Review: “How To Train Your Dinosaur,” by Christopher Gordon

By now, some of you know where this is heading: The Instant Review Challenge. Book 5. You may skip to the review. Hurry along there, you don’t have all day.

For the rest of you: The Instant Review Challenge is just me, reading ebooks and writing reviews for Amazon — all in less than an hour. At least one per day. Until I drop. But not just any ebooks. I’m reviewing the books written for J.A. Konrath’s challenge to write, edit, format and publish a story, complete with author-generated cover… in 8 hours. Too lazy to take the challenge, I have imposed on myself this pleasurable penance.

Here’s the cover for this post’s subject of scrutiny, which is $.99 at the time of posting, 

The book page on Amazon,

And my review:

Christopher Gordon’s How To Train Your Dinosaur is Catcher in the Rye meets Jurassic Park meets John Dies at the End.

‘Nuff said? No? In that case:

A versatile writer, Gordon has conjured up a surprisingly badass-but-touching story, written totally in correspondence from (and to) a new “recruit” to R.A.P.T.O.R. (That’s Republic Academy Predator Training Objective Rehabilitation, to you and me.)

It’s like rehab boot camp, with dinosaurs. Who knew?

So,  how did Neville “The Nogaliscious One” Noggins end up dodging dino dung, while his parents moved on without him? He peed on the Principal’s wig, at Jurassic High. Oh, how he’ll wish he hadn’t done that. (Nah. Knowing “Nog,” he’d just wish he hadn’t gotten caught. Or he will, if he ever gets the chance… )

And that’s all the spoilers you’re gettin’ outta me!

I haven’t read any of this author’s other books, but I will. Gordon makes it easy to get hooked — by including the first 5 chapters of The Dinosaur Games. Which is cool, convenient… and just a bit predatory. 😉

(I do have one bone to pick, and it’s a big one: no dinosaurs on the cover!)

5 stars, anyway.

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