1. The novel I read was ‘Raptor Red’ by Robert T. Bakker. Published by Simon & Schuster, in 1995. Raptor Red is a female raptor struggling to survive in a kill or be killed world on her own after losing her mate.
2. The setting changes all throughout the book as Raptor Red migrates from one place to another. In some settings she is in thick rich mossy forests looking for plump Iguanodons to eat, to other desert like lands where the sun is so hot she must sleep through the midday and hunt late afternoon when the heat is bearable. Setting is a very important because the auth our must reconstruct the period setting and all the vegetation, lust forests, muddy salt flats, sandy beaches, and dry temperate valleys.
These settings are all very vital to the book because it creates the prehistoric atmosphere and brutal planet these giants once inhabited. One of the key elements to the book to make it more realistic is how the author describes in detail all the other animals that Raptor Red hunts and runs into in the book. The author puts great detail in how Raptor Red stalks her prey and kills her victims. Once you start reading this book and you see how intelligent raptors once were you really can’t decipher Raptor Red’s thinking to a modern day human hunter. 3.
This book follows the life of Raptor Red and all the troubles a raptor would face in it’s life from good times to bad. The book starts off with Raptor Red hunting an Ultrasaurus with her mate. They carefully select the dinosaur they will single out to kill. They look for faults in their prey, like injuries, preoccupation with something else, stragglers who want to rest for a while, just about anything to help assure a safe victory without any injuries to themselves. Raptor Red and her mate single out an Ultrasaurus who is preoccupied with trying to mate rather than pay any attention to the fact that it was being stalked by predators. Raptor Red and the mate kill the Ultrasaurus on a mud flat, and the Ultrasaurus falls on it’s knees and dies.
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While Raptor Red and her mate are gorging on the large animal her mate detects a scent of another kind of smaller raptors in the area that want some of the kill. Raptor Reds mate lets out a fierce roar and a stomp to scare away the smaller raptors. But when he stomped in the mud next to the Ultrasaurus it falls over in top of him, pinning him under the Ultrasaurus. The heavy Ultrasaurus slowly sinks deeper into the mud trapping Raptor Reds mate under it until her mate drown ds slowly in the mud.
Raptor Red is devastated and sits next to the Ultrasaurus carcass her mate is trapped under for 36 hours, until it sets into her she must accept reality and move on. Now Raptor Red must start a new life, and find more Utah Raptors like herself so she can join a new pack and have other Raptors to socialize with. 4. The first major event in Raptor Reds life was when her mate of five years died suddenly by a freak accident. ‘ Raptor Red must now start over again, she must go find more raptors because raptors are social able creatures who need affection and to be with others.’ The next major impact in Raptor Reds life is when Raptor Red finds her sister after searching for weeks for another raptor. Raptor Red has not seen her sister for 5 years and she is very excited to see her, and her sister has 3 baby raptors.
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Raptor Red’s sister dies of an injury she received while trying to hunt a dinosaur they have never seen before. Raptor Red now lives with her sisters 2 baby raptors who are now adult, (the third baby raptor died in it’s sleep from an internal infection it had).
Raptor Red also lives with a new mate she has found who she mates with and has 3 babies of their own. One of Raptor Red’s nieces also finds a mate and has babies with them. Raptor Red’s new family consists of her, her mate, their 3 babies, Raptor Red’s 2 nieces, and one of the nieces mate, and two babies they had. All together they have a happy new family with ten members.
5. All together I enjoyed the book. I am interested in dinosaurs and I liked the fact that the book displays the life of Utah raptors and their sophisticated life style with their highly developed intelligence yet primal brutal instincts. I liked reading about how the raptors thought and how their minds worked and they communicated. You could easily compare the conflicts and decisions the raptors had to make to a humans conflicts and decisions. But what makes this book interesting to me is reading and picturing these animals intelligence, yet use them in primal ways.
For example, they hunted in groups and stalked their prey cunningly, yet they are fierce ferocious primitive dinosaurs who cold bloody kill their prey and tear it open and eat raw liver and end trails until they are full. The intelligence and instance working together. Two different extremes of the brain separated by millions of years of evolution working together to help an animal survive in brutal world. 6.’s urvivor’ would be the word I would choose because Raptor Red has debt with many hardships in her life and she keeps on forging forward to see what life will throw at her next..