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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Awesomely written, really imaginative, it doesn't leave you in want of action because there is plenty of it. There are some kick-a** battles between the monks and weapon-wielding dinos (and some hilarious descriptions of pterodactyls awkwardly holding swords).
The romance between the monk and dino is also really cute. Despite being totally ridiculous when you think about it, it seems like a very realistic love story.
I never thought anyone could make dinosaurs seem MORE bad-a*s and awesome, but Kirsten has done this. I would recommend this book to EVERYONE.
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