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Why You Should Read From the Off-Beaten Paths of Your Favorite Authors

Using authors you know to find books you'll love: why reading beyond an author's most famous work can help you find a hidden gem.

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17+ Short Books You Can Read In One Day

...even if you’re reading this at any other time of the year when you just managed to scrape out a whole day (or two) to read, then it wouldn’t hurt to keep this list in mind…

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Top 5 Coolest Novels Featuring Dinosaurs (That Aren’t ‘Jurassic Park’)

Dinosaurs are some of the coolest creatures to have ever lived. For generations, these extinct beasts have been inspiring us through scientific discoveries, artwork, and museum constructions. It’s no surprise dinosaurs have made a huge splash in popular culture, with blockbuster films like Jurassic Parktelevision shows such as Primeval, and video games such as Dino Crisisshowcasing these almost mythical creatures for our viewing pleasure. But dinosaurs have made their mark in books too and not just scientific ones but fiction too. These are some of the best series centered around dinosaurs that aren’t Jurassic Park.

 

5. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle

 

A tyrannosaurs rex pair wander through a prehistoric landscape, as pterodactyls fly overhead

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The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, is a classic of dinosaur literature. The novel concerns an expedition into a hidden South American plateau where prehistoric creatures such as dinosaurs survive. The group must brave the perils of the titular lost world, fighting off hostile dinosaurs, dealing with the deadly terrain, and even contending with a group of primitive ape-like humanoids. Although there are many problems with this books not least the racist attitudes and the out of date depictions of the animal, the book remains a must-read for dinosaur fans and is extremely exciting in parts, especially the dinosaurs’ deadly attacks on the expedition party.

 

4. Dinosaur Tales by Ray Bradbury 

 

A fearsome tyrannosaurs stomps its way through a swamp, surrounded by small pterodactyls

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Dinosaur Tales by dinosaur enthusiast Ray Bradbury contains some seminal pulp works by the renowned author. The work contains stories about dinosaurs he’s written over the years, such as The Fog Horn, Tyrannosaurus rex, and the famous The Sound of Thunder. Each story is a great piece, science fiction classics in their own right and each centered around dinosaurs in some way. The best of the collection is The Sound of Thunder, telling about the consequences of time travel and giving a name to the ‘butterfly effect’ but the others are well worth reading for any dinosaur fan.

3. The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milan

 

A knight sitting on the back of a dinosaur

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The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milan is described by George R.R. Martin as “a cross between Jurassic Park and Game of Thrones. And he’s correct. The series takes place in a world based on the 14th century Middle Ages except for the presence of domesticated dinosaurs! Dinosaurs take the place of domesticated animals, with triceratops cavalry, tyrannosaur mounts, and apatosaurus beasts of burden. Its a great concept, a medieval world full of action and intrigue but with dinosaurs involved!

 

2. Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker

 

A trio of raptors do battle against the back of prehistoric landscape

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Raptor Red is a very unique novel. Instead of a human protagonist, the story unfolds through the eyes of a dinosaur. Seen through the eyes of a female raptor called Red, the novel focuses on her journey through the harsh prehistoric landscape. Although you may think it difficult to connect with an animal, much less a dinosaur, this book makes you really feel for Red’s struggle for survival in the unforgiving prehistoric wilderness. It’s a unique book and one any dinosaur fan should be checking out.

 

1. Dinotopia by James Gurney

 

A Diplodocus faces off against a tyrannosaur rex

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Created by illustrator and writer James Gurney, Dinotopia is a series set in the titular Dinotopia, inhabited by shipwrecked humans and sentient dinosaurs living side by side. Creating a beautiful, fully-realized world, Dinotopia paints a picture of a true paradise, with many things to explore such as great caverns, a huge reef, deserts, and towering mountains. Each book has a different protagonist, focusing on such things such as a pterodactyl riding academy and getting lost in the wilds of Dinotopia. Although the books are aimed at young adult readers, they contain great world building elements to appease young and old alike.

