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A pair of fierce but beautiful eyes look out from the undergrowth of conifers. She is an intelligent killer... So begins one of the most extraordinary novels you will ever read. The time is 120 million years ago, the place is the plains of prehistoric Utah, and the eyes belong to an unforgettable heroine. Her name is Raptor Red, and she is a female raptor dinosaur. Painting A pair of fierce but beautiful eyes look out from the undergrowth of conifers. She is an intelligent killer... So begins one of the most extraordinary novels you will ever read. The time is 120 million years ago, the place is the plains of prehistoric Utah, and the eyes belong to an unforgettable heroine. Her name is Raptor Red, and she is a female raptor dinosaur. Painting a rich and colorful picture of a lush prehistoric world, leading paleontologist Robert T. Bakker tells his story from within Raptor Red's extraordinary mind, dramatizing his revolutionary theories in this exciting tale. From a tragic loss to the fierce struggle for survival to a daring migration to the Pacific Ocean to escape a deadly new predator, Raptor Red combines fact and fiction to capture for the first time the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors of the most magnificent, enigmatic creatures ever to walk the face of the earth.


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A pair of fierce but beautiful eyes look out from the undergrowth of conifers. She is an intelligent killer... So begins one of the most extraordinary novels you will ever read. The time is 120 million years ago, the place is the plains of prehistoric Utah, and the eyes belong to an unforgettable heroine. Her name is Raptor Red, and she is a female raptor dinosaur. Painting A pair of fierce but beautiful eyes look out from the undergrowth of conifers. She is an intelligent killer... So begins one of the most extraordinary novels you will ever read. The time is 120 million years ago, the place is the plains of prehistoric Utah, and the eyes belong to an unforgettable heroine. Her name is Raptor Red, and she is a female raptor dinosaur. Painting a rich and colorful picture of a lush prehistoric world, leading paleontologist Robert T. Bakker tells his story from within Raptor Red's extraordinary mind, dramatizing his revolutionary theories in this exciting tale. From a tragic loss to the fierce struggle for survival to a daring migration to the Pacific Ocean to escape a deadly new predator, Raptor Red combines fact and fiction to capture for the first time the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors of the most magnificent, enigmatic creatures ever to walk the face of the earth.

30 review for Raptor Red

  1. 4 out of 5

    Henry Avila

    She coldly looks for her next victim, hiding in the bushes as does the male consort, ready to kill again, the duo, frequently work together and enjoy butchering the helpless, the fierce, bright, intelligent, with pretty eyes, the creature, always searching and moving , she is patient and can wait for hours, finally there, a short distance from them, the cripple... a silent signal to the companion, both running from opposite sides they attack, slashing and slashing, blood squirting out from gapin She coldly looks for her next victim, hiding in the bushes as does the male consort, ready to kill again, the duo, frequently work together and enjoy butchering the helpless, the fierce, bright, intelligent, with pretty eyes, the creature, always searching and moving , she is patient and can wait for hours, finally there, a short distance from them, the cripple... a silent signal to the companion, both running from opposite sides they attack, slashing and slashing, blood squirting out from gaping holes, it is soon over... Utah, 120 million years B.C. April, in early spring, the giant raptors have wandered thousands of miles from Mongolia, across the temporary land bridge up the far north, connecting Asia and North America, there is also another bridge from the other direction, Europe, to Greenland, to Canada, a new age has begun. The mix of strange species, never seen here before, are arriving, only the tough will survive the competition, those who will adapt, the unlucky, disappear . Dinosaurs and other animals, live warily a few miles apart, on the floodplains, in an area with the constant danger of waters from heavy rains, overflowing the terrain, drowning and destroying everything in their path, unstoppable, of what will be the state of Utah, someday. Raptor Red, the Utahraptor, over twenty- feet -long, six high and weighting 1,000 pounds, hatched from an egg, in a nest, bird -like, her two front claws are knives, able to penetrate the hardest hides, take down dinosaurs much bigger than she, very brave but does not take silly chances, her red mark on the snout, gives the animal, a distinct appearance, to the new species ( all have it), many times bigger than the previous ones. Tragedy, she loses her smaller mate, an accident in a muddy hole, having slaughtered a huge, plant -eating Astrodon much heavier by tons , yet no match for Raptor Red (as we will call her) and her mate. She grieves in her way , staying for a day before leaving, a white, ancient, bored Pterodactyl, 60 years old with a twenty -foot wingspan, flying high above, soaring and diving, doing acrobatics and cheerfully scattering dinosaurs below, biting them, the king of the sky, other flying creatures respect his preeminence. The flying reptile, lives much longer than dinosaurs, for some unknown reason, he has chosen Raptor Red as a sort of pet, showing where dead meat is, warning of dangerous predators nearby, for years, besides he can eat the leftovers, his weak beak not able to cut open a dead animal's hide...A nice surprise, Raptor Red finds her long -lost sister, taking care of her three, fast- growing, but always rambunctious, hungry chicks, now it will be much easier to hunt, the pair together are very successful. Still the erratic, jealous sister's mood swings, cause a lot of tension in the pack, especially when Raptor Red gets another consort, it is mating season and her biological urges need satisfaction, she wants a family of her own... Sister or mate, the loyal Raptor Red, can't have both. A terrific saga, from the perspective of the dinosaurs.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Clough

