©1999 by Eric Garcia; (P)1999 by The Publishing Mills, Inc.
"The plot is bizarre, the pace fast, and the cliches poignant. Charismatic and sensitive, Caulfield's performance enhances a human-reptile combo, inviting a cult following." (AudioFile)
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Definately a mystery with a twist- very funny and the narration is excellent and very much in character. I would like to listen to another of this series very much.
"too silly but I liked it anyhow"
Okay, the premise is absurd and unbelievable but jump past that and it's an enjoyable little story. Maybe in part because the basic premise is so silly. My rule of thumb is that it is good writing if we readers enjoy reading it. Nothing else matters, not precision grammar or university approved style. This one I did enjoy.
"abridged takes away the minor details"
I like the story, but there are a few little nit-picky details that get left out in the abridged version that really need to be included. The idea of a dinosuar succesfully wearing a human "skin" suit and speaking english is crazy, but it adds a little twist to a typical "Dick Tracy" detective story. Some of the imagery is a bit hard to imagine with the given descriptions, but it's still worth the read. I'll be looking for the sequels soon.
"Weak-ish story but a great reading..."
On balance nor worth it. Cute premise, dinos living among us, but stretched way too thin. The story is not really engaging but it'll keep your eyes open because of the comic-book style action and romance. Great production though.
"Neither good sci fi or good Mystery"
This book is an ok mystery but terrible science fiction. Good science fiction takes an idea, maybe impossible, and develops a credible story around the idea. A good mystery has the plot and leads the reader on an adventure to solve whodunit. But the implausible science assumptions, hidden dinosaurs in our population, preordained that I could not generate much enthusiasm for trying to solve the mystery. The author had to keep introducing absurd ideas in a vain attempt to booster his sci fi idea and that is similar to introducing the killer at the very end of the book.
To be fair, the use of scent was very well done and dovetailed well into the solution, and there were bits of humor; this made the book readable. Still, if I had not been trapped inside Ohare airport for six hours, I doubt I would have finished it.
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