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Fragment by Warren Fahy


by Warren Fahy

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A Crichton-esque thriller, perfect for the beach. Completely formulaic but sprinkled with enough real science and technology to hold your attention without being so fantastic as to be unbelievable. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
Fahy's novel explores the concepts of sexual reproduction and evolution in this entertaining thrill ride of a novel which finds a reality television show and crew finding a supposedly deserted island. However, the island is teeming with predators that have evolved into bizarre lifeforms. Soon the government is involved, with some wanting to nuke the site from orbit and some wanting to study the creatures for scientific posterity. Though its not the best book in terms of story, you will get caught up in it until the very end, so I would definitely recommend it for casual reading. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
I feel that this book was a great idea wasted. It has it's eye on being made into a movie far too much. The characters were very unsubtle and people did stupid things that put them into obvious danger.

The big secret was too impossible/cutsey and the bad guy was much too cliched.

The best parts were the scientific discussions that occur before one of the characters get to the Island.

As for 'Jurassic Park for the "Lost" generation' - pur-lease! All the intelligence that could have been there seems to have been sucked out - almost as if Hollywood already got hold of the script and buggered it up.

An okay beach read if disbelief is totally suspended, but it should have been twice as long to make the story believable and three times better.

[A final quibble to the publisher of my edition (Harper UK 2009 paperback) - font way too large for the book size, 7-8 words per line and the sentences were completely mangled. I'm getting old(er) and I normally want a larger font but this was too much.] ( )
  Superenigmatix | Jan 16, 2016 |
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 |
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 |
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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.
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'Anihinihi ke ola. (Life is in a precarious position.) -- Ancient Hawaiian saying
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Captain, Mister Grafton is attemoting to put a man ashore, sir.
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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.
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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.

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