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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Doc Holliday and Dinosaurs--Great Combinations! 15 Jan. 2014
By Raven - Published on Amazon.com
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Book Review: The Doctor and the Dinosaurs by Mike Resnick

Doc Holiday is dying in a Leadville, Colorado sanatorium when he gets a visit from Geronimo. The Apache shaman offers Holiday a year of life for aid in helping stop two paleontologists from digging up the Comanche burial ground.

Professors Cope and March are bitter rivals who feel they have a right to dig anywhere as long as it produces dinosaur bones. But Geronimo tells Holiday that if the two scientists do not stop the Comanche shamans will resurrect the dinosaurs to destroy the intruders. His major worry is that they will not be able to control what they bring up.

Holiday and Teddy Roosevelt go to the paleontologist’s camps to persuade them to move. They could have saved their breath. Holiday sends for Ned Buntline and Thomas Edison when it becomes clear that a dinosaur threat could happen at any time due to Cope and Marsh’s stubbornness.

The book is liberally sprinkled with both famous and infamous William Fredrick Cody. Cole Younger. Mention is made of Clay Allison, Billy the Kid, Johnny Ringo, Wild Bill Hickock, John Wesley Hardin, Big Nose Kate and others.

The dinosaurs can come to life but what kind of weapon will it take to stop them? With two paleontologists out for each others blood, how do you get them to even agree on anything. Much less leave? Is Geronimo going to help or just leave Holiday and Roosevelt to fend for themselves? Can even Edison and Buntline create something to stop something as big as a tyrannosaurs?

Action packed beginning to end, this makes a really great story in Mike Resnick’s great speampunk universe! Encore! Encore!

We hope there are more adventures with these characters!

Quoth the Raven…
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One book in the series too long 12 Dec. 2013
By Henry L. Lazarus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Mike Resnick has the fourth of a fun series about the old west with magic from Indian medicine men. Geronimo comes to the dying Doc Holliday and restores him to partial health so he can intervene in the famous Bone Wars between Edward Cope and Charles Marsh who in our world fought and bickered over dinosaur fossils and advance the field of Paleontology. The problem is that they are disturbing Comanche burial grounds and Geronimo is afraid the Comanche medicine men will create real beasts. Of course in the fight between The Doctor and the Dinosaurs (trade from Proetheus Books). While the tale has a predictablity about it that the previous tales lacked, I enjoyed it. Review Printed in Philadelphia Weekly Press
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Slow start, but ends with a bang. 14 Dec. 2013
By B. S. Cheney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Originally posted at The Qwillery, on 12/14/13

The story starts out with Doc Holliday a day away from death when his friend Geronimo shows up needing his help. Two paleontologists are digging on the Comanche’s sacred burial ground in Wyoming, and the Comanche medicine men are making plans to resurrect the very dinosaurs the professors are digging up back to life. Doc agrees to help if Geronimo restores his health. Doc makes his way north to Wyoming and along the way runs into his friend Theodore Roosevelt and Thomas Edison, and together they devise a plan to stop the digs. Unfortunately for Doc, the Comanche lose their patience and unleash a horde of dinosaurs on the two dig sites and it's up to Doc and his friends to save the paleontologists and the west from living rampaging dinosaurs.

I grew up in Wyoming, and growing up in Wyoming means you learn a lot about the Wild West in school and by watching and reading Westerns. So, when I saw a book promising the wild west with a mixture of steampunk, I couldn't resist reading it. The cover promises a nice blend of pulpy goodness, with Doc Holliday brandishing a steampunk pistol and a T-rex in the background. What more could I want?

This is the fourth book in the Weird West Tale series, and I've not read any of the prior books. The characters make a few minor comments of past adventures, but I didn't ever feel like I missed out by not reading them. Mr. Resnick does a great job giving the reader all the information we need to enjoy the story and enough of a tease to entice the reader to seek out his other books. I found the story premise to be very imaginative and his portrayal of the historical figures spot on. In fact, I had more fun reading his nine appendixes at the end of the book than the actual story. I think Mr. Resnick should write a few non-fiction books on the west. The only complaints I have are the pacing and the lack of character development. The first half of the book has a slow pace. Once the dinosaurs arrive, (I hope that's not a spoiler, but come on we all knew and hoped they would) the pacing speeds up and the last half of the book is a great ride. Since there are no original characters there is only so much character development that can take place within the book. If he would have added one original character to the series, he could have shown growth by being able to change at least one character throughout the series.

