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[PDF] Eaters of the Dead By Michael Crichton – serv3.3pub.co.uk ❮BOOKS❯ ✬ Eaters of the Dead Author Michael Crichton – Serv3.3pub.co.uk It is 922 AD The refined Arab courtier Ibn Fadlan is accompanying a party of Viking warriors back to their home He is appalled by their customs—the gratuitous sexuality of their women their disregar It is AD The refined Arab courtier Ibn Fadlan is accompanying a party of Viking warriors back to their home He is appalled Eaters of MOBI :ç by their customs—the gratuitous sexuality of their women their disregard for cleanliness and their cold blooded sacrifices As they enter the frozen forbidden landscape of the North—where the day’s length does not eual the night’s where after sunset the sky burns in streaks of color—Fadlan soon discovers that he has been unwillingly enlisted to combat the terrors in the night that come to slaughter the Vikings the monsters of the mist that devour human flesh But just how he will do it Fadlan has no idea.

10 thoughts on “Eaters of the Dead

  1. Ruli Ruli says:

    I have to confess the first time I read this book I thought it was a real manuscript and that Crichton was just putting it for us in book formuntil I got to the epilogue That was when I understand that Crichton is an amazing story tellerDigging around I found out that Crichton did the book out of a bet that he could not make Beowulf interesting And what a book he came out withThe book tells the story of an Arab ambassador Ibn Fadlan as he traveled from Baghdad and hooked up with a bunch of Vikings trying to rid a land of a monstrous terror Basically BeowulfWhat I found truly captivating was that it was written as a manuscript The whole thing reads like a travel journal of an extremely observant man Written matter of factly with no attempts of embellishments or even attempts to make the story dramatic Its a great book55

  2. Sr3yas Sr3yas says:

    Oi Are you ready to ride towards Valhalla with mighty Viking warriors? Step right into this ship dear fellow “Animals die friends die and I shall die but one thing never dies and that is the reputation we leave behind at our death” In Eaters of the Dead Crichton forms a holy matrimony between facts and legends as he seamlessly combines the accounts of Ahmad ibn Fadlan a famous 10th century Arab traveler with the legend of Beowulf the Viking warrior who fought against the unholy monsters The novel is structured as the account of Ibn Fadlan who was traveling from Baghdad to Bulgaria On the way he meets many tribes and eventually comes across the mighty Vikings Now here is the fun part As per Ibn Fadlan's eyewitness account Vikings are extremely dirty and barbarous bunch even according to 10th century standardsThe history diverges into a What if story when Ibn Fadlan is forced to join warrior Buliwyf and his company's uest to the north Their mission? To protect the lands and defeat the deadly mist monsters What Crichton tries in his novel is to recreate Beowulf into a factual story coupled with a detailed explanation of Viking lifestyle and philosophy It works at certain parts especially during the journey to the north and with the characterization of Buliwyf and Herger but stumbles with the mist monster legends and prophecies which feels out of place because of the realistic portrayal of eventsNevertheless the story is action packed and the uniue retelling indeed brings diversity to Crichton's works

