Review of Dragon Teeth

Once again author Michael Crichton weaves a tale that blends fiction and historical facts to make a fascinating story. (Sadly, Crichton passed away in 2008-truly one of modern greats.) The novel centers around a Yale student of wealth and privilege, William Johnson, who decides to go West on a bet with another student. The venture West to the Dakota and Montana Territories of 1876 is fraught with danger and led by Othniel C. Marsh, a professor of paleontology.

The search is for dinosaur bones hidden within the vast amount of rock.

Fairly quickly Johnson is abandoned in Cheyenne, Wyoming by Marsh due to unfounded suspicions that he is a spy for another professor of paleontology, one Edward Drinker Cope.

In reality and within the story, these two professors had quite the rivalry and enmity between them.

Fortunately for Johnson, he finds himself recruited by Cope and aids him on his excavations.

Johnson’s story is a vehicle to tell of the incredible finds by Cope in the wild and dangerous Badlands of Montana. Not to spoil it for you, suffice it to say Johnson does return East, a changed man. 5 stars.

#Review of A Dance with Dragons (GOT5)

#Fantasy adventure #readers, especially fans of #GOT, will rejoice in the fifth installment of George R.R. Martin’s acclaimed saga, A Song of Ice and Fire. The master storyteller returns to the beloved characters of Jon Snow and his merry band of Black Cloak wearers, Dany the Queen of Meereen, and Arya Stark, the girl of many names. For me, this book moved along much better than the last (GOT4). The plots have diverged quite a bit from what was shown on the HBO series Season 6, which is ahead of the novels. While I understand the plot changes made for television, I prefer Martin’s progressions.

Nevertheless, GOT fans will certainly enjoy either or both, as the case may be. 5 stars. Now, I await The Winds of Winter and Season 7.