Dragon Teeth

Dragon Teeth

A Novel

Book - 2017
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In this recently discovered Crichton novel, the year is 1876. Among the warring Indian tribes and lawless gold-rush towns of America's western territories, two paleontologists pillage the Wild West. They're hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving, and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars. Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled Yale student William Johnson. Determined to survive a summer in the West to win a bet, William has joined world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition. But Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edward Drinker Cope, so he abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062473356
0062473352
Branch Call Number: CRICHTON, M
Characteristics: 295 pages ; 24 cm

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Beatricksy Aug 06, 2017

I have a hard time knowing this was a manuscript found and published well after the author's death--why wasn't it published when he was alive? Did he like this story? Did he intend to edit it differently? How much was found and how much was written by others? Yes, it's a Crichton, and yes, it's k... Read More »


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guiness10
Aug 12, 2017

I have read a lot of Michael Crighton's books and enjoyed them all and some of them were outstanding reads. Not so with Dragon's Teeth, this was the first of his books that was mediocre at best. It is just my opinion but it seems this book was put out well after his death just to make money, sad.

AL_CODY Aug 09, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the science and the intrigue and the coming of age story. Even though I'm a huge dinosaur fanatic, I particularly enjoyed the time Johnson spent in Deadwood, which has the least amount of dino talk in the book.

Read this book, just don't go into it with expectations that it's going to be like any of Crichton's finished and polished novels or my guess is you'll be disappointed

Beatricksy Aug 06, 2017

I have a hard time knowing this was a manuscript found and published well after the author's death--why wasn't it published when he was alive? Did he like this story? Did he intend to edit it differently? How much was found and how much was written by others? Yes, it's a Crichton, and yes, it's kind of fun in how it takes history and merges it with fiction. But it also feels somehow isolated and lonely, partially due to the nonfiction-text style used. There's a token twenty second romance that might be played for laughs but feels stodgy nevertheless, and characters parade in and out too easily. Just, overall, meh.

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Onewhoissaved
Aug 02, 2017

The late great writer Michael Crichton thrilled readers for more than 40 years when he sadly passed away from Lymphoma in 2008. He was 6'9" tall and saw himself as beyond other human beings. Who cares what he thought of others and life in general? We pick and choose our inspirations. When I like the book I finish it. I could not stand 'Dragon Teeth' for longer than 83 pages when I realized this story wasn't captivating at all. Not all Crichton's tales are all that good. Jurassic Park stands by itself. I loved the Great Train Robbery.

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memoral
Jul 31, 2017

An entertaining and quick read. Perfect for a lazy afternoon.

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KKbks
Jul 30, 2017

Historical fiction with a Wild West setting. A book I probably wouldn't have picked out if it weren't by Michael Crichton. I've enjoyed other books by Crichton, so decided to read the new release. I wasn't disappointed. An intriguing cast of characters and an engrossing plot, with some interesting history mixed in.

AL_KAYLA Jul 28, 2017

I'll admit this was not one of my favorite Michael Crichton novels. If however, you're in the mood for a western with a plot inspired by paleontology's early historical events this book could be for you. It's also quite a light and fast story making for a quick read.

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dwlueth
Jul 25, 2017

I really enjoyed this book a great deal! I was hesitant because the other Crichton postmortem book I read was sub-par.

The combination of developing a new form of science in the wild west and all the 'characters' that come with it made for a very page-turning story.

This again shows why MC is one of the best!

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bookbabe13
Jul 16, 2017

I thought the book was terrific. It was based on some real people. I love MC's work. Gold was not the only thing they were mining in the west. Good strong characters and a great story.

Cynthia_N Jul 15, 2017

I snagged this book to read based on two things: Michael Crichton and dinosaurs. It is very different from the other books of his I have read because there isn't a lot of science and modern technology and it's a historical fiction western. As a general rule, I don't read westerns but I really enjoyed it! There were Indians, stagecoaches, Wyatt Earp, saloons, trains, and buffalo. Oh the buffalo! One of my favorite parts was in the epilogue when you find that the scientists were real and what happened to them.

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