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Look, I know in our field it's pretty standard (and 97.8% easy) to make fun of the covers Baen Books puts out. They are gaudy and silly and glaringly offensive to graphic designers young and old, as well as a slew of other things. Unfortunately (or maybe in PR's eyes fortunately), they stand out on bookshelves like giant hairy moles, and on my recent voyage to Barnes & Noble a certain hardcover book called out to me from the NEWLY RELEASED section, saying "Pick me up! Please? Pick me up! Up! I'm dying here. Please?"

Everyone, meet Time Spike by Eric Flint and Marilyn Kosmatka:


Oh boy.

Okay, let's play a game. Without looking up the plot synopsis, tell me in the comments section below what Time Spike is all about. Bonus points if you name the dino.


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Feb. 16th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, well of course there was some kind of time warp, causing the dino, Mortimer, to be transported to King Arthur's days along with other prehistoric tendencies. Lancelot is toast. At least the horse got away...
Feb. 16th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
I think the horse is going to break a leg on the way back to the ground. :/
Feb. 16th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
Don't know you know in prehistoric times, horses were much like cats, they always land on their feet--he'll be fine.
Feb. 16th, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
Dino scientists seek new ways to introduce iron into their diets?
Feb. 16th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
Mmm tasty. Shame those dinos went extinct.
Feb. 16th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
You win. :)
Feb. 16th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
Um. Some kind of spike in time (?) that somehow transports things from one timeline into another? In this case it looks like a Tyrannasaurus (sp?!) into a bad version of medieval times...or oooh! Arthurian Times?!

What a terrible cover. I mean, forget that it doesn't make any sense...it's also just horribly horribly done. Oy.
Feb. 16th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
ooh wait! I just noticed the volcano. I want to amend my answer to say that the "time spike" merges two times...in this case prehistoric and arthurian times...? Do I win...what do I win?!?!?!?!

Feb. 16th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
See, I think it merges THREE times. Because that tower in the background looks a little too modern for Arthurian times. Maybe...Nazis, too?

With this book, there is no winning.
Feb. 16th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
When timelines start to merge, the champions of each period are brought to a Russian prison camp to fight for the right of survival. The winner takes all and rules the time line forever hence!
Feb. 16th, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
I'm looking to see if they have those collars around their necks, like that episode of Star Trek....
Feb. 16th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
Maybe the artist forgot the collars. It happens!
Feb. 16th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
Clearly referring to the Age of Exploration with that seeming French explorer. Or maybe Spanish conquistador. I always got them mixed up. Darned Romance languages!

The explorers hit a time vortex--oh noes!--and discover there *are* dragons out there! But they're really DINOSAURS! Which the French/Spanish can appreciate since--wait for it, wait for it--of the Latin roots for all the dinos' names.

And they find out just how stupid T. Rex's were because they totally missed out on whole hors(e) d'oeuvres memo.

Because the dinosaurs can read and have access to advanced technology due to brain augmentation.

Is all that close enough?
Feb. 16th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
I think you pretty much hit the nail on its head. :P
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