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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Dinotopia by James Gurney. In the year , biologist and explorer Arthur Denison and his son, Will, set out on a sea voyage of discovery and adventure. When a powerful typhoon wrecks the ship in uncharted waters, Arthur and Will are the sole survivors.
Washed ashore on a strange island called Dinotopia, they are amazed to find a breathtaking world where cities are built on waterfalls, people have In the year , biologist and explorer Arthur Denison and his son, Will, set out on a sea voyage of discovery and adventure. Washed ashore on a strange island called Dinotopia, they are amazed to find a breathtaking world where cities are built on waterfalls, people have found new ways to fly, and humans and dinosaurs live together in harmony.
With new discoveries at every turn, Arthur and Will embark upon their own separate journeys to unearth the mysteries of Dinotopia. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published March 1st by HarperTrophy first published More Details Original Title. Locus Award for Best Non-Fiction Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Dinotopia , please sign up. I used to watch the Hallmark mini series as a teen and loved it.
Is the book series similar? Amy The books are even better! I love the movie but the illustrated books are spectacular. Kendall Moore Only Jumanji comes to mind. See 2 questions about Dinotopia…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 01, J. Shelves: illustrated , childhood , reviewed , adventure , america , fantasy , lost-world , art.
This fanciful retelling of "The Land that Time Forgot" would just be a passable if fun story if not for Gurney's rather lovely artwork. His imagining of his new and strange world carries a depth and weight that, to be trite, truly transports you there--but then, that's what he built his career on. A competent draughtsman who plied his imagining of ancient Egyptian rituals and architectural recreations in the pages of National Geographic, Gurney's style evokes the travelogue of a naturalist whi This fanciful retelling of "The Land that Time Forgot" would just be a passable if fun story if not for Gurney's rather lovely artwork.
A competent draughtsman who plied his imagining of ancient Egyptian rituals and architectural recreations in the pages of National Geographic, Gurney's style evokes the travelogue of a naturalist which is, happily enough, his story's frame , so that the sometimes indulgent fantasy or unremarkable characterization mostly comes off as an occasionally unlikely or overly likely world. This isn't to say that his art is always wholly successful--there are rough patches here and there, especially when his sartorial and tonsorial choices cause his characters to resemble late 60's hippies.
It reminds me of the way that one can always tell when a period film was made because the costuming is always viewed through the lens of modern fashion, so that 70's Shakespeare is all wide lapels and feathered bangs, which the 80's trades in for mullets and angular silhouettes. Portrayed as a travelogue of a shipwreck survivor on the island of Dinotopia, Gurney successfully captures the feel of early century sci-fi tales which even today seem only just beyond the realm of possibility.
It seems that the only area positively affected by a little scientific naivete is that of the visionary futurist. Of course, it was not as difficult for Gurney to look back and imitate this method than it was for the original Victorian authors to create it, though it is not a very familiar style for modern readers, anyway.
View all 12 comments. Nov 18, Fiver rated it it was amazing. A very exceptional book, in many ways. Readers of this critique, please don't think that I'm giving this book five stars simply because it was a childhood favorite and I openly admit to having loved this book since I was a child.
Dinotopia is the kind of book that is so easy laugh at at the mere description: two travelers stumble on a hidden island where humans and dinosaurs live together! Break out the grenades, cavewomen, and giant apes, right? The reason Dinotopia deserves five stars is tha A very exceptional book, in many ways. The reason Dinotopia deserves five stars is that it rises above its seemingly 'silly' premise to make a book that will entertain and inspire people of any age. The beautiful paintings are colorful enough for young children, interesting enough for older children, and deep and rich enough for adults.
James Gurney is so devoted to the world of Dinotopia, to the culture, the language, the architecture, the clothing, and the characters, that I am amazed even today at how seriously I take the book. The story is told as a series of diary entries from the point of view of an explorer encountering the land for the first time, and there is thank heaven! Gurney takes advantage of the leftover space perfectly, by presenting audiences with a vibrant creation. The thrill of Dinotopia rests surprisingly little on the dinosaurs themselves.
Looking at the book now, I am shocked to realize that I was as intrigued by the architecture, language, and customs of Dinotopia as anything else.
Those who think they could never swallow the idea of sentient dinosaurs saurians in the book are treated as an interesting merging of peers with plowbeasts may just be surprised at how unimportant the broad disregard of scientific accuracy is: Mr.
