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Mammoth
     

Mammoth

3.8 13
by John Varley
 

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Not content with investing his fortune and watching it grow, multibillionaire Howard Christian buys rare cars that he actually drives, acquires collectible toys that he actually plays with, and builds buildings that defy the imagination. But now his restless mind has turned to a new obsession: cloning a mammoth…

In a barren province of Canada, a mammoth

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Mammoth 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Johny556 More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing, I do not read allot of sci-fi, but this takes the cake, crazy Billionare, time travel, mammoths, LAZERS! What more does one need? Nothing this is perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love a good time travel book and this one has all the ingredients for one. It does get a little bogged down and side tracked about mid way through the book, but overall it is a good read. Howard Christian is a very rich man who buys whatever he wants, and at the moment he wants to breed a Woolly Mammoth, so he hires a team to find and excavate a frozen Mammoth, so that he can have the DNA extracted to create a elephant/mammoth hybrid. When the crew discovers a caveman's body frozen next to the carcass wearing a very modern wristwatch, Howard's obsession takes a turn. A metal briefcase lying next to the caveman has to be a time machine, so Howard goes about hiring the best of the best to figure out how to make it work, which is Matt Wright, the smartest mathematician around. In the meantime, Howard continues his quest to breed the Mammoth by hiring Susan Morgan, an elephant trainer, to help care for the elephant that has been artificially inseminated with the elephant/mammoth embryo. Working next door to each other in a warehouse on their separate projects, Susan and Matt meet and fall in love. When an accident sends the two of them back in time, to the Ice Age, and then home again, with half a dozen living, breathing Mammoths accidentally transported forward in time, their lives change forever. Who was the caveman found next to the Woolly Mammoth and how does it relate to Matt & Susan's jaunt back in time? This really is a good story, with a fantastic, ending that brings the whole thing together and makes you wonder? Is time travel possible?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book to read by the pool. Enjoyed thoroughly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like most of Varley's work, this novel has a crisp style and interesting story. It kept me entertained throughout and I devoured it quickly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Varley is good science fiction writer but this book, which I could hardly wait to get and read, was disappointing. The beginning and the end were up to Varley's standards. It was the middle of the book that made you turn pages one after the other without reading them. A lot of information that was not relevent to anything and when it was relevent, it was boring. The concept is great but it needed more creative development.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Multibillionaire Howard Christian is known for a lack of patience and obsession when he sets a stretch goal. Currently, he has his team searching Nunavent Territory, Canada in a quest to find a wooly mammoth, which they do thanks to the Inuit. Howard wants to clone one with his plan to use the bull¿s testicles to provide DNA to have expert Dr. Susan Morgan in vitro fertilize an elephant.................... However, a corpse by the frozen mammoth reveals two startling developments, a body with a wristwatch on and a brief case with words in English etched on it. Meanwhile Howard hires the world¿s leading mathematical physicist on time theories Professor Matthew Wright to lead a team repairing a time machine that Howard possesses. As Matthew and Susan wonders what is gong on and who is the corpse with the watch, they ponder what Howard¿s true agenda actually is.......................... MAMMOTH is a terrific science fiction thriller with a fabulous final twist that will shock the audience. The story line grips the audience who will wonder along with the two leading scientists why Howard is pushing both paths and how the briefcase and watch got to the prehistoric epoch mindful of a classic EC comic involving modern day scientists and the first creature trying to leave the sea. The cast is a delight as the prime players seem real, but it is the science in which John Varley has HG Wells meets Jurassic Park that hooks the audience....................... Harriet Klausner
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I would like to see John Varleys "GAEAN TRILOGY" on my "NOOK", I READ THEM EVERY FOUR OR FIVE YEARS. The story keeps getting better...
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an outstanding book that used the native lanscape. I thought I knew where he was going only to be sent for a spin.Bravo! John Varley built great characters with everday flaws and needs. How many kinds of Mammoths are there? Did early man eat them? What is the gestation of an elephant? Read and learn!
NYMuseum More than 1 year ago
I tried several times to continue reading the story but could not get interested in such a tar pit plot so I decided that fate should take a hand and I left it on a subway seat.