But the invalid protagonist soon discovers that this landfall proves no forest idyll, for it hosts three diverse populations: an enigmatic people who predate the pyramids with their unique mirror which sees into the future; a race of verbal and social satyrs; and a bestial hybrid of humans.
These are the descendants of the pirate crew of Captain Sparrow, his son and various derelict victims brought into his private menagerie. Add to this jungle mix the spice of three French castaways—one of whom is a comely maiden—and we have the ingredients for a delicious menu of drama and adventure--scenarios with conflict a la Dr. This novel proves a ripping good fantasy yarn with its exotic setting, major cultural clashes and the usual exciting plotlines: greed, ambition, and lust for sex and power.
The author even indulges in brief asides to comment on male or female attributes, or on the essence of humanity itself, but never in such way as to cripple the exciting pace.
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Can two Europeans create a true Utopia in this almost untouched world of fantasy and bestiality? While emotions surge in fragrant, nocturnal jungle Charlton and Marcelle are recast as a primeval Adam and Eve in a unique milieu. Will frail Charlton prove the catalyst for the destruction—or the salvation—of this oddly-juxtaposed world which time seems to have forgotten?
October 28, I welcome dialogue with teachers. Nov 21, Pat rated it it was ok Shelves: ebooks , fantasy. Not really my cuppa, and very, very weird. Lots of interesting elements: pirates, ancient Egyptians, weird beasts, and a lost world. But really disjointed: the pirates don't know much about the Egyptians; the stalwart hero has no idea that the maiden fair is in trouble; the hero has no idea at all what's going on; nothing in the book really comes together.
And, oh, is it so very racist and classist, with each generation among the pirates becoming more brutish and knuckle-dragging, though that do Not really my cuppa, and very, very weird. And, oh, is it so very racist and classist, with each generation among the pirates becoming more brutish and knuckle-dragging, though that doesn't happen among the educated Egyptians.
Wright describes everything carefully, and this works some places Charleton on the boat; the strange island and slows things to a crawl in others the action scenes. There's a lot of summary, with no character saying anything until chapter 3. The heroine is more interesting than the hero, who has little personality, but is admirably careful: charleton doesn't rush into unknown situations and rarely makes a stupid move.
Marcella is surprisingly tough, hiding from the pirates for two years and ready to physically defend herself against anyone who threatens her. An interesting example of the lost world genre, but not one I'm likely to cherish. Start again.
So short version. An odd mix of fantasy and high seas adventure.
The plot of a pulp but much better and more thoughtful writing style. With its mix of perspectives to tell the story and the history of this mysterious island it reminded me of the series 'Lost' and not unlike that show the build up meant i was somewhat disappointed by the end. But its still really quite good, pretty decent romance and adventure i thought, s Arrgh!
But its still really quite good, pretty decent romance and adventure i thought, some racism but mostly in the subtext so many may not even notice it. Its mysteries while not explored to the extent you would want will mean i won't be forgetting it anytime soon.
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In the end really good and the 3 stars are mostly due to the high expectations it gave me from its early chapters and never quite fulfilled. Aug 15, Warren Fournier rated it liked it. Fowler Wright, and it shows. It's just hard to believe that this came after "The Amphibians," which was a work of genius. I can't help but wonder if this was published from an earlier manuscript from when the author was much younger and still enamored with H. Let's get the negative aspects out of the way. It's disjointed and feels unfinished. There are four groups of character arc introduced: the s "N'oserez-vous?
There are four groups of character arc introduced: the shipwrecked protagonist Charlton, the heroine Marcelle, the ancestors of Captain Sparrow and his pirate crew, and the native inhabitants of the island. There are tasty morsels of interesting backstory for each group that are never fully fleshed out and ultimately hold little relevance to the plot. As a result, their ultimate clash at the climax feels less epic and impactful as it could have been with even just a little more work to get the reader invested in all parties involved.
For example, Charlton is originally on a voyage as part of a kind of bucket list, because he thinks he is sick and dying. It is never explained fully why he came to this conclusion, and it is not mentioned again until a wayward sentence inserted in the middle of the action that implies that even the author was surprised this character was still alive and so vibrant when he was supposed to be terminally ill. It would have been cool to show how his adventures on the island changed him. Was he just depressed and neurotic, and now his experiences have toughened him, helped him have motivation to live?
What was his internal psychological journey? We don't know, as he is the most clueless and wooden character of all. In fact, he is barely a "character" at all, but more of a catalyst to move the plot forward. Similarly, the main antagonists, Jacob Sparrow and his atavistic son, Demers, are just stereotypes or memes. But the biggest missed opportunity is the link between the fate of the Sparrow colony with their treatment of these satyr creatures that inhabit the island. It seems Fowler, who was an avid vegetarian, was making a statement about the horrors of eating meat, since it can be implied that since the pirates chose to eat the goat-men that this has something to do with their de-evolution.
Demers is mentioned once to have a small horn growing out of one side of his head. Are the pirates turning into goat-people? Were the satyrs once human too? But it is never explained, and so the novel suffers from another pointless plot insertion, since the satyr people are simply superfluous as written. On the positive side, Fowler's writing paints vivid pictures of the scenes and action, while also feeling modern in its facility and readability without being pedestrian. During his era of publishing, Fowler's contemporaries were still writing sentences that lasted for several pages until the reader forgot the point.
Fowler was one of the first of his generation who knew how to pace a good adventure or thriller without his work feeling like pulp or children's literature. Equally as modern is his incorporation of horror elements in his novels. One can always count on a gruesome and torturous death scene at least once in his adventures, even if the description of the gore is not so explicit, and this novel does not disappoint.
A quick and dirty little island-based lost-tribe scifi adventure for a beach read or brainless entertainment, but flawed and not overly inspired. Fowler Wright is one of my favorite authors, but this one is one of his more amateurish efforts. Sharon rated it it was amazing May 12, David rated it it was ok Jun 29, Fantasy Literature rated it liked it Mar 30, Suzanne rated it really liked it Mar 08, John rated it liked it Jan 07, Jett Penny rated it really liked it Mar 10, Ron Lasner rated it liked it Nov 21, SFS added it Nov 29, Nicksere20 marked it as to-read May 10, Steve Joyce added it Nov 27, Darcyterrill marked it as to-read Jun 04, Chris marked it as to-read May 22, Elizabeth marked it as to-read Jun 27, Steve marked it as to-read Jul 02, Dame marked it as to-read Aug 14, War And Peace.
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