    You've heard the rule for writers: only steal from the best? Bakker obviously knows it. Naturally he knows everything about dinosaurs and uses all that knowledge in this novel. But, aware of his limitations, he stole a plot engine and stuffed it under the hood. Yes, it's PRIDE & PREJUDICE, with velociraptors! It's a hoot to read this, with that in mind. Every fan of Austen should pick this up. You've heard the rule for writers: only steal from the best? Bakker obviously knows it. Naturally he knows everything about dinosaurs and uses all that knowledge in this novel. But, aware of his limitations, he stole a plot engine and stuffed it under the hood. Yes, it's PRIDE & PREJUDICE, with velociraptors! It's a hoot to read this, with that in mind. Every fan of Austen should pick this up.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I had been wanting to read this book for quite some time. Finally, I did it! Loved this story. It was sad, it was happy, it was interesting. I liked how the author got into the dinosaur's brain like he did. I became quite fond of Raptor Red. I did find the story ended somewhat abruptly, though. I could have used another chapter. I enjoyed the killing, the playing, the mating, the natural disasters. It was quite an adventurous life. I've had pet lizards before and I've often wondered what a dinosa I had been wanting to read this book for quite some time. Finally, I did it! Loved this story. It was sad, it was happy, it was interesting. I liked how the author got into the dinosaur's brain like he did. I became quite fond of Raptor Red. I did find the story ended somewhat abruptly, though. I could have used another chapter. I enjoyed the killing, the playing, the mating, the natural disasters. It was quite an adventurous life. I've had pet lizards before and I've often wondered what a dinosaur society would be like, even though I know that now we think they were not cold-blooded and had some feathers. I would be interested in reading more books along these lines, if anyone knows of any.

  4. 4 out of 5

    James Steele

    Finally, a dino book with the dinos as the main characters and not a human in sight. The descriptions of raptor social structure (and the world itself) are so real they must be true. After reading this it seems impossible for dinosaurs to have behaved in any way other than what Bakker describes. I felt like I was watching a documentary with running commentary from an omniscient narrator, and this is much better than interrupting a dinosaur’s thoughts with human interjection. National Geographic Finally, a dino book with the dinos as the main characters and not a human in sight. The descriptions of raptor social structure (and the world itself) are so real they must be true. After reading this it seems impossible for dinosaurs to have behaved in any way other than what Bakker describes. I felt like I was watching a documentary with running commentary from an omniscient narrator, and this is much better than interrupting a dinosaur’s thoughts with human interjection. National Geographic couldn’t have done any better presenting the world of the Utahraptor.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dax

    Isn't it funny the things we remember? I have a vivid memory of walking through the airport terminal as an eight year old with my Pops. Of course I was big into dinosaurs at that age, so when I saw this in the bookshop window I had to have it. I read the entire thing on the flight. I stumbled across this on my bookshelf recently and breezed through it. It's not a bad book. High quality YA and it has a lot of sentimental value to me. I'm excited for the day when my little boy is old enough and I c Isn't it funny the things we remember? I have a vivid memory of walking through the airport terminal as an eight year old with my Pops. Of course I was big into dinosaurs at that age, so when I saw this in the bookshop window I had to have it. I read the entire thing on the flight. I stumbled across this on my bookshelf recently and breezed through it. It's not a bad book. High quality YA and it has a lot of sentimental value to me. I'm excited for the day when my little boy is old enough and I can hand this over to him.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ella Emilia

