Ancient Shores

Ancient Shores It turned up in a North Dakota wheat field a triangle like a shark s fin sticking up from the black loam Tom Lasker did what any farmer would have done He dug it up And discovered a boat made of a

  • Title: Ancient Shores
  • Author: Jack McDevitt
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  • Page: 327
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  • Ancient Shores

    It turned up in a North Dakota wheat field a triangle, like a shark s fin, sticking up from the black loam Tom Lasker did what any farmer would have done He dug it up And discovered a boat, made of a fiberglass like material with an utterly impossible atomic number What it was doing buried under a dozen feet of prairie soil two thousand miles from any ocean, no one knIt turned up in a North Dakota wheat field a triangle, like a shark s fin, sticking up from the black loam Tom Lasker did what any farmer would have done He dug it up And discovered a boat, made of a fiberglass like material with an utterly impossible atomic number What it was doing buried under a dozen feet of prairie soil two thousand miles from any ocean, no one knew True, Tom Lasker s wheat field had once been on the shoreline of a great inland sea, but that was a long time ago ten thousand years ago.

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    1. Patrick

      Solid McDevitt read, though with a few annoying fourth-wall-breaking narrarator asides that are probably the result of sloppy editing. Also, the typical McDevitt open ending resolves so little as to be annoying. At least the Indian characters (including a lawyer!) are presented intelligently and non-stereotypically.

    2. Mike

      Enjoyed this one a lot. McDevitt has some fun with characters and tells a thoughtful tale of alien artifacts found in North Dakota. 3 Stars

    3. Colin

      *May contain spoilers*This is the third McDevitt book I have read, and it is my least favorite. I've found McDevitt to be a creative writer, usually presenting interesting ideas in a well thought out manner, and this book is no exception, although this story focused more on human reactions to the situations presented in the book rather than the more interesting science-fiction aspects. I found it difficult to care or relate to most of the characters, and some of the situations discussed seemed " [...]

    4. Toby Udstuen

      This is a stand alone book written by Jack McDevitt. I LOVE THIS BOOK!! When I was a teenager this was the first McDevitt book I had ever read and have since read everything he has ever published. I love the guy. Ancient Shores is a great read for both adults and young readers. If you go to the Jack McDevitt website he explains the town which was the inspiration for this book really interesting stuff. Ancient Shores is about a farmer who finds a shark fin shaped metal stinking out of his farmlan [...]

    5. Shifra

      written in 1996, "Ancient Shores" is eerily relevant to today's economic crisis, albeit for different reasons. in McDevitt's epic novel, the economy turns chaotic because of newly unearthed extraterrestrial technology that doesn't decay or wear out (thus throwing industries into free-fall for fear of not being able to compete with new scientific advances). yet, the public response in this science-fiction scenario is so indicative of humanity's fear of the unknown--the most popular reaction is to [...]

    6. Patrick Gibson

      Who hasn’t dreamed of digging up something mysterious in the back yard? Especially something deemed otherworldly. As some commentators indicated, this novel asks more questions than provides answers. Get used to it. This is the authors style, and as frustrating as that can be—isn’t science, math, even life, like that? Once you surrender to this authors flight of imagination and concerneth not your relieth on plot (Plot? What is that?) this is a descent read. Go with the flow and don’t wo [...]

    7. CatBookMom

      This is very thought-provoking, and I found myself lingering over it. There's a lot about how human institutions fear change and seek to stamp out something that will have a big effect on the status quo, particularly about how technology does this. Since the US is currently struggling with the change to an economy based on creating ideas and dealing with information rather than manufactured goods, I found this especially interesting. Highly recommended.

    8. deilann

      Originally posted on my blog, SpecFic Junkie.Jack McDevitt takes a pretty stock standard science fiction trope and manages to make something bigger than expected out of it. Ancient Shores teems with deep, realistic characters, and a harrowing, yet optimistic look at how humanity reacts to fear.Ancient Shores starts off with the premise of about a billion other science fiction works: a farmer finds something out of the ordinary on his land. In this case, it was a fully buried yacht, a yacht we qu [...]

    9. Lexxi Kitty

      I don’t really do re-reads. There are so many stories out there to be read, so much to ingest, to devour. Re-reads, even of past favorites, take time away from that further expansion of the pleasure zone of the mind (I’d have left it to ‘expansion of the mind’, but I read more for pleasure than anything else).And yet . . . here I am, having finished a re-read of ‘Ancient Shores’. By an author who I kind of stuck onto my ‘favorite’ list then onto my ‘annoyed me’ list (in this [...]

    10. Lisa Hapney

      I feel I have to give this book at least 4 stars even though it was a little slow for my taste at times. I say this because it prompted me to head back to the book store the following week to see what else Mr. McDevitt had written as I liked the overall flavor of the storytelling. Any book that leads you to buy another just to see what the author’s work is about has done it’s job and at least deserves 4 stars.In this story what initially begins as a strange discovery turns into an all out ar [...]

    11. Jack Burnett

      McDevitt's talent for imagining intriguing scenarios, asking what would hapen if ?, and then fleshing out what interesting people would do if is I think unmatched today in science fiction. Ancient Shores is an engrossing book, without hardly any explosions or magic handwavium sci-fi plot helpers. It's ending is abrupt and ultimately unsatisfying enough to cost the book a star, but it's nothing that will ruin the experience of having read an accomplished storyteller with a bright and keen imagina [...]

