"I am often left to wonder why a zombie, walking around in the sun, smells better than a pooping dinosaur."
Two worlds collide in this action novelette. Zombies have destroyed civilization. Gasoline fuel is no longer an option, but humanity must find a way to survive. In response to trying to restore our way of life, we engineer franken-monsters. Because of their small brains and massive sizes, these beasts make quick work of farming and clearing land. These large creatures are immune to the zombie virus and perform excellently in loud conditions. They are easy to train. They behave like war horses, prone to help charge in and defend our livelihood.
In honor of the past, and to help build our future, we named these creatures dinosaurs.
©2015 James Livingood (P)2015 James Livingood
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"Introduction to Janus."
The short story Pale Rider introduces us to Janus, the first Blue Brain or Zombie. At the end of civilization as we know it the remaining human survivors struggle to rebuild. Fuel and vehicles are no more so humans genetically engineer animals to be stronger and larger to help in farming, clearing, and transportation duties. These beasts are called dinosaurs. Plots of land must be cleared of zombies to become farms. Our protagonist Paul is known as The Pale Rider. This is the basis of the introduction to our new world. Three.point.five for the effort.
"What side are you on? Zombies or Dinosaurs?"
My rating: 4 stars
Audiobook narrator Michael C. Gwynne rating: 4.5 stars
I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was a fun and short book. I have read a few zombie books but this one was certainly different. I really like the world that was created by James Livingood involving dinosaurs and zombies. I never thought of the farming profession as a deadly and thankless job. I think I have a lot more respect for farmers due to this book (of course farmers in our world are not dealing with zombies and dinosaurs… lucky…).
I was driving through a very rural area with lots of farms at night while I was listening to this book (and a full moon too – not that it had anything to do with anything). Needless to say, I was quite creeped out. I kept expecting a “blue blood” zombie to pop out of the cornfields while riding a dinosaur! This book could certainly be made into a longer novel with more backstory and description of the dinosaur creation/riding.
I thought the narrator did a great job with breathing life into this story. His voice inflection varied along with the tone of the book and really made the book that much more exciting.
Thanks for the free book, James!
"A unique zombie tale - Worth a listen"
PALE RIDER: Zombies vs. Dinosaurs
Author: James Livingood
Type of Book: Audiobook Unabridged
Narrator: Michael C. Gwynne
Genre: Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Zombie Fiction
Length: 57 minutes
Release Date: April 1, 2015
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
Zombies have destroyed civilization. People are struggling to find a way to survive now that gas supplies have been depleted.
Looking to create a source of powerful and cheap labour monsters are engineered. Dinosaurs seemed to be the perfect option. They are big. They are powerful, and their brains are small and best of all, they are immune to the zombie virus.
What could possibly go wrong?
I was not sure what to expect from this short audiobook. Zombies vs. Dinosaurs? I assumed it would be silly and a fun read. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the author actually made the scenario of both zombies and dinosaurs existing seem plausible. I was also pleasantly surprised by the storyline. It was interesting and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.
The description of how people were reclaiming farmland and the sub-culture of jobs stemming from that necessary process was well thought out and came across as believable.
All in all, PALE RIDER: ZOMBIES vs. DINOSAURS was an enjoyable audiobook.
The narrator had a very deep, manly voice. It was easy to picture that voice belonging to the lead character who was a man's man. The narrator also did a great job with the pacing of the story. He has a gift for using just the right amount of inflection in his voice at any given moment.
I rate this audiobook as 3.5 out of 5 stars.⭐⭐⭐
"Fun novella--Jurassic Park meets Walking Dead"
Pale Riders by James Livingood is a creative novella about zombies first in the world before dinosaurs, where zombies--"blues" rule and work in the world. Zombies meet dinosaurs and help the farming world continue along. Macho dude Pale Rider is the glue that keeps the process together. It's quite a funny and unique story.
I have not listened to James Livingood or heard Mr. Gwynne's books before, but find both enjoyable and will read them again.
"Unique, and Interesting. Great "voice.""
I haven't read the print version, but yes, the narrator is very good.
This story is very fresh. Its a mash up of modern and historical elements, but mostly the story knows what it is, and it stays true to its identity.
He does a great job pacing his reading, and adding characterization to each of the players. I very much enjoyed the sort of grittiness he added to the narration. Very appropriate.
I think the author creates a bunch of moments throughout the story. I can't really give any of them away without revealing plot points. I'll say I liked how the ending closed the loop on the beginning. You'll know what I mean if you read it.
"The Narrator does a great job bringing you in!"
James Livingood brought together a quick story filled into this compact read. However, if you are looking as this being a stand-alone listen it does not! It will having you tweet or message Mr. Livingood to getting writing the next installment of Paul Palerider. Though it is also a story that you can sit and make your own thoughts of what the continuation maybe. Like a whodunit in the movie Clue with different endings.
His choice of Michael C. Gwynne was a strong choice of a voice that caught me in the beginning like a newspaper reporter and falling right into the character of Paul Palerider. He does change up his voice for the other bit characters in the 52 minutes that has you hanging on every word he captures.
I felt that this one story that will have you listening to it a second time as I started to do. Not that you don't get it because you want to get all the words of the story again since it such a short novella.
Some find that there are holes to fill - an extension of some scenes. But, left to the imagination we can fill in those spots that are left with such quick detail.
This audio book was provided by the author for an honest review and all comments above are solely mine and in no way influence by others. Please like if helpful or not. Leave me comments I love to hear from you!
"An Absurdly Fun Ride!"
The zombie virus was initially misdiagnosed. Of course it would be. Eventually, it spread and society as we know it collapsed. A new method of transport was needed, one that did not depend on petroleum products and was immune to the virus. Some scientists got together and gengineered large reptilian birds to transport humans and to be used as heavy equipment in farming and clearing land. Us humans couldn’t help but refer to them as dinosaurs.
I read the description to this novelette and smiled. How could I not give it a listen? The story starts off with a short lead in that sets the stage clearly for the reader. I liked how the zombies (also called ‘blues’ in this story) have a nervous system disorder caused by a virus. Then I thoroughly enjoyed how the dinosaurs came into being. If you have ever owned chickens, then you know they are not far removed from T-rexes. So it was not hard for me to imagine some gengineered featherless birds crossed with reptiles being raised to take out tree stumps.
Then we get into the story. Farming is pretty dangerous today, without zombies and with modern equipment. Imagine trying to clear a bit of farming land while watching out for and possibly fighting zombies. Yeah, pretty damn exciting. The story is told through a single point of view (a man, known as Pale Rider, who travels around the area clearing farm land) in a near nitty gritty way. I liked his skeptical attitude.
There are only 2 women mentioned in this book and neither have speaking roles. They are both wives and we only see one on stage, just once, to plant a sultry kiss. Obviously, I would have liked to see a real female character or two, with actions and dialogue pertinent to the plot. However, that’s my only complaint about this tale.
The mix of action and dinos and zombies had me alternating between a black humor chuckle and nibbling on my nails wondering if our hero had met his end. James Livingood is an author to keep an eye on and I really hope he continues to explore this world he has created.
The Narration: Michael Gwynne was a good fit for Pale Rider, giving him a hard-boiled feel. He had a range of voices for the few other characters we encounter.
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