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Remember Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, in which an expedition led by Professor George Edward Challenger discovered an Amazonian plateau where dinosaurs still roamed? In Dinosaur Summer, Greg Bear assumes that Challenger's expedition really took place, and that for nearly 50 years dinosaurs have been relatively commonplace in zoos and circuses throughout the world. But the beasts are not easily kept in captivity, and slowly but surely their numbers are dwindling. Now there is only one dinosaur circus left, and it's shutting down. The dinosaur trainer wants to return his animals to the wild, so an expedition is organized to return the dinos to their nearly inaccessible plateau. Accompanying the group (which includes special-effects master Ray Harryhausen) is 15-year-old Peter Belzoni, the son of the National Geographic photographer covering the story. The boy is about to have the adventure of a lifetime. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fantasy built on a fantasyin Bear's alternative 1947, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World wasn't fiction, but fact!mingling real and imaginary characters with a quite unbelievable hodgepodge of defiantly unextinct beasties from the Carboniferous on up. Circus Lothar, the last dinosaur circus, is closing down, and its animal trainer, Vince Shellabarger, is determined to return his charges to their home, the isolated Venezuelan plateau of El Grande discovered by Professor Challenger in 1912. National Geographic's Anthony Belzoni will cover the event, assisted by his 15-year-old son Peter. Filming the cavalcade will be Willis ``OBie'' O'Brien (of King Kong fame) and special effects/animation genius Ray Harryhausen. The tough journey is made more difficult by the Venezuelan Army's quarrel with both the politicos and the local Indians. Still, the expedition reaches the rickety bridge leading on to El Grande, and most of the animals cross safely. But Dagger, a vicious predator, escapes from his cage; predictably, the bridge falls, marooning Peter, Anthony, OBie, Ray, and Billie, an Indian pursuing a spirit quest. After various adventuresthe group is menaced by critters ranging from giant salamanders and hungry therapsids to huge ``death eagles''they make it back, minus assorted limbs and teeth, bearing a couple of precious eggs. Amiable, sometimes stirring incident-packed baloney: a yarn that screams I wanna be a movie! (illustrations) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Not only well written and exciting, but it has dinosaurs! I love dinosaurs!Published 9 months ago by Benjamin Jordan English
Good read, lots of adventure. Poor choice of names for some of the animals and characters, ex; "Shellabarger" was a famous novelist in the 40's and 50's. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rags
What if Doyle's The Lost World had been a true story and dinosaurs were real?
Good for all ages. Big fun.
The read gets kind of dull towards the end, and never really picks up enough steam to be very enthralling, in my opinion. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mrepop
Despite being a fan of science fiction, I had not read anything by Hugo-Award-winning author Greg Bear. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kenya Starflight
How many carnivorous dinosaurs can there be without a few herbivores to eat now and then? Are humans seriously the only food around? Read morePublished on April 3, 2012 by Luna Lindsey
Good story. Slow to start but pace picks up. Nice addition to have Ray Harryhausen and Willis O'Brien in story. Do not know why this was never made into a film. Read morePublished on July 3, 2010 by Kronos
A half century after Professor Challenger and his team of explorers discovered "The Lost World," with its isolated population of dinosaurs and other living fossils, the last... Read morePublished on September 15, 2009 by Andrew W. Johns
I enjoy this book, even though it's juvenile fiction. I love the premise, and wish that it were true... Read morePublished on January 13, 2009 by Amazon Customer