So for this weeks 2018 Ultimate Reading Challenge I’ve decided to go with Michael Crichton’s Eaters of the Dead. It’s the basis of the movie “The 13th Warrior” starring Antonio Banderas about a poet sent into exile and he then joins up with a band of Norsemen on a quest to slay a beast that uses the mist to attack.
I had never read the novel and figured it was time to do so. Since, I do love the 13th Warrior, especially, that final battle at the end is just all kinds of awesome. So, Michael Crichton will be my “male author” of the week.
There is only a few Michael Crichton novels that I read; The Andromeda Strain, Congo and Sphere. I really couldn’t get into them the first time around but gave the a re-read when the the movie adaption of the books hit the silver screen.
Eaters of the Dead is one of those compelling reads and it drew me in. Bascially, it’s a re-telling of the tale of Beowulf but told through the eyes of the main character, Ahmad ibn Fadlan. Fadlan’s journey with the Norseman as he is recruited into a quest that sees him face the Wendol.
As I cracked open the book and began to read through the first chapter, I found myself drawn into the protagonist’s train of thought and a better understanding of the film itself. I really love The 13th Warrior and have a better appreciation for the novel now that I’ve given it a thorough read through.