Gurney has included the dinosaurs to add a sense of wonder, to show culture differences, and even to seriously examine what life would be like if, well, if we could have a friendly chat with a forty-foot taxi. Altogether, this book is a wonder. It actually raises good adult questions about societies and cultures, but more importantly, it fully succeeds in pulling even the intelligent reader into a truly fantastic world.
Shelves: childrens-fiction , dinosaurs , childrens-fantasy. Although their initial reaction is one of fear - Arthur, believing that he and Will are in danger, even strikes Bix, the gentle Protoceratops translator who later becomes their great friend, at the beginning of the story - eventually the Denisons adjust to life in this strange new world.
They travel first to Waterfall City, where they spend a few years learning about Dinotopia, before they continue on to Canyon City, where Will trains become a Skybax rider - a human who rides the flying dinosaurs, Quetzalcoatlus Skybax - and Arthur becomes fascinated by the "world beneath" the canyons.
Eventually Arthur sets off on a voyage into the subterranean world beneath Dinotopia, while Will continues his training. The two are reunited in the Dinotopian capital, Sauropolis, but the implication is that Arthur's further travels, only hinted at in the narrative here, will form the basis for the sequel, Dinotopia: The World Beneath. Originally published in , Dinotopia was an instant success, launching a series of children's novels set in its fantastic world, as well as two television series based upon it.
Although long aware of Dinotopia - I have owned an edition of the book for years - I never happened to pick it up until I ran across the new special edition put out recently by Calla Books. I'm glad I finally gave it a chance, as I found it an immensely engaging story, one which, with both text and image, drew me into its imaginative world. Part travelogue, part fantasy, part picture-book, it is all magic, and is sure to leave readers young and old wanting more.
I enjoyed poring over the beautiful illustrations, enjoyed the story, and had no sooner finished than I wanted to start the sequel, which I will now have to track down. Recommended to all dinosaur lovers, young and old, and anyone who appreciates truly immersive works of fantasy. View 2 comments. Nov 12, "Skippy" rated it it was amazing Shelves: lbr. One the most beautiful, creative books I've read in a while.
It's one of those stories that really brings me back to the simplicity and honesty of the natural world. The most memorable part for me besides the absolutely gorgeous illustrations about their conception of time. Your eastern brothers regard time as a circle, returning endlessly in a cycle of decay and rebirth. Both ideas have a One the most beautiful, creative books I've read in a while. Both ideas have a dimension of truth. If you were to combine geometrically the movement of the circle with the line, what would you have?
Or the helix. They are our models of the passage of time," he said. Malik took a step back. Time to plant the millet.
Time for the magnolia buds to open. Professor Denison, I'm afraid you persist in thinking of time as numbers. You think of meaningless units of time - weeks, hours, minutes - based on what?
Movements of faraway planets? Of what use to us is that? Why not pay attention to the precise year life cycle of the bamboo Guadua trinii or the exactly repeated mitotic cycle of the paramecium.
Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time
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A Land Apart from Time
New-York-Times Bestseller—First book in the series Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time, written and illustrated by James Gurney In , when uncharted territories still exist on the globe, scientist Arthur Denison and his young son, Will, embark on a voyage of exploration. In the middle of the ocean, a terrible storm wrecks their ship and they find themselves washed up on a mysterious island called Dinotopia, where humans and dinosaurs have coexisted for thousands of years. In his illustrated journal, Professor Denison records the architecture, biology, and social life of this unknown island in meticulous detail. He describes hatcheries where humans care for baby dinosaurs, armored caravans which venture into the realm of the T. The artwork has been reproduced from new plates digitally scanned from the original transparencies. This expanded edition includes 32 additional pages, including a new foreword by literary historian Michael Patrick Hearn and an afterword by the author with over 45 behind-the-scenes sketches and photos. Site by Dan Gurney.
Dinotopia is a series of illustrated fantasy books, created by author and illustrator James Gurney. It is set in the titular "Dinotopia", an isolated island inhabited by shipwrecked humans and sapient dinosaurs who have learned to coexist peacefully as a single symbiotic society. The first book was published in and has "appeared in 18 languages in more than 30 countries and sold two million copies. Since its original publication, over twenty Dinotopia books have been published by various authors to expand the series. A live-action television miniseries , a short-lived live-action TV series , a animated film , and several video games have also been released.