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Rex Riders by J.P. Carlson
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Jul 11, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: actionadventure, earlyreviewers, historical-fiction, science_fiction
Read in June, 2011

A western with dinosaurs: clever idea! Set in 1881, this "historical science fiction" tale has plenty of action and humor. When fifteen-year-old Zeke is falsely accused of stealing the prize stallion of his uncle's ranching rival, he is to be sent back East on the stagecoach and end his brief career learning to be a cowboy. But the stagecoach's arrival is met by a strange giant beast: a rampaging triceratops! The action commences from there at a pretty fast pace, with dinosaur stampedes, shootouts, a strange scaly alien who can ride a T-Rex, civil war among aliens, and interplanetary travel. Along the way there's funny characters and dialogue, and the setting of the Wild Wild West gives it a fun flavor. Will Zeke ever rein in his impatience and learn to work as a team with the pretty Angelina?Will Zeke be able to stop the nefarious plans of the dastardly D'Allesandro? Or will the West become a home to dinosaur ranching and cattle become extinct? You'll have to read Rex Riders to find out!

Recommended for 5th grade and up, and especially for boys who may like dinosaurs or cowboys or both. As a first book, I did see several typos and grammatical errors that need to be improved for any future editions or a possible sequel (the editors evidently did not feel the need to correct a total lack of the past perfect tense, so it was often confusing as to whether the event was happening now, or prior to current events. If the whole novel is told in the past tense--"He rode the horse"--then telling about something he did before he rode the horse needs to use "had"-- "He had woken up that morning".). Other than that, loved the book!

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