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Re: raptor red
For Paleo/Dark Fantasy tales in the present tense, check out the
work of Caitlin R. Kiernan - particularly _Threshold_ and _Low Red
Moon_ - both of which are excellent and integrate paleontology in a
Lovecraftian way. Also, I believe I read somewhere that Ms. Kiernan
was once a student of Dr. Bakker's.
On 10/20/05, Chris Glen <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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...
> 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" <email@example.com>
> >To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> >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
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> One Late Mesozoic mammal to an other after a hard day of dodging
> dinosaur feet and droppings, only to find their burrow trampled:
> "Hey, a falling star, make a wish."