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And the composition is sloppy in general: Also the Na'vi names for things throughout the book are really inconsistent; sometimes they provide the literal transaltion, sometimes it is just a string of words with no knowable meaning since they aren't included in the dictionary and the frequently have ridiculously long and complex words for fairly simple things - I do like asymmetry of the Na'vi bows, and I find the strange compound structures interesting; many have secondary arms that presumably provide extra pull and I wonder if such structures would work - Overall the impression that I get from the book is that the Na'vi and all of the organisms of Pandora are artificial; it is the only explanation that makes sense.
Possibly it is the classic idea of an experiment by superpowerful unknowable aliens, but I have another hypothesis that I find more plausible: But they didn't want to give up all the comforts of advanced technology, so they designed the animals to be controllable through special neural interfaces, created a world-wide organic internet, and generally modified or created things to either be useful, or merely to fit their whims as something interesting.
The only question is if the Na'vi are truly "primitive" or if they retain knowledge of their true origins. And if they are unaware, has this happened according to plan, or did the carefully designed ecology go rogue at some point?
Frankly I think this theory does a much better job of explaining why the Na'vi are so distinct from other organisms, and why everything works so neatly. Feb 17, Benjamin Bookman rated it liked it. But it felt way too overdone - to make a field guide for something completely fictional could be fun, but it felt fake instead.
Worth flipping through but not a keeper. Mar 20, IFcoltransG rated it liked it. The oddities of fictional biology intrigued me, but I find that the reports are lacking in detail. It's not a particularly long book, and worth a browse. Jan 05, Leeanna rated it liked it. An Activist Survival Guide, by Maria Wilhelm and Dirk Mathison Written as a survival guide for Pandora, this book provides in-depth information on the flora, fauna, and Na'vi people on the moon, as well as details on the human weaponry and military vehicles imported from Earth.
The plant and animal descriptions include classifications, Latin names, ecology, pictures, and their use on Pandora, as well as possible uses on Earth. The information on the Na'vi people tells about their customs, Avatar: The information on the Na'vi people tells about their customs, culture, and how they live. There's also some pseudo-scientific explanations for the formation of Pandora and its inhabitants. An Activist Survival Guide" is full of beautiful glossy photos and is a good companion for the movie.
While I haven't seen Avatar yet, I'm more eager to after reading this book, as there are things I'll probably look for in the movie now. This seems like the perfect book for anyone who is really into Pandora and the Na'vi, or maybe someone curious about something specific, such as Na'vi mating habits.
One of my few complaints for this book is the design of the pages. If the gray of the pages were a little lighter I think the text would be easier to read.
Otherwise, it feels as if a lot of time and thought went into the appearance of the book, and the visuals are very nice. Feb 23, Andreas Ganesha rated it it was amazing Shelves: OK, one might say, that I fell into a merchandising trap, when downloading this, but I openly admit, that the movie "Avatar" did touch something inside me, that goes beyond the action and effects of a typical James Cameron film.
This book is the "field guide" to the fictional world of Pandora, and despite being part of a money-making machine here on Earth, it's filled with criticism of consumerism, ecocide and the deadened feelings of the inhabitants of a dying world in this case, our own Earth in a OK, one might say, that I fell into a merchandising trap, when downloading this, but I openly admit, that the movie "Avatar" did touch something inside me, that goes beyond the action and effects of a typical James Cameron film.
This book is the "field guide" to the fictional world of Pandora, and despite being part of a money-making machine here on Earth, it's filled with criticism of consumerism, ecocide and the deadened feelings of the inhabitants of a dying world in this case, our own Earth in a near future.
The introduction is entitled "Warning", since the book is written as being an illegal field guide, comprised of smuggled notes for possible activists wanting to change what Earth has become - or might become in the future, if we don't act now.
Here's the beginning of it, sounding eerily current and very familiar today already: In our hunger for energy - for more and more - we've devastated our planet. We're neck-deep in festering industrial muck, in a trash heap of ever-expanding waste and decay. Overpopulation, overdevelopment, nuclear terrorism, environmental warfare, radiation leaks from power plants and waste dumps, toxic runoff, air pollution, deforestation, global warming, ozone depletion, loss of biodiversity through extinction Dollar for dollar, we've bought our extinction.
An encyclopedic collection of facts about Pandora, its various flora and fauna, the Na'vi culture and the RDA technology, written from an in-universe point-of-view so there is no information on the making of the Avatar movie and set shortly before the movie events.
There are a lot of images in this book, most of which seem to be concept models and sketches, only very few are movie stills. The images are not very large or clear. There's also a Na'vi to English dictionary included at the end al An encyclopedic collection of facts about Pandora, its various flora and fauna, the Na'vi culture and the RDA technology, written from an in-universe point-of-view so there is no information on the making of the Avatar movie and set shortly before the movie events.
There's also a Na'vi to English dictionary included at the end although without any notes on pronunciation or grammar, and a Na'vi translation of the phrase 'I see you' is not included either.
I also would have liked more detailed information about avatars. I'd recommend this to someone who has already seen the movie, as it will contain spoilers for those that didn't, and who is interested in learning more about the life on Pandora. Especially recommended to those who have seen only the theatrical version, as it contains some images and information on Jake's Earth.
