- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: It Books; 1 Original edition (2009)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004Y6MZ7M
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
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Avatar: A Confidential Report on the Biological and Social History of Pandora (James Cameron's Avatar) Paperback – 2009
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This is the fact book on Pandora, the kind of book issued to soldiers who are about to invade that planet for its precious resources. It has all the information on the ecosystem, resources, flora, fauna and the native population called Na'vi, complete with all their culture and behaviour. There are classified information on the weapon systems used by RDA, including the Avatar project. And everything is accompanied by CG images.
I had some hesitation before buying this survival guide and it's not because I'm afraid that James Cameron might send Avatars to get me. I like art books and books on movie production, this book is neither of those. This is really a visual companion to all the stuff that's shown in the movie. It's for the ultimate fans, those who need to know every little detail, from the ferns on the ground to the mating habits of the Na'vi.
It's an interesting book but recommended more to the hard core fans of the movie.
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It's VERY comprehensive. It's almost as if one has a textbook of everything and anything about Pandora. I love it. To see how much detail has been given to everything (and I literally mean everything) just makes me sit in aw of what James Cameron has created and the world that he (with the help of others) has developed. Everything just comes to life and so much detail is put into everything that Pandora could easily exist.
If you are looking for a book that has some sort of "making of" material in it, then you won't find it here. There is nothing related to making of the movie in the book.
From now on when I watch the movie, I am going to enjoy it a lot more knowing all the specific little details behind the story and Pandora. It just helps me enjoy the masterpiece that is Avatar even more.
Don't hesitate to buy it. There is a narrative to the book at the beginning but then it divides itself up like a textbook (although there is commentary by a specific individual within each section). I think it's great for all ages.
This book describes Pandora in great detail, from botany to history to anthropology. Included is a glossary of translated terms or words used in the fictitious language of the "Na'vi". Screen shots of this book can be found at the publisher's site: [...]
Avatar: A Confidential Report on the Biological and Social History of Pandora (James Cameron's Avatar)
I suspect that there will be a sub-culture following of the theme of AVATAR's Pandora. I recommend this for enthusiasts, as well as for the lay person wanting to skim over insight to the character development process of the "fantastic" society of the "Na'vi".
Written as a survival guide for Pandora, this book provides in-depth information on the flora, fauna, and Na'vi people on the moon, as well as details on the human weaponry and military vehicles imported from Earth. The plant and animal descriptions include classifications, Latin names, ecology, pictures, and their use on Pandora, as well as possible uses on Earth. The information on the Na'vi people tells about their customs, culture, and how they live. There's also some pseudo-scientific explanations for the formation of Pandora and its inhabitants.
"Avatar: An Activist Survival Guide" is full of beautiful glossy photos and is a good companion for the movie. While I haven't seen Avatar yet, I'm more eager to after reading this book, as there are things I'll probably look for in the movie now. This seems like the perfect book for anyone who is really into Pandora and the Na'vi, or maybe someone curious about something specific, such as Na'vi mating habits.
One of my few complaints for this book is the design of the pages. While the pages are designed to look like crumpled paper, going with the survival guide/smuggled information theme, it does make it difficult to read the text. If the gray of the pages were a little lighter I think the text would be easier to read. Otherwise, it feels as if a lot of time and thought went into the appearance of the book, and the visuals are very nice.
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If your a James Cameron's Avatar enthusiast you want this book. Believe me. The sheer amount of information in this book is just amazing.Published 13 months ago by Fuyuume
This is a great addition to anyone's library that is an Avatar fan. This guide gives alot more information and detail than you can get by watching the DVD's and other " while... Read morePublished 13 months ago by David L McCulloch
Lovely and informative, I would recommend this book to any Avatar movie fans!Published 16 months ago by Sydney
A GREAT ADDITION TO YOUR COLLECTORS EDITION OF MOVIE DVD'SPublished 16 months ago by Babalawo Akinlaja
The authors wrote this book as though it were an actual in-universe publication of the company exploring Pandora, so take the "party line" expressed throughout with a grain... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Derek Starr