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Love in the Time of Dinosaurs (New Bizarro Author Series)

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Paperback, 77 pages
Published October 13th 2010 by Eraserhead Press
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Dan Schwent
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
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Caris
Bizarro love stories are quickly becoming my favorite types of love stories. You just never know what’s going to happen. There’s no worry about falling into clichés or trite storylines because everything is different when the burgeoning romance crosses species.

Love in the Time of Dinosaurs is the story of a man who falls in love with a dinosaur during a time of great social instability and war. The Jeremies, evil motherfucking dinosaurs, are doing battle with humans and are looking to eradicate
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Steve Lowe
I'm starting this review with an apology to Ms. Alene, the author. A couple days ago, when I was knee deep in this bizarro story of a monk who falls in love with a dinosaur, the very creatures he has dedicated his life to destroying, I saw a commercial for some BluRay thing or another and the movie shown in the ad was Avatar.

Try as I might, the visual of Avatar would not leave my head as I read this action-packed tale of a human (the monk) who falls in love with a blue creature (a trachodon). It
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Lea
This book -- part of Eraserhead Press' New Bizarro Author Series -- seems to me to be the most personal of the bunch. It has all of the crazy shenanigans you would expect from this series, but there is an intimacy to the main character's longing for closeness -- particularly his yearning to connect with the trachodon Petunia -- that is quite moving. Perhaps it's the author's use of the terms "Jeremy" for the vicious ravaging dinosaurs and "Steve" for the gentle, helpful spirit beings that makes ...more
Sheldon
Tyrannosaurs carrying three-barreled bazookas!

That is all.

Okay, maybe not all. That would be too short for a proper review, but if the world were a fair place, that's all that would need to be said about Love in the Time of Dinosaurs by Kirsten Alene.

To start with, the author builds an entire world populated by what we assume are probably humans, although at times I questioned this. The unnamed hero of the novel is a warrior monk fighting off an invasion of heavily armed dinosaurs. Is this Earth
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Anita Dalton
The bare bones of the plot, without excessive spoilerage, are as follows: A monk, whose name we never learn, is also a soldier in a war against the dinosaurs. The dinosaurs, whom the monks refer to as Jeremy, came as a sort of plague when a mystical creature went into hiding. These creatures, called the Steve by the head monk, are of varied descriptions, among them fish-headed, winged cats and rhinos with rat heads. The Steve had many secrets and taught the head monk Zohar but when the dinosaurs ...more
Lou
A bizarre story it is a mix of Dinosaurs, humans, Kung-Fu and monks. A story some would say only for kids who the hell wants wants to read a story where the main characters are Dinosaurs. The answer is us crazy readers, as if we don't have enough to read, zombies step aside Dinosaurs are about to kick you're butt.
Was fun and strange and don't forget short not me the story!
Mykle
Sep 09, 2011 Mykle added it
If you are fond of either dinosaurs, amputee Shaolin monks or love stories, then you're likely to enjoy this odd, charming, sweet, short book. It's not the kind of bizarro that leaves you feeling like you ate the wrong pills; it's just a layer of human romantic absurdity bonded to a substrate of conceptual absurdity. With dinosaurs. And kung-fu. And amputees. And lots of heart. And lasers! What else do you people want?

I read this months ago, but I'm getting around to mentioning it now BECAUSE: A
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Anthony Chavez
All in all a very enjoyable read. I felt a little embarrassed halfway through when I began comparing things to Avatar because there were a couple parallels there, but no way! This book was awesome, I mean can things get better then elephant gun wielding magic kung-fu monks doing battle with samurai sword wielding pterodactyls? I submit that they cannot! I love how Alene puts you there in the fray of the battle, I loved reading about the wounds that some of the damage did, the monks with their pl ...more
Amy
Dinosaurs are pretty freaking cool, right? They are massive, they are tough, and they ruled the ancient world before the humans came around. Well guess what? They are the cock of the walk once again, and the humans don't stand a chance.

