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Winter in Eden (Eden Trilogy) Paperback – January 30, 2001
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This second book in the series is centered on what, for us, would be the Atlantic Ocean and the theme of discovery. The villain of the series, the Yilanè Vaintè, is now discredited after the destruction of the race's first transoceanic colony. She was leader of the city, and the blowback of her genocidal war on human and one in particular, her former captive and hero of the story, Kerrick, led to that result. She convinces the leadership of another city to help her renew her attacks against the humans in the western hemisphere of Earth - necessary because an encroaching ice age is driving the Yilanè out of their Eurasian and African homes. (Harrison gives Kerrick a prologue in the book which adequately summaries the events of the first book, but I'd recommend reading West of Eden anyway.)
For his part, Kerrick hopes to put the ruins of the Yilanè city to some use. He also becomes quite attached and concerned with two Yilanè males. Like him, they were prisoners of Vaintè, and, like all males of that race, confined to a harem existence. Their discoveries and their hard-won self-confidence and knowledge, their exultation in the freedom of the world beyond the harem walls, is a major charm of this novel.
Harrison introduces an Eskimo-like race of human (though they have vestigial tails) nomads called the Paramutan which figure in the adventures of Kerrick and the wife and son he is separated from.Read more ›
Harrison solves this by limiting the material offered to the reader on the humans in the first novel. Throughout the series he has tried to remain factually or scientifically correct such as the idea that huge dinosaurs could have never developed the brain size or build the structures required for their use and that without the devastating asteroid dinosaurs would have remained the rulers of Earth.
We continue our adventures of the "human boy" who interacts with the dinosaur culture. The dinosaurs are, in the end, simply prototypes of humans in their emotional and ethical outlook - some are good, others bad. This is a good read.
In Winter in Eden, the dinosaurs use their mastery of biology to reconquer human territory. Desperately, Kerrick launches an arduous quest to rally a final defense for humankind. With his beloved wife and young son, he heads north to the land of the whale hunters, enlisting their help to venture further east into the enemy's stronghold, and south to a fateful reckoning with destiny.
The trilogy continues with Return to Eden.
Highly recommended for fans of Harry Harrison.
Gunner December 2007
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Harrison is in the same class as Farmer and Vance. I didn't think I would find another writer to match these two, but H. H. certainly does.Published 24 months ago by john J. hanafin
Harrison's 3-part Eden series is one of the teasures of SF. Set in a world where dynasaurs were not wiped out, but evolved into the intelligent dominant rulers of the world, with... Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by G. Simms
I had read the Stainless Steel Rat series and enjoyed them, so I decided to try the Eden series. The story reminds me of E.R.Bourghs "At the Earth's Core" series. Read morePublished on October 20, 2011 by Robert A. Neeley
It is extremely rare that a sequel equals the original for obvious reasons: (1) If the author does not emphasize character then he/she must rely on the novelty of the original... Read morePublished on October 23, 2003 by Avid Reader
I enjoyed this book better than the first. Maybe it's the development of the story, or just revisiting an incredible alternative world. Read morePublished on May 25, 2003
As one would expect from Harrison, Winter in Eden is well-written, and attention-riveting. Its biggest failing is that it follows West of Eden - an incredible novel in all... Read morePublished on May 5, 2001 by jrmspnc
This is truly first rate sci fi, with grand conceptions and epic sweep, fascinating characters, and a sense of wonder. Read morePublished on April 18, 2001 by Robert J. Crawford