Thursday, April 21, 2011

Love in the Time of Dinosaurs

Love in the Time of DinosaursLove in the Time of Dinosaurs by Kirsten Alene

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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. 3.5 out of 5.

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