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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Yo-Ho-Ho and a bottle of rum… March 27 2014
By CSB
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded My Expectations July 23 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best By Far 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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2.0 out of 5 stars dinotopia is a lost cause. May 28 2002
By jones
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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1.0 out of 5 stars quite different in reading level than others Dec 2 2000
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly superb novel that will capture all! May 1 2000
By Kami
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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5.0 out of 5 stars WWWWOOOOOOWWWWW! Nov. 10 1999
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Dinotopia Lost:: A Review
In the southern areas of the Indian Ocean, there exists an Atlantis, not solely for humans, but for what was previously thought extinct - dinosaurs. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by Melody
5.0 out of 5 stars A notch or two above the original Dinotopia books.
A few of the reviewers below slam "Dinotopia Lost" by Alan Dean Foster because they claim that the language is too difficult for children. Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2002 by Thanos6
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 29 2002 by Hilary G.
5.0 out of 5 stars very good, and very exciting
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 more
Published on Feb. 11 2001
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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