Not only do they have tough skin and massive, sharp teeth, but they are still huge and they carry MACHINE GUNS. Oh yea. Big. Freaking. Guns. They even strap cannons to the biggest ones. Now you may ask why they need these guns. Because they are bad ass. That's why
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Edmund Colell
Upon walking out of the movie theater after watching James Cameron's Avatar, I was thoroughly convinced that romance between two warring factions - especially factions of different species - was done into the dirt. Not only done into the dirt, but curbstomped and skinned with the entrails used to make fashionable wallets. Love in the Time of Dinosaurs by Kirsten Alene is that trope's new shaking and near-death breath, and LitToD may prove that it's worth putting on life support.

On one end of the
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Dustin Reade
This book was pretty intense. The writing itself is strangely beautiful, despite being fairly simplistic.
The story: A band of nearly-invincible Monks are at war with The Jeremies, intelligent dinosaurs whom wield advanced weaponry and a grudge against humanity. One of the Monks finds and falls in love with one of these dinosaurs and we get a whole surrealist-Romeo-and-Juliet type of thing, that provides us with some of the most unique scenes in literary history (I won't go into any of these sce
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Grant Wamack
Love in the Time of Dinosaurs is the debut bizarro novella from from newcomer Kirsten Alene. This is part of the New Bizarro Author Series, a sort of trial run to see if an author has what it takes to become part of the Eraserhead stable.

I’m sure you’re wondering if Alene has what it take. My answer is a definitive yes.

A society of peaceful monks have been warring with gun toting dinosaurs for years. Told in first person, the nameless narrator falls in love with a dinosaur named Petunia. The nar
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Amanda Lyons
I have to admit that this is my first official Bizarro novel. I've got a few on my tbr list here on Goodreads but this has been my first chance to read something in the genre. I wasn't sure what to expect what with the premise (though I do tend to be drawn toward the more unusual stories and have enjoyed a few gonzo books in my time)about a monk falling in love with a dinosaur in the midst of a war between the two.

I'm happy to say that I loved this book and that the premise, while unusual, didn
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Bending The Bookshelf
Somehow, having sampled some of the other Bizarro titles available (The Haunted Vagina, Ass Goblins of Auschwitz, or Baby's First Book of Seriously Fucked-up Shit anyone?), I expected something a little more . . . well, bizarre with my first Bizarro read. Instead, while Love in the Time of Dinosaurs is definitely surreal, it's still very much accessible, and really not that far removed from some of the more experimental 1970s science fiction.

At it’s simplest, this is the story that works on two
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Gabriel
I finally found a copy of the last of the NBAS books from 2010 and read it (in one day, like the others).

:( I was underwhelmed.

The world built for this story involves a hateful violent race of dinosaurs that have driven the peaceful land into a giant warzone for years. The monks have dealt with this by learning a magical kung-fu (which, unfortunately, was only really described once) that allows them to stay alive despite the fact that they have lost all internal organs in battles and other part
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S.T. Cartledge
At this point in time I have read 6 out of the 7 books in the 2010 New Bizarro Author Series. I've read five others before this and enjoyed them thoroughly. Not only do they strive to be entertaining in that unique, bizarro way, but these books are remarkably well thought out, very clever writing. I feel this is not only proof of the authors' talents, but also of the editor who saw this process all the way through. I feel that these books are a brilliant showcase of a group of seriously talented ...more
Jay Slayton-Joslin
While the premise was interesting enough, and carried out well. I think the book suffered from some moments with too little detail and others too much.

Alene does a good job at establishing the mythology of the dinosaurs, the elders, the wars before. The whole beginning part is handled well (other than the prologue, which I'm not too sure how it's relevant.)

Unfortunately the ending is ruined by a predictable climax that occurs far too quickly. The novel has too many moments where in a sentence a
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Almeta
This is considered a Bizarro book, and that is a fit description. Grotesque and Absurd.

Funny how a person can accept one unbelievable thing but not the other. (view spoiler) Maybe that is the fodder for psychoanalysis.

