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- Publication Date: December 21, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B019OAVLL8
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The book description says it all. :)
The Dinosaur Chronicles is a collection of speculative short stories, some that have been published before and others that are brand new, all by Joseph Erhardt. From science fiction to fantasy to horror, Joseph Erhardt gives the reader many different types to read. My favorites include “Two Steps Forward,” where a psychiatric institute has developed a way of deleting a portion of memory; mnemonic excision. Sergeant John T. Harbaugh is still suffering from memories of when he and his team went into a village and left it, but never remembering what happened in-between. The doctor thinks the mind is trying to fill in the gaps from the deleting, hence the nightmares John has been having. So the doctor decides to try a second exicism. With sad results.
Another story I enjoyed was “Punkin’ Vipers.” Told in first person, a man finds something odd and terrible when his car breaks down at a farm. “Eliza’s Quick-Drying Polar White” is about a man, Rupert, who has an interesting ability. The story begins with him painting a white line of Polar White nail polish on crickets in his house. He gives the bugs one chance, as he tosses them out and if he finds one with a line in the house, he squashes it. Different from others, he trains his mind to find cracks into other worlds. At one point, he actually parts the curtain of existence and finds himself in a room where a man sits at a desk. The man is there to log in those who have died, but Rupert has not died. I enjoyed “Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing” where a meeting of the world’s vampires is held. The owner of the place the meeting is held, Skovar, has arranged it so he can destroy the vampire who had taken his daughter twenty years ago. He proves to the vampires any sufficient technology is superior to magic, and that will be their doom. My last favorite is “Crawl Space.” A couple prepares for a blizzard to hit their Colorado town. Evan Fisher has enough firewood for their fireplace and gasoline for their generator. He had convinced his wife, Samantha it would be romantic. But as a wife of a neighbor who left said, “Two weeks in a cold, dark valley in Colorado is a nightmare.” Just how prophetic those words would be. After Samantha slips on some ice on their walk and leaves, Evan finds he is not alone. That something is in the ice and it is not happy with him. When Samantha decides to return, they must work to keep their house warm to prevent the thing in the ice from getting to them. Sometimes it takes a frightening occurrence to help bring a couple back together again and stronger.
Sometimes a short story is perfect to tell, instead of a novel. Joseph Erhardt’s collection of stories are a great way to get to know this writer. He even talks about each story afterwards, if they were published before and the process of the particular story. I have not seen this done before and at first, wasn't sure about this being needed, but after a while, I actually enjoyed it. Mr. Erhardt’s tales are truly the flesh that cover an old dinosaur’s bones.
Let me preface this by saying that I don’t usually read a lot of short story collections, but I am glad that I gave this a shot, as I thoroughly enjoyed the format and the stories within.
The Dinosaur Chronicles contains short stories (some that took me only about 5-10 minutes to read, and some longer ones.) with various different themes and topics, but most of them were of a science fiction nature. The author developed some very great characters, even in such a short amount of time. I think it takes a talented author to be able to do this well, in such a succinct way.
Even though I felt a few of the stories were a bit slow or confusing at first, what I came to love is that there was always a really great twist at the end that nobody could predict, and sometimes these were just downright hilarious. I really enjoyed the surprise endings.
The author also explores some important themes in science fiction, such as time travel (and the consequences), and memory modification technology. These stories get the reader thinking about the potential pros and cons of such things, while also keeping them entertained.
I’m not sure if this is common for these types of works, but I also really enjoyed the brief commentary from the author after each story giving background to where they came from, and the meaning (or lack thereof) of a particular story.
Are you a fan or short-story collections, or want to try something new? Check out this collection. You won’t be disappointed.
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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