Friday, December 31, 2010

Zan-Gah by Allan Richard Shickman


Winner of Mom's Choice Gold Award for Young Adult Series

Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure
by Allan Richard Shickman

Published: 2007
Genre: Historical, YA
Paperback: 160 pages
Rating: 3

Description from the amazon:
The hero, Zan-Gah seeks his lost twin in a savage prehistoric world, encountering suffering, captivity, conflict, love, and triumph. In three years, Zan-Gah passes from an uncertain boyhood to a tried and proven manhood and a position of leadership among his people. Themes: survival, cultures, gender roles, psychological trauma, nature's wonders and terrors.

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Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country
by Allan Richard Shickman

Published: 2009
Genre: Historical, YA
Paperback: 160 pages
Rating: 3

Description from the amazon:
The prehistoric saga continues in Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country, the sequel to the award winning Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure. In this story, Zan's troubled twin brother, Dael, having suffered greatly during his earlier captivity, receives a ruinous new shock when his wife suddenly dies. Disturbed and traumatized, all of his manic energies explode into acts of hostility and bloodshed. His obsession is the destruction of the wasp men, his first captors, who dwell in the Beautiful Country. When he, Zan-Gah, and a band of adventurers trek to their bountiful home, they find that all of the wasp people have died in war or of disease. The Beautiful Country is empty for the taking, and Zan s people, the Ba-Coro, decide to migrate and resettle there. But the Noi, Dael s cruelest enemies and former tormentors, make the same migration from their desert home, and the possibility develops of contention and war over this rich and lovely new land.

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): survival
An interesting read in that you learn about a prehistoric world. However, I did not feel any connections with the characters and their predicaments.

Basically, from an educational standpoint a good read but entertainment-wise for me it was meh.

~~*!~~ Book Giveaway ~~!*~~

Wanna give these a try?

Open to all.

Offer ends: January 30, 2011

TO DO:
Tell me the name of a prehistoric animal AND leave your email in comments.

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* review copies courtesy of publisher

14 comments:

  1. Triops!
    And the cool thing about triops is that they're still around today.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triops

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  2. Something like 4 months ago I noticed these books on a blog I visit.
    I was interested but not so much to order them imediatly.
    But this is a great chance now! Thanks!

    My animal is... Saber-tooth cat

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  3. no need to enter me, i just read these too! i really liked the books :)

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  4. I liked the wooly mamoth.
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  5. These could be interesting.

    Wooly Mammoth

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  6. Looks interesting.

    Arsinotherium!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arsinoitherium

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  7. Quetzalcoatlus. See a picture HERE.The Quetzalcoatlus is said to be one of the largest, if not the largest creature, to ever roam the skies. The name comes from a reference to an Aztec god, Quetzalcoatl, who was known for being a feathered serpent. Known for living in the Late Cretaceous period, the pterodactyloid pterosaur was King of the Skies, spreading its wings to a span of up to 36 feet and standing almost 32 feet. The creature had a very pointy beak, which was used for collecting food, despite the fact that it had no teeth. The fossils were discovered and collected in Big Bend Park in Texas in 1971. It’s said that when on the ground, the animal was a quadruped, and that it had so much power that it could go straight into flight.

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  8. Heeh it seems interesting!
    I dont think I have read anything set in the prehistoric era!!

    Hmmm an animal: Abyssocrinus (Hehehehe, I had to check wikipedia.. the only ones I could think were Dinosaurs and mammoths lol)

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  9. Steropodon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steropodon)

    Strange...

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  10. The review doesn't seem great, but I have nephews that could enjoy this!

    An animal... Dimorphodon!
    He's very weird! And colourful!

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  11. The Archaeopteryx, sometimes known as the first bird, is what scientists believe is the most primitive bird to have ever existed. The creature lived during the late Jurassic Period in a southern region of present-day Germany, at a time when Europe was nothing but an archipelago of islands. It is said that the prehistoric animal was only the size of the common magpie we all know today, which is about 1.6 feet in length. However, while the Archaeopteryx was petite, full of feathers, and seemed harmless; the creature actually had extremely broad wings and razor sharp teeth. It also had claws located on the fingers and the second toes. The toe claws were hyper-extensible into something referred to as the ‘killing claw’.

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  12. I really want to read his books!thanks for the chance!

    My prehistoric animal: Elasmosaur! I think it's incredible, looks like a mammal but live in the sea with a big pair of flippers =)

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  13. Deinotherium, the ancestor of the elephant!

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  14. Opabinia, discovered as fossils.

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