    [This Review is taken from my blog, https://abookwithoutend.wordpress.com/, which also contains a short audio clip from the audio book] Okay, this is probably the best audio book I have ever listened to. In my previous review of the audio book of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy I talked about how much I loved it as an audio book, because of the comedy. But what makes this my favorite audio book is for the use of sound effects and music, perfectly accompanied with the story line. The above ex [This Review is taken from my blog, https://abookwithoutend.wordpress.com/, which also contains a short audio clip from the audio book] Okay, this is probably the best audio book I have ever listened to. In my previous review of the audio book of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy I talked about how much I loved it as an audio book, because of the comedy. But what makes this my favorite audio book is for the use of sound effects and music, perfectly accompanied with the story line. The above excerpt from the audio book is an example for how much more emotional a scene becomes by using music in the background. Why doesn’t ALL audio books use a soundtrack?? I will never be able to enjoy listening to a book as much as this one. But what is the story about? The story follows a female Utahraptor, Raptor Red, in her struggles to survive. It’s a beautifully touching story, but also filled with intruige and very believable. Although it, of course, is not entirely a true-story, it’s still very believable because of the description of them as still wild dinosaurs. Not some disney-like animals that talks and acts like humans. No, these are vicious predators. But they’re also loving to their families. What makes this story so great, except for the previous mentioning, is the characters. Did you love Blue in Jurassic World? Then this book is definitely for you. Strong female characters, that are dinosaurs. Determined, vicious, intelligent and loyal is some words to describe Raptor Red (adding ‘viciously aggresive’ to her sister). I got attached to Raptor Red after just a few minutes of listening, both feeling sentimental and awe-struck for her at the same time. Also, this was the first time I felt heartbroken and so emotional for troubles with the love-interest in such a short time/the first book. And not to talk about the plot. The use of soundtrack and sound effects, like I mentioned, made things not only so much more emotional but the action was (probably) a hundred times more intense. If you like the ‘journey to a better land’, like Watership Down or The Land Before Time, you’ll definitely like this story. This audio book is also very short (only about 3 hours!) which makes it a really quick listening (and trust me, you wanna keep listening). I can’t really find any faults. I just love this book so much, I only find the fault in myself for not discovering it sooner. I just finished Watership Down by Richard Adams before starting this book, and to be honest, I was a bit dissapointed. It was good (I do not deny the quality of the content), but I was expecting to get so much more emotional and affected by the story. I just ended up dragging myself through it the most. So I did not really expect much from Raptor Red. But oh no, this story following a Utahraptor was so much more emotional and enjoyable for me and I’m so happy for that. So I would recommend everyone to listen to the audio book. Even if audio books may not be for you, I insist you must at least try. First, it’s short (only 3 hours) and it has sound effects (dinosaur roars! fighting!) and a soundtrack that will keep your interest and help to avoid your mind to wander. Listen, listen to it now. You won’t regret it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Zola

    One of my favorite novels! My parents gave me this book when I was younger, and I admit that I cried the first time I read it and Red went through all her troubles. I'm generally not a fan of anthropomorphizing animals, but when the animal has been extinct for millions of years I don't suppose anyone really gives a fuck. The narrative is engaging, really--not like a lecture which is as dry as the bones it's discussing. One of my favorite novels! My parents gave me this book when I was younger, and I admit that I cried the first time I read it and Red went through all her troubles. I'm generally not a fan of anthropomorphizing animals, but when the animal has been extinct for millions of years I don't suppose anyone really gives a fuck. The narrative is engaging, really--not like a lecture which is as dry as the bones it's discussing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    rachel

