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Remarkable Creatures: A Novel

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8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

A Remarkable Find

Mary Anning has been a unique girl ever since she survived being struck by lightning as a baby. She has a special knack for finding rare fossils of unknown creatures on the beaches near her home. Elizabeth Philpot is a young spinster when she meets Mary, instantly takin...
Mary Anning has been a unique girl ever since she survived being struck by lightning as a baby. She has a special knack for finding rare fossils of unknown creatures on the beaches near her home. Elizabeth Philpot is a young spinster when she meets Mary, instantly taking an interest in fossils herself. From this moment, we watch the friendship grow between these two different women as they navigate family, love, society, and the male dominated world of Fossils.

Chevalier has a uncommon ability to make people from a very specific time and place come alive once more. I had to pause a few times to remind myself that these characters lived long ago, as they felt so real and tangible to me. She has a writing style full of prose so beautiful and soft, it will make the vision at the edges of your sight blur until the only thing in focus is the page in front of you.

Unusual side effect: reading this book made me want to go scour the beaches for my own fossil finds!

posted by ChelseaW on December 1, 2009

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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Yawnfest

It is a shame to see such a beautifully written novel fall short to entertain. There was no plot, no height to the story, and no entertainment factor. It was extremely boring. I did finish it, however, by the time I reached the end I wish I wouldn't have. I was upset th...
It is a shame to see such a beautifully written novel fall short to entertain. There was no plot, no height to the story, and no entertainment factor. It was extremely boring. I did finish it, however, by the time I reached the end I wish I wouldn't have. I was upset that I devoted so much time to read it. There were several times the story would reach the point of wondering what's going to happen next and than nothing did. For instance, when bones of a woman were discovered on the the shore, there was no great mystery behind it. It is basically a story about the relationship of two woman who have fossil hunting in common. It is one long boring story about their lives intertwined. It was well written, but that is all I can say good about it.

posted by DodieND on January 28, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2010

    Why is the ebook more $$ than the paper copy?

    Why is the ebook more $$ than the paper copy?

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2011

    eBook more than paperback

    Come on, B&N - your pricing on Nook books should be lower than the paperback copies.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 26, 2012

    Nancy

    Do not waste your time. It helps that this is a real woman, but this is one boring book. I finished it for my book club only. A giant waste of time!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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