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Love in the Time of Dinosaurs Paperback – October 13, 2010
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"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
"...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
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting from a book like this, but whatever it was, I don’t think that was it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Christine
Hahaha. So when I first picked this up, I was totally thinking it would be a “typical” love story with a bizzaro twist and a dash of dinosaurs. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lucy Furr
Gun-yielding Dinosaurs? Check.
Warrior monks? Check.
If you are looking for these things but did not know it until you... Read more
I read this book a while ago so I don't remember much. It was really weird. I only got it because I love dinosaurs. Didn't take me long to read it. Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by J. Moseley
This was the debut for the wife of fellow Bizarro author Cameron Pierce, Kirstin Alene. I really enjoyed the overall story and the different concepts that are presented. Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by Buckeye Nick
Something drew me to this book. Monks and dinosaurs generally aren't my thing, but for some reason, I felt compelled to read this. Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by 13visions
Never have I read a book that the end,the middle, and the beginning made no sense. Well I have now. If you decide to 're-read chapter one(as I did) and the chapters keep getting... Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by I read alot
This was a strange (hence "Bizarro" book series) little book. I had no idea what to expect, and I still have no idea what I got. (I laughed as I typed that). Read morePublished on October 28, 2012 by TeeKay
Let me be clear up front. I like to support young writers. I like to support new writers. So if, by some chance, this novel was written by someone still in grade school- good... Read morePublished on October 17, 2012 by Rez