Eaters of the Dead
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 customsâ€”the wanton sexuality of their pale, angular women, their disregard for cleanliness . . . their cold-blooded human sacrifices. But it is not until they reach...more
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Digging around, I found out that Crichton did the book out of a bet that he could not make Beowulf interesting. And what a book he came out with!
The book tells the story of an Arab ambassador Ibn Fadlan, as he traveled from Baghdad and hooked up with a bun ...more
نویسندهٔ این کتاب «مایکل کرایکتون» از نوشته هایِ خیالی و چرت و پرتِ یک تازی استفاده کرده و هدفش نوشتنِ کتابی خیالی بوده است... امّا عرب پرستانِ بی خرد، این کتاب را به عنوانِ سندی تاریخی قلمداد میکنند
عزیزانم، یک عرب و تازی به نامِ «احمد بن فضلان» از سویِ خلیفهٔ بغداد مأمور میشود تا به عنوانِ سفیر به سویِ پادشاه بلغارستان برود... اما این عربِ خیال باف نزدیک به سه سال ناپدی ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, although I think it should nearly be classed as a novella. That is what I regard it as.
The movie The Thirteenth Warrior is a favourite of mine and I was pleased to see it did not drift too far fr ...more
Great story but not overly done background stories nor weighed down by unnecessary details? Check (while I love these things usually, sometimes you gotta take a break).
Motherfucking Vikings? Check
(I really want to watch this show!!)
This book was a lot different than his usual stuff that I have read, but still really enjoyable.
Thanks Sarah! :D
It was short though and could have used a bit more depth to the characters and the various cultures. You didn't really care about any of the ...more
We come from the land of the ice and snow,
From the midnight sun where the hot springs blow.
The hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new lands,
To fight the horde, singing and crying: Valhalla, I am coming!
Page/Plant, Immigrant Song, 1970.
The idea for the book came after Crichton heard his pal giving a lecture including Beowulf as among the Bores of Literature. Crichton notes in an appendix that the book is based partly on the Beowulf myth).
The full name of this 1976 novel ...more
I think that the confusion with this book arises from the fact that people don't understand what Crichton accomplished. This is a retelling of Beowulf, in a first person, narrative, entertaining form.
The narrator, Ibn Fadlan, is an actual Muslim writer from the 10th century. The first 3 chapters of this book are actually from his original narrative. Crichton then moves from there in to the fictional portion, using Fadlan as a first hand obse ...more
A very unique way to write a story, Crichton uses a mix of actual historical documentation and personalised fiction to blend two classic stories together into his own work of hitorical fantasy.
This book overlaps the stories of Beowulf and the documented adventures of historical writer Ahmed ibn Fadlan and merges them into an original story written in the style of Ibn Fadlan's travelogue. What I think is great about this book is that Crichton ties the history so well together wit ...more
I've only ever actually seen Crichton's work - The Andromeda Strain (the original, not the remake), Jurassic Park, The Great Train Robbery and The 13th Warrior (based on Eaters) - and, technically, I still haven't read him. Based on this novel, I'll still not be reading him any time soon.
Don't get me wrong: It's by no means a bad book. The medievalist in me thinks the conceit of reading an actual, scholarly translation of the travels of Ibn Fadlan, a 10th century Ara ...more
Als Gelehrtensatire hat das Buch sicher seine Meriten, aber spannend ist diese Aufzählung von unübersehbaren Gelegenheiten, bei denen die Nordmänner besoffen und mit ihren Sklavinnen zugange sind, garantiert nicht.
Der Autor und Regisseur bekam mit der durch seine teuren Eingriffe zum Jahrhundertflo ...more
The premise is great, a fictionalized historical observation that provided the bas ...more
This short novel begins on a dry note, but picks up when the Arab narrator reaches the vikings and finds himself drafted, for superstitious reasons, as the 13th member of a group of warriors sent to rescue a king ...more
The novel is set in the 10th century. The Caliph of Baghdad (Arabic: المقتدر بالله) sends his ambassador, Ahmad ibn Fadlan (Arabic احمد بن فضلان), to the king of the Volga Bulgars. He never arrives but is instead captured by a group of Vikings. This group is sent on a hero's quest to the north. Ahmad ibn Fadlan is taken along, as the thirteenth mem ...more
Sorry. Ibn Fadlan is seriously groovy and I think I'm in a mean mood ...more
I just saw the 13th Warrior (you know, the one with Antonio Banderas?) and it reminded me of this book.
After I read it, I think I'd have given it a 5 star review, but looking at my tastes now, and realizing that Michael Crichton is an amazing writer, he's also not my style anymore. If he ever was. I enjoyed the history presented in the story, and I loved being able to envision all the characters thanks to the movie, but I'm only giving it a ...more
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 I ...more
please read or watch the film or do both which i highly recommend to all who read this.
Eaters of the Dead
يحكي ابن فضلان مغا واجهه في رحلته وقد قسمت لقسمان
الأول عن الترك الأغوز وهو ما آثار دهشتي لغرابة ما كتب
والجزء الثاني وهو الأطول في مغامرته مع أهل الشمال، وهم قوم يؤمنون بالخرافات والأساطير وهذا سبب أخذه معهم
كل ما حكى عن حدث أو فكر من أفكارهم أزداد دهشه فهو مثقف خالط محاربين غير متمدنين
والجميل هي أن مخطوطاته اخذت حيزا كبيرا في تاريخ أهل اشمال
And thus we have Crichton's wonderful amalgamation of an actual 10th century manuscript, and the legend of Beowulf. Eaters of the Dead is the story of Ahmad Ibn Fadlan, an Arab emissary who, through an encounter with a group of Northmen, is appropria ...more