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  1. says:

    Once in awhile, I like to review classic books of the 90s, the stuff that first got me into reading High up on that list is 1992 s Dinotopia, but very near the top is its 1996 sequel, The World Beneath I don t use amazing, magical, pure genius, or any of those adjectives much at all, but this is the rare book that I don t hesitate to lavish with praise.First of all, this is the only time I ll ever recommend getting the hardcover don t waste time with the paperback, there s a huge difference The illustrations are gorgeous, incredible, breathtaking, the kind of thing you just want to lay out on your coffee table and stare at while you re sitting on the couch, especially if you re absolutely fascinated by dinosaurs or landscapes or both like me Incredible work Book should get five stars just based on the art alone.But the reason I like this book so much, far over First Flight or Journey to Chandara or even the original, is the story The original Dinotopia is already one of the most fascinating books I ve ever read, incredible places of mystery, scenery, and lore, but the World Beneath was always the place that caught my imagination the most, where a river plunges into a hole in the ground, a place guarded by pteranodons where dinosaurs went to die I absolutely hated Dinotopia for following Will s story instead of his father s, staying aboveground and leaving that mysterious place to my imagination.And then this book came out, and, wow, I was not disappointed Gurney s ideas for the World Beneath were amazing, better than anything I could ever come up with, part archeological lost window to the past, part mysterious subterranean environment, one hundred percent fascinating scientific expedition And add in sunstones, the ending with Lee Crabb, I was not disappointed Ok, maybe a little, but only because the underground scenes left me wanting .I think I ve run out of words to use, but, yeah, awesome, plus there s steampunk in this book before steampunk was cool I have two full bookshelves and this is one of the books I absolutely always look for first.

  2. says:

    Not as groundbreaking as the first book, but still just as beautiful.Despite the lack of epistolary narrative, the story very much works as a Vernian style adventure of discovery and profundity that questions humanity s relationship to technology and to each other Both are done in a subtle way so as to make the message feel natural by way of personal experience with the book.As ever, the world building is just splendorous in how much detail is created from one map or scene In addition, finding bits and pieces of Dinotopia s past is a fascinating story in it s own right, one which I hope will be continued with the sequel.In sum, not as unique as the first book but just as beautiful and creative with a grounded story that serves to highlight what makes this Lost World so special.

  3. says:

    I liked the first Dinotopia book so much, I decided to read the rest of the series This one has of the same stunning illustrations, but, uh the writing really takes a left turn The gentle pace of the first book and its themes of nature and sustainable living are traded in for lots of robot dinosaurs I was still able to roll with this, but I had a harder time forgiving the interplay of words and pictures here, which lacked the nuance of the first book Often there is duo specific overlap where the words are simply describing what is in the picture.

  4. says:

    Picking up almost where Dinotopia A Land Apart from Time left off, Dinotopia The World Beneath is the second over sized illustrated novel about a lost island where dinosaurs survive and live in peace with those humans who have washed up on their shores In this second installment of the saga, which sparked a series of fantasy novels for young readers, as well as two television programs, Arthur Denison heads back to the cavernous world underneath the island of Dinotopia, taking Bix the Protoceratops with him His voyage of discovery reveals the truth about the ancient Dinotopian civilization of Poseidos the inspiration for the legend of Atlantis and sees him reemerging into the world above in the dangerous Rainy Basin Here his narrative joins up with that of his son Will, a Skybax rider who has been accompanying a convoy through the territory of the deadly Tyrannosaurus RexAlthough not really the equal of the first it lacked that wonderful feeling of discovering a new and wholly magical world this second volume devoted to the Denisons and their adventures in Dinotopia was still quite entertaining I enjoyed following both Arthur and Will s stories, although I do feel that author artist Gurney stumbled a bit, in bringing his two narrative strands together It almost felt as if the story line involving Will disappeared, once Arthur reemerged into the world above Their paths crossed, and Will just seemed to disappear Leaving that issue aside, I found the story here engaging, and the artwork the real star of the show absolutely gorgeous Dinosaur and fantasy lovers alike will enjoy poring over the paintings and diagrams here, deriving hours of pleasure imagining themselves exploring the vistas opening before them, or riding the various prehistoric creatures and or vehicles Recommended to anyone who enjoyed the first Dinotopia book.

  5. says:

    I ve never quit gotten over the extinction of the dinosaurs The art in this book ranges from fun to gorgeous to Holy crap, I d risk being a Tyrannosaurus s afternoon snack just to live there That said, the art is what makes the book The story is a lot of fun but feels a little rushed and packed full of a little too much lost civilizations, robots, underground worlds, plus, you know, dinosaurs The characters are a little two dimensional and the dialogue is a bit quaint Still this book has heart and imagination than the next 5 books put together It was a fun read and I ll definitely be re visiting this world over and over again.

  6. says:

    The astounding fantasy artwork speaks for itself, as the text can be rather flat and listless for such fantastic imagery However, those who love dinosaurs, sci fi, and steampunk will really enjoy it.

