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Love in the Time of Dinosaurs Paperback – October 13, 2010
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From the Inside Flap
"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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
I should have known better!
There’s monks, and dinosaurs, and explosions (oh my!). There’s fireflies and prophecies and dinosaurs with heavy weaponry.
And I really, truly enjoyed 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.
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.
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 11 months ago by Christine
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
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
SO. Flying on airplanes gets old kind of quickly. In order to make it less old I enjoy reading funny/ironic/entertaining short things. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by sd00
Love in the Time of Dinosaurs by Kirsten Alene is witty, satirical and a total hoot! An order of fighting monks defend their monastery and townspeople with guns that encase their... Read morePublished on June 5, 2012 by Athene Five