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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (October 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936383241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936383245
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,329,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I very much recommend this bloody, violent, sweet novella. It's got love. It's got carnage. It's got dinosaurs with guns." - ANITA DALTON, I Read Odd Books

"Kirsten delivers an imaginative tale that's brilliant, bright and bold." - BRUCE TAYLOR, author of Mr. Magic Realism and Kafka's Uncle

"Alene makes you feel the wistfulness, the longing, the heart-skipping magic of encountering your true love...as skillfully - MORE skillfully than many writers who work with strictly human characters." - JEFFREY THOMAS, author of Punktown and Deadstock

"Kirsten Alene's fiction is enchanting and classical, yet totally out of this world. She has the gift that all of my favorite writers possess. Namely, the ability to shatter reality as we know it without losing a grasp on humanity." - CAMERON PIERCE, author of The Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island and Ass Goblins of Auschwitz

"Guns, kung-fu, and dinosaurs...an absolute hallucinogenic thrill-ride that's pure imagination and pure joy. Bring your own popcorn." - TIM CURRAN, author of Biohazard and Zombie Pulp

"...something completely fresh, weird, exciting, and also comforting and familiar. This is a love story. It's an adventure. It's metaphysical, super cool, and fast-paced while remaining lyrical." - KEVIN SHAMEL, author of Rotten Little Animals

"Monks vs. dinosaurs with guns? Am I tripping and/or wet dreaming? NO, but with Kirsten Alene's debut novel I can probably save myself the loot I was planning to spend on those peyote buttons." - FORREST ARMSTRONG, author of The Deadheart Shelters

"...a world filled with complex politics, spirituality, history and a sense of actual existence in some parallel dimension." - LIVING WITH A NERD

More About the Author

Kirsten Alene lives in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of Japan Conquers the Galaxy (2013), Unicorn Battle Squad (2012) and the novella, Love in the Time of Dinosaurs (2010). Her work has been published in The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction, In Heaven Everything is Fine: Fiction inspired by David Lynch, Housefire's Nouns of Assemblage, Innsmouth Magazine, Bust Down the Door and Eat All the Chickens, New Dead Families, Small Doggies Magazine, The Battered Suitcase, Ellipsis, and Rivets.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Reeve on January 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
For 13 years of my life I wanted to be a paleontologist. I LOVED dinosaurs (and still secretly think they're the coolest thing ever). This book was super satisfying for the dinosaur lover inside me, and the bizarro lover!

Awesomely written, really imaginative, it doesn't leave you in want of action because there is plenty of it. There are some kick-a** battles between the monks and weapon-wielding dinos (and some hilarious descriptions of pterodactyls awkwardly holding swords).

The romance between the monk and dino is also really cute. Despite being totally ridiculous when you think about it, it seems like a very realistic love story.

I never thought anyone could make dinosaurs seem MORE bad-a*s and awesome, but Kirsten has done this. I would recommend this book to EVERYONE.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Robinson on December 12, 2010
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There is such a strong surge of imagination and passion flowing through this book its hard to put down, even when its over, which I think is too soon. This book could, and should have been longer in my opinion. For such a short book all of the elements are so fully developed, so fleshed out and strong I just wanted to keep reading. Alene creates an amazing world with a unique history and its own set of rules, I love bizarro books like this.

A brutal struggle between a strange and resilient order of monks and machine gun and cannon toting dinosaurs is coming to head. Our nameless protagonist at once gives us great insight as to the history of this conflict and the conflict inside himself, battling the loss of his best friend and a strange sense of admiration for his enemy. A recent escalation of the carnage consuming the world and a shocking discovery force him into action. And this story is full of action. Battle sequences are fluid and exciting, yet the language and authors awesome style keep it fresh.

This book is also full of its own unique brand of surreal mysticism highlighted by awesome passages of the main characters meditations giving the action beautiful breaks of poetic expression.

This is a great debut and a stellar story, I hope to see more from the author very soon.

Four and a half stars out of five.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Shamel on December 30, 2010
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I love dinosaurs. I love kung fu monks. I love love. This book has it all.

Kirsten Alene comes out rockin' with her first book. She has created something completely fresh, weird, exciting, and also comforting and familiar. This is a love story. It's an adventure. It's metaphysical, super cool, and fast-paced while remaining lyrical.

The story is set in an age just before the End of Days, or perhaps it begins the End of Days, or it's in the middle of the End of Days. But the End of Days is in there. It's told from the point of view of a warrior monk who battles dinosaurs deemed Jeremies who wield giant-sized weapons, dino-claws, and big stompy feet. And this monk falls in love. With the enemy! (But she's really sweet, and not really the enemy.) Their love is touching, and pretty, and sad.

I love the Steve, too.

Ms. Alene's style is fun, smart, and a pleasure to read. You will find yourself at the end of this book and wait for the lights to come up in the theater.

If you want some totally excellent action on top of a passionate story of human nature and love, this book is for you.

I'm eagerly awaiting Kirsten Alene's next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Armstrong on December 29, 2010
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Imagine if Hemingway wrote Jurassic Park.

Let me explain. Obviously a book about dinosaurs with guns is going to be weird and funny. But the absurdity doesn't take away from any of the other levels that this book works on. The action scenes still create tension and mood. And in between the action scenes the book manages to be very thoughtful and even touching. I haven't seen that in any of the Bizarro books I've read so far and I was very impressed. If this is how good her first book is I can't wait to see what she's doing five years down the road.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Lowe on December 26, 2010
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I'm starting this review with an apology to Ms. Alene, the author. A couple days ago, when I was knee deep in this bizarro story of a monk who falls in love with a dinosaur, the very creatures he has dedicated his life to destroying, I saw a commercial for some BluRay thing or another and the movie shown in the ad was Avatar.

Try as I might, the visual of Avatar would not leave my head as I read this action-packed tale of a human (the monk) who falls in love with a blue creature (a trachodon). It didn't help that in many ways the basic storyline was quite similar. Those similarities end there, however. What Love in the Time of Dinosaurs has that Avatar does not is dinosaurs who tote weapons like machine guns, samurai swords and rifles that fire massive rotating saw blades, and also superhuman monks who can lose more than 50% of their bodies and continue to fight on. So suck it, James Cameron.

The thing I liked the best about this story were the little touches, like the monks' guns, which rendered dinos into hulks of smoking plastic shells. This made me think of the plastic dinosaur my son got from the Field Museum in Chicago this summer from one of those plastic dinosaur making vending machines. Like I said, nice, clever touches like that.

I will admit that Avatar was a fairly entertaining flick, but it would have vaulted into the awesome stratosphere if it had anything half as cool as a machine-gun carrying, grenade-lobbing Tyrannosaurus. So despite the similarities, Kirsten Alene wins this comparison with a heartfelt story that oozes the awesome. And the fact that the heros of the book, creatures formed by a union of the monks' meditative thoughts and badgers from the forest, are named The Steve, well, that was just the icing on top.
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