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Read Dinosaur Summer, by Greg Bear online on Bookmate – Fifty years after Professor Challenger’s discovery of the Lost World, America’s last dinosaur circus has gone bankrupt, leaving a dozen avisa.

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Dinosaur Summer book. The novel was excellent and motivated me to head over to The Dinosaur Summer by Greg Bear reads like a "boy's adventure story"

Dinosaur Summer book. Peter Belzoni is dreading summer in Manhattan  . The novel was excellent and motivated me to head over to The Dinosaur Summer by Greg Bear reads like a "boy's adventure story". Think Treasure Island, Tom Sawyer, and Huck Fin. There was action and adventure on almost every page.

Dinosaur Summer - Greg Bear. The apartment was warm and stuffy and quiet, like the inside of a pillow. Peter dumped his book bag on the swaybacked couch and opened a window to let in some air from the brick-lined shaft. Not. BOOK ONE. June 1947. I’ve been saving something to show you,’ Anthony said from the kitchen.

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Dinosaur Summer is a novel by Greg Bear, published in 1998. Tony DiTerlizzi illustrated the book. The novel is set in an alternate history in which the events of Arthur Conan Doyle's novel The Lost World actually occurred. The setting is based upon a large plateau ("El Grande" or "Tepui Grande") in Venezuela, where dinosaurs still live.

Greg Bear's Dinosaur Summer is a follow up to the old The Lost World a novel written by Sir Author Connan Doyle, taking place in 1947. I'll try to keep this book around and force it on my kid when he/she is ten or twelve. Written on 1st June 1999 by TC. The public loved it, but that was then and this is no. ell, I mean this is 1947 and nobody really cares about dinosaurs anymore.

The first part of the book was unnecessary. The second part was wooden, with long, cumbersome sentences and phrasing, and too many historical characters crammed in for their own sake. Short on action and long on underdeveloped plotlines and characters, that's this book.
I bought it because I love dinosaurs and Greg Bear. I didn't put it down from the beginning to the end. It is a wonderful adventure story, a coming of age story and Oh those dinos!!!
Good story. Slow to start but pace picks up. Nice addition to have Ray Harryhausen and Willis O'Brien in story. Do not know why this was never made into a film. Steven Spielberg, where are you?
Not only well written and exciting, but it has dinosaurs! I love dinosaurs!
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The read gets kind of dull towards the end, and never really picks up enough steam to be very enthralling, in my opinion. I was just counting the pages till it was over about the last hundred or so pages.
Despite being a fan of science fiction, I had not read anything by Hugo-Award-winning author Greg Bear. He seemed to have a decent repertoire of books under his belt, from hard science fiction to sci-fi-tinged thriller to even a Star Wars spinoff (Rogue Planet (Star Wars)). And when I spotted "Dinosaur Summer," I was intrigued by its concept and decided to give it a whirl. I hadn't read the book that serves as it's foundation (Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World), but I'd seen and loved "Jurrasic Park" and read and loved Robert Bakker's Raptor Red, and so was expecting, if not great literature, then at least an adventurous romp with dinosaurs and intrepid explorers.

Having finished the book, I have to ask -- how do you make a dinosaur book so boring?

The concept of "Dinosaur Summer" is that Doyle's novel "The Lost World," about an explorer who discovered dinosaurs alive and well in South America, is treated as a factual account instead of fiction. In this world it's been half a century since Challenger's discovery, and the world has already grown bored with dinosaurs. Peter, son of a restless, philandering photographer, finds himself dragged to the world's last dinosaur circus, which is about to close its doors forever. Said circus plans to release the last of its dinosaurs -- including a massive raptor named Dagger -- back into the wild, and Peter and his father accompany the expedition. Along the way they encounter the corrupt Venezuelan government, restless Native American tribes, and greedy officials, all of which could potentially derail their mission. And even if they make it to the fabled El Grande, the last home of prehistoric life, they still have the myriad dangers of its life forms -- as well as the increasingly violent Dagger -- to contend with, and not everyone in the expedition will make it home alive...

I really wanted to like this book. But it was dragged down by bland, workmanlike writing and mostly forgettable characters. While the writing was competent enough that I could see El Grande as Bear was describing, he never brought it to vivid life like the best authors can do. The characters that aren't stereotypes (the self-serving government official, the animal wrangler who gets along better with beasts than fellow humans, the wise and disdainful Native American guide) are so bland that it's hard to care for them even when misfortune befalls them. Somehow Bear has taken an adventure story that should be thrilling and fun and made it dull. Even the dinosaur battles and chases fail to be exciting.

