I am contacted by authors all the time, asking to preview their short stories and novels. This time, I was asked to review a cute easter story about a bunny, with an offer to win a Kindle paper through Amazon.com. Since I'm all about winning stuff, I was a sucker and went for it.
But as a consolation prize, I was offered this free, ebook, short story. A sort of prelude to an actual novel, Pale Rider: Zombies Versus Dinosaurs is about a different sort of dystopian future. One with "Blues" or "Blue Brains" (the color of an infected brain) interfering with farmers trying to cope with the hand they've dealt in an apocalyptic world.
What irked me about this story was how the dinosaurs came to be and how they were used for survival. It made me think of that hoaky show I used to watch as a kid, Land of the Lost. Where dinosaurs were friends and protected you, except these were beasts of burden. They handled the plows and offered up fertilizer. That really stinks! To me, the most interesting part was the prologue! It gave history to the Blue's origin- now THAT was a story! It should have lasted longer than a few pages, but I later found out there's so much more. Sadly, this one didn't do it for me.
The last thing I guess I'd share about this tale is the confusion. The intro spoke of how the Blue's only ate human flesh, yet during the story, it spoke of how they were feasting on deer and such. When did that happen? I'm thinking right around the time the zombies learned to ride and control the dinosaurs too... Wha? Yup, they evolved. But why did they go from only humans to everything? There's usually a grace period, a time to develop. I could understand if they'd moved to the local animals of the forest like squirrels and the deer- but the story itself was way too fast for what was supposed to be happening. Unless... This is just a short-short, maybe a bridge between books? Because I found out there are more books, I guess they'd explain all of that, but as for this one, as a stand-alone, I had to be like the Ice Princes and: "Just let it go, Alyssa!"
Zombies versus Dinosaurs, by James Livingood, was just the right length. I don't know; maybe I'll go to the first book on the individual who's infection started it all! We shall see... 📚
Ratings: 👓👓 out of 5 specs
*There in the Moon Mist is next.
*Book provided Amazon.com, for an honest review.
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