    After reading Jurassic Park, Goodreads was kind enough to recommend this book to me (What absolutely amazing books would I have never come to know without Goodreads?). Already captivated by the cover, the summary had me thinking: "Yes! Finally a book from a dinosaur's point of view!" and I quickly ordered it. I was excited when it finally came, and I read it within two days, as I was quickly sucked into this prehistoric tale. Dinosaurs are often portrayed as savage carnivores that kill everything After reading Jurassic Park, Goodreads was kind enough to recommend this book to me (What absolutely amazing books would I have never come to know without Goodreads?). Already captivated by the cover, the summary had me thinking: "Yes! Finally a book from a dinosaur's point of view!" and I quickly ordered it. I was excited when it finally came, and I read it within two days, as I was quickly sucked into this prehistoric tale. Dinosaurs are often portrayed as savage carnivores that kill everything in sight, and although entertaining, I always fancied the idea of dinosaurs having personality. In Raptor Red, Robert Bakker brings Utahraptors to life, not as killing machines, but as genuine characters that feel and think. He did an amazing job at recreating the Cretaceous, and I could not imagine it any other way. The behaviors of the Utahraptors, and every other animal found in the book, had me sold, and I thought that this is the only way they could have been when they roamed the prehistoric deserts of Utah. This book had me feeling all sorts of things, from sympathy when something drastic happened to our heroine, Raptor Red, to happiness when something in her life turned for the better. Being the picky reader that I am, I was pleasantly surprised with Robert Bakker's Raptor Red. Although I read this book while ago, it has always stuck with me and I find myself thinking about it every now and then. Not many books do that! I just wish there were more books out there written from the dino's POV. This book is great for anyone searching for a unique adventure!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Second read; it's really that interesting, so much information on so many creatures, not just raptors. But I have to admit that it's not 100% a page-turner... for some reason I was finding it soothing and kept falling asleep, so it took me several days to read. Otoh, if one is in the right frame of mind, there is a lot of excitement, and it's not long, and shouldn't take long. And it's not just for adults. Any reader who isn't afraid of vocabulary & science, age 9 up, can enjoy this. And I do rec Second read; it's really that interesting, so much information on so many creatures, not just raptors. But I have to admit that it's not 100% a page-turner... for some reason I was finding it soothing and kept falling asleep, so it took me several days to read. Otoh, if one is in the right frame of mind, there is a lot of excitement, and it's not long, and shouldn't take long. And it's not just for adults. Any reader who isn't afraid of vocabulary & science, age 9 up, can enjoy this. And I do recommend it to children because it does a good job of encouraging the reader to think about such issues as 'what would you do to protect your family' and the fact that the predator is the one we're rooting for.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tara Hall

    A consistently underrated, forgotten classic with an extremely unique point-of-view. I read this book over and over when I was young. I loved how realistic it made dinosaurs, how personal the view into Red's life became. The same struggles we deal with, the death of a loved one, illness and danger, family bonds, are shown to us through her eyes, broken down from their cultural definitions into something simple and pure - science. It is an amazing study in point-of-view and the power of prose wit A consistently underrated, forgotten classic with an extremely unique point-of-view. I read this book over and over when I was young. I loved how realistic it made dinosaurs, how personal the view into Red's life became. The same struggles we deal with, the death of a loved one, illness and danger, family bonds, are shown to us through her eyes, broken down from their cultural definitions into something simple and pure - science. It is an amazing study in point-of-view and the power of prose without dialog. The main character is 65 million years dead, and yet Red became my best friend and I rooted for her as much as I ever did human literary characters.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    In reality I'm giving this a 3.5-star rating. This isn't going to be a book for everyone. If you like books like White Fang, then you will probably really enjoy this book because it's from the perspective of an Utahraptor. Clearly the author is well-educated, possibly even an expert, in this time era and it shows through his detail and his inclusion of other creatures and dinosaurs, some of which I'd never heard of before. As a self-professed dinosaur dork, I loved it! My biggest issue, and the re In reality I'm giving this a 3.5-star rating. This isn't going to be a book for everyone. If you like books like White Fang, then you will probably really enjoy this book because it's from the perspective of an Utahraptor. Clearly the author is well-educated, possibly even an expert, in this time era and it shows through his detail and his inclusion of other creatures and dinosaurs, some of which I'd never heard of before. As a self-professed dinosaur dork, I loved it! My biggest issue, and the reason why I didn't rate it higher, was his writing style. At times I had to read the same paragraph two or three times to sort through what he was trying to get at, and other times I wish he'd have broken out a thesaurus - one can only see the term "Darwinian" so many times in the first 20 pages or so without getting a little annoyed. All-in-all though, an interesting and different book. This won't be one for everyone, but if you like books that aren't always told from a human's perspective, you might enjoy it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dave Sippel

