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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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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. Petunia and the monk fall in love, but the war always threatens tear them apart.
Most impressive about this book is the confidence with which Kirsten Alene tells her story. She takes an absurd idea and approaches it with a strong voice that immerses you in this weird world she's created. The battle scenes are excellent, and the romantic elements are real and heartfelt. Alene really takes advantage of the awesome visuals this surreal sci-fi world offers. You will BELIEVE that a T-rex can carry a shotgun and a brachiosaur will bite you in half. It's like A Canticle for Leibowitz meets Jurassic Park with all the tasteful war violence of Saving Private Ryan. And on top of that there's romance and love. This book rules. Buy it!
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.
I was asking my 7-year-old nephew recently if kids still liked dinosaurs. He got all wide-eyed and excited. The answer was a resounding "yes!" Zombies are all the craze right now, and I definitely think dinosaurs need to make a come back. They're a million times more threatening than zombies. My nephew and I chatted for a long time about dinosaurs. We came up with the idea of zombie dinosaurs. They would bite you and you'd become a dinosaur. We both agreed that would be awesome and that we're the most creative people on earth.
So THANK GOD someone FINALLY DID SOMETHING involving dinosaurs. Something brutal, violent, weird, out-there; and totally fun and interesting. Kirsten Alene has given dinosaurs machine guns and swords and reignited the spark of my childhood fantasies times ten! We never played as dinosaurs with weapons because it was like it was against the rules. Thank god someone started thinking outside the box. We thought dinosaurs were threatening enough as it, but wow! Maybe we all should have played with girls more. Love in the Time of Dinosaurs is a sweeping, action-packed epic, with a much-needed emotional storyline with the main character that horror films like Jurassic Park were so sorely lacking. None of us would've ever come up with that. If there was a dinosaur book like this to check out when we were kids we wouldn't have been getting them JUST for the pictures.
The order of monks who fight the dinosaurs in the book are pretty bad-ass. I thought the idea of having guns that shoot plastic that encase the dinosaurs, turning them into statues, was totally awesome! It reminded me of my old plastic dinosaur toys from my youth. The carnage in the book is horrifying - monks carrying around their severed limbs, being cut-in-half and still going on, and later being assigned new limbs by medics to replace the ones they lost. Then the main character falling in love with a dinosaur, them both agreeing how they wish things could be different in their worlds - that's great. Like I said, the main character brings a lot of emotion to the book, and his weird dreams are the perfect trippy interlude to a lot of the action. A lot of the concepts there are otherworldly.
Totally killer book. DEFINITELY like nothing I've ever read before. If you used to love dinosaurs as much as I have, then you'll love this book to death. But you'd probably love it anyone because it's one of the most awesome books ever written. BRING BACK THE DINOSAUR!
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