Eaters of the Dead
"Crichton excells at storytelling."NEWSDAYIn 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... show more
"Crichton excells at storytelling."NEWSDAYIn 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 Scandanavia and save his countrymen and families from the monsters of the mist....
Publish date: September 12th 1988
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 211
Edition language: English
This is one of the rare cases where I like the film much more than the book. It's written in an unusual way (like a chronicle), which unfortunately means that all the plot, especially the action parts, is rather monotonous.
A kind of ingenious revision to the Beowulf epic - though I've never been a fan of the original. Crichton says in the afterword that the novel came about as something of a dare when a friend was compiling a college reading list that included the pieces of literature people think are too "boring" to ...
Really enjoyed this book.Creepy at times, funny at others, really worth reading.Pity that it was so short.Wonder how much of it is true.
I'm sure I owned this in paperback at some point. I can't recall whether I ever got around to reading it, and I can't recall how the story goes. So I guess it goes on my to-read shelf.
I have read this book numerous times since I was ~17, long before the movie tie-in (13th Warrior) came out. It is by far my favorite Michael Crichton book, and I believe it to be his best work (in my humble snobby opinion). This was my first time enjoying this book in audio format. In short, Ibn Fad...