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Balook (1990)

by Piers Anthony

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Balook is a Baluchtherium, an ancient rhinocerous, three times the size of a horse, brought back from extinction by some enterprising future scientists. Thor is his companion, friend, and champion. Balook is anachronistic and misunderstood. What is his usefulness? Is he dangerous? The modern world must deal with these questions, and Thor must guide them to the answers. This is ostensibly a young adult novel, but quite complex in theme and science. The young characters are relatable to the young reader, but people of all ages will fall in love with Balook and wish they could have one as a friend. I was also quite enamored with Anthony’s vision of a future where cutting down trees is illegal, and most everyone is conveyed by bicycles. ( )
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Thor Nemmen climbed the steps of the high stile and looked over the fence.
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A friendly prehistoric rhinoceros is genetically recreated in the near future.

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