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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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Steve Lowe
Dec 26, 2010 Steve Lowe rated it really liked it
Shelves: bizarro, nbas
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
Jul 03, 2011 Lea rated it really liked it
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
Sep 15, 2011 Sheldon rated it really liked it
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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Lou
Jul 05, 2011 Lou rated it really liked it
Shelves: july-read, bizarro
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!
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
Anthony Chavez
May 13, 2011 Anthony Chavez rated it really liked it
Shelves: bizarro
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
Edmund Colell
Dec 22, 2010 Edmund Colell rated it really liked it
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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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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Amy
Jul 14, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
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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Gabriel
Dec 01, 2011 Gabriel rated it it was ok
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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Dustin Reade
Jul 27, 2011 Dustin Reade rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 17, 2011 Grant Wamack rated it really liked it
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
Aug 11, 2011 Amanda Lyons rated it it was amazing
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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S.T. Cartledge
Sep 08, 2011 S.T. Cartledge rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizarro, reviewed
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
Sep 24, 2011 Jay Slayton-Joslin rated it liked it
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
Apr 28, 2015 Almeta rated it really liked it
Shelves: shortcut
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
Aug 22, 2012 Therese rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
Damn! This book features villainous dinosaurs that are armed with bazookas and swords, and it is completely awesome.
Foster Medina
Dec 20, 2016 Foster Medina rated it liked it
Shelves: bizarro
Kirsten Alene's debut novella actually has a lot going on for such a slender volume, but, at it’s core, Love in the Time of Dinosaurs is a story that works on two levels – the first being the war between gun-toting monks and crazy-ass dinosaurs, and the second being the forbidden love between one unusual monk and an even more unusual dinosaur.

I know, I know, you want to hear all about the dinosaurs, but first we have deal with the monks. Exceptionally well-armed and trained to fight, they're abs
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J.W. Wargo
Apr 13, 2012 J.W. Wargo rated it really liked it
(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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David Barbee
Jul 29, 2011 David Barbee rated it it was amazing
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
Douglas Hackle
Nov 16, 2011 Douglas Hackle rated it really liked it
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
Robert Beveridge
Apr 27, 2012 Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it
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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R.A. Harris
May 25, 2012 R.A. Harris rated it really liked it
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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Jesse Bullington
Sep 14, 2012 Jesse Bullington rated it really liked it
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
Erin Sharp
Aug 30, 2015 Erin Sharp rated it really liked it
This book was an adventure. Taking place in an alternate universe where dinosaurs (or Jeremy as they are called) are man-hungry killers with machine guns, katanas and flying disc blades of doom (WHAT!?) You follow the life of a monk, who has feared the Jeremy all of his life. Raised in a militant world where every day he goes out and patrols for Jeremy, protecting his fellow man. But then he sees Petunia. She's a different kind of Jeremy, one who isn't interested in chomping into his gut and flo ...more
Chris
Jun 01, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Oct 28, 2012 Teresa rated it really liked it
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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Lucy Furr
Aug 29, 2014 Lucy Furr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thats-bizarro, sci-fi
Hahaha. So when I first picked this up, I was totally thinking it would be a “typical” love story with a bizzaro twist and a dash of dinosaurs. By typical love story, I mean man meets woman, man falls in love with woman, hey look a dinosaur, and so on.

I should have known better!

There’s monks, and dinosaurs, and explosions (oh my!). There’s fireflies and prophecies and dinosaurs with heavy weaponry.

There’s love.

And dinosaurs.

And I really, truly enjoyed it.

(Yay dinosaurs!)
Sarah
Oct 11, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
This is an enchanting novella set in a world where humans and dinosaurs wage war against each other. In the midst of conflict, a monk falls in love with a gentle dinosaur named Petunia.

This story is engaging and quite beautiful. with elegant writing and descriptions. There is graphic warfare violence, but it feels necessary and not gratuitous. So far, I have found that sensitive love stories are rare in the bizarro genre and Alene's debut novella really nails it.

I look forward to reading more fr
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