    12. Bradley

      All I can say is wow. This book is light on the sci-fi and deals more directly with the larger questions. What if stories are fun if done correctly and this book is no exception. This writing is very crisp and easy to follow the storyline. A good well-rounded tale. =)

    13. Jason Golomb

      Originally posted at fantasyliteratureFort Moxie lent itself to timelessness. There were no major renovation projects, no vast cultural shifts imposed by changing technology, no influxes of strangers, no social engineering. The town and the broad prairie in which it rested were caught in a kind of time warp. A farmer works his land in the far reaches of North Dakota – just a few miles away from the Canadian border. Something pokes from the flat lands that he calls home. He lives in a large bas [...]

    14. Dale Russell

      Space Travel, at the moment, is problematic. The velocities needed to travel to worlds inside and outside our small, secluded group of planets is prohibitive at best and impossible at worst. Sowhat would happen if a way was found to circumvent all the physics and take us out and beyond. And, what if that discovery was made by a small community of peopleANDwhat would you think the government - and others - would do to get control of that discovery. What would YOU do to keep control of what you fe [...]

    15. Steve

      As a "first contact" story, I give it a lot of credit for the suspenseful gradually-revealed plot-line. There are not many books that I've had a hard time putting down, but this was one of them. There are other little bits that I enjoyed, including the poetic quotations at the beginning of each chapter (especially those by a fictitious poet) and the Deus Ex Machina ending. (I suspect there are people who won't like the way it was resolved, but I liked it. ) The point of the novel, i.e. what woul [...]

    16. Stephanie

      How did I miss Jack McDevitt? I've been reading SF since I was nine years old in 1962. This is fabulous. The characters, especially the Native Americans are portrayed unstereotypically, the governmental politics is eerily prescient for today! Who doesn't want to dig up a ship (space or otherwise) in their backyard--plus I hear there's a related newly published book called Thunderbird.Jack McDevitt, I can see your interesting life and past in the books, pilots, soldiers, teachers, thinkers plus i [...]

    17. Stephen

      Despite some of the cover reviews, I found this book slow, especially at first. I also had the expectation that more would be done in the world through the portal, and when the story even took its time getting there that made it feel like the story was dragging on. But for the first part of the book, there is no antagonistic force except archaeological difficulty. Other such forces came up later in the book, but never consolidated and never gave this the feel of any unified plot.I think the intr [...]

    18. Space

      This book was like a "wave" at a football game. You know the one where people stand up in turn waving their arms around and it gives the effect that the stadium is an ocean? Yeah. That. Let me explain the analogy.Well you probably got that it was up and down with the suspense, drama and general kickassery of the story. It was indeed. The gait would pick up and get me real interested, then it would slow back down and even bog down with unnecessary character introductions and irrelevant loose ends [...]

    19. Christian Orton

      Really didn't enjoy this one much at all. I remember picking up the paperback in the late 90s but never reading it until this week.I thought this would be more of a first contact w/ aliens or an ancient civilization book, which it kind of is, but really more of the focus is on what happens around the country (and the world) socially and politically when a discovery as mysterious as the one in the book is made. I thought I'd get a more charater-driven book about their relationships, but really ev [...]

    20. Ralph

      An enjoyable read that kept the pages turning (or whatever you call it on a Kindle). The characters were interesting and realistic. The idea behind the story was good, and lent itself to a wide prospect of possibilities. The story-telling was good and kept my interest from the beginning to the end, which I thought was a little corny, but nevertheless, fun. The book ended leaving the door open for several sequels but nothing annoying like cliff-hangers. Now, onto "Thunderbird" the sequel to "Anci [...]

    21. Stefanie Dugger

      I've read McDevitt before, so I decided to read one of his earlier works. This definitely has a weaker writing style and uneven plot/character development than his later works; I chuckled at his science-hero worship at the end; and some things did not age well over the years. However, I do appreciate that he kept writing and focused on what he did do well on: wider implications of sudden advancements, avoiding some stereotypes, and having a diverse cast with dissimilar motivations.

    22. Harry Lane

      Science fiction. Light on science, unless you credit McDevitt for sociology. The plot deals with finding ancient artifacts evincing technologies far beyond current capabilities, and leading to a portal to other worlds. The story is in the actions and reactions of the discoverers, the immediate community, the nation and world at large. It is told in snatches, interspersed with vignettes of various people's responses to the central events.

    23. Pedro Marroquín

      Libro escrito hace veinte años, y se nota en un montón de detalles. Pero la historia está bien (unos agricultores encuentran un velero enterrado en un campo que ha sido suyo desde hace cien años y que está muy alejado de mar, río o lago). Y, claro es tecnología muy avanzada, que da lugar a seguir investigando, hasta que encuentran un portal que les lleva a otros. Entretenido y estoy convencido que la estupidez humana es tal que los dirigentes reaccionarían exactamente cómo pone el libro [...]

    24. Keith West

      Jack McDevitt has long been one of my favorite science fiction writers. In addition to his clean prose and in-depth characterizations, his novels tend to have an element of mystery. I think to a large extent that’s what I like about his work.Still, McDevitt is prolific enough that I haven’t read all of his work. Until recently, Ancient Shores fell into this category. When I found out that this year’s novel (McDevitt typically has a new release in either November or December each year) was [...]

    25. Roddy Williams

      ‘Tom Lasker is about to have his life turned upside down. In the midst of his wheat fields two thousand miles from any ocean, he digs up the remains of a forty-two foot sailboat in near perfect condition. It’s true the wheat fields had once been on the shoreline of a great inland sea, but that was ten thousand years ago, during the last Ice Age. Stranger still, the vessel is made from alien materials and bears an impossible atomic code.When a subsequent discovery is made, a structure called [...]

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