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Return to Eden (West of Eden Trilogy, Book 3) (Vol III) Paperback – July 31, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: West of Eden Trilogy, Book 3
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: I Books; 1 edition (July 31, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743423747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743423748
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,344,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The conflict between the human Tanu and the reptilian Yilane reaches a climax as the two implacable enemies face each other in a battle for the destinies of their races. Harrison's conclusion to his alternate prehistory of Earth excels in its detailed depiction of an alien civilization that might have been. Recommended where the series is popular. JC
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Harry Harrison is a the award-winning author of numerous bestselling SF novels, including THE STAINLESS STEEL RATS series, the DEATHWORLD series and the predecessor to this book WEST OF EDEN.

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Unfortunately, it accomplishes almost nothing.
jrmspnc
While my partners through the years have laughingly dismissed my love of sci-fi as comic book kitch - and they were usually right!
Robert J. Crawford
After having read the first two, I was eagerly looking forward to this one.
S. Nare

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Crawford on June 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
I loved the first volume of this trilogy, got bogged down in the second, and then absolutely loved this third volume. In this one, Harrison devlops his themes of clashing specie-civilizations, which are evolving in new directions as the events unfold. The plot development is brisk, many of the ideas are new, and subtle conclusions are reached.
One of the great faults of sci-fi is that authors get too ambitious. Afterall, they are telling us what the future of mankind might hold, so they tend to megalomania. Due to his conceptual and storytelling talents, Harrison, like Octavia Butler, pulls it off brilliantly and believably. His creation of an alternative intelligence - the social dinosaurs - is one of the most subtle and intriguing creations in all of sci-fi. I have recently read these books over and found them just as interesting and complex as the first go. If you like this kind of ambitious sci-fi, you simply can't do better than these books.
While my partners through the years have laughingly dismissed my love of sci-fi as comic book kitch - and they were usually right! - I must say that there is an occasional book that really has characters worthy enough to enter literature. In my opinion, the characters in this book are that good. They grow, they learn, and they struggle. Their fates and choices are not at all predictable. It is even moving.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Nare on August 22, 2001
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Harry Harrison didn't exactly crank these books out at the speed of some other authors. In fact, by my calculation there was about a 7 year wait between editions. He didn't rush to market. He took his time and wrote one outstanding book after another. After having read the first two, I was eagerly looking forward to this one. It didn't disappoint in the slightest. By the end of the book you are still in awe of the world he created. I think my favorite thing about this book was at the end. I mean when I had put it down and thought about all that had happened to Kerrick, Vainte and all the characters. These books are for people who think deeply. It is not a light read. If you haven't read the first two books, you could read this one alone, but I wouldn't recommend it. The implications of many of the events can only be truly appreciated after having read the two previous books. I think my biggest regret is that it is over. It is like saying goodbye to someone with whom you have travelled for some time. I will warn readers that you are tempted to skip ahead as you read. The book is written in a series of stories that tie up at the end. I was VERY tempted to skip ahead to see what would happen to this or that group. Don't do it! The surprises are worth the wait. Thank you very much Mr. Harrison for all the delightful entertainment. I treasured these stories and highly recommend them to everyone!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Harrison was able to appropriately bring his Eden trilogy to a satisfying conclusion...quite a task for a trilogy of such broad scope. Surprizingly tender in the inevitability of the 2 races (Yilante and Tanu) situations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randy Stafford VINE VOICE on March 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In the third, melancholy book of Harrison's alternate history trilogy where the intelligent descendants of dinosaurs, the Yilanè, uneasily coexist with humans, the theme is succession.

Series hero Kerrick wants his son to learn the Yilanè language so there will be more than one human who can communicate between the mutually hostile races. The war between the races threatens to resume again when the humans raid Yilanè cities for hèsotsan, lizards engineered to fire poisonous darts. Things escalate further when the series villain, the unusually ambitious and crafty Vaintè, leaves her torpid, mindless exile on the beaches of Africa, to resume her genocide against humanity.

Enge, the leader of the Daughters of Life, tries to ensure the religious order's survival. They are the first such in Yilan history but despised and feared and termed the Daughters of Death for their refusal to drop dead as is the custom when ordered by the leader of a Yilanè city. Founded on something like Buddhist principles and the first to exhibit to others of their kind, they are threatened not only by some members' too rigid adherence to monastic contemplation but an inability to procreate with the intelligent, but not Yilanè-enough race inhabiting the area around their city.

And the greater question is which race will end up with the Earth - the sophisticated bioengineers -- but caste-bound -- Yilanè or tool using humans who, unlike the Yilanè, universally use language.

Kerrick, the only person in this world with intimate knowledge of both races, is the classic caught-between-two-worlds figure. Even at the story's end, his ambivalence is never entirely vanquished.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on October 27, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the third book in the Eden trilogy and arguably the best. I loved all the resolutions of the various plots, the complex relationships among dinosaurs and people and the final Kumbaya conclusion. I only wish that Harrison had written more series like this.
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By jrmspnc on February 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
Maybe I'm being unfair to Harrison, but I can't help but feel that he would have been better off leaving the Eden series at one book. West of Eden is such an incredible read that anything following it must, of necessity, fall short by comparison.
Return to Eden is by no means a bad book. It is, like every Harrison work, an enjoyable read that holds the attention well. Unfortunately, it accomplishes almost nothing. When the book ends, all is pretty much the same as it was at the end of Winter in Eden. Humans and Yilane continue to live separate lives, trying to avoid each other as much as possible. There are hints early on in the book that we might be about to see a revolution in Yilane society, with the Daughters of Life on the verge of making a philosophical breakthrough and proselytizing male as well as female young (why else spend so much time showing how a male Yilane can develop into a mature individual if freed from the harem?). But nothing comes of it, nor does anything of significance come from Kerrick's resolution to break with his Yilane past. Return to Eden is a pleasant read, but anyone looking to experience the magic of West of Eden will be disappointed.
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