Carnosaur

June 14, 2021
Carnosaur

The world's most vicious predator is back-and he's got Company.Tyrannosaurus Rex, Deinonychus, Brachiosaurus, all have been loosedinto the modern world by Jane Penward, the vengeance-hungrynymphomaniac wife of the man who cloned them. David Pascal is asmall-time Journalist who gets his Chance to make it big bycracking the dino story. But the key to the truth carries a highprice-it's held by Jane. Before she's through with David, thecarnage created by the dinosaurs will spread for miles and climaxin an apocalyptic battle between the primal monsters and all thetechnological forces that modern man can muster.But can anything stand against the voracious prehistoric hungerof... Carnosaur.This book is about a man who clones dinosaurs from preservedgenetic material, raises them in a zoo and plans to repopulate theworld. No, it’s not a rip-off of Jurassic Park. This book waspublished in the 1980's, nearly ten years prior to Crichton’s book!It’s as if Crichton read it, recognized the potential for theconcept, and wrote a better version with updated science, whichensured this book vanished into obscurity.Not that Carnosaur deserves remembering. It reads like a b-movie.The characters are shallow, the dialogue is bad, and the dinosaurs,as well as all other animals, are portrayed as mindless monstersthat just run around killing people. The only plot element is thatunsuspecting bystanders get eaten left and right.This makes the book very easy to put down, because monster moviesall end the same: the heroes survive and have sex, the monsters aredefeated but there’s always one or two that survive and thenightmare will live again! Jurassic Park at least feels more likescience, even though it’s a standard monster movie at its core aswell.You gotta respect Carnosaur for being the original, but that’s allit deserves.While definitely not high fiction, Carnosaur is a fun trashydinosaur horror that will appeal to everyone who finds thatdescription intriguing, and should be avoided by everyone whodoesn't. I've wanted to read this book forever. I really enjoy theCarnosaur movies and will give pretty much anything with dinosaursa chance. I also enjoy trashy books and cinema, so this seemed likethe perfect book for me. And oh boy, it's close.The book itself moves at a good pace, making sure you never staybored. The action sequences are surprisingly well written and Ioften found myself getting really into them, something I don'toften do with books. The suspense and tension are often palpablethey're so well done. The basic premise feels pretty standard atthis point, millionaire makes dinosaurs, dinosaurs escape and eatpeople, chaos ensues, but it's well put together and feels theperfect level of cliched but intelligent for this type ofnovel.My only real complaint is there's a surprising amount of gratuitoussex or pervy scenes in the book. I remember this being a problem inBones of the Earth as well. It's like writers making dinosaurfiction really wish they were getting laid or something. However itdoesn't hurt the book too much. Bones of the Earth was trying to behigh concept sci-fi, so the weird orgies and over the top sexscenes felt jarringly out of place. Carnosaur however never triesto be anything other than a trashy pulp novel, so the sex feelsmuch more at home, though still occasionally a bit tonallyjarring.The end also drags along a little bit, there are one too manydinosaur stories to tie up, and though they are brief, they alsoaren't as exciting as the rest of the book.Still, despite a few complaints, this was one of the most fun booksI've read in awhile. If you like the idea of trashy dinosaurhorror, this book is an absolute must read.