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Re: raptor red

I know this is an old thread, and most people didn't like it but... for some reason i did get into that book. (I was young).

One thing that no one else seems to have noticed is that Bob managed to sustain present tense from beginning to end of the book! Whether you like the story, the palaeobiology described, or Bob in general or not, I think that's something that deserves some credit. I don't think I could do that for longer than a paragraph, I dare you to have a go! Never heard of another book that does it (but admittedly, I'm not well read). I suppose he was after a sense of immediacy, and depicting the 'present tense world' in the mind of a wild animal. Anyone else noticed that, or know of another book that does it?

I've often wondered if this strange way of writing was subconsciously instrumental in helping most readers decide they didn't like it (in conjunction with all those other reasons). I think at first I subconsciously recognised the style as being written like a young children's book - those one sentence a page books designed for kids learning to read often remain in present tense - before I consciously recognised what Bob was doing...


At 05:15 AM 12/02/2005, Cliff Green wrote:
Dear Ian and List,

    I think that it was a great read. And forget another hidious JP
movie.Raptor Red would make a wonderful motion picture, if done correctly.


.Original Message -----
From: "Ian Paulsen" <birdbooker@zipcon.net>
To: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2005 11:52 AM
Subject: raptor red

> HI: > Since we are talking dino literature I picked up a copy of Bakker's > Raptor Red. What do people think of it? > > -- > Ian Paulsen > Bainbridge Island, WA, USA > A.K.A.: "Birdbooker" > "Rallidae all the way!" >

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