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Anonymous Rex (Anonymous Rex #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  953 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
Vincent Rubio is an LA PI down on his luck: out of work, car repossessed, partner dead under mysterious circumstances, and his tail just won't stay put. Vince is a Velociraptor dinosaur. Dinos faked extinction, blend in latex costumes, detect each other with strong sense of smell. Vince has odor like smooth Cuban cigar. Two-bit case of arson at a hip dino nightclub lures h ...more
Hardcover, Villard, 277 pages
Published 2000 by Random House (first published July 27th 1999)
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Dan Schwent
Feb 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Christopher Moore
Shelves: funny
A hardboiled detective who's actually a dinosaur in disguise. If that's not a premise to tickle your weird-reading bone I don't know what is.
Sep 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There’s a school of thought in cinema that a filmmaker can do anything with the western, as basically they’re all the same. Western films are a bit passé these days, but the same certainly holds true – in both book and film – when it comes to the hardboiled detective story. In recent weeks I’ve read about a lesbian PI investigating devil worship in the short story ’Dancing Like We’re Done’; shown my other half Jeff Bridges as a stoner, slacker Philip Marlowe in ‘The Big Lebowski’; and re-watched ...more
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first of the Vincent Rubio detective series.

Vinicent is a detective having a toubled time. His partner is dead, their PI agency is washing up, he's dealing with his substance abuse problem--and oh yeah, he's a velociraptor in a latex human suit.

Eric Garcia has probably written the best selling and best reviewed dinosaur porn detective series out there. And there's a reason: the man can actually write!

The world is well crafted and written in a way that truely draws you in and have you believi
James Steele
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dinosaurs never went extinct. They went into hiding, and now they live among us in human disguises.

You have to believe a concept like this because the book makes it undeniably logical. It treats the idea so seriously, yet it maintains such a lighthearted and sarcastic tone you can’t help but buy into it. The mental image of dinosaurs stepping into and out of elaborate latex human costumes is almost impossible to imagine, which makes the whole idea even better.

But wait, there’s a story going on,
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is the Premise: This book is the first book in the Dinosaur Mafia series, in terms of publication date, but the 2nd one if you take the events of the books chronologically. The truly amazing thing about these books - in which the dinosaurs have NOT gone extinct, at least not all of them, but have evolved to a smaller size and live side-by-side with humans with the help of a lot of latex, glue and straps to disguise themselves - is that while you are reading them you just go with it, because ...more
Jul 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: could-not-finish, sf
I wanted to like this book, I honestly did. I envisioned it as Jurassic Park meets Raymond Chandler.

While it was better than the buddy cop movie Theodore Rex with Whoopi Goldberg, it was kind of a let down. It started out interestingly enough but then just dragged (way to early in the story I might add) and I got bored.

Dinosaurs faked their extinction and are now dressed up as humans to hide in our world. How that that be a crappy story? It is so campy it would be hard to screw up. *sigh*
Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Robin by: T
If the titles haven't won you over yet (Anonymous Rex, Casual Rex, Hot and Sweaty Rex), here's why you should give this book a chance:

1. The main character is a likable one. I like Vince Rubio more than Harry Dresden (Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files). At the start of the book Vince is a mess. He's addicted to basil*, he just got kicked out of the Council, he's wrecked his reputation as a PI and therefore his career is suffering, so he's broke and hungry.

* In this world, the intoxicants for dinos
Jess Jackson
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
What did I just read?
That was.. well.. something else.
IT had all the work of a good crime mystery.
Just with the added flavour of dinosaur. A fun entertaining read.
An Odd1
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: action, mystery, fan, xrate
Sock-em surprises keep on punching from page one; glib humor keeps on tickling till last lines. Narrator Vincent Rubio buys a trench coat despite record heat, and cigarettes to hang unlit from his mouth - for classic Bogart image. The Los Angeles detective is broke, kicked off governing Council for pursuing why partner Ernie run down when investigating tmurder of wealthy married New York playboy Raymond McBride. Next case, arson, leads straight back to Manhattan. Everywhere, looks decidedly dece ...more
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Mar 15, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fantasy
it's a catchy little setup: take your hard-boiled detective mystery, a la Raymond Chandler. Your twist? The detective, along with a significant portion of the world population, is actually a dinosaur in a human suit.

sadly, i started getting annoyed with the premise (or rather, with all the attention paid to all the details being used to flesh out the "dinosaurs are everywhere" premise) about 10 pages into it. it wasn't til another 100 or so pages had been gotten thru that i started sorta enjoyin
Lisette Walker
Jan 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
This was not the book for me. I did not finish (I read about 30 pages then skimmed to the end).
Strike one: first person, present tense.
Strike two: Boring.
Although the premise was enticing (dinosaurs somehow live among us, in disguise, and function in our society) the execution failed. Other than an addiction to basil, there wasn't anything else that screamed "dinosaur" about the main character. This could have been a down-on-his-luck human P.I. very easily (except for the plot, which involved m
Kati Polodna
The nice thing about being in a book club means you read things you wouldn't usually pick up, like this. However, I did enjoy this purely for its entertaining story. And dinosaurs. Of course.
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this long ago, but still recall it fondly with some frequency. Because: sleuths. and dinosaurs dressed up as as people. I wish.
Kest Schwartzman
This is an absolutely terrible book. I recommend it to everyone. It's perfect.
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's interesting to me how ratings work. I've had a number of perfectly fine, interesting literary works only hit me as about 3 stars, while Anonymous Rex, which never really seemed to flow right, which was fluff of the highest order, has me giving a 4 star review and considering the sequels. Let's try to analyze what happened:

1) Internal logic does not always make any sense, but it is consistent. It is impossible in my mind how a triceratops could disguise himself as a human, but it is clearly
Andrea Patrick
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bought it on a whim -- the detective is a dinosaur? But, like, in present times? Weird enough to grab my attention. This turned out to be a good choice -- the writing is punchy and the humor is spot-on. I read over several weeks before bed (my favorite use of my Kindle; no bedside lamp means the husband sleeps peacefully), so I couldn't always remember what was going on with the mystery, but that didn't dampen the enjoyment.

