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Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara Hardcover – Sep 1 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; 1 edition (Sept. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740764314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740764318
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 2 x 26.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #205,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

 James Gurney's unique blending of fact and fantasy has won Hugo, Chesley, Spectrum, and World Fantasy Awards. His work has been featured in one-man exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Delaware Art Museum, and the U.S. embassies in Switzerland and Yemen. He lives with his wife, Jeanette, in the Hudson Valley of New York State.

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Format: Hardcover
This new book delivers all the same enjoyment that the previous books in the series offered, but with the twist of all new places in Dinotopia to explore. James Gurney's imagination just keeps churning out innovative ways to show new and exciting cultures thriving within the continent of Dinotopia. His Art Work is amazing, so rich and full of detail and yet loose and painterly overall. Many would call this illustration, but it is Fine Art all the way. In our world of violence and violent entertainment, James Gurney offers us something much gentler. Within the pages of his books we find the love, honesty and diligent work ethic that we all inwardly crave.

You will not be disappointed.
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The illustrations in this masterpiece are breath taking- wonderful quality, the story is also engaging!

Makes for a great gift or collectors item.
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James Gurney is a god. Even this, arguably one of the weaker stories in his series, is an absolute thrill to explore.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9bb63c78) out of 5 stars 52 reviews
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ba3b6d8) out of 5 stars A journey deeper into Dinotopia Jan. 22 2008
By M. Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Journey to Chandara is, in my opinion, the best Dinotopia book written so far. It maintains the journalistic feeling of the first two books (A Land Apart From Time and World Beneath) while exploring new territory and characters. We travel to new cities, such as Bilgewater (built entirely out of ships), the nomadic Jorotongo, Thermana (mentioned, but not visited before), and the extremely exotic Chandara.

We get new characters to intrigue us, such as the Liners and Spotters of Sauropolis and their eternal debate on life. The emperor of Chandara is quite a surprise too; he's certainly not what you would expect!

One of the best things about Journey to Chandara is that James Gurney allowed fans to help. Fans were allowed to compile a list of cities and their locations, and their information was added to the updated map. Fans from the Official Message Board who visited James Gurney are also painted throughout the book.

The art is as astounding as ever. The Hudson River Valley School art style has certainly crept into many of Jim's paintings (Bilgewater, Ruhmsburg, and other landscapes), as well as some distinct Norman Rockwell (mostly in Jorotongo). Many of the paintings are near photorealistic while others maintain the National Geographic diagram style that has worked so well for Gurney.

My one problem with the book was the pacing. I sometimes felt that characters and places were introduced and left too quickly. True, this is what would happen on a journey across the island, but I wanted to stay with the characters longer and explore their cities just a little bit more.

All in all, this book is a great addition to the saga of Arthur Denison in his explorations of the island. I would highly recommend this book to anyone of any age.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ba3b72c) out of 5 stars A very good addition to the Dinotopia family Oct. 12 2007
By Jamie N. Stokes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Richly illustrated (one of the reasons I grabbed the book) and continues the theme of Arthur Denisons "found journals". Having grabbed the original Dinotopia and First flight, decided I wanted to add this to my collection.
Id give it 5 stars, except there seems to be the occasional odd "jump" in the narration, where I felt a bit left behind. Only happened in two spots though.
Overall, the rich images,some nearly photo standard, really carry the book, with the text linking it all together. Another visual treat from the imagination of James Gurney, I would recommend it for childeren from about 6 years old to those of us who have kept the child within us (no matter how old you actually are!). I intend to keep these copies not only for my children, but hopefully for their children also.
Highly recommended
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ba3bb64) out of 5 stars Amazing!! Oct. 19 2007
By M. Gaser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've followed James Gurney's career throughout my own (Matt Gaser) and each book he creates just keeps getting better. The details in every illustration take you to a magical place. For me it's inspiring to dive into his books travel into the mind of Gurney through the world of Dinotopia and then sketch/paint and create worlds of my own. A wonderful addition for any one period. Looking forward to his next project???
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ba3bf24) out of 5 stars Inspiration Oct. 25 2007
By Sean Samuels - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful story and a beautiful work of art...and a surprising place to find nuggets (reminders) about life's wisdoms. A great buy.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ba3c024) out of 5 stars Beautiful Journey Feb. 14 2008
By Brad Teare - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book takes you on a charming voyage I didn't want to end. I actually spaced my reading over several weeks to prolong the experience. Much like other Dinotopia books it is packed with charming scenes and intriguing narrative. I also finally figured out the magic of the Dinotopia series; the combination of paintings and narrative triggers memories and day dreams that actually alter consciousness (like all good art should). The reading experience was the closest I've gotten to that dreamy state of mind I achieved as a kid reading books like Treasure Island or Robinson Crusoe. Additionally, this book contains Gurney's best paintings ever.