    I read this book forever ago but it stuck in my memory. I take that as a positive sign. I found it at my library recently, thumbed through it and liked what I saw. Raptor Red follows the life of a Utahraptor after the death of her mate. She reunites with her sister and her sister's hatchlings, despite her sister's apprehension of having another adult around the chicks. Together, they travel in search of food, escape predators and play. Red continues searching for a new mate, despite her sister's I read this book forever ago but it stuck in my memory. I take that as a positive sign. I found it at my library recently, thumbed through it and liked what I saw. Raptor Red follows the life of a Utahraptor after the death of her mate. She reunites with her sister and her sister's hatchlings, despite her sister's apprehension of having another adult around the chicks. Together, they travel in search of food, escape predators and play. Red continues searching for a new mate, despite her sister's even greater reluctance to have a non family member near the chicks. In a way, it is a very simple story: Animals try to survive in a harsh world. Bakker humanizes the animals but not to the degree that made me roll my eyes. To be honest, the dinos inner dialogue is pretty simple, which makes it semi believable. It must be a difficult trick in writing from an animal's point of view: give an insight to their actions, but don't humanize them to the point that they feel like a Disney cartoon creature. Maybe some leeway can be given with raptors, as they may have been one of the most intelligent creatures to live before humans. The science of dinosaurs, of course, is open to debate, depending on which expert you talk to. Science plays heavily into this novel, which is a good thing or a bad thing. Evolution and natural selection is discussed frequently in the book, explaining the raptors behavior. Personally, I found it to be fascinating but others may not appreciate what could be seen as deviation from the story. Still, readers should keep in mind that the book was written by a paleontologist, so some science is inescapable.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Henry Hakamaki

    Pleasantly surprised with this book! I originally bought it from a secondhand store because it sounded so weird that I couldn't pass it up. I mean, really, a book written from a dinosaur's perspective? As weird as it sounds though, it was actually very entertaining, and even managed to invoke some emotion. The book is written by the world famous paleontologist, Robert T. Bakker, and he succeeds in showing that not only does he know WAY more than almost anyone about dinosaurs and other prehistoric Pleasantly surprised with this book! I originally bought it from a secondhand store because it sounded so weird that I couldn't pass it up. I mean, really, a book written from a dinosaur's perspective? As weird as it sounds though, it was actually very entertaining, and even managed to invoke some emotion. The book is written by the world famous paleontologist, Robert T. Bakker, and he succeeds in showing that not only does he know WAY more than almost anyone about dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, but he is able to relate this information to the audience in an easy to digest manner. He uses this info more for explanations of why certain things are happening rather than just spitting out facts and data until you are blue in the face. This is very nice, and allows us to pick up new knowledge without being bored out of our skulls. As for the story itself, the book is about a female Utahraptor, an apex predator of the early Cretaceous period. The two things that drive her in the story are food, which she needs to survive, and love (both from mates and family), which maybe not surprisingly, is more important than the food itself at points. The descriptions of the social lives of raptors based off of what has been hypothesized from the fossil record is fascinating. I could almost see myself as a raptor while reading Raptor Red, and being part of the action unfolding, which of course is the mark of a good book. While not a perfect book, it is highly entertaining nonetheless, and I would recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a book outside the norm, dino nuts, and people who just want a good read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    It's awesome how Bakker is able to almost humanize the animals in this book and make you feel genuine empathy for them while also making sure you understand that nature can be cruel sometimes and animals do things to survive and because they need to do them. I actually learned a lot from this book. I've always loved dinosaurs but there were many that I've never even heard of and I enjoyed that. There's also a lot here about other creatures from this time and how their biological processes work. It's awesome how Bakker is able to almost humanize the animals in this book and make you feel genuine empathy for them while also making sure you understand that nature can be cruel sometimes and animals do things to survive and because they need to do them. I actually learned a lot from this book. I've always loved dinosaurs but there were many that I've never even heard of and I enjoyed that. There's also a lot here about other creatures from this time and how their biological processes work. Bakker does a good job of mixing fact and fiction without it coming off as too complicated or technical. There is some scientific jargon in here but it's not overwhelming, it's important to the plot and the mental picture that Bakker is trying to paint for the reader. While reading the book, I could imagine all of this actually happening during this time period. Bakker's writing style is very descriptive without being overly so. Reads like watching a dinosaur/prehistoric documentary with Bakker being the narrator. Would be interesting to listen to the audiobook and see how that experience would be. The story is mostly told from Raptor Red's point of view but we also get to read from others as well. I liked how there's no dialogue in the book, it felt like Bakker was able to get into the minds of these ancient creatures and translate their thoughts for us on the pages. Very cool. The illustrations throughout were also very nice and helped to bring the prehistoric creatures to life even more. This was a terrific, quick read of a book with a totally different type of main character written by a very intelligent and impressive paleontologist.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    This was a cool book. It's the story of a utahraptor but it's also a book of science talking about a wide-range of dinosaurs from the Cretaceous period. It does take a little getting used to at first, especially if you're not familiar with some of the creatures. (I had to look a few up so I would have a good mental picture.) You can tell the author is knowledgeable in his field, and I learned a lot about raptor behavior and life during that period from reading this. If you like books about animal This was a cool book. It's the story of a utahraptor but it's also a book of science talking about a wide-range of dinosaurs from the Cretaceous period. It does take a little getting used to at first, especially if you're not familiar with some of the creatures. (I had to look a few up so I would have a good mental picture.) You can tell the author is knowledgeable in his field, and I learned a lot about raptor behavior and life during that period from reading this. If you like books about animals, you might like this one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This book was fantastic! I loved how the author usedsuch a unique approach when writing this book. I mean come on how often does a person come by a book that is written from a raptor's point of view? It was heart warming and touching in a lot of parts and other parts served as a reminder of how cruel the world can be and how it has been in the eons before us. I recommend this to everyone. It will surprise you. This book was fantastic! I loved how the author usedsuch a unique approach when writing this book. I mean come on how often does a person come by a book that is written from a raptor's point of view? It was heart warming and touching in a lot of parts and other parts served as a reminder of how cruel the world can be and how it has been in the eons before us. I recommend this to everyone. It will surprise you.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mallory Kellogg

