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Eaters of the Dead: The Manuscript of Ibn Fadlan, Relating His Experiences with the Northmen in A.D. 922

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ISBN13: 9780060891565
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The year is A.D. 922. A refined Arab courtier, representative of the powerful Caliph of Bagdad, encounters a party of Viking warriors who are journeying to the barbaric North. He is appalled by their Viking customs — the wanton sexuality of their pale, angular women, their disregard for cleanliness . . .

their cold-blooded human sacrifices. But it is not until they reach the depths of the Northland that the courtier learns the horrifying and inescapable truth: He has been enlisted by these savage, inscrutable warriors to help combat a terror that plagues them — a monstrosity that emerges under cover of night to slaughter the Vikings and devour their flesh . . .

Synopsis:

This early work by the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "Jurassic Park" and "Prey" tells a remarkable 1,000-year-old story that originates from actual journal entries of an Arab man who traveled with a group of Vikings throughout northern Europe.

About the Author

Michael Crichton was born in Chicago in 1942. His novels include The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, Timeline, Prey,and State of Fear. He is also the creator of the television series ER.

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nrlymrtl, June 20, 2012 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
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 Fadlan, a poet and a scholar, is banished from Bagdad for dallying with another man’s wife. He travels to the far known reaches of the Arab world (in the 900s). Eventually, he meets up with a new kind of barbarian, the Vikings. From there he gets sucked into an adventure with them to fight a foe that must not be named. They venture to the far north to help defend a small village from the Wendo, a mysterious race that eat the dead.

If you have read this book, or seen the movie, you probably know that it is another take on the ancient tale of Beowulf. I really enjoy how this book captures the Viking culture through the eyes of a scholarly Muslim. This lead to much amusement, especially in how boisterous the Vikings are, their lack of fear of death, their take on sex, and enjoyment of fighting. Much of the book is told in a almost textbook manor; however, just when you think you might zone out Crichton throws in interesting tidbits that will have you rereading the previous few sentences and laughing out loud.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060891565
Author:
Crichton, Michael
Publisher:
Avon
Author:
by Michael Crichton
Subject:
General
Subject:
Vikings
Subject:
Northmen
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Publication Date:
20060829
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
6.80x4.30x.82 in. .32 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This early work by the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "Jurassic Park" and "Prey" tells a remarkable 1,000-year-old story that originates from actual journal entries of an Arab man who traveled with a group of Vikings throughout northern Europe.

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