||[Sep. 1st, 2010|11:52 am]
I realise this is a bit of an old book so I'm not sure if anybody's posted about it before - I've just read Robert T. Bakker's novel Raptor Red. It was written about 1995 so I'm not sure how much the understanding of raptors has changed since then but nothing seems out of date to my layman's eyes.|
I was familiar with Bakker's reputation as a palaeontolgist but I was worried it would either be too dry and factual to be interesting or be too over-dramatised to compensate. It turns out that Bakker's background gives a wonderful richness to the Cretaceous environment - without detracting from the main storyline.
It is clear that Bakker has gone to lengths to make sure these are not just human characters in dinosaur skins - they behave like real animals. They have their own distinct personalities and give the feeling that this is a written documentary following a real pack rather than a fictional reconstruction of an animal that we have never had the opportunity to observe directly. I love Raptor Red's curiosity and playfulness and her relationships with the other Utahraptors. I'd seriously recommend it to other dinosaur lovers.