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Empire of the Ants Mass Market Paperback – Feb 2 1999


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (Feb. 2 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553573527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553573527
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By MP on April 15 2013
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Werber is a great story teller. I read the trilogy in french and all his other books. Too bad they are difficult to get in english when available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 31 1997
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Have you ever been fascinated by ants? If not, after reading this book, you will. This is a war/detective/adventure/thriller strory set up in the empire of the ants. There are also co-starring a couple of humans and a dog, but the main character is young female ant.
The author knows what he writes, he have studied ants for years, and the book is filled with real and accurate details. So, you could almost believe that this is (almost) true story after all (with an exception that ants aren't really *that* smart the author tries to pretend)...
The only (minor) drawback comes from the translation (the original title is in French).
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This is a wonderful story written in a way that makes it near impossible to put down. It leaves you with many thoughts that will follow you around for days. And you'll never look at an ant the same way again.
This is fiction at its best: smart, fun, imaginative but not pretentious or stuffy.
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Bernard Werber is a genius. The way he jumps back between the fascinating heirarchial ant world and that of the individualistic off-kilter humans is wonderful to read. The first time I opened the book, I couldn't put it down for long time; it was so engaging and easy to read. The author mixes the factual and the fictional when dealing with the ants, which makes one wonder where the line between truth and fiction truly lies. His imaginative perspective on the society of the typical russet ant will forever change how I think of them, and in a larger context any social insect.
It is a shame that none of his other books have been translated into english, because as I understand it Empire of the Ants is the first part of a trilogy. I'd truly love to see what Mr. Werber has come up with since then.
True speculative grandeur!
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Empire of the Ants is a great read. I got bogged down a few times by an over abundance of details, but not enough to make me lower my rating of this book. It is translated from French, so sometimes the writing is a bit bumpy. The story is really original and completely captivating. I even found myself dreaming about the story at night...
This book was recommended to me by a friend and I went into it a bit skeptical, but it is amazing how much I got into ant life and the "characters" in the story. It is hard to find in bookstores...I ordered mine from Amazon. I have heard that there is another book that continues with the "ants" saga, but unfortunately, to my knowledge it is in French and is yet to be translated. One thing interesting...I enjoyed the character development of the ants more than I did the people.
Overall, a decent read and definitely something different.
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By Brett Badeaux on Oct. 24 2003
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It was my favorite book. It just puts images in your head. ne of the most thought provoking books ive read. I would reccomend it to anyone whos interested in nature or a good book that is different.
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Simply wonderful. All too often the ever elusive "Sense-of-Wonder" is completely absent from modern SF. Not so with this one. This is a keeper!
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By Ouri on Feb. 28 2003
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I like to think I've read many great books. But the BEST of them all, in my mind, is whithout any doubt Bernard Werber's masterpiece. This is a work of genius - science-fiction, philosophy, real science, History, a great story; it has everything! I couldn't possibly reccomend it enough.
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