This “new” genre is actually fun to read. It was
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Therese
Damn! This book features villainous dinosaurs that are armed with bazookas and swords, and it is completely awesome.
David Barbee
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 i ...more
Jesse Bullington
SGJ's above novel was published by Lazy Facist, an imprint of Bizarro publisher Eraserhead, and after enjoying the hell out of Zombie Bake-Off I decided to go down the rabbit hole of the Bizarro movement with a cross-section of interesting-titled works. The first of these, Love in the Time of Dinosaurs, is a thin volume, but an impressively deep text, given both the length and seemingly doomed-to-sillines premise. The twin factors that elevate this tale of nigh-indestructible monks battling supe ...more
Robert Beveridge
Kirsten Alene, Love in the Time of Dinosaurs (Eraserhead Press, 2010)

Okay, here's the checklist: monks practicing magical martial arts, dinosuars with large-bore weaponry, surgeons who have to improvise with whatever extra parts they have handy, sentient thought-clouds, interspecies forbidden love (even if it is never consummated, which would have made for an interesting scene, at least from the perspective of logistics). If you have even ONE of these things in a novel, you have already amped up
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Douglas Hackle
This odd tale of love, war, kung fu monks, and gun-blasting dinosaurs has both a romantic sweetness and a mythic/fairytale vibe to it. In a pretty clear-cut dichotomy, Alene’s anthropomorphic dinosaurs capture the best and worst in humanity. With their thirst for blood and incapacity for higher thought, the warmongering majority of the dinosaurs (mysteriously dubbed the "Jeremy”) represent the base and the bad, while the peace-loving trachodons, with their capacity for beautiful thought, embody ...more
J.W. Wargo
(NOTE: All parentheticals in this review were added by the reviewer's Ego for its own personal enjoyment and do not reflect the views and opinions of the book or its author.)

Id Says:
MOTHERFUCKINRRROOOOOWWWWWRRRRRRRRMOTHERFUCKAZ!!!

Look out, monks! Here come the Jeremy (Johnson)!
It's the End of Days for this mountain forest's monastery and villages, hostile dinosaurs won't stop until every last human is dead and eaten. Our monk feels there must be a way to end the fighting, but knows his death at
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R.A. Harris
What's not to like in a book where Monks use ray guns that shoot plastic mold to fight against Dinosaurs (collectively called Jeremy, did the author have a bad break up?): tyrannosaurus with shotguns, stegosaurus with rocket launchers and pterodactyls with samurai swords?!

At just over seventy pages, its plot is perfectly paced. Kirsten never loses sight of the story, always adding layers to the events unfolding that add to the drama and never smother it. Whether it's contextualising the story us
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Cade
This is my favorite human/dinosaur love story I've read.

This is the only human/dinosaur love story I've read.

If you're a fan of bizarro, this book is for you. Anything involving people made out of piecemeal body parts is great, and so is anything with dinosaurs sprouting from your forehead. This has both.

Also, the brief legends that bookend the story are surprisingly profound and cool.
Chris

Starting with the legends that are told of how their world began, it then quickly thrusts you into the middle of a war. When a soldier monk begins to see things differently after becoming war-weary, a chance encounter moves the monk to take the risk to change everything.
Set in a world of sword wielding pterodactyls, and rocket launcher holding tyrannosaurus vs semi-indestructible monks, this one pushes the limits of conventional imagination while telling a traditional story. The subtle details d
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Teresa
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 was, at first blush, a visceral tale. Maybe that's all it is. 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
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Jason Armstrong
Imagine if Hemingway wrote Jurassic Park.

Let me explain. Obviously a book about dinosaurs with guns is going to be weird and funny. But the absurdity doesn't take away from any of the other levels that this book works on. The action scenes still create tension and mood. And in between the action scenes the book manages to be very thoughtful and even touching. I haven't seen that in any of the Bizarro books I've read so far and I was very impressed. If this is how good her first book is I can't
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