I just read this adaptation by Michael Crichton. Supposedly it’s the true manuscript of one Ibn Fajlad, Arabic diplomat.
I started not liking it at first, but as I got further along into it I really began to enjoy it. It’s different, the suspense builds because the author is so matter of fact about observing everything. I have some thoughts:
First of all, I’m not being whooshed am I? This isn’t a big old William Goldstein/S. Morgenstein is it?
Barring its falseness:
I read the appendix. Apparently this has stemmed a great big debate over whether the wendhol were Neanderthals. I think that’s utterly fascinating. Apparently also it seems to one school of thought that Neanderthals have not died out, actually are amongst us (look! there’s one now). I.e., have been bred into us.
Also, the idea that the Vikings were much more civilized then we had ever thought is interesting to say the least. It seems they contributed to European society in many ways. And I really had no idea Stonehenge was built before the pyramids. (Well I had a concept, but never really thought about it).
Any thoughts? I finished the book, and I went in to my SO and said “Is there any chance you’ll read this?” He said no, so I immediately logged on (on Saturday!) to get on the SDMB. I knew someone here would have read it.