Also, while the author has done quite a bit of research on El Grande and on existing dinosaurs, he also takes quite a few liberties with the dinosaurs themselves. Roughly three-quarters of the various dinosaur species in this book never even existed -- in the afterward, Bear admits to making up many of the species "to fill evolutionary niches." While I am somewhat relieved that he didn't simply fall back on the usual stock dinosaurs (such as T-Rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, Pterodactyl, etc.), I would have enjoyed the book better had he actually done his research and included dinosaurs that actually existed. And while his fantasy dinosaurs are intriguing (the death eagles, the communisaurs, the reptilian mammals based in actual creatures), perhaps this wasn't the best book for them to appear in.

I'll also add, without spoiling anything, that the ending came across as unsatisfying to me. But I won't say more so as not to spoil for other potential readers.

The book isn't terrible, and it had its good points. The author kept true to the time period, paying attention to the political and cultural icons of the time and doing his research on the environment and politics of South America at the time. I enjoyed the nods to actual figures from the time period, and having movie icon Ray Harryhausen as a minor character was a fun touch. And the illustrations by Tony DiTerlizzi are a nice addition, and easily one of the best parts of the book. His style reminds me of James Gurney's "Dinotopia" books.

Sadly, I find I can't exactly recommend this book to anyone, be they sci-fi fans, adventure fans, or dinosaur aficionados. It was simply too bland, with an unsatisfying ending and forgettable characters, and having so many made-up creatures in what's supposed to be a dinosaur book felt like a cop-out to me. I'd recommend "Dinotopia" or "Raptor Red" over this -- even if the former is a fantasy, it still has all the adventure and epicness one could want from a dinosaur story, and the latter is a gripping and well-researched adventure story.
A departure from Bear's usual hard sf, Dinosaur Summer is a love letter to the thunder lizards and to those who brought them to life in literature and on the silver screen. Bear posits an alternate reality where Conan Doyle's Professor Challenger actually did visit The Lost World in 1912, bringing dinosaurs back to the outside world. The result? Boredom, as the novelty of these strange creatures quickly fades. In the end the great dinosaurs, removed from their ecological niche in Venezuela, are relegated to sideshow status.

The book chronicles the adventures of Peter Balzoni, a young man on the cusp of adulthood. It's 1947, and Peter's photojournalist dad Anthony has been hired by National Geographic to record the efforts of Circus Lothar to return their dinosaurs to the Venezuelan plateau of El Grande. Also filming this extraordinary event are Willis O'Brien (who did the special effects on a box office flop called King Kong) and his protégé, Ray Harryhausen.

Bear sets a leisurely pace, taking his time getting his cast to El Grande, but, once they arrive, the book moves very fast. Peter and friends are trapped on the plateau and have to find their way out before they are devoured by the saurians and other creatures stalking them. The last third of the novel is non-stop action, as its stalwart heroes hurtle from one peril to the next, on their way towards a (mostly) happy ending.

The book pays homage to pulp fiction and the action/adventure genre in general, with particular reference to writers like Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Rice Burroughs. What seems like a straightforward adventure story conceals some deeper points, however. Bear brings a nineties' sensibility to his text, indirectly commenting on man's tendency to exploit lesser beasts, and questioning the rights of superpowers to interfere in the political affairs of smaller nations. Bear also delves into the spiritual lives of the Amazon tribesmen, giving them more depth than they would have received if this story had been written several decades ago. The closed environment of El Grande also allows Bear to speculate on what might have evolved there. Doing so, he updates and justifies Doyle's science, and carries it so far as to create his own species, among them lizard-monkeys and the hive dwelling communisaurs.

For an adventure story, the book's pace was almost unforgivably slow--at times I found myself wishing that the expedition would finally reach Venezuela so the real action could begin. Also, except for Peter and Anthony, there was little depth to the characters in the novel; Bear, for the most part, ignores the rest of his cast. Still, I was willing to overlook these faults and indulge the eight year old dinosaur lover in me, the kid who thrilled to movies like King Kong, The Lost World (the Irwin Allen version) and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Displaying an utter lack of pretension, Bear delivers an enjoyable yarn that ultimately satisfied both that eight year old and his older, stodgier incarnation.