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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
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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: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,138,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The premise for this book probably started simply enough. "I want monks fighting dinosaurs, and everybody will have cool weapons!" It's easy to come up with an idea that's cool in its simplicity, but the challenge lies in turning that idea into a story with a layered plot and real characters. Kirsten Alene (in her first book!) does just that. Some of the best bizarro books are the ones that take simple ideas and run wild with them, telling a compelling story that's weird to its very core. Love in the Time of Dinosaurs is that kind of bizarro.

Alene takes the simple idea of monks vs. dinosaurs and builds and entire landscape around it, full of its own history and characters. In this world the dinosaurs (called "Jeremy") are vicious beasts bent on war and carnage. Even the so-called herbivores will rip a human to bloody shreds. And every one of them is equipped with elaborate guns, bazookas, rockets, samurai swords, or flying buzzsaws. Dinosaurs are always cool. Dinosaurs with high-tech weapons are mind-smashingly cool. Since the Jeremy showed up, the monks have had to live within the walls of their sprawling monastery, scratching out a living and knitting their body parts back together when they can. They are essentially prisoners, but they are determined to fight back.

It's an old fashioned race war, and the story begins when one monk defies the rules. He's wandering the jungle when eh happens across a dinosaur that is different from the others: Petunia. She can do things no other Jeremy can do, like speak and meditate. Soon the monk finds himself questioning if there isn't a better way to resolve the war between humans and dinosaurs. Peace seems to be ever elusive to these people, and there is tragedy in that.
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The world is in the grips of a war between humans and gun-toting dinosaurs. The end of humanity is near when a nameless monk falls in love with a trachodon named Petunia. Can their love conquer all?

Aside from Jurassic Park, the Anonymous Rex series, and Dinosaur Park, there is a noticeable lack of dinosaur fiction on the bookstore shelves. Love in the Time of Dinosaurs goes one book toward fixing that.

While Love in the Time of Dinosaurs seems like a bizarro retelling of Romeo and Juliet at first glance, it's really much more like a military sf book. LITTOD shows the horror of war and the dehumanization of combatants. Like Armor, only much shorter and concise. The dinosaurs of the tale, the Jeremies, are a brutal race aside from Petunia's people, the trachodons. Honestly, the monks apart from our nameless hero are a fearsome bunch themselves. There's action aplenty, along with a healthy dose of gore. The worldbuilding is pretty well done, especially considering this is Kirsten Alene's first book. I love the cover art and would proudly sport it on a tshirt.

Any gripes? A couple. It was a little difficult to take the dinosaur threat serious when they were called Jeremies. Likewise with the half-badger Steves. Other than that, I've got no complaints. Dinolovers everywhere could find a worse use of a couple hours of reading time than to pick up Love in the Time of Dinosaurs.
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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. By typical love story, I mean man meets woman, man falls in love with woman, hey look a dinosaur, and so on.

I should have known better!

There’s monks, and dinosaurs, and explosions (oh my!). There’s fireflies and prophecies and dinosaurs with heavy weaponry.

There’s love.

And dinosaurs.

And I really, truly enjoyed it.

(Yay dinosaurs!)
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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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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). Even so, the story was so incredibly original that I couldn't set the book down. It forced my mind to go into lateral mode; anything was possible in this story.

It was, at first blush, a visceral tale. Maybe that's all it was meant to be? I don't know. But beyond the visceral, I glimpsed places where Alene managed to infuse some precious tidbits of human nature.

Still, please don't read it looking for a large message. I don't really think it's there. But--it was entertaining in a bizarre kind of way.

Note* Some of the descriptions get a tad graphic. This is a war story-- a war between dinosaurs and humans. And it's a love story.

I'd go three and a half stars, but I always round up, so it gets four.
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