  7. says:

    This one got a little too strange for my taste

  8. says:

    I am always amazed at anyone who can illustrate their visions, which is one reason I purchased this book Children are not the only ones who will enjoy this as the artwork is lavish and incredibly logical Sure, why couldn t dinosaurs and humans work and live together in one harmonious community I certainly bought it The writing doesn t match the art, but that s okay, as the pictures tell the story The page showing Stinktooth , a Giganotosaurus, with its stinky mouth wide open is alone worth the look I swear I could smell the dino breath.Book Season Year Round

  9. says:

    Gurney s sopho effort falls short of his first owing principally to a break from the first person narrative of a found journal that worked so well in the first book The third person omniscient narrator draws us deeper into the mythology but greatly hurts suspension of disbelief Illustrations are as strong as always.

  10. says:

    The World Beneath, sequel to the first beloved Dinotopia, has many of the things that made the first book so spectacular namely amazing art, and and interesting world This time around it even has a plot, unlike the first one which was essentially plot less, although I would argue that it was to the book s benefit and that the plot here is to this book s detriment More on that later It s a simple adventure story that steals heavily from the Atlantis myth There s a labyrinth of caves underneath Dinotopia, where the dinosaurs sheltered themselves from the meteor that killed the rest of their kind billions of years ago Nobody has really been down there since, as much cultural and religious mystery surrounds the place That is, until Arthur Denison came along Arthur went into the caves alone near the end of the first book, and was later joined by his dinosaur friend Bix who went in after him They made some interesting discoveries during their very brief time in the world beneath, including a power source called sunstones, and wish to go back on a longer and better financed expedition.So, why two fewer stars than the first book The first Dinotopia was written in first person in the style of journal entries, first from Arthur and then, while Arthur was in the world beneath, by his son This worked very well, especially for a book where so much space is taken up by pictures than by words You could have a character tell us exactly how they were feeling without it seeming too forced, because that s what people do in journals, and you save a lot of space by doing so It also added a feeling of authenticity to a story where the world building, and your faith in it, was so important to its success It made sense for Arthur to be writing down and drawing all the things he was seeing, because of who he is It felt natural Not only was every word imparting character by being through Arthur s viewpoint, but so was every picture, because they were also drawn by him This is what s called good writing Having your words do than one thing impart narrative, character, and world building all at the same time This book is written in third person, which has no such advantages or shortcuts It only does one of the above things at a time, and 90% of the time it s just the narrative aspect There s very little character, and very little world building, and what world building there is is terrible The narrative is not coming from any particular character s viewpoint, since it s written in omniscient, and there s so little mention of anyone s internal thoughts or feelings that it s a hair s breath away from being third person objective What I m trying to say, ultimately, is that the chosen viewpoint and how it s utilized is a problem that undermines my suspension of disbelief It all just feels a lot fake, and forced It feels like I m just reading a kid s book with a clear agenda for its story which is none too impressive rather than organically stepping into a world without any agenda, which is the feeling the first book went for and absolutely nailed Again, having a narrative as opposed to not having one is not always the right decision Plot less stories can be great, just like the first Dinotopia was It s a good fit for the series, so it s a shame it was abandoned in favor of something traditional Another huge suspension of disbelief problem is that the book jumps the shark on the technology and world building front Arthur and friends discover dinosaur mechs in the world beneath I ll say that once in case you missed it They discover dinosaur mechs.Giant steel contraptions, modeled after dinosaurs and other real creatures, that walk and move like the real thing, and are powered by sunstones Now, even if you accept that sunstones are essentially a limitless power source, it s silly to think that these things could have been created without similar advancements anywhere else They would require things like steel smelting using molds, differential gears, extremely complex hydraulics, and, apparently, computers complex enough not only to control their fine motor movements the driver only has levers to choose which direction to go, and all the complexity of actually getting there is done by the robot s programming but also to impart personality and to fulfill basic needs on its own, such as drinking water for internal cooling when it needs to Why are these component technologies not evident anywhere else The only similarly advanced technology we see is a camera from, I assume, the same time period, since the pictures show the same robots in them But the pictures look like they are from the 1840s when photography first started being a thing, and there are gas lamps in the same photo Considering we, in modern times, still don t have complex walking tanks it s a bit silly that these two technologies are so far removed from each other in complexity, and that there s a distinct lack of any other technology from that time There s no consistency whatsoever It would make far sense to find those pictures on an ancient computer in high definition I mean, they had computers There s computers in the dino robots Why aren t they using them to store their pictures It s obviously playing into the Atlantis myth of ancient but advanced technology that barely makes sense, but a book that succeeded so much on solid world building is an odd place for it, and feels like a total misstep to me The narrative it adds is fine but it s also cliche and does nothing to impress More importantly though, it s taking away from what was good about the first book in the process, and totally undermining the history of the very world Gurney crafted in such loving detail, which impacts the believability and logic of said world in the present How did a man with a degree in anthropology and such attention to detail the first time around mess this up so badly I hate to think that he was simply doing it to appeal to a wider audience Maybe he just wanted to draw some cool scifi imagery and to hell with logic There s no way to know, but the book definitely suffers from these poor decisions no matter the original intent Such a shame.

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