Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Dinosaur Feather” as Want to Read:
The Dinosaur Feather
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Dinosaur Feather (Søren Marhauge #1)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  2,575 Ratings  ·  358 Reviews
How could one man inspire such hatred?

Professor Lars Helland is found at his desk with his tongue lying in his lap. A violent fit has caused him to bite through it in his death throes. A sad but simple end. Until the autopsy results come through.

The true cause of his death - the slow, systematic and terrible destruction of a man - leaves the police at a loss. And when a s
...more
Paperback, 536 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Quercus Books (first published 2008)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Dinosaur Feather, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Dinosaur Feather

Community Reviews

(showing 1-10)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Matt
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Having received much praise when it was released in 2013, I was pleased to explore Sissel-Jo Gazan’s debut novel, balancing that Scandinavian noir mystery with a strong science component to keep the reader guessing throughout. The origins of birds is apparently a hotly-debated topic in that ivory tower known as paleo-ornithology. Could it be possible that birds were once dinosaurs? Even more controversially, could dinosaurs actually have had feathers? A great deal of it comes down to evolution a ...more
Beatriz
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gustó mucho, aunque me cuesta explicar por qué. De hecho, se me haría más fácil argumentar los fallos que le encontré y que, lamentablemente, están relacionados con la promoción que se hace de la novela y que genera falsas expectativas: Mejor Novela Negra Danesa de la Década… no es sólo un trepidante thriller científico repleto de intriga psicológica, sino también una apasionante historia de amor.

Pero no, definitivamente eso no es lo que vamos a encontrar. A pesar de que inicia con la intriga
...more
Prince
Jan 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
There are too many things I dislike about this book.

1. Pointless back stories - In the first few pages, we have a fairly interesting murder take place. Then follows 200 pages of back stories. Characters are introduced quickly followed by a tonne of history, all of which have nothing to do with the central mystery. And all this delivered in the rich prose found in a phone directory.

2. Everyone is angry - Yes EVERYONE. Our lead character Anna Bella Nor is an angry young woman who yells at everyone
...more
Rick Urban
Sep 21, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"The Dinosaur Feather"'s first chapter is something of a synecdoche. It is a long, rambling account of our main character, Anna Bella Nor, who seems to be an archaeologist in the 1870s who is uncovering the remains of Archaeopteryx, an ancient bird, while on a dig in Southern Germany. The chapter even begins with the heading "Solnhofen, Southern Germany, April 1877". It depicts in fine detail how Anna has been there for months, covered in dust, having philosophical arguments with the head of the ...more
Karen
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
January is often a very good reading month for some reason. That alone doesn't make a lot of sense - it's normally hot enough to melt the tin on the roof, which isn't conducive to concentration. Making THE DINOSAUR FEATHER look like a rather risky choice. At 535 pages it was way too big for any struggle with concentration, and after starting the book and finding myself deep in discussions on paleo-ornithology and not a lot of "crime action", I was feeling somewhat sceptical to say the least. Add ...more
Alger
Mar 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently being named Danish Crime Novel of the Decade is like being the Checkers Champion of the Oklahoma Panhandle; a distinction of no distinction.

While the book is a terrible disappointment from every angle, the book is readable, and there is a mystery plot (view spoiler), but the selling of this book as a mystery is false. The selling of this book as a science thriller is false. The selling of this book as a crime novel is false. The academic subplot is
...more
Rubi
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Siempre he tenido debilidad por los autores de los países nórdicos; por lo que, mi apreciación lleva sesgo.
Me gusto la historia, me gusta conectar con los personajes y que éstos despierten emociones en mi; la mayor parte del tiempo odie a la protagonista por su egocentrismo. En ocasiones, sentía que se le pasaba la mano con los aportes científicos, pero al final la disfrute enormemente.
I always had a weakness for the authors of the Nordic countries; so, my appreciation is biased.
I like the story
...more
Richard Derus
Jul 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.75* of five

The Publisher Says: How could one man inspire such hatred?

Professor Lars Helland is found at his desk with his tongue lying in his lap. A violent fit has caused him to bite through it in his death throes. A sad but simple end. Until the autopsy results come through.

The true cause of his death - the slow, systematic and terrible destruction of a man - leaves the police at a loss. And when a second member of Helland's department disappears, their attention turns to a postgrad
...more
Dan
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
The Dinosaur Feather is a very different book from the norm. It is compared to the Millennium Trilogy but the similarities are few and far between.

The basic plot is the same as any whodunnit- in this case a scientist is killed horribly. It's seen from the perspective of three characters- Anna Bella, a student studying towards her thesis, Soren, the detective in charge of the case and Adam Freeman, an American scientist who is the murdered scientist's big rival.

The book isn't about the murders,
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
  • The Winter of the Lions
  • Another Time, Another Life (Fall of the Welfare State, #2)
  • Burned (Henning Juul #1)
  • Yours Until Death (Varg Veum, #2)
  • Blessed Are Those Who Thirst (Hanne Wilhelmsen #2)
  • Blodläge (The Öland Quartet #3)
  • Frozen Moment (Christian Tell, #1)
  • Tides of War
  • The Glass Devil (Inspector Huss #4)
  • Her Enemy (Maria Kallio, #2)
  • Dregs (William Wisting #6)
  • Summer Death
  • No Known Grave (Detective Inspector Tom Tyler, #3)
  • Farewell to Freedom
  • Tina
  • Den sønderjyske farm
  • Shadow
  • Dr. Zukaroffs Testamente
Biologist and author. Currently living in Berlin.
In 2008 she published her 4th novel Dinosaurens fjer.
More about Sissel-Jo Gazan...

Other Books in the Series

Søren Marhauge (2 books)
  • Svalens graf
“Then she drank a glass of water, switched on her computer, checked her e-mails, proofread the conclusion of her dissertation for the umpteenth time, chewed a nail, scratched her head, and when she had finally run out of displacement activities, she called Ulla” 0 likes
More quotes…