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The Crystal Skull

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

The Crystal Skull is awesome!

The title of this book is referring to a sapphire that is carved into a skull. The skull can stop the end of the world from happening. Historical happenings and end of the world were predicted by the Mayans, Nostradamus, and lots of other people in history.

My favor...
The title of this book is referring to a sapphire that is carved into a skull. The skull can stop the end of the world from happening. Historical happenings and end of the world were predicted by the Mayans, Nostradamus, and lots of other people in history.

My favorite chapter is chapter 6. I like this chapter because it brings you back in history to one of the main characters, before he was dead. Cedric Owen was a professor who discovered the big cave where the crystal skull was hidden.

I thought what the author did with quotes was cool. At the beginning of each chapter she put in a quote from one of the people who foretold the future, like Nostradamus. I also liked how she switched back and forth between current time and ancient time. At the beginning of each chapter there is a heading that tells you the date the chapter is set in.

This book is really good. There was nothing in it that I didn't like. I think this book is appropriate for age 15 through adult. I really liked this book because it has a blend of history, mystery and mythology and science.

posted by san_carlos_skaterAR on May 13, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Stay away from this book

Dull, boring, and slow are adjectives that can be used to decribe this book. With the the interest in "end of the world" stories and the December 2012 Mayan calendar end cycle date, there was certainly the potential for an exciting action packed story. Not this book. ...
Dull, boring, and slow are adjectives that can be used to decribe this book. With the the interest in "end of the world" stories and the December 2012 Mayan calendar end cycle date, there was certainly the potential for an exciting action packed story. Not this book. The story plodded along, the characters were stereotypical and cardboard, and the action sequences were dull and poorly structured. To give one an idea of how poorly this story is constructed, the primary mechanism to move the plot along is "feelings" the crystal skull caused some of the main characters to experience. The book needed significant editing and some chapters needed to be completely re-written. The ending was a major disappointment, especially after having suffered through such a slow moving story. The only reason I made it through the book is that is was the only reading material I had on a very long airplane ride. Lee Child's cover quote that uses the word "scary" can't possibly refer to this book. Perhaps he was referring to the reading experience itself. Ms. Scott attempts to use Nostradamus and the so-called Mayan prophecies around which to build a story, but the book is poorly researched and lacks sufficient interesting historical substance to make the book entertaining. Did I mention the word "boring"? James Rollins, Steve Berry, and Dan Brown all do this type of genre much better. Stay away from "The Crystal Skull" and try one of these other writers for a rewarding read.

posted by 1574322 on July 9, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2009

    Stay away from this book

    Dull, boring, and slow are adjectives that can be used to decribe this book. With the the interest in "end of the world" stories and the December 2012 Mayan calendar end cycle date, there was certainly the potential for an exciting action packed story. Not this book. The story plodded along, the characters were stereotypical and cardboard, and the action sequences were dull and poorly structured. To give one an idea of how poorly this story is constructed, the primary mechanism to move the plot along is "feelings" the crystal skull caused some of the main characters to experience. The book needed significant editing and some chapters needed to be completely re-written. The ending was a major disappointment, especially after having suffered through such a slow moving story. The only reason I made it through the book is that is was the only reading material I had on a very long airplane ride. Lee Child's cover quote that uses the word "scary" can't possibly refer to this book. Perhaps he was referring to the reading experience itself. Ms. Scott attempts to use Nostradamus and the so-called Mayan prophecies around which to build a story, but the book is poorly researched and lacks sufficient interesting historical substance to make the book entertaining. Did I mention the word "boring"? James Rollins, Steve Berry, and Dan Brown all do this type of genre much better. Stay away from "The Crystal Skull" and try one of these other writers for a rewarding read.

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