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Winter in Eden (Eden Trilogy) Paperback – January 30, 2001

4.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in the West of Eden Series

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"An exciting adventure into a 'what if' world. A brilliant work of creative imagination, one that rivals in conception, scope, and execution of plot Jean Auel's bestselling novels".-- The Nashville Banner
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  • Series: Eden Trilogy
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: I Books (January 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743412915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743412919
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,381,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Harrison continues the tale of a war between Stone Age humans and the Yilanè, intelligent descendants of dinosaurs which, in this world, were not wiped out by a cometary impact.

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.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 work to carry forth of introduce still more novelty or (2) If the author does emphasize character then the reader is usually all too familiar with their lives.
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.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
While I'm not a hardcore sci-fi fan,I was totally blown away by the concept of the "West of Eden" series. I especially liked book II..."Winter in Eden". This story really became a character study for heros. While there is one main character throughout the series, in book II the focus quickly gets shifted to a female,(our main character's mate) and forget everything you ever knew about heros!This woman is devoted to her mate, and will do anything to maintain their family's well being. Some of the situations faced by these characters is a true testament to human endurance. The very idea that nomadic tribes could exist under some of the conditions described with-in the pages of this gripping story still give me shivers, and I fully intend to read this wonderful series again. Mr. Harrison is truly one of my favorite Authors.
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Format: Paperback
If West Of Eden was a rich story full of events, this one was quite "static" and almost boring. It seems that author did not know really where to go. After 260 pages, it looks like that nothing has yet happen. As another reader said, the Vainte/Kerrick confrontation was absent.
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Format: Hardcover
Winter in Eden is a 1986 science fiction novel, second in the Eden series, by Harry Harrison that tells an alternate history of planet Earth in which the extinction of the dinosaurs never occurred. The story began in West of Eden in which there is a war between a group of Cro-Magnon-level humans and a reptilian race called the Yilané, who are descended from dinosaurs and have become the dominant lifeform on the planet. The central characters from the first book return: Vainte, an ambitious Yilane, and Kerrick, a "ustouzou" (the Yilane word for mammal) who was captured by the Yilane as a boy, raised as a Yilane, and eventually escapes to rejoin his own people and burn the Yilané colony city.

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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