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Eaters of the Dead

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Beowulf for modern audiences

It would seem the other reviewers failed to read the author's notes. Ibn Fadlan did write an account of his trip to Russia to see Vikings in A.D. 921 but Michael Crichton (on a dare!) fused that into a fictional retelling of Beowulf to make it exciting and accessible fo...
It would seem the other reviewers failed to read the author's notes. Ibn Fadlan did write an account of his trip to Russia to see Vikings in A.D. 921 but Michael Crichton (on a dare!) fused that into a fictional retelling of Beowulf to make it exciting and accessible for modern readers. The fictional, pedantic manuscript we read is his artistic device. The majority of the book is not an ancient manuscript but a clever novel masquerading as an ancient manuscript. But all in all, I loved the book and the movie!

posted by Anonymous on September 28, 2006

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Why Rehash Beowulf?

I was looking forward to reading a history, made into a story, that would cast a new perspective on an ancient race. Instead I was stuck reading a rehashed version of Beowulf. Very disappointed

posted by MsSea on November 17, 2009

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  • Posted November 17, 2009

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    Why Rehash Beowulf?

    I was looking forward to reading a history, made into a story, that would cast a new perspective on an ancient race. Instead I was stuck reading a rehashed version of Beowulf. Very disappointed

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    Eaters of the Dead (aka the 13th Warrier)

    Eaters of the Dead is based on the epic poem Beowulf. It is hard to follow, although M.C. does his best. I am not a fan of Vikings, etc., which may have caused my rating. When making movies of his books, I do not believe they have ever done justice to them (Jurassic Park being the exception to the rule - but then again, it was directed by Spielberg [need i say more]). I did not see the film, maybe it is better than the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2002

    This is BEOWULF by Michael Crichton

    OK, this is a fun read, but Crichton is less than forthcoming about this version of the Beowulf saga. If the author really means to provide readers with a trail into literature so they can, at their discretion, make up their own minds about the veracity of Ibn Fadlan's tale, then he should be as careful to note its amazing similarities to the Beowulf cycle of stories. This selective use of citations of ancient manuscripts is why I gave it two stars. I like a rangy yarn as well as the next person, but I do not care to have an author use pseudo-scholarly methods as 'authentication.' Also, my copy is dated 1976 and there is some really great material about Neanderthalers (including two analyzed samples of their mitochondrial DNA) that has been published since. You might also want to check out paleoclimate data (this story occurs just before the Little Ice Age) and have a good atlas at hand. Crichton does provide helpful geographic information. If you are not of an historical inclination, this is an enjoyable adventure yarn.

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