BTW, my copy first printing of the UK paperback edition contained quite a few typos. Sep 08, Anita Rosenberg rated it it was ok. Feb 26, Nathan rated it really liked it. I found this book to be amazing, its written like a field guide as well as a survival guide and details not only the flora, fauna, and the planet but also the RDA's equipment, as well as the Na'vi's musical instruments, garments and other things that they craft.
It contains quite a few pieces of information on things that you saw in the movie for maybe just a few seconds but describes their uses, dangers and benefits they may have to a dying earth in great detail. The only disappointing thing i I found this book to be amazing, its written like a field guide as well as a survival guide and details not only the flora, fauna, and the planet but also the RDA's equipment, as well as the Na'vi's musical instruments, garments and other things that they craft.
The only disappointing thing i found in the book was there are a couple of things missing, such as their home tree, and some equipment the RDA uses but these are easily found on Pandorapedia If your a die hard fan. Jul 15, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: An in-depth look at the people, flora, fauna, and human existence on the moon Pandora. Avatar wasn't my favorite movie, but I did enjoy reading about the different types of animal and plant species on Pandora and their uses. The most boring part was definitely reading about the types of weapons used by the humans on the Na'vi natives.
I would have preferred not to know about any of that, but I understand it's a vital part of why the humans were on the moon to begin with. Overall, it was a very nic An in-depth look at the people, flora, fauna, and human existence on the moon Pandora. Overall, it was a very nice, fast read. Sep 07, Andrew rated it really liked it. It also explains the technology that humans used to survive and move around on the land of Pandora. The last thing it explores the many animals that live there.
I recommend this book to that liked the movie and want to learn about Pandora and what lives on it. Jan 09, Joshua rated it liked it. I was extremely impressed with the film; not just the visual beauty and the technology behind it but also the fascinating world which was created by James Cameron.
This book will satisfy my curiosity about Pandora, its flora and fauna and the Na'vi. Still, it's one of those books which is to be read in short bursts while taking one's "ease.
Jan 16, Melissa Bond rated it it was ok. Really not for adults, nor for just someone who enjoyed the movie. This is for either die hard fans or young adults, in my opinion. The repetitive writing, great deal of focus on weapons and machinery, along with the fantasy put into the whole thing really ends up being quite boring. In the end, frankly one learns less about the Navi and more about the boring elements from the film. Sep 11, Robin Gane-McCalla rated it it was amazing.
This book expands upon Avatar. Unlike some other Science Fiction, all of the details in this book conform to modern scientific theories. It's amazing how much thought went into it, it is written like an ecological tour book for a real place with real scientific explanations for phenomena in an imaginary world.
Jan 02, Rosie rated it it was amazing. A fantastic but quite hard to find companion to the beautiful blockbuster by James Cameron.
An amazingly detailed book that can be easily read cover-to-cover or as a flick through guide to the beautiful but deadly Pandora. With colourful pictures and in-depth descriptions this brilliant book is a must for all Avatar fans. Jan 19, Christopher Lee rated it it was amazing. It's not much of a read, its a great way to reveal the facts of the movie Avatar and like what its called, it explains on how you would Survive on Pandora, along with a short dictionary of the Na'Vi language.
Feb 09, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: A cute little book into James Cameron's cinematic world of Avatar written from the viewpoint of a young activist providing background material in an attempt to teach other Pandoran activists to stop the RDA's exploitation of the Nav'i and their world. Amazing book for the movie fans! Aug 09, Princess added it Shelves: Very technical. Got bored.
I love the images though! Mar 29, Matthew Wilke rated it it was amazing Shelves: A perfect companion to the movie! Jun 09, Sheryl rated it really liked it.
Interesting explanation of plants, animals, etc. Mar 17, Katharine Ventureadlaxre rated it liked it Shelves: Mar 08, Geronimo rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 27, Biechtje added it. Stewart Tame rated it really liked it Sep 29, The book's original purpose was to fill in some of the gaps that the movie itself could not cover.
Displayed as a confidential Resources Development Administration report, it describes in great detail everything from names and characteristics of the various flora and fauna of the Pandoran environment to the specifications of RDA technology and weaponry. Field notes and other data from the Resources Development Administration's xenobiological research and scientific labs have been compiled as a guide to the many unique aspects of the moon Pandora.
This report details Pandora's alien ecosystem; its mining motherlode and topography; its flora and fauna; and the culture, language, and physiology of the native population, the aggressive hunter-gatherer race called the Na'vi. Exceedingly profitable, Pandora provides challenges to successful exploration and extraction.
From its gravity-defying Hallelujah Mountains to its gargantuan natural Stone Arches, and from the small but venomous hellfire wasp to the gigantic carnivorous thanator, Pandora poses continual dangers to RDA aerial- and ground-forces daily.
Also included in this manual are highly confidential and detailed descriptions of RDA technology and weapons systems deployed to suppress the indigenous hostiles and defend employees against the dangerous Pandoran environment.
This document has been circulated without the knowledge or the consent of the Resources Development Administration. Anyone found in possession of this document faces imprisonment or more extreme punishment. The book at site. Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki. James Cameron's Avatar: An Activist Survival Guide: An Activist Survival Guide is a book that describes the dangers of Pandora.