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Re: Bit More On Raptor Red(Uh-Oh, Opinion)
Well John, I must apologise for actually having my own
opinion on this book. I didn't mean to have comments that don't fall
in with all the blindingly rave reviews it seems to be getting.
I do realize that this is FICTION and for that reason, I only
talked about how the book was written and not the palaeontological
information therein. I speak with the certainty of someone who could
write an English paper on it (I only graduated high sc.this past
summer, I'm still working it out of my system:-)). As a work of
FICTION, it is open to critiquing; and I(me, myself, and...)
personally thought that his style left somthing to be desired. I
imagine that there are those of you who wouldn't agree with my
opinion that Anne Rice is the best writer out there and you would be
well within your right to think that. If we are to look at _Raptor
Red_ as _The Dinosaur Heresies_ with a plot and a cast, then we
bother with it any more; but if it is to be considered a "real"
work of FICTION, then it is open to debate about how good it is.
So, should we stop trying to write dinosaur-point-of-view
stories? No. I never said that. All I said was that I didn't think
that Bakker was the best at it. There's this one story in particular
in the anthology _Dinosaur Fantastic_ called _After The Comet_(I
think) that I thought was rather good. It only used latin names once
or twice and had little in the way of metaphor or any other of Bob's
tools. Your only clues to the time frame was the title, fauna, and
characteristic bad weather. The animals also acted in our closest
approximation to the way real animals did/do think and act; they
weren't scaley people.
And by the way, my position isn't loftey. I'm just a first
year dino-nut who also writes fiction and had on hell of an English
"It's not a matter of there not being enough jobs in the field,
it's just getting the ones that are already around."