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Winter in Eden by Harry Harrison

Winter in Eden (edition 1987)

by Harry Harrison

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Title:Winter in Eden
Authors:Harry Harrison
Info:Bantam Books (1987), Mass Market Paperback
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I did not like this second book as much as the first. It was cut up into too many small pieces with very short paragraphs and sometimes no real linkage to the story's main plot. I suppose it is just setting the basis for the final book.

The last 30+ pages bother me... Why should I learn Yilanè writing when there is none in the novel itself? Why should I learn pronunciation? The dictionary is full of words in Margu that are never used in the story and when I had a Yilanè word that I wanted the meaning of... it was not in that dictionary.

I might read the last of the series but I won't seriously look for it. ( )
  Lynxear | Apr 17, 2017 |
An inevitable sequel, this time delving more deeply into Vilaine Society, and a bit on how the intelligent lizards developed. Just not as much fun and much nearer Harrison's usual level. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Sep 15, 2013 |
In the second book of the Eden trilogy we can follow the human-reptile (Yilané) war which a bit turns into a provate revenge between Kerrick and Vainté. A great story in an impressively detailed world. Who needs more? ( )
  TheCrow2 | Jun 24, 2013 |
Harrison continues the tale of a war between Stone Age humans and the Yilanè, intelligent descendants of dinosaurs which, in this world, were not wiped out by a cometary impact.

This second book in the series is centered on what, for us, would be the Atlantic Ocean and the theme of discovery. The villain of the series, the Yilanè Vaintè, is now discredited after the destruction of the race’s first transoceanic colony. She was leader of the city, and the blowback of her genocidal war on human and one in particular, her former captive and hero of the story, Kerrick, led to that result. She convinces the leadership of another city to help her renew her attacks against the humans in the western hemisphere of Earth – necessary because an encroaching ice age is driving the Yilanè out of their Eurasian and African homes. (Harrison gives Kerrick a prologue in the book which adequately summaries the events of the first book, but I’d recommend reading West of Eden anyway.)

For his part, Kerrick hopes to put the ruins of the Yilanè city to some use. He also becomes quite attached and concerned with two Yilanè males. Like him, they were prisoners of Vaintè, and, like all males of that race, confined to a harem existence. Their discoveries and their hard-won self-confidence and knowledge, their exultation in the freedom of the world beyond the harem walls, is a major charm of this novel.

Harrison introduces an Eskimo-like race of human (though they have vestigial tails) nomads called the Paramutan which figure in the adventures of Kerrick and the wife and son he is separated from. It is their knowledge and exploration of the northern part of the ocean that will become important in the plot and another confrontation between Kerrick and Vaintè. Also crossing the sea, in the other direction, are the exiled Daugthers of Death, a pacifistic sect that holds all life sacred and that are regarded as dangerous subversives in all Yilanè cities. Aided by a legendary, crank, caustic scientist who also has been banished, they discover this world’s version of South America. Harrison, with this, gives us an engaging plot where the otherworldly concern with religious contemplation clashes with the practical commands and wishes of that scientist.

Harrison also, in the Yilanè-human war, shows the innovation each side undertakes. The Yilanè develop new weapons and defenses using their supremely sophisticated genetic engineering. Humans rely on their specie’s knack for deception and trickery.

All in all, a worthy effort that, even though it’s a middle book in a trilogy, manages to almost feel complete on its own. As with the first novel, at least in hardcover, Bill Sanderson provides many line drawings that vividly illustrate Harrison’s world and, especially, creatures. Also, as with the first book, there is an appendix on the languages and background of this world. With the introduction of the Paramutan, it differs somewhat from the appendix in West of Eden. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553266284, Mass Market Paperback)

Harry Harrison, an acknowledged master of imaginative fiction, broke new ground with "West of Eden." He brought to vivid life the world as it might have been, where dinosaurs survived, where their intelligent descendants challenged humans for mastery of Earth, where a young hunter named Kerrick grew among the dinosaurs and rose to become their most feared enemy.

Now, the awesome saga continues in "Winter in Eden..."

A new ice age threatens Earth. Facing extinction, the dinosaurs must employ their mastery of biology to swiftly reconquer human territory. Desperately, Kerrick launches an arduous quest to rally a final defense for humankind. With his beloved wife and young son, he heads north to the land of the whale hunters, east into the enemy's stronghold, and south to a fateful reckoning with destiny.

Not since "Dune" has there been a work of such majestic scope and conception -- a monumental epic of passion, courage, and triumph.

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"Book two in the West of Eden trilogy." A young hunter, Kerrick, launches a defense for mankind when a new ice age threatens Earth and the dinosaurs attempt to reconquer human territory.

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