A voyage of discovery, two remarkable women, and an extraordinary time and place enrich this New York Times bestselling novel by Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl With a Pearl Earring and The Last Runaway.

On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, poor and uneducated Mary Anning learns that she has a unique gift: "the eye" to spot fossils no one else can see. When she uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious community on edge, the townspeople to gossip, and the scientific world alight. After enduring bitter cold, thunderstorms, and landslips, her challenges only grow when she falls in love with an impossible man.

Mary soon finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster who shares her passion for scouring the beaches. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy, but ultimately turns out to be their greatest asset.

Remarkable Creatures is a stunning historical novel that follows the story of two extraordinary 19th century fossil hunters who changed the scientific world forever.
October 28, 2009  |  320 pages
(Read from Sep 12, 2020 to Sep 13, 2020)
Grade: B    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 70% Entertainment, 30% Literature
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Writing Quality:
Low High
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Addictiveness:
Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Re-readability:
Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
Comment:
This book was just the right type of historical fiction that I was in the mood for & I found myself so intrigued in the story that I finished it over 2 days straight. It harped a bit too much on spinsterhood and under-utilised the lightning magic it advertized, but overall it was an interesting story of scientific discoveries and who gets credit for them. Would recommend if you like female-centric stories and/or natural history.