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Book Review: Zan-Gah, A Prehistoric Adventure For Young Adults

zan-gahOne of my very favorite things–no, actually, I think it is my favorite thing–about writing this blog is that authors (thanks Allan Shickman!) send me books to review. I have a policy of not reviewing anything I don’t enjoy, and sometimes I even stick to it.

In the case of Zan-Gah, I’m very happy to tell you that I loved it. It’s a quick read that reminds me of the old Land of The Lost shows. But it’s not hokey like a lot of adventure books.

Tangent: I just watched a few LOTL episodes on Netflix and I have to say that I love the Sleestak. And I had totally forgotten that they worship a smoking hole in a cave. Too great.

Back to Zan-gah. Set in Pre-historic times, it’s a coming of age story about the title character as he becomes a man. His tribe deals with the cruel realities of nature, hunting and gathering, and trying to deal with all the lions that have an interest in biting them.

It’s a quick read, an easy read, a fun read, and is just flat-out a fun story. Ultimately, that’s all I care about. If I was recommending it to a specific audience, I would choose a 14 year old boy who also has a missing twin out there that he needs to go find.


Read Zan-Gah or be sacrificed to the pit!

But I think just about anyone willing to read “juvenile” literature can find something to enjoy here.

Rating: 99 sleeeeeeestaks.

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  • Allan R. Shickman March 25, 2011, 9:55 am

    Hi Josh,
    Thanks so much for your favorable review. I hope you also like the sequel, Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country. The third book of the series is finished and soon will go to press. It’s called Dael and the Painted People. Dynamite.

    • Josh Hanagarne March 25, 2011, 9:58 am

      You’re welcome Allan. I’m happy to do it and will be starting the second book after I get through my current stack.

  • Pauline March 26, 2011, 10:53 am

    You said, “But I think just about anyone willing to read “juvenile” literature can find something to enjoy here” which reminds me that there is a huge quantity of “juvenile” or “adolescent” or “young adult” literature that is often missed because a casual reader may skip that section of the library. There are terrific authors who historically are famous for these books, and wonderful authors writing now. Great reading.

  • Rise March 26, 2011, 2:52 pm

    That is so true, that even adults can enjoy this book. Shickman’s characterizations and descriptions in Zan-Gah are
    riveting–with a touch of humor at intervals. Also, the vocabulary he uses is not dumbed down, which elevates his book in my opinion to good literature. I find it makes a wonderful gift for my younger friends and family, but I recommend it to any adult as well.
    I have read the sequel, “Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country”, and I have to say I enjoyed it even more than the first Book.

  • Allan R. Shickman July 2, 2011, 10:01 pm

    Hi Josh,

    Just to let you know that the Zan-Gah website now has an audio sample.


    Allan S.