Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Dinotopia - Tentpole of the Sky

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This is my look at some of the iconic locations from Dinotopia. For those unfamiliar Dinotopia is an island lost in time- discovered by a Victorian era explorer and his son by accident. And the dinosaurs here are intelligent. Having developed into a species capable of using tools, they have allied with humans who have been shipwrecked on the island and have built a stable society together. And other than the occasional rogue dino coexistence is the norm.  

Today is my favorite location in Dinotopia- I actually bought the art print for this one. It's called the Tentpole of the Sky, and I think the isolated nature of it is largely what appeals to me. A touch of Shangri-La perhaps? 

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Also known as the Palace Among The Clouds, this location is a monastery built by Tibetans who found themselves in Dinotopia. It's inaccessible due to the mountainous terrain and supplies are brought in via Sky Galley. I can't imagine a more secluded place to think and reflect. I like to think how awe- inspiring the view would be, to stand on the snowy balconies with fine snow crystals blowing in my face, and the winds howling about the ramparts.  

Of course one has to warm up after some time spent outdoors, and what better than some hot buttered tea to warm up your insides? I think I could get cozy here, wrapped in a blanket and peering out the windows at the forbidding landscape. They ring bells at night to usher in the overnight hours, and there's always the Map Room to explore, with charts from all over Dinotopia- including maps detailing the World Beneath, that mysterious area beneath the surface.  

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17 comments:

  1. I love this palace, and the idea of it being so isolated really appeals to me😁

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  2. Dinotopia!! I have to admit, I have only ever seen the movie! I think I need to read this. (or is it more than one book?)

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  3. I used to love the tv series! I'd like to rewatch or try the book. Those illustrations are stunning.

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  4. I've never seen this. Intelligent dinosaurs sound really fun!

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  5. I wouldn't mind going there!

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  6. I remember seeing these as a kid or smth and so wanting to read them

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  7. Such beautiful artwork! I haven't heard of Dinotopia before, but it sounds like something that I could get into. Somehow, your hot buttered tea description has me yearning for winter!??? ;)

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  8. Those are beautiful -- and yes, definitely a touch of shangri-la about them!

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  9. i love it. everything about dinotopia appeals to me. i read a great series about intelligent, human like dinosaurs after i won the series, but haven't reviewed it. you might like it. it was by robert j sawyer and i loved it
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  10. I've never even heard of this book until you mentioned it but I love the look of it! I don't think it's for me but I'm going to try and find a copy for my son. That artwork is stunning!

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  11. This book is amazing. My elem. school students loved it, pretty much for the art, while the older followed the storyline. Beautiful book.

    There was a made4TV program? that was not bad, except the book was so good. Thanks for bringing this up.

    I put up about 4 blog posts back "Wish for Wings that Work" by Berkeley Breathed (Bloom County). Check it out!

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  12. This reminds me that I used to watch the Dinotopia show! There was a show, right? Or maybe a miniseries? I've never read the books though.

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  13. My son used to have that book! I wonder what happened to it?!

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  14. We have this! I love the artwork.

    A side note: My daughter has always liked dinosaurs and even has a few dinosaur toys of her own. Last night she tells me she thinks she got a goody bag meant for a boy from her teacher because it had a dinosaur themed pencil in it. You can imagine we had a discussion about that fallacy. Argh.

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  15. You are making me want to re-read these! πŸ“š✨

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