Introduction to the Book
My friends already know how crazy I am when it comes to fiction based on dinosaurs. I have been known to wax poetic about such books.
In this book, however, Bakker takes facts about dinosaur life and weaves them into a story. So, it is like reading fictionalized non-fiction!
Introduction to the Chai
Now that you have had your book intro, let me proceed by introducing you to another series of blog posts: Books&Chai. Whenever I post with this tag, you will find a book from a genre that goes beautifully with the featured flavor of chai (tea).
Black tea, which is the flavor featured in this post, is known to improve concentration and focus. Since I was reading a book about a very intelligent species, the Utahraptor, I decided black tea would be a smart choice!
Reasons for all that Book-Luvin’
Now, we move on to the six reasons that made for an awesome read:
If you have been following this blog, you must know now that for me, humor is an important part in a book. In any book! The more unlikely it seems that the author might be able to create humorous situations (say, like in a book from a bloodthirsty monster’s POV), the more I appreciate it!
I found the two examples from Raptor Red funny as heck!
The Sciency Bits
You can’t have a good fact-based book without some science in it. For me, catching glimpses of the science while being embroiled in Red’s latest adventure was a lot of fun!
This particular quote is from a scene when a male raptor comes face to face with a field of red flowers. What’s more, they smell like rotten meat, which the raptor considers food. This kinda blows up its sensory perception temporarily. Faced with such an evocative color, it doesn’t know whether it is supposed to court the blooms, fear them, or eat them!
This quote is from a scene where Red sees a turtle for the first time. The whole scene was written well enough to have me go Awww and Lol in turns.
I am aware that I could have included these in the sciency bits mentioned above. But, no! These facts were juicy enough to merit their own category. Snippets of how life used to be for different kinds of dinos gave the book an authenticity.
This quote explains how after speciation (birth of a new species from an old one) Utahraptor society had adopted a matriarchal structure.
This one is about how two completely different species banded together for survival. One of them had longer necks that enabled them to check for predators over a wider area. The other one contributed by their sheer numbers.
The Poetic Language
I am a sucker for when a scientists takes a theory or fact and describes it with beautiful language.
The Squicky Bits
Another favorite. There was a bit about how dangerous assassin bugs could be to the raptors. I looked them up and science (and class Insecta) did not disappoint!
Absurd Creature of the Week: The Ferocious Bug That Sucks Prey Dry and Wears Their Corpses
…wears their corpses. I mean corpses! Duuuuuuuuuuuuuude!
A Mixture of it All
The example below is an unholy combo of all the reasons that I have mentioned above. Watch them in action:
What do you think about the book? Do you like the new tag that this review is sporting?