Raptor Red Hardcover – August 1, 1995
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From Library Journal
-?Eric W. Johnson, Teikyo Post Univ. Lib., Waterbury, Conn.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Publisher : Bantam (August 1, 1995)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 246 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553101242
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553101249
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #767,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I can tell how he wrote the book, Robert Bakker doesn't just see dinosaurs and Mesozoic ecosystems as something he's studied as a paleontologist. He has this love for dinosaurs and this passion just oozes out of the book while you're reading it. You can really tell he doesn't just study them, he loves them, and he gets you to love them too.
The way he gets into the head of a prehistoric predator and narrates her feelings, emotions, and actions is an incredible idea and he executed it fantastically. He does a great job portraying Raptor Red and her family as a group of beautiful, intelligent, sentient creatures as well as a lethal carnivores. His insight and speculation into how he believes these animals may have behaved and interacted was fascinating, logically composed, and frequently silly.
Great books come and go. Raptor Red was more than a great book. It's an unforgettable book.
I had such a good time that I wanted to read up about the dinosaurs on the book (in part to see how accurate the descriptions were/how things have changed since it was written). Amusingly, there were criticisms of the book about it being inaccurate (some of the main dinos that Raptor Red faces off against supposedly didn't live at the same time as Raptor Red's Utahraptor species). The complaint was that people would either get the wrong idea or wouldn't help develop an interest in dinos (neither of which applied to me as I mentioned before that I spent time reading up on what the Utahraptors and others were like).
The only criticism that I could personally say is that I didn't find the book particularly well written. Mainly that it doesn't just follow the perspective of Raptor Red. You get perspectives of a few other dinos as well and they are just kind of there jumbled in with each other (basically one paragraph describes something from raptor red's view, but the next is suddenly a different dinos). It wasn't really that bad, but maybe something to be aware of.
I expected this book to be pretty dry, straightforward, and humorless but was delightfully surprised to discover that this was not the case. Bakker's Raptor Red is brimming with humor, heart, and food for thought. Much of what's inside had me pondering over the human condition and how complex the genetic lineage of us and the world's animals really is. The book features the POVs of both simple minded herbivores and big brained predators. Each is humanlike in some ways but there's enough distance in the writing to remind us that this is not a human POV. The Utahraptors presented in the book are wildly intelligent and display a range of emotions that I had never expected. It was a compelling mix of real life dino-theories and inferences supported by Bakker himself combined with fiction carefully crafted by someone with intimate knowledge of the subject. What I did not expect was such compelling prose and personality from this little book.
I'd given up doing book reviews these last few years, but this book excited me enough to write this one and it turned out longer than I'd suspected. Do yourself a favor. If you like dinos then pick this one up. If you barely have any interest in dinos then I implore you to do the same. I now have a ravenous interest in learning much more about the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods and all the creatures and plants that thrived and died in each.
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The story follows the life of a Utahraptor in a natural history style documentation. Other prehistoric animals are encountered in the narrative and are accurately portrayed but not following the normal scientific naming conventions. The story is more young adult with some degree of dramatic license, though following Bakkers ideas on dinosaurs.