    Raptor Red Not a review. Just a note about how much I enjoyed this.    It was a prehistoric romance, about a Utahraptor and the world around her. It was a pure joy to read. Full of science and beautiful descriptions. I am in love with this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    This book is everything to me.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    This book was so interesting! If you like dinosaurs then I highly suggest reading this! This story takes you on a journey following one particular raptor and it has the sadness, charm, humor, and action of any book with humans.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pretty

    I finished this book a few weeks ago and just now getting to the review.I have to start off saying I love dinosaurs and not because of Jurassic park I loved them my entire childhood pre Jurassic park so when that first movie came out it was a bonus on my life lol. This book has a lot of facts and really immerses the reader into what life would have been like during the age of the dinosaurs. If you aren't ready for heavy learning as you read this one might not be for you but if you can't get enoug I finished this book a few weeks ago and just now getting to the review.I have to start off saying I love dinosaurs and not because of Jurassic park I loved them my entire childhood pre Jurassic park so when that first movie came out it was a bonus on my life lol. This book has a lot of facts and really immerses the reader into what life would have been like during the age of the dinosaurs. If you aren't ready for heavy learning as you read this one might not be for you but if you can't get enough info read it. Just read it if you like dinos. I'm a vegatarian and the entire book is about ripping flesh,rotting flesh meat etc. It didnt bother me I was rooting for raptor red the whole time. I Never had read a book through the eyes of a raptor before. Awesome read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Great concept; teaching through narrative. Textbook authors take note, Bakker effortlessly conveys an enormous amount of information within these pages. The fundamental idea is quite similar to James Paul Gee's concept of "externalization of identity". As he discussed in Why Video Games Are Good for Your Soul: Pleasure and Learning, playing immersive video games blends the player with the virtual character; they are joint actors in a virtual world. This construct opens up enormous possibilities Great concept; teaching through narrative. Textbook authors take note, Bakker effortlessly conveys an enormous amount of information within these pages. The fundamental idea is quite similar to James Paul Gee's concept of "externalization of identity". As he discussed in Why Video Games Are Good for Your Soul: Pleasure and Learning, playing immersive video games blends the player with the virtual character; they are joint actors in a virtual world. This construct opens up enormous possibilities for learning, because the student is "living" the experience rather than just studying it. Studies have also shown that when a learner is having fun, is engaged, retention is significantly higher. Dinosaurs are just fun in their own right. Even the driest of textbooks on the subject can still be enjoyable. But Bakker puts an entirely new spin on paleontology. He allows us to see the prehistoric world through the eyes of a Utahraptor. Not just to tell us her life story, but to make her our avatar. The ability of Bakker to transform his obviously extensive knowledge of dinosaurs into a compelling narrative is truly impressive. It's a rare gift among scientists (Carl Sagan's Contact comes to mind) but something I would love to see more of.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

