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Ivory by Mike Resnick

Ivory (original 1988; edition 1989)

by Mike Resnick

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Authors:Mike Resnick
Info:London: Century, 1989, c1988. [384]p cased
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Tags:L63, fiction, Nebula final novel 1989, Michael Whelan cover, uploaded cover

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Ivory: A Legend of Past and Future by Mike Resnick (1988)



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What I love about Mike Resnick, among other things, is his non-pretentious prose style. He doesn't write like he has a dictionary out to look up the fanciest words for saying everything in an attempt to impress you. Instead, he just finds the right words to tell the story. So you don't need to read his books with a dictionary next to you either, and his books work for readers of all ages.This book, one of several inspired by his love of and travels through Africa, is the story of Duncan Rojas and Bukoba Mandanka and the tusks of the Kilimanjaro Elephant, the largest to ever exist. Rojas, a researcher for Braxton's Records of Big Game, is hired by Mandaka, the last living Masaai, to find the tusks which he believes are the secret to his people's lost power. While he won't explain why he needs them, he is paying handsomely, and Rojas cannot resist a good mystery.As he researches the tusks with the help of his trusty computer, Rojas learns the stories of various people and aliens who have possessed them over time. The tusks have quite a colorful history, as does the elephant himself, and the stories are fascinating and rich with characters, world building, history and solid plotting.The chapters run long, something I myself am guilty of, but that's because each chapter contains a historical story and a section about Rojas' research in the present as he learns the history.In the end, the story raises powerful questions about tradition, faith, and mythology. As is typical of Resnick, the conclusion leaves us to provide our own answers, and there is certainly a lot to think about which resonates with you long after the book has been closed.A not to be missed, rich story. Thoroughly enjoyable and compelling. For what it's worth... ( )
  BryanThomasS | Nov 7, 2011 |
  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
Thousands of years in the future, the last Maasai has paid a researcher to find the tusks of the Kilimanjaro Elephant, killed in the last years of the 19th century. The tusks have changed hands many times over the milleniums, and thus this story jumps back and forth and all throughout the galaxy as Rojas, our dogged researcher, tracks them down. Most of the characters are colorful and intriguing - Resnick's opinion is that humankind will stay stubbornly the same even as our technology changes and advances. Both adventurous and lyrical. ( )
  emitnick | Aug 11, 2008 |
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In the year 6303, Duncan Rojas receives a most unusual visitor. The last of the Masai, Mandaka searches for the tusks of a legendary elephant. Through the quest, Rojas catches a glimpse of the elusive power of Africa and the magic surrounding the greatest hunting trophy ever taken.

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In the year 6303, when earth is bare of anything larger than an insect or a mouse and most people have left for the stars, Duncan Rojas receives a most unusual visitor. His name is Bukoba Mandaka, and he is the last of the Maasai. Mandaka wants Rojas, senior researcher for Braxton's Records of Big Game, to find the tusks of the Kilimanjaro Elephant, tusks that weigh over 200 lb. each. Why? Mandaka will not say, but he will pay enormous sums for them. And Rojas cannot resist the challenge of tracing something lost for 3000 years. Back and forth through time, in card games, wars, and rivalries, Rojas searches. But as he begins to glimpse the elusive, lost power of ancient Africa, he is seduced, and before long the quest has become his own.… (more)

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