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Tyrannosaur Canyon by Douglas Preston
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Feb 29, 12

Read from February 27 to 29, 2012

I have learned over the years of reading in the same few genres and from reading the same authors that you will come across similar situations. Most of the time this is

not a bad thing but when you read your sixteenth novel by Douglas Preston, it starts to feel familiar but not in a good (I have had this pizza and loved it) kind of way

but more like (man, the same pizza that used to taste god until I ate it until my taste buds revolted against the repetitive taste) kind of way. The book is fascinating

at times but some scenes seemed to be copied from other novels by or co-written with Preston such as the chase through a museum full of dinosaur remains, or the

discovery of some ancient meteor or microscopic form of life or figuring out how to crack a code which turns out not to be a code at all but something much more

interesting. Besides that, the story is great and the characters are well-developed like always with either Preston or Child's work. The ending is just a bit too cheery

for my liking but the last couple of sentences put a very nice close to the novel and will leave the reader wondering.
I did notice that Publishers Weekly was quoted as saying the book was "better than Crichton," and I feel I have to address this. They did not make it clear whether they

meant the book was better than Jurassic Park and the Lost World by Crichton which would make sense even though I do not agree. I am not sure if they were saying that

Tyrannosaur Canyon is superior to all of Crichton's work which is a bit of a bold statement to make and disgustingly untrue. Maybe they were saying that Douglas

Preston's writing is better than that of Crichton's which I would have to agree with because, to use food to explain once again, reading a Preston novel is like eating

a great sandwitch while Crichton's stories tend to be like eating a good sandwitch which has been left in front of a fan for forty minutes. Or, just maybe, they were

saying that Tyrannosaur Canyon is better than Crichton as a person. Maybe it didn't do some of the things that Crichton might have done, like dying and leaving behind a

half-finished manuscript which would eventually become the fantastic novel Micro. Or, most likely, Publishers Weekly just said it without thinking. We all make that

mistake sometimes.
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