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- Print Length: 250 pages
- Publication Date: November 10, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D9VT6L6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,877,663 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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**UPDATE: Parker rearranged a few of the chapters so the cavemen don't come in at the begging of the preview anymore. The cavemen still have the same dialog, but you don't get to that until later.**
This book has been sitting on my Kindle ever since then, not getting read. Last week I had nothing left to read and decided to get through this story since it was already there and paid for. My biggest disappointment is that I waited almost nine months to read this. It was a fantastic story on many levels. It was a well thought out story line and it was presented in an understandable way. The characters were fantastic and even the jerks of the story were easy to like. And of course, it was extremely hilarious. I would put this book on par with Christopher Moore and he is one of my favorite authors (Sacre Bleu not withstanding - yuck). And it was very well edited, which should be important to all authors but even more so to indie authors who want to be taken seriously. I only found one error is which is less than I commonly find in big name books.
The caveman talk does persist through the book but only about a third of the characters talk like that. The other two thirds don't and they have the majority of the lines. Some of the characters have a delightful British accent or a fantastic Irish Brogue. In another series I really enjoy, not related to this author, one character has an extremely thick Brogue that is almost unreadable (Sten). But the Irish squid alien in this story is just a hair more Brogue-ish than Scotty was (Star Trek, you got that right?). And while the caveman talk takes a little getting used to, it's easy to embrace once you realize its purpose and you get into the story.
One review said that it was difficult to follow because it jumped around a lot. I actually really liked the way the narrative moved from group to group and back again. It gave me a great visualization of how these events were unfolding at the same time in different places but completely intertwined and dependent on each other.
And lastly, I gave the book 5-Stars because it deserved it. I almost gave it only 4-Stars because sometimes people see these reviews and think a friend or family member is trying to bolster their indie author. But I promise you, I have no idea who this Parker Moose guy is other than a great first time author who hit one out of the park (no pun intended) on his first try. I'm disappointed to see his book ranked #862,310 in Kindle sales. This means he's getting less than ten sales a month (probably less than five). His work deserves more attention.
If you like a story that makes you smile throughout, and laugh out loud at least every three to four pages, you'll love "Dinosaur!" Moose's grasp of characters and setting are so VISUAL it's hard not to see this is a Pixar movie while you're reading it. You'll definitely want to read it again and again to catch the sardonic jabs or twists of irony you missed the first time through.
Ever read a book and say, "I wish I'd thought of that!"? This is one of those. Moose's comedic view is familiar, yet fresh. You don't have to be a kid (unless you count kid at heart) to enjoy "Dinosaur." There are so many great quips that would go right over a kid's head to hit the parents right between the eyes you'd really have to try hard not to smile while you're reading it.
My only knock--and I was hard pressed to find one (though I feel a review can't be complete without a little constructive criticism), is that cavemen named after common nouns ("Shirt", "Snack", "Fire", "Head") made for a lot of re-reading of lines to make sure you were seeing a name or an object; but that's admittedly a weak critique and reflects more on my own reading skills than Moose's writing. And let's face it, following the exploits of the Swamp and Lake tribes with names like that really make for some great play on the old Abbott and Costello "Who's on first?" bits.
I will definitely be following the career of Parker Moose and can't wait to see what he comes up with next. Awesome debut!
LONG LIVE STERANKO!!!
The book is very very funny. Despite the possible spoiler, I was reading at the doctor's office and nearly fell off the table laughing when I read about the 2 houses of Parliament for Steranko -- Congress and Progress. I never thought about the word "congress" that way before!
However, it is a bit confusing. Not the names of the cavemen as some have mentioned, but the way the book hops around among about 4 different settings! It has earth (with dinosaurs AND two separate tribes of cavemen), two different spaceships from Steranko and the planet itself (and several places there as well).
The names of the cavemen being a word they like (that's not used as a name at the time for anybody else) is cute with names like Shirt, Fight, Dog, Rock and Ugh. Now, "It" is a different case, that's an alien that looks like a caveman.
Over all, the book is very funny. The confusion slowed it down a bit but overall that just knocked it down by one star.
One tiny spoiler -- Watch Betty. She's a riot! I think she's my favorite character in the book!