    Honestly, for most readers, this is either going to be a book that you're going to love immediately or a book that you're never coming close to with a ten-foot pole. The premise of the book already determines whether or not people will be willing to pick it up. It's a book written from the perspective of a Utahraptor, the eponymous Raptor Red, but features cameos from other dinosaurs (and non-dinosaurs) who provide new perspectives to spice up the story line. ("The iguanodon has modest powers of Honestly, for most readers, this is either going to be a book that you're going to love immediately or a book that you're never coming close to with a ten-foot pole. The premise of the book already determines whether or not people will be willing to pick it up. It's a book written from the perspective of a Utahraptor, the eponymous Raptor Red, but features cameos from other dinosaurs (and non-dinosaurs) who provide new perspectives to spice up the story line. ("The iguanodon has modest powers of self-awareness. She feels happy and complacent and content. She feels efficient, in a vague "I'm going what I should be doing and I'm doing it well" sort of way.") To be perfectly honest, even despite my abounding love for dinosaurs, it took me a while to get into the groove of this novel. It's clunky despite its best efforts. I almost expected something more along the lines of Watership Down, with anthropomorphized Utahraptors talking to each other, while Bakker stuck to a more "scientific" route. It's been a while since I've watched an animal documentary, but this entire novel read to me like what I think the Planet Earth series are like. By the time I got halfway through the novel I started to loosen up and get into the groove of Raptor Red, but I'll admit that it a took a while to get there. I wouldn't say this is a literary masterpiece by any means, but I would definitely recommend it as a light read to any of my dinosaur-loving friends.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Edwina Callan

    The only thing keeping me from giving this 5 stars is the loud and annoying background music that kept drowning out the narrator during ALL of the climactic parts of the story. I guess that I'll have to read the actual book to find out what I missed ... which won't be a problem because I really enjoyed this story. The only thing keeping me from giving this 5 stars is the loud and annoying background music that kept drowning out the narrator during ALL of the climactic parts of the story. I guess that I'll have to read the actual book to find out what I missed ... which won't be a problem because I really enjoyed this story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    I'm not usually into animal POV stories AT ALL but found this account of life as a Utahraptor really compelling. It did a really good job of getting inside Raptor Red's mind without humanizing the animal's thoughts *too* much. A must read for dinosaur enthusiasts. 4.5 I'm not usually into animal POV stories AT ALL but found this account of life as a Utahraptor really compelling. It did a really good job of getting inside Raptor Red's mind without humanizing the animal's thoughts *too* much. A must read for dinosaur enthusiasts. 4.5

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This book combines a beautiful knowledge of the Cretaceous period with the witty humour and language of the author. Very detailed when describing dinosaurs, scenes etc.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    This was probably my favourite book in grade four, but I was an odd child. Haven't reread. This was probably my favourite book in grade four, but I was an odd child. Haven't reread.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Midu Hadi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Books&Chai Series: 6 Reasons I Fell in Love with Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker Introduction to the Book My friends already know how crazy I am when it comes to fiction based on dinosaurs. I have been known to wax poetic about such books. In this book, however, Bakker takes facts about dinosaur life and weaves them into a story. So, it is like reading fictionalized non-fiction! Introduction to the Chai Now that you have had your book intro, let me proceed by introducing you to another series of Books&Chai Series: 6 Reasons I Fell in Love with Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker Introduction to the Book My friends already know how crazy I am when it comes to fiction based on dinosaurs. I have been known to wax poetic about such books. In this book, however, Bakker takes facts about dinosaur life and weaves them into a story. So, it is like reading fictionalized non-fiction! Introduction to the Chai Now that you have had your book intro, let me proceed by introducing you to another series of blog posts: Books&Chai. Whenever I post with this tag, you will find a book from a genre that goes beautifully with the featured flavor of chai (tea). Black tea, which is the flavor featured in this post, is known to improve concentration and focus. Since I was reading a book about a very intelligent species, the Utahraptor, I decided black tea would be a smart choice! Reasons for all that Book-Luvin' Now, we move on to the six reasons that made for an awesome read: The Humor If you have been following this blog, you must know now that for me, humor is an important part in a book. In any book! The more unlikely it seems that the author might be able to create humorous situations (say, like in a book from a bloodthirsty monster's POV), the more I appreciate it! I found the two examples from Raptor Red funny as heck! The Sciency Bits You can't have a good fact-based book without some science in it. For me, catching glimpses of the science while being embroiled in Red's latest adventure was a lot of fun! This particular quote is from a scene when a male raptor comes face to face with a field of red flowers. What's more, they smell like rotten meat, which the raptor considers food. This kinda blows up its sensory perception temporarily. Faced with such an evocative color, it doesn't know whether it is supposed to court the blooms, fear them, or eat them! This quote is from a scene where Red sees a turtle for the first time. The whole scene was written well enough to have me go Awww and Lol in turns. The Dino-Facts I am aware that I could have included these in the sciency bits mentioned above. But, no! These facts were juicy enough to merit their own category. Snippets of how life used to be for different kinds of dinos gave the book an authenticity. This quote explains how after speciation (birth of a new species from an old one) Utahraptor society had adopted a matriarchal structure. This one is about how two completely different species banded together for survival. One of them had longer necks that enabled them to check for predators over a wider area. The other one contributed by their sheer numbers. The Poetic Language I am a sucker for when a scientists takes a theory or fact and describes it with beautiful language. The Squicky Bits Another favorite. There was a bit about how dangerous assassin bugs could be to the raptors. I looked them up and science (and class Insecta) did not disappoint! Absurd Creature of the Week: The Ferocious Bug That Sucks Prey Dry and Wears Their Corpses ...wears their corpses. I mean corpses! Duuuuuuuuuuuuuude! A Mixture of it All The example below is an unholy combo of all the reasons that I have mentioned above. Watch them in action: Lastly, Also reviewed at: BL BS WP LI ME BO

