Eaters of the Dead

Eaters of the Dead

The Manuscript of Ibn Fadlan, Relating His Experiences With the Northmen in A.D. 922

Large Print - 1999
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In A.D. 922 Ibn Fadlan, the representative of the ruler of Bagdad, City of Peace, crosses the Caspian Sea and journeys up the valley of the Volga on a mission to the King of Saqaliba. Before he arrives, he meets with Buliwyf, a powerful Viking chieftain who is summoned by his besieged relatives to the North. Buliwyf must return to Scandinavia and save his countrymen and family from the monsters of the mist.
Publisher: Leicester, UK : Charnwood 1999
ISBN: 9780708990636
0708990630
Branch Call Number: LP FIC CRI
Characteristics: 220 p
Alternative Title: Eaters of the dead

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Eosos
Apr 01, 2015

The beginning of this book was pretty slow but it did get better after the first couple chapters.

Can't say as I thought it wonderful. I didn't like the pseudo non-fiction style of the story, it kept making me think it was real and I had to remind myself that it was pure fiction.

I did like the Norsemen, despite the lack of development to these characters, they still managed to have personality. More as a group than as individuals but the essence of their personalities was very clear. And I like Ibn Fadlan's foreignness compared to the rest of the cast, it made the story for me.

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StarGladiator
Aug 07, 2013

While ianwallace is basically correct, this is from the recorded journal of the erudite Arab traveller and courtier, Ibn Fadlen, this was not only recorded history as we know it, but the only first-hand personal observation of the Vikings at that time! Crichton does a good job, but the original author, of course, is the amateur historian, Ibn Fadlen.

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ianwallace
Jul 05, 2011

I didn't realize this before reading the novel, but it is basically Michael Crichton retelling Beowulf with a more realistic leaning.

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RichardPaul
Feb 18, 2011

Eaters of the Dead ---- by Michael Crichton c - 1999 ---- Written from a translated Manuscript A.D. 922 ---- Very gripping and still taxing to read. ---- Not for children! ---- Good work by Mr. Crichton. ---- RichardPaul

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darren_hagel
Sep 26, 2009

My favorite novel by Crichton. Better than Jurassic Park, Sphere, Timeline, etc. I hated that they changed the name when the movie came out. This book is fantastic.

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RichardPaul
Mar 18, 2011

RichardPaul thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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