The manuscript of Ibn Fadlan, relating his experiences with the Northmen in A.D. (A Bantam book) Aḥmad Ibn Faḍlān (fl. ), Ahmad Ibn Fadlan, Al-Muqtadir. A refined Arab courtier, representative of the powerful Caliph of Bagdad, encounters a party of Viking warriors who. You can easily download Eaters of the Dead Pdf, Eaters of the Dead Pdf by lyubimov.info Pages: eBook pages can be different. Editorial Reviews. lyubimov.info Review. Michael Crichton takes the listener on a Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like Additional gift options are available when buying one eBook at a time. Learn more $ Read with Our Free App; Audiobook. $ Free with.
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The history diverges into a "What if" story when Ibn Fadlan is forced to join warrior Buliwyf and his company's quest to the north. Their mission? To protect the lands and defeat the deadly mist monsters.
Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton
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 events. Nevertheless, the story is action-packed, and the unique retelling indeed brings diversity to Crichton's works.
View 2 comments. Maybe I have way too many unread books piling up everywhere in my apartment, so some titles slip through the cracks. This 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 more 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 victims.
The 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: But the record of his observations and adventures give the world an early version of the legend of Beowulf… except, historically plausible.
The tone might turn some readers off: 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 pages, its perfectly constructed to be a diverting and surprisingly informative read! View all 7 comments. 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 more than a whiff. I 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 fr Let me preface this review by saying Eaters of the Dead is not fantasy.
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 other. Ibn Fadlan is a fun head to be in and it was his narration that made this book unique for me. I have to give the book 5 stars. There was really nothing I didn't like.
View all 13 comments. 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 quick 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. Wh 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. What's the lesson here? Never throw out anything ever. One dumb move like this is easily remedied.
I 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.
It felt like I was a student again, reading primary source documents. But this time around, I could actually enjoy it. It'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 succeeded. Some 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 quite 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 Muslim.
I 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 quite 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 winners. Buliwyf rocks. View all 17 comments. This book was everything I have been looking for lately.
Great 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 break. Motherfucking Vikings? Check I really want to watch this show!! This book was a lot different than his usual stuff that I have read, but still really enjoyable. Thanks Sarah! 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 more depth to the characters and the various cultures. You didn't really care about any of the I'd been wanting to read this book ever since I found out the movie The 13th Warrior was based on it. You didn't really care about any of the characters and the fighting and battles was over too quick. An airport thriller, this book is just something to eat some time without making you want to burn it later.
Jul 04, Billy rated it really liked it. Very well done if you understand Crichton's purpose This is a retelling of Beowulf, in a first person, narrative, entertaining form. The 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 obse Very well done if you understand Crichton's purpose Crichton then moves from there in to the fictional portion, using Fadlan as a first hand observer of the events surrounding the Beowulf story.
Considering 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 entertaining.
I hated Beowulf; I found it to be dreadful, boring and longwinded. This is a wonderful retelling of the story. I highly recommend that any lover of historical fiction read this book. If you are a fan of Crichton's more mainstream work i. Jurassic Park, Andromeda Strain, etc. 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 century.
I 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.
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That was a bit annoying. I don't remember if Beowulf did the same. Still, very well done, very entertaining and very good historical fiction.
The hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new lands, To fight the horde, singing and crying: Valhalla, I am coming! The idea for the book came after Crichton heard his pal giving a lecture including Beowulf as among the Bores of Literature.
Crichton notes in an appendix that the book is based partly on the Beowulf myth.
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The full name of this novel was Eaters of the Dead: After being made into a movie under the title, The 13th Warrior , the book was republished for a time under that name.
The book is basically told as a edited translation of the account written by Ibn Fadlan, a Persian ambassador conscripted by a group of Vikings probably from Sweden as the 13th warrior in a hero's quest to save a northern kingdom from a group of "mist monsters" called "wendol," a group of vicious savages, perhaps surviving Neanderthals, who wear bear skins in battle.
After battling with the wendol probably based, in part, on Grendel , they must fight Grendel's mother: I was somewhat disappointed by the lethargic lulls and the story's underdevelopment.
On the other hand, the action sequences were quite thrilling. As usual, Crichton's research was impeccable and provided an education on the Vikings and a more modernized account of Beowulf.
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