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RE: raptor red

I read Raptor Red when it first came out and I still think that it is an 
outstanding book at least attempting to portray the Utahraptor and its 
contemporaries as living, breathing animals.  Very few authors would dare go to 
the level that Bakker did with making these animals come to life.  But this is 
not that unusual with Bob Bakker as he has always done things his own way 
throughout his career and I respect him for it. In my opinion, Bob wrote the 
book for himself to help illustrate some of his theories about hot blooded 
dinosaurs and how he believes them to have been active predators, he decided to 
share it with the world. Even if there are elements of contemporary animal 
behavior which was borrowed from in making Red and her family live and breathe, 
it is still wonderful being given the framework for imagining these creatures 
alive in their own environment. 

I think that is why many of us who love dinosaurs got a chill of excitement 
when we first saw the Brachiosaurus walking across the 30 foot high big screen 
when Jurassic Park first came out, or seeing the head of T-Rex rise above the 
fence.  Were there artistic licenses taken from these images?  You bet, but it 
does help keep the interest in dinosaurs alive in the minds of the young kids 
who dream of someday being dinosaur scientists like I did years ago myself.  
It's picturing dinosaurs as live creatures that fuels my love for them and my 
desire is to see better more detailed books come out to follow in the path of 
Bakker to illuminate this incredible time on earth.   

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
Andrew Simpson
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2005 11:17 AM
To: s370548@student.uq.edu.au; dinonaut@emerytelcom.net; dinosaur
mailing list
Subject: raptor red

--- Chris Glen <s370548@student.uq.edu.au> wrote:

> 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...
> Cheers,
> Chris

I know of three comic books written in present tense.
Prehistoric Manifesto #2 and #4 and Dinosaur Comics
#1. Trilobite Comics.com for more info.

As for Raptor Red, though there is a fantastic and
well described attack on an Astrodon... Or other large
herbivore, I felt that the 'raptors' behavior was
merely transposed animal behavior. Not much
interesting in that. 

Andrew Simpson

> 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.
> >
> >Cliff
> >
> >.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!"
> > >
> ------------------------------------------------
> Chris Glen
> PhD candidate,
> School of Biomedical Science
> Anatomy and Developmental Biology Dept.,
> University of Queensland
> Room: 418
> Phone: (07) 3365 2720
> Mob: 0408 986 301
> Email: c.glen@.uq.edu.au
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