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Dinosaur Park by Hayford Peirce
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Feb 04, 13

bookshelves: sf, 2010
Read from July 06 to 11, 2010

Ten year old Kerryl Ryson ends up deep in the soup when he causes a tyrannosaurus to vomit on a visiting noble from another world, the Most Immaculate Ultim of Alderdown. Kerryl's father is fed to the dinosaur and his clan is sold into slavery. For twelve years, Kerryl labors as a slave and plots his revenge. But what does the Ultim have to do with Earth and why is travel to Earth so difficult... ?

First of all Dinosaur Park is a bad title. While there are dinosaurs in abundance, there is no park and Big Ben doesn't make an appearance as the cover would indicate. But then the original title, the Thirteenth Majistral, isn't that great either since the Majistral in question doesn't appear until the last quarter of the book. Anyway...

Dinosaur Park is an entertaining read. Kerryl is a protagonist in the mold of Jack Vance's Cudgel the Clever. He generally wanders from one situation to the next, all in a quest for revenge but with no idea how to accomplish it. Once the time travel element is introduced, the story really kicks into high gear. I like the way Peirce handled time travel and paradoxes.

Not many gripes with it. The writing took a little getting used to at first, since the early goings are peppered with mentions of strange people and places. It reads like a lost Jack Vance book in some ways, subtle humor included.

I'd recommend Dinosaur Park to fans of Jack Vance, dinosaurs, and time travel. While it wasn't my favorite time travel story, it was still very good.
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Randy Recently read this one. The title is misleading, but it's good nevertheless.


message 6: by Tracey (new)

Tracey How on *earth* does a ten-year-old cause a t-rex to vomit on someone? For that alone it sounds worth reading...


message 5: by Dan (new) - rated it 4 stars

Dan 1.0 Tracey wrote: "How on *earth* does a ten-year-old cause a t-rex to vomit on someone? For that alone it sounds worth reading..."

Drugs were involved.


Stephen Jack Vance, Dinosaurs and time travel...SOLD!!!


message 3: by Jason (new)

Jason Koivu Dan, I applaud your use of the phrase "ends up in the soup" and I think we need to work hard - perhaps even begin a campaign - to bring it back!


message 2: by Dan (new) - rated it 4 stars

Dan 1.0 I hereby vow that I will use the phrase "ends up in the soup" in as many reviews as possible!


message 1: by Jason (new)

Jason Koivu Dan wrote: "I hereby vow that I will use the phrase "ends up in the soup" in as many reviews as possible!"

Excellent! Perhaps it's not too late for me to add the phrase into my latest review, the one about the interview with Richard Nixon, who DEFINITELY found himself in the soup during his lifetime.


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