9/10, will def read next book.
Private Investigator fiction, only in this world there are dinosaurs (wearing human suits) and our PI is one of the dinos.
At times it was funny, but mostly I was unenthusiastic.
Many people really like this book and this book series so don't let my meh review decide for you. It has blood and gore, dino sex and witty dialogue.
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a weird concept, but if you can get past it, this is a great classic-style noir detective story. It's just that the hero is a Velociraptor masquerading as a human.
Kaja Šmidová
While browsing TV on a cold Friday night I left it on the film version of this book. It was a very lucky accident because I haven't laughed that hard at a film in a long time. And it was laughing at it, with its ridiculous premise (dinosaur PIs that wear fake human skins to blend in) and details (each dinosaur has a specific smell and they get high from herbs) and choice of actors (a dude from True Blood and a random Baldwin), not with it, for the film took itself quite seriously even though it ...more
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun detective story about dinosaurs in people clothing who are trying to solve murders without giving themselves away.
Silvera Starling
My rating for this book is actually 3.5 stars, but I put only 3 stars since I can't put a half star down.

At first, I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. Dinosaurs didn't go extinct, but they actually walk around humans in a human skin to hide their existence. I actually really liked the concept. It's a funny and silly, but unique idea that I really liked. Of course, this book isn't meant to be taken really seriously, but I didn't have a problem with that.

So, is the book good? It was defin
Sep 05, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-longer-owned
My mom passed along Anonymous Rex: A Detective Story to me sometime last summer; despite its bright green cover, it sat at the bottom of the To Read list until earlier this week.

Vincent Rubio is a down-on-his luck private investigator - he lost his partner in an accident while they were working a hot case a few months before & in his grief, he turned to the herb. Basil, as a matter of fact. Oh, and he's a velociraptor.

Eric Garcia has created a world where dinosaurs still exist - albeit in
What if dinosaurs faked their own extinction? That notion can spawn all sorts of interesting developments and Mr. Garcia has taken this idea and run with it.

Dinosaurs are alive and well and living among us, albeit in disguise. Mr. Garcia places his shadow world squarely among the human one, showing in one convincing chapter after another how a disguised dinosaur deals with the excessive heat of L.A. (long after dinosaur inner heat regulators have gone the way of the archaeopteryx), dining with
Nov 18, 2013 added it
so you’re like dinosaurs disguised as humans living among us is ridiculous and cheesy… but Garcia manages to write a very intriguing detective novel that weaves in this dinosaur world that sounds realistic… they explain how they live among us, the personalities of different species, even what is like their drug (basil)… it’s interesting and exciting… the case is seriously just like one you’d find in any other detective novel… death that goes unsolved, mysterious occurrences, and a detective that ...more
Mark Isaak
This may be simultaneously the most cliched and the most original detective story I have ever read -- cliched in that its hero is a washed-up-but-not-out PI who bends the rules and falls for the bimbos, original in that he is a dinosaur, part of a dino society secretly living in disguise among humans. The exposition for how that society works is well woven into the story, forming a large part of the mystery plot; of course one needs to suspend disbelief, but it holds together as a fantasy settin ...more
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was... wild.

My sister picked this out for me as a blind book date - and I'm afraid I got the much better end of the stick (sorry sis! enjoy your book about a dead hamster!). We follow a PI with a drug addiction and some behavioral issues from LA to NY as he works on solving what turns out to be a bizarre, convoluted case. Oh yeah, and he's a dinosaur.
And I *loved* it. The pacing was a little slow at the start, it took me a little while to really get into the story line and get involved
Jane Geltzer
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book for soapy reasons and on soapy levels. I know Eric personally. I costumed him in sonny high school plays. I enjoyed his many various characters on the stage but mostly it was his wit and personality that captured an English teacher's heart. Although I never had him in class, I spent hours in the theater and at conventions. Why do I mention this now? While reading this book I heard him telling the story. It was as though he was merely talking to me and I felt close to him. And w ...more
Steve Lew
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who don't care about dinosaurs
Shelves: dinosaur-fiction
I feel a great need to read books in which the main characters are dinosaurs, and I'm prepared to put up with a lot of crap while doing so. But why would an author put dinosaurs in his book if he was so indifferent to what they actually are? Just so everyone's clear, Coelophysis is a Dinosaur, Coleophysis is a marine snail (and a German heavy metal band, who apparently are as sloppy with their research as Garcia). And it's not just nomenclature, the entire dinosaur angle is very poorly thought t ...more
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's Hammett with dinosaurs, and I can't imagine this being more believable. If you have read Hammett or his millions of offspring you know what to expect. Overall it has good action, decent plot and good pacing but if the dinosaur bits fell through you'd end up with a really nice xerox of Red Harvest with puns stapled on. They don't. The dinosaurs are mostly human, except when they are terrifyingly not. Every once and a while there are these bits of world building that stretch believability, bu ...more
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Eric Garcia grew up in Miami, Florida, and attended Cornell University and the University of Southern California, where he majored in creative writing and film. He lives outside Los Angeles with his wife, daughter, and dachshund. He is also developing a series for the Sci Fi channel based on the Rex novels.
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