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Fragment: A Novel af Warren Fahy

Fragment: A Novel (udgave 2009)

af Warren Fahy (Forfatter)

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Scientists have made a startling discovery: a fragment of a lost continent, an island with an ecosystem unlike any they've seen before... an ecosystem that could topple ours like a house of cards.
Titel:Fragment: A Novel
Forfattere:Warren Fahy (Forfatter)
Info:Delacorte Press (2009), Edition: First Edition, 384 pages
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I can see why people describe this as a mix of Jurassic Park and Tom Clancy, but I will go with Jurassic Park meets Da Vinci Code - lots of action that is disrupted by lengthy scientific lectures. The idea is interesting and the animals described are certainly creative- the same cannot be said for the humans, though that may be the point. If you are interested in narratives that push the idea of evolution, this book may be of interest for you. ( )
  WiebkeK | Jan 21, 2021 |
Put on my Back-Burnered shelf, for those books I can't finish, but haven't given up on. Perhaps I'll get back to it. I will, if it starts gnawing at me, wondering what happened.

I don't think that'll happen, though.
  James_Patrick_Joyce | Oct 24, 2020 |
The premise of Warren Fahy's novel is not especially original: far out in the south Pacific, an island is discovered that harbors strange and unique forms of life. Cut off from virtually all biological contact with the outside world, what evolved was the most lethal ecosystem on the planet, where every living being, plant and animal, is hostile. Drawn to the island by an emergency beacon from an abandoned sailboat, the crew of a research ship has a quick and lethal encounter with some of the island’s inhabitants, prompting a naval quarantine and full-scale scientific expedition that uncovers many of the island’s mysteries – and illustrates the threat they could pose to the world.

When reading the novel, it soon becomes clear that Fahy has put a considerable amount of thought into developing the natives of his own little lost world. The environment he envisions is nothing short of terrifying, and the chapters in which the island is explored are easily the best of the book. Unfortunately, the rest of the book does not receive the same degree of thought and attention, with two-dimensional characters (including a Bad Guy verging on the cartoonish), predictable plot developments, and an ending with all of the originality of a Hollywood-cloned sequel. While Fahy does entertain, readers seeking quality plots and writing would do better to pick up another book instead. ( )
  MacDad | Mar 27, 2020 |
A fantastic tale of a violent island ecosystem that threatens the integrity of existing ecosystems across the world. Well-written with believable characters, and wonderfully imaginative life forms. ( )
  WingedWolf | Jun 6, 2019 |
Where to begin. First of all, I'm so glad I got this for free. Second, I'm now wondering if the publisher waited for [a:Michael Crichton|5194|Michael Crichton|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1189723729p2/5194.jpg] to die before calling this [b:Jurassic Park|452196|Jurassic Park|Michael Crichton|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1174886474s/452196.jpg|3376836]-like because that is just flat-out blasphemy. JP was a lightning-in-a-bottle masterpiece (you can tell because Crichton's attempt at recapturing that magic ([b:The Lost World|8650|The Lost World|Michael Crichton|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1210660231s/8650.jpg|1212784]) failed miserably). This is anything but.....

Onto [b:Fragment|1519|The Oresteia Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers & The Eumenides|Aeschylus|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41bHbapXNOL._SL75_.jpg|2378]. [a:Warren Fahy|2622192|Warren Fahy|http://www.goodreads.com/images/nophoto/nophoto-U-50x66.jpg], you did research for this book. Good for you. Most authors do. There's no need to beat me over the head with random facts that fit your story. I'm not reading an eco-biology textbook. Not even [a:Tom Clancy|3892|Tom Clancy|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1175466521p2/3892.jpg] can bore me this much with facts and his 800 page books are 750 pages of set-up and military paraphernalia and 50 pages of action. Also, are you hoping not to have to do any Christmas shopping in the future because all the trademarked names you drop in the book will give you free swag? I swear, one paragraph, literally, had a cameraman put on his Banana Republic boxers, JCrew socks, Lucky Brand jeans, Coach belt, Polo sweater, Nike sneakers, and Hugo Boss jacket. Was I reading a novel or shopping from a catalogue?

Onto the plot/story. It was.....okay, at best. In suspense/horror novels that are page-turners, the people are in constant danger and you feel for their safety/well-being. You speed through the pages to see if they make it out of a tight situation. In this, the creatures were SO lethal, the humans all died in seconds (less than a paragraph) and those left were placed in, what felt like, danger-free situations. Like, for the rest of the book I wasn't worried about anyone being in danger. Or if they got into danger, they were slaughtered before you could take a sip of tea while reading. In the same vein, there were about 900 characters, three new ones seemingly introduced per page, and they all had plain names like Joe, Bob, and Nell. So when Pete is alive on page 250 and I'm surprised he's not dead, it's because PAUL had been eaten alive in 3 sentences on page 2 and I got confused. It's hard to get concerned about a character when they all blend together. Except the unnecessarily evil/homicidal scientist who just wanted fame and fortune. He stood out from the rest because he was TOTALLY unbelievable.

I can go on, but I'll just finish with: This Book Sucked. Do Not Read.

PS - I received this for free through the Goodreads' "First-Reads" book giveaway. ( )
  writertomg | Sep 6, 2017 |
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Written by first-time author Warren Fahy, Fragment is being marketed by Bantam as the next Jurassic Park. You can see why - it's packed with hard science factoids, nonstop action, flesh eating monsters who would give Guillermo Del Toro nightmares, and characters as wooden as the trees slaughtered to mass market this book. I don't mean this as criticism exactly. The novel does exactly what it sets out to do: tell a rip-roaring yarn, and teach you some real science in the process. No, it's not a literary masterpiece. But you'll have fun while you're reading it.
tilføjet af PhoenixTerran | Redigerio9, Annalee Newitz (Jun 5, 2009)

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