There is violence, but not graphic (we're dealing with gunslingers, mad Indians and killing dinosaurs), a brief implied sexual encounter, and a few instances of strong language (it is the wild west after all), but they are not graphic or frequent.

Even with the slow start and lack of character development, the accuracy in historic research is enough to tempt me into reading more of the series. I would recommend The Doctor and the Dinosaurs to any reader who enjoys old pulp science-fiction, genre blending, and even historical fiction, as the series is 80% historical fiction with 20% Sci-Fi.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Jurassic Park meets the Weird West 14 Jan. 2014
By Lost In Kansas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Ok let's g one thing straight. The book is a 4 star, but the characters and story elements make it a 5 star book. Confused? Let's take the characters/elements first. We have Edison and Buntline,plus Doc Holliday, but we get Teddy Roosevelt. Teddy is, along with Doc, a main character and he is every bit of a hero as Doc is a gunfighter and the two make the novel enjoyable. Buntline and Edison are really second fiddle, while Cole Younger and Buffalo Bill have bigger parts. The idea of dinos fits in nicely when the author brings in the Great Bones War of the late 1800's. Yes there was a real war between two scientists over bones and it was bloody. Resnick also inserts snide comments about Jesse James and his legend that are amusing and had me looking up to see it Resnick was right? It turned out to be a maybe
depending on who you ask.

The 4 stars is for a rather dull sounding story line. There seem to be more talking than normal. The story dragged. I really didn't like the two scientists and like Doc I wanted to shoot them. The action wasn't exciting and over quick. There was no threats to the main characters that made me care or worry. However there was Doc and Teddy and that was enough for me to enjoy this book.

As for the ending? There was one I think? Maybe there will be another adventure, I think?
An informative, interesting and exciting read 7 Mar. 2014
By Teen Reads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are a fan of history, science, steampunk, or sci-fi, then you are in luck because award-winning author Mike Resnick has an exciting adventure for you. THE DOCTOR AND THE DINOSAURS is a Weird West Tale that is very likable and interesting. It takes place back in the late 1800s when Doc Holliday, Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and Calamity Jane were ruling the West. However, this is not your average western or history novel --- there are dinosaurs involved! The late 1800s was also a prominent era in the discovery of dinosaur fossils and paleontology. Resnick has a creative writing style and I enjoyed how he blended the history of the Wild West, the feud between paleontologists Cope and Marsh and the sacred lands of the Native Americans during that time period.

Doc Holliday was an iconic figure of the Wild West; he’s well known for his sharpshooting at Tombstone. Years later, when he is on his deathbed, an eagle flies into his room and transforms into a Native American known as Geronimo. Geronimo proposes that he will heal Doc Holliday if he agrees to complete a special mission that will help save the Native Americans’ sacred land. Paleontologists Cope and Marsh are digging and destroying these land areas because of their research to discover dinosaur fossils. The Native Americans believe in leaving the dead as they are and not disturbing their bones. Geronimo explains that if these areas are dug up, then the spirits will rise and walk again. Holliday has never heard of dinosaurs before so he has no idea what he is dealing with. However, he does want to be healed, so agrees to help out and stop Cope and Marsh. Once Holliday begins researching paleontology and dinosaurs and realizes there are more pieces to this puzzle to solve, he starts to think that this may have been a bad idea from the start.

THE DOCTOR AND THE DINOSAURS is an informative, interesting and exciting read. Resnick throws in facts about dinosaurs and fossils, as well as history and historical figures that impacted the late 19th century. Not only does he include famous Wild West gunslingers, but also Theodore Roosevelt and Thomas Edison play major roles in the book. The prose and dialogue are well-written, and the plot really draws you in. The book would probably be most suited for ages 16 and up because there are some curses in the dialogue. All in all, I was very pleased with this book and I hope Mike Resnick writes some more Weird West Tales in the near future.
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