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chinook

    This was unique. It took me a bit to get into the story because the audiobook has a lot of sound effects and that didn’t work for me. But I got quite into the fate of Raptor Red as the story progressed. It was an interesting way to think about dinosaurs. I’m glad the Book Riot Challenge led me to this because I’d never had come across it on my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Grey

    I didn't expect so much heart tbh. Very sweet book. I didn't expect so much heart tbh. Very sweet book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Santiago Hernandez

    Dr. Robert T. Bakker is a very famous and great Paleontologist. He was one of the first paleontologists to link modern day birds with Theropod dinosaurs and to propose that dinosaurs were actually warm blooded creatures who were active and relatively intelligent. His work was so revolutionary that it eventually landed him an unofficial role as an adviser for the Jurassic Park the movie and is pretty much responsible for the way we view dinosaurs today. Briefly, Dr. Bakker's "Raptor Red" is an ent Dr. Robert T. Bakker is a very famous and great Paleontologist. He was one of the first paleontologists to link modern day birds with Theropod dinosaurs and to propose that dinosaurs were actually warm blooded creatures who were active and relatively intelligent. His work was so revolutionary that it eventually landed him an unofficial role as an adviser for the Jurassic Park the movie and is pretty much responsible for the way we view dinosaurs today. Briefly, Dr. Bakker's "Raptor Red" is an enthralling narrative that puts the reader in the shoes, or should I say claws, of an Utahraptor during Cretaceous North America; Bakker makes you think like a raptor that is fighting to pass on its genes to the next generation and to survive the ravages of a changing landscape. It’s a great example of what paleontology, as a science, can offer society because Baker puts so much detail into the novel that it almost feels like you have been transported back in time to a world that was almost alien and this reflects one major goal of Paleontologists – recreating the ancient world as it was. This book does a great job, naturally, of sticking to the facts, but it does so in a way that seems natural and not boring at all. Furthermore, Bakker's pacing is on the spot, there is never a moment where the book gets dull. The read is very exciting and it is very fast, so I would recommend this to anyone who likes dinosaurs or science as a sort of "treat" read. This book kind of reminded me of the Martian (by Andy Weir) if it was from a raptor’s perspective because something always happened, such is life. Overall, this book is a great read and a great way to get familiar with a huge scientific concept and to get a good grip on how Earth was like back then. "Raptor Red" is a literal incarnation of understanding someone's (in this case something's)point of view through putting yourself in their place and you will probably gain a new appreciation for the work of Paleontologists, who are a group of scientists whose work is so important to the pursuit of knowledge and aren’t funded as much as they should be. In any case, be ready to go back in time with your guide being Dr. Bakker. Enjoy!

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