or a dolphin-back in the world Dinotopia this is a great way to spend your free time.
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