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Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton

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The year is A.D. 922. A refined Arab courtier, representative of the powerful Caliph of Baghdad, encounters a party of Viking warriors who are journeying to the barbaric North. He is appalled by their Viking customs-the wanton sexuality of their pale, angular women, their disregard for cleanliness...their cold-blooded human sacrifices. But it is not until they reach the depths of the Northland that the courtier learns the horrifying and inescapable truth: he has been enlisted by these savage, inscrutable warriors to help combat a terror that plagues them-a monstrosity that emerges under cover of night to slaughter the Vikings and devour their flesh....



  • Michael Crichton has penned numerous remarkable books. However, 'Eaters of the Dead' falls short of his usual brilliance. As the author himself stated, readers either love it or hate it. Crichton wrote this book as a challenge to craft an engaging story based on Beowulf. Unfortunately, the first eight chapters are painfully monotonous, resembling pseudo-history, interspersed with an abundance of footnotes. It takes until chapter eight for any exciting action to unfold. Even then, the sporadic bursts of action throughout the rest of the book fail to captivate. Adding to the confusion, there appears to be a noticeable change in the narrator's voice in chapter seven, making it feel like a different narrator altogether.
  • If you have a taste for vikings. if you enjoy stories of grand adventures. if you crave atmospheric settings with mysterious creatures. if you have a fondness for dwarves and the mystical arts. if you revel in fierce and savage conflicts. if you have an appetite for lust, alcohol, and all things masculine. SEARCH NO MORE!!!
  • Honestly, not too shabby. The performance was solid, just not quite my thing. It did manage to keep me entertained and enlightened, if I were to choose a more precise term. There were some pretty cool moments, but in the back of my mind, it felt a bit like a textbook. I've heard that M.C. is famous for his attention to detail and the vast amount of nonfictional information he incorporates into his novels, or at least that's what I've gathered. I've only delved into about five or six of his books, so maybe I've just been fortunate enough to not notice it as much in the past.