The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milan

The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milan
Technically, this novel would be in the Fantasy category, which IS a genre of science fiction, but since general sci fi is too much ‘men and machines’ for me and hardly any nature, this was a compromise.One of the blurbs on the cover of this book, by George R.R. Since my main interest was the dinosaurs, I was annoyed that for a long stretch in the middle of the book, dinosaurs are forgotten as the storylines follow court intrigues and preparations for war. Such a narrow view was a missed opportunity to do something original. Various species are used as mounts for knights and along with their own body armor, are often “modified” for greater lethality, with sharpened horns and additional spikes. I did learn that dinosaur hides are used for clothing and covers, similar to leather.Their feathers are added to home decor or ceremonial costumes. Tor Books 2015 448 pp. Related While I can’t speak for “Game of Thrones”, not having read or watched it, but not everything with dinosaurs in is “Jurassic Park”. Women can be soldiers too, however, the only women in the book were the 2 princesses and their retinues. ISBN-13: 978-0765332967
Jackie also wrote about other dinosaur books for VL; Pterosaurs , Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt and Smithsonian Natural History. Dinosaurs are used as beasts of burden, farm animals and as war mounts. Though in some cases I am a bit curious as to what happens, the overall disappointment outweighs the curiosity and I doubt I’ll be reading any more. A much closer analogy is the splendid “Dinotopia”, only with a more warlike attitude and less wonder on the part of the reader. Various territories of Nueveropa are at odds with each other and the book begins and ends with battles. Why not play up the novelty of tame dinosaurs, instead of turning them onto live tanks? Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterestEmailPrintGoogleLike this:Like Loading… Dragons also exist, but are considered a sort of flying “varmint” and killed for sport.Giant dragonflies are used in a type of falconry. Very detailed, gory battles, which had me nervously skipping pages. The duckbills are trained to give a tremelo call in unison that can disable other creatures with the audio shockwave. Since this was the first book in a series, it ends with several story lines unfinished. Like many fantasy novels, the time period is a vaguely Medieval era, with all of the class distinctions that entails. One of the things I really did like was the excellent ink drawings of dinosaurs throughout as chapter headings, accompanied by passages from sacred books, most often “The Book of True Names”, which identifies various creatures on the planet, usually dinosaurs. Unfortunately, the descriptions and the illustrations didn’t always match, which is a sloppy oversight. The setting is a place called Nueveropa, similar to Europe, “on Paradise”, which seems to be a planet that a portion of the population escaped to after fleeing “Home”, which may or not be Earth. I wanted more of these types of details and more info on training and herding domesticated dinos, but the author was saving the majority of his descriptions for the battle scenes, which felt like a waste. Martin, no less, declares that it’s a “cross between ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Jurassic Park’.” Er, no.