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Monday, June 21, 2010

Review: Zan Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure

Book: Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure
Author: Allan Shickman
Pages: 160
Published: July 15th 2007 by Earthshaker Books
Source: Received from publisher for honest review

Pressed by love for his brother and a bad conscience, the hero undertakes a quest which leads to captivity, conflict, love, and triumph. In three years, Zan-Gah passes from an uncertain boyhood to a tried and proven manhood and a role of leadership among his people. This dramatic and impassioned story will trill and deeply move young adults and older readers.

I've never read a prehistoric book before, which made Zan-Gah such a unique read for me. I didn't really go into it expecting much, because of the fact I'd never read a book quite like it before.

I can't really say that I connected to Zan. I didn't feel like I knew him, because the story was written from a third-person narrative and his thoughts and feelings weren't really shown much in the story. All of the characters were imaginative, though, and that I admired. One thing that bugged me about some of the character interactions though was the relationship between Lissa-Na and Zan-Gah. I didn't understand why he supposedly loved her, it was just stated in the book. However, each character was unique each in their own way and I did think that they were true to that time period in their nature and their actions. I really did feel like Zan matured throughout the course of the story.

The story was very fast-paced, I don't think there was a single slow moment in the story. The book starts out right in the middle of the action, with a lion hunt. The one thing I loved about this book was the writing. I thought Allan Shickman's writing was completely impressive, he seemed to know exactly which words would have the most effect and how to draw vivid images in the reader's mind. However, I thought that it seemed to me like there was nothing to be interpreted, which is something I usually like doing. Everything was stated out for you, very matter-of-factly, and I felt like because there was nothing to really think about, I was pretty unfocused during the story.

I thought Zan-Gah was an interesting and undoubtedly unique story, but it wasn't for me. I would recommend it to boys more than girls.

Overall: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Cover: I thought that was a hamster at first! But then I realized it was a tiger, and I was a little embarrassed, but that mistake kind of endeared me to it.


Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Hm, third person is pretty tricky to carry off sometimes, especially character-wise. Lol at the hamster-lion! It does kinda sorta look like a hamster, I guess... Great review. :)

As for Manifest, I'm sorry you didn't finish it. It wasn't the best debut book I've read, but it was entertaining enough for me to finish. Krystal annoyed me though.

Alice said...

And that's exactly why I didn't finish...Krystal annoyed me way too much for me to keep reading. :(


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