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Cretaceous Sea

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2003

    Misogynistic cliched tripe

    This is one of the worst novels I've ever read. The story--one of time travel to the Cretaceous Period, betrayal, and financial investments--is passably interesting, and the dinosaur material approaches fascinating. But it's impossible to overlook the fact that all women act like and are treated as six-year-olds (while men are clever and caring, of course). It's impossible to avoid the trite ending, and the plot 'twists' that you can see coming at least 75 pages in advance. If that isn't enough for you, how about the fact that the more emotional the characters get, the more melodramatic and ridiculous the writing gets? Skip this book, and read something better. I may not be the biggest Crichton fan out there, but he's a heck of a lot better than this tripe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2002

    Uneven quality; boring and implausible in parts

    The idea of time travel and meeting descendents of mankind from the far future has a long pedigree. Dating in fact to the first book on time travel, "The Time Machine" by HG Wells. Later authors like Isaac Asimov with "The End of Eternity", and Poul Anderson and his Time Patrol stories expanded on this idea. Now comes this book, which combines it with rummaging through the Age of Dinosaurs, a la Crichton's "Jurassic Park". The book can be divided into three parts. The first is when our heros go from the 21st century to the Cretaceous. This section lacked tautness. The bad blokes are thin cardboard, and the plot unfolding was predictable and boring. The second part, and the most interesting, is when the heroes get stranded after the asteroid that kills most of the dinosaurs hits Earth. We learn how our heroes barely survive. A different take on most dinosaur books, which describe the lush environment. Here, there is only devastation. Fans of Jurassic Park will like this section. There is one implausibility here. At one point, the heroine tells her male companions to look the other way, before she strips in order to swim a river. By this time, they are struggling to survive. To get enough to eat and to keep warm. I suggest to you that a nudity taboo is a luxury that would have disappeared much earlier. Heck, think of your own experiences if you have ever been backpacking for several days in a coed group. Chances are, after a day or so, most of you would readily skinny dip. The third part concerns when our heroes are rescued by time travellers from the far future. Far enough that they have physically changed, and are unaware of normal human emotions of love, and of sex. Very implausible. We can imagine descendents that have decided to reshape themselves physically, and also emotionally. But even if they removed emotions, would they have lost knowledge of those? And what of sex? The descendents are male or female. Even if they reproduced asexually, the fact that they have kept vestigial sexual characteristics suggests that they would retain the knowledge of what those implied, even if they were no longer relevant. One of the descendents says they lost a lot of knowledge of earlier times, which supposedly accounts for their ignorance of the above. The author is confused. Losing records means that they might not know who was King of France in 1750. But their genes carry their own biological history. Overall, an uneven book. As science fiction, only moderately original. As an adventure novel, middling.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    for fans of Jurassic Park

    Con Greighton¿s father John is one of the wealthiest men in the year 2059, but to his daughter he¿s just an absentee father more interested in business and women than he is in her. When John invites Con on a mysterious journey with his fiancée and the trip¿s sponsor, the enigmatic Mr. Green, she accepts because it¿s a chance to do something never done before, journey back in time to the Upper Cretaceous period when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. When they arrive in prehistoric Montana Isle, paleontology student Rick Clements is elated to see in real life what he has only seen in fossils. Rick¿s job is to keep Con occupied while her father and Mr. Green discuss business, but when Rick realizes that they are on ground zero of the K-T meteor strike, a dream vacation turns into a nightmare. <P>Fans of Jurassic Park are going to love CRETACEOUS SEA as they glimpse into an era that has inspired many novels and movies. There are many surprises in this work so readers will never become bored or put the book down until they have all their questions answered. Will Hubbell has written a science fiction novel that will appeal to the action-adventure crowd. <P>Harriet Klausner

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