  3. Tim Tim says:

    Awful Don’t waste your time Much despised gory violence 0 of 10 stars

  4. Gabrielle Gabrielle says:

    Arabian Nights meets « Vikings » how did I put off reading this book for so long when I loved “The 13th Warrior” and when I have a huge weakness for Vikings? I don’t know Maybe I have way too many unread books piling up everywhere in my apartment so some titles slip through the cracks But my husband had not seen “The 13th Warrior” so we sat down to watch it the other day and I realized I had a copy of “Eaters of the Dead” somewhere that was patiently waiting for me to get around to it No time like the presentThis book is a fictionalized account of actual historical figure Ibn Fadlan an emissary of the Calif of Baghdad sent on a diplomatic mission in northern Europe and enlisted or less against his will in an adventure to rid a Viking village of a mysterious an terrifying enemy He travels with Buliwyf and eleven other seasoned Viking warriors to the kingdom of King Hrothgar where they are told that the Wendol have been attacking the village and eating the flesh of their victimsThe style of this book is not exactly breezy but what Crichton did was to try and imitate the style of the 10th century travelogues Ibn Fadlan is an absolute outsider he doesn’t speak the Northmen’s language he communicates with them in Latin with the help of Herger one of the warriors who speaks that language fluently he can’t really get over their women’s behavior or the culture’s rather particular views on cleanliness But the record of his observations and adventures give the world an early version of the legend of Beowulf except historically plausible Crichton took off with the idea that all myth have a core of veracity somewhere and that centuries of embellishments by bards troubadour and so on have left us with only fanciful stories that don’t seem all that believable The tone might turn some readers off it is written in a very old fashioned style so it’s often repetitive but it’s filled with great descriptions and interesting footnotes meant to help the reader interpret this translation of an ancient text I personally found it fascinating just like discovering an ancient manuscript that gives you a glimpse of a world long gone If Chrichton had tried to stretch this out any longer it would have been ponderous and annoying but at about 200 pages its perfectly constructed to be a diverting and surprisingly informative read

  5. Terri Terri says:

    Let me preface this review by saying Eaters of the Dead is not fantasy It seems often shelved by people as fantasy but it is not There are some fantasy 'themes' eg the story is based on Beowulf and that is all A whiff of potential fantasy that is no than a whiffI thoroughly enjoyed the book although I think it should nearly be classed as a novella That is what I regard it as The movie The Thirteenth Warrior is a favourite of mine and I was pleased to see it did not drift too far from the book There are some differences but for the most part they run very close to each otherIbn Fadlan is a fun head to be in and it was his narration that made this book uniue for me I have to give the book 5 stars There was really nothing I didn't like

  6. Karla Karla says:

    This was a book that I had on my shelves for a long time and ditched it unread long ago during a spastic weeding out It was a stupid decision but was no doubt prompted by a uick glance through that revealed it was written like a manuscript and my mood wasn't simpatico with that at the time But when I rewatched The 13th Warrior recently I was reminded yet again that it was a book first and that I should really really read it Luckily my liberry had it and I could finally finally read it What's the lesson here? Never throw out anything ever One dumb move like this is easily remediedI read this in nearly one sitting not a common thing for me I ate it up The style definitely was a plus this time and Crichton imitated the real Ibn Fadlan's voice so thoroughly that the point where the historical manuscript ends the first few chapters and Crichton's novel begins is practically seamless The insertion of annotations and footnotes only adds to the faux authenticity including references to debates by fictitious scholars about this or that detail Très clever It felt like I was a student again reading primary source documents But this time around I could actually enjoy itIt's not a pulpy two fisted adventure tale in the true sense of the word but rather a travelogue written in a mostly objective manner Crichton takes details from Ibn Fadlan's manuscript and uses them within his fantastical tale to give it added weight and tie it in with the historical record His intent was to create the historical origins for Beowulf and he totally succeededSome have called it dry and it could certainly be considered that depending on what one's expectations are and amount of exposure to and enjoyment of very old historical and cultural texts All the characters outside Ibn Fadlan aren't vivid and fully realized with tons of backstory and internal depth but to make them so would go against the narrative device Since he's the narrator it's no surprise that Ibn Fadlan is given uite a character arc He starts out as an outsider to the Viking band he's been drafted into but by the end with Buliwyf's funeral he is fully taking part in Viking rituals as a fellow warrior while still being a believing MuslimI thought I'd be comparing this unfavorably to the movie the entire time I read it but I found it just as enjoyable even if it was uite different It's a great book and the movie was marvellously adapted from it I'm agnostic on whether one should read first then watch the movie They're both winnersPS Buliwyf rocks

  7. Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!} Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!} says:

    This book was everything I have been looking for latelyViolence? CheckGreat story but not overly done background stories nor weighed down by unnecessary details? Check while I love these things usually sometimes you gotta take a breakMotherfucking Vikings? CheckI really want to watch this showThis book was a lot different than his usual stuff that I have read but still really enjoyable Thanks Sarah D

  8. Billy Billy says:

    Very well done if you understand Crichton's purposeI think that the confusion with this book arises from the fact that people don't understand what Crichton accomplished This is a retelling of Beowulf in a first person narrative entertaining formThe narrator Ibn Fadlan is an actual Muslim writer from the 10th century The first 3 chapters of this book are actually from his original narrative Crichton then moves from there in to the fictional portion using Fadlan as a first hand observer of the events surrounding the Beowulf storyConsidering how dreadful Beowulf was admittedly mainly due to barriers of time language and perception of what is entertaining Crichton has accomplished a very difficult task He has rewritten a very long very boring epic and made it concise easy to digest and entertainingI hated Beowulf; I found it to be dreadful boring and longwindedThis is a wonderful retelling of the story I highly recommend that any lover of historical fiction read this bookIf you are a fan of Crichton's mainstream work ie Jurassic Park Andromeda Strain etc you may want to read a few reviews and see if you can find a snippet of this story online as it is completely different from his other works The closest novel of Crichton's that I could compare this to would be Timeline and even that is a stretch because Timeline involved Sci Fi type elements where this is strictly a narrative from the 10th centuryI heartily enjoyed this and was only put off by the ending which just ended Seriously be prepared because there is no ending The book just stops and moves on with an appendix a historical note and a bibliography That was a bit annoying I don't remember if Beowulf did the sameStill very well done very entertaining and very good historical fiction

  9. Kim Kim says:

    I'd been wanting to read this book ever since I found out the movie The 13th Warrior was based on it I'm a fan of historical fiction and thought this would be right up my alley It was a decent read shorter than I expected and better than the movie I love the blending at the start of real excerpts from an historical document with the fiction of Beowulf It was short though and could have used a bit depth to the characters and the various cultures You didn't really care about any of the characters and the fighting and battles was over too uickAn airport thriller this book is just something to eat some time without making you want to burn it later

  10. Mark Mark says:

    In the opening of this book written in 1976 Michael Crichton rightly critises the historians who discarded the role of the Vikings in Europe during their period of reign And as such I was uite interested in this novel I had seen the movie based on this novel and was treated by some other viewers afterwards to the pub and half of them turned out to be historians and they were rather positive on the subject of the role of the Vikings in Europe and Russia And recently there was this brillaint 3 part BBC documentary on the Vikings in EuropeSo when I found this third printing June 1976 HC novel in a bargainbin it was a no brainer to buying and reading it Ibn Fadlan is the protagonist through whom Michael Crichton tells the story The original idea behind writing the book was to relate the story of Beowulf in such a way that it would be acceptable to today’s readers The manuscript of Ibn Fadlan was incorporated to suit this purpose Michael Crichton mentions that only the first three chapters are based on historical data and the rest is ‘speculation’ of what could be possible Crichton assumes the survival of the Neanderthal man at least till the time of Ibn Fadlan circa 922 CE and he incorporates the legend of Beowulf which is commonly dated much before the time of Ibn Fadlan into the remaining chapters The facts the first three chapters are seamlessly blended with Crichton’s views; which are accompanied by some very detailed footnotesIn the afterword of the book Crichton writes ‘Under the circumstances I should perhaps say explicitly that the references in this afterword are genuine The rest of the novel including its introduction text footnotes and bibliography should properly be viewed as fiction’What can I say that this book has been a pleasurable read even if it is different from mr Crichton's other novels who read just as well I found that the tale steered clear from straight fantasy and does come up with an explanation for the characters of the Baddies which are explained in the appendix I found the book far insightfull than the movie based upon itwould recommend easily

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