This a clever bonding between explaining the science behind the movie and how to relates to our world .. right now.
A chapter will start describing a sThis a clever bonding between explaining the science behind the movie and how to relates to our world .. right now.
A chapter will start describing a scene from the movie then we start exploring the concepts behind the scene and suddenly we are talking about the war in Afghanistan and the rise of PMC's (*evil chuckle* you will have to read about it!!) We focus on aircraft used in the movie and how humans wage war on Na'vi using them and how they are not really products of imagination.
Flowers and plants have very real counterparts in the oceans and coral reefs on our world. When chapters describe the lushness of Pandora and then compare it to die-back of coral reefs and destruction of forest environments, we are confronted with the ramifications to our world if it is not stopped.
Did you know there is an entire book devoted to the Flora and Fauna of Pandora, called Pandorapedia.! Look it up
We explore the meaning of life and how some people believe that humans are alone in the universe.. Using fossils to track life's evolutionary progress, we then jump to Pandora and compare what would have to be in their environment for 6 legged invertebrates to evolve.
Na'vi are compared to hunter/gatherers of the Middle Stone age or the Forest dwellers of South America.. but their connection to their environment is more highly evolved than ours - are we are more advanced culture? It shows that the universe is full of surprises!
But there are questions - like where did the scientists get the genetic material required to produce the Avatars - different propositions are explored.
I enjoyed this departure from true fiction and totally embraced the solid facts that we are going to have start changing the way we live on this planet if we wish any kind of future for our children. ...more
i love that the main character never has a serious relationship but claims fantine as his 'love of his life' Cosette claims to be 'inlfinished it AGAIN
i love that the main character never has a serious relationship but claims fantine as his 'love of his life' Cosette claims to be 'inlove ' with Marius but has spent only a few hours in his company and they have only kissed
it transends the fact that this book was written over a century ago
never ceases to amaze me that that the same challenges were the same then as they are now
does not feel like a novel written that long ago...more
I have my mothers copy of this book. It is a hard cover without ust cover and the first time I read (I think I was still at school) I had to make listsI have my mothers copy of this book. It is a hard cover without ust cover and the first time I read (I think I was still at school) I had to make lists of people and who they were and there they belonged in the story as a whole. I loved the way the story is split into 3 parts No movie has ever doen the story justise....more