Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Fragment by Warren Fahy


by Warren Fahy

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
4506423,201 (3.42)23
Recently added byprivate library, turbofletch, srkal, thejayray

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 23 mentions

English (63)  Spanish (1)  All languages (64)
Showing 1-5 of 63 (next | show all)
A group of scientists filming a sea-going reality TV series comes across a remote, unexplored island where life has been evolving in isolation practically since the Cambrian Explosion, producing lifeforms unlike those seen anywhere else on Earth. They, and the folks who come after them, then proceed to do all the usual sorts of things for this kind of novel: making interesting discoveries, getting eaten by monsters, starting love affairs, blowing things up...

This was more or less the right kind of book for a busy vacation: readable and undemanding, with some moments of mildly exciting action. I can't remotely call it a good book, though. It's way too full of thoroughly predictable developments, "as you know, Bob" dialog, and descriptions that read like the author was envisioning the Hollywood movie he hoped would be forthcoming, complete with product placements. Not to mention the absolutely ridiculous bad guy. I also get the impression that the author doesn't quite understand how television works. He's better on the science, but even then, the scientists in the book seem to think that researching the island's lifeforms is mostly a matter of putting them in a cage with more familiar animals and watching them fight.

The critters themselves are interesting, though, and a lot of thought has clearly been put into imagining them and their history. There are also a few really excellent drawings of several of them, which helped a lot in envisioning it all. ( )
1 vote bragan | Oct 7, 2015 |
Awesome....simply awesome! If you are a fan of Jurassic Park, then this is a must read! ( )
  avidbookcollector | Oct 8, 2014 |
A horror novel like no other. This book is especially scary for the people who are environmentally minded and have an interest/knowledge of biology. I have never had the "nuke it til nothing survives" mentality (being somewhat of a tree hugger) but this was so scary of a scenario that I figuratively had my finger on the red destruction button with no regrets. ( )
  hopebird | May 7, 2014 |
I was pleasantly surprised when I read Fragment.It will fool you in the beginning into thinking you are reading just another SYFY channel B novel.But be patient and read past the first chapter.You won't regret it.The characters in Fragment are more than in depth-they are lovable and/or hateable.In either case you will feel strongly about them and the outcome of the novel.For lovers of action,adventure,science fiction and science fact..Fragment will wisk you away and leave you sad to be brought back home in the end. ( )
  sorjuana | Jan 17, 2014 |
Lives up to blurbs: "...This is one hellva ride." I enjoyed travelling to Hender's Island safely in imagination and fantasy. Excellent descriptions of organisms on Hender's Island. I particulary liked the Hender's Disk Ants and Hendropods. ( )
  sar96 | Jan 2, 2014 |
Showing 1-5 of 63 (next | show all)
Written by first-time author Warren Fahy, Fragment is being marketed by Bantam as the next Jurassic Park. You can see why - it's packed with hard science factoids, nonstop action, flesh eating monsters who would give Guillermo Del Toro nightmares, and characters as wooden as the trees slaughtered to mass market this book. I don't mean this as criticism exactly. The novel does exactly what it sets out to do: tell a rip-roaring yarn, and teach you some real science in the process. No, it's not a literary masterpiece. But you'll have fun while you're reading it.
added by PhoenixTerran | editio9, Annalee Newitz (Jun 5, 2009)
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
'Anihinihi ke ola. (Life is in a precarious position.) -- Ancient Hawaiian saying
First words
Captain, Mister Grafton is attemoting to put a man ashore, sir.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Aboard a long-range research vessel, in the vast reaches of the South Pacific, the cast and crew of the reality show Sealife believe they have found a ratings bonanza. For a director dying for drama, a distress call from Henders Island -- a mere blip on any radar -- might be just the ticket. Until the first scientist sets foot on Henders -- and the ultimate test of survival begins.

For when they reach the island's shores, the scientists are utterly unprepared for what they find -- creatures unlike any ever recorded in natural history. This is not a lost world frozen in time; this is Earth as it might have looked after evolving on a separate path for half a billion years -- a fragment of a lost continent, with an ecosystem that could topple ours like a house of cards.
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

Scientists have made a startling discovery: a fragment of a lost continent, an island with an ecosystem unlike any they've seen before... an ecosystem that could topple ours like a house of cards.

» see all 6 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
2 avail.
20 wanted
6 pay3 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.42)
0.5 1
1 5
1.5 1
2 14
2.5 8
3 35
3.5 18
4 44
4.5 2
5 19


2 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Store | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 100,919,155 books! | Top bar: Always visible