December 26, 2003

Dinosaur Summer, Greg Bear

This might have started the same way Darwinia did, as an affectionate sequel to Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World. Bear took exactly the opposite tack in fitting that world to ours; he rearranges geography a bit to make the survival of dinosaurs just plausible, keeps to the 1940s to make the mentalite of the heroic narration just plausible - but the novel is entirely about getting particular dinosaurs to a particular place, and then maybe getting home again.

Bear fully indulges dinosaur geekery, and there are wonderful descriptions of reconstructed or extrapolated dinosaurs. Charming illustrations, too.

ISBN: 0-446-60666-9

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