 

 

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Top 5 Coolest Novels Featuring Dinosaurs (That Aren't 'Jurassic Park')

Dinosaurs are some of the coolest creatures to have ever lived. For generations, these extinct beasts have been inspiring us through scientific discoveries, artwork, and museum constructions. It’s no surprise dinosaurs have made a huge splash in popular culture, with blockbuster films like Jurassic Parktelevision shows such as Primeval, and video games such as Dino Crisisshowcasing these almost mythical creatures for our viewing pleasure. But dinosaurs have made their mark in books too and not just scientific ones but fiction too. These are some of the best series centered around dinosaurs that aren’t Jurassic Park.
 

5. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle

 
A tyrannosaurs rex pair wander through a prehistoric landscape, as pterodactyls fly overhead

Image Via Amazon

The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, is a classic of dinosaur literature. The novel concerns an expedition into a hidden South American plateau where prehistoric creatures such as dinosaurs survive. The group must brave the perils of the titular lost world, fighting off hostile dinosaurs, dealing with the deadly terrain, and even contending with a group of primitive ape-like humanoids. Although there are many problems with this books not least the racist attitudes and the out of date depictions of the animal, the book remains a must-read for dinosaur fans and is extremely exciting in parts, especially the dinosaurs’ deadly attacks on the expedition party.
 

4. Dinosaur Tales by Ray Bradbury 

 
A fearsome tyrannosaurs stomps its way through a swamp, surrounded by small pterodactyls

Image Via Goodreads

Dinosaur Tales by dinosaur enthusiast Ray Bradbury contains some seminal pulp works by the renowned author. The work contains stories about dinosaurs he’s written over the years, such as The Fog Horn, Tyrannosaurus rex, and the famous The Sound of Thunder. Each story is a great piece, science fiction classics in their own right and each centered around dinosaurs in some way. The best of the collection is The Sound of Thunder, telling about the consequences of time travel and giving a name to the ‘butterfly effect’ but the others are well worth reading for any dinosaur fan.

3. The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milan

 
A knight sitting on the back of a dinosaur

Image Via Goodreads

 
The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milan is described by George R.R. Martin as “a cross between Jurassic Park and Game of Thrones. And he’s correct. The series takes place in a world based on the 14th century Middle Ages except for the presence of domesticated dinosaurs! Dinosaurs take the place of domesticated animals, with triceratops cavalry, tyrannosaur mounts, and apatosaurus beasts of burden. Its a great concept, a medieval world full of action and intrigue but with dinosaurs involved!
 

2. Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker

 
A trio of raptors do battle against the back of prehistoric landscape

Image Via Goodreads

Raptor Red is a very unique novel. Instead of a human protagonist, the story unfolds through the eyes of a dinosaur. Seen through the eyes of a female raptor called Red, the novel focuses on her journey through the harsh prehistoric landscape. Although you may think it difficult to connect with an animal, much less a dinosaur, this book makes you really feel for Red’s struggle for survival in the unforgiving prehistoric wilderness. It’s a unique book and one any dinosaur fan should be checking out.
 

1. Dinotopia by James Gurney

 
A Diplodocus faces off against a tyrannosaur rex

Image Via Goodreads

Created by illustrator and writer James Gurney, Dinotopia is a series set in the titular Dinotopia, inhabited by shipwrecked humans and sentient dinosaurs living side by side. Creating a beautiful, fully-realized world, Dinotopia paints a picture of a true paradise, with many things to explore such as great caverns, a huge reef, deserts, and towering mountains. Each book has a different protagonist, focusing on such things such as a pterodactyl riding academy and getting lost in the wilds of Dinotopia. Although the books are aimed at young adult readers, they contain great world building elements to appease young and old alike.
 
 
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The Handmaid's Tale

13 Quotes from Dystopian Novels to Get You Fired Up

For as long as we have been granted freedoms, there have been people fighting to take those freedoms away; this is the most human of cycles. There has never been (and will likely never be, at least not right now) a time when people haven’t had to stand up against the systemic and societal oppression they’ve been forced to deal with everyday.

 

We’ve been warned about what can happen when we allow ourselves to stop caring about the state of the world and the other people inhabiting it by authors since the beginning of time; the entire dystopian genre is centered around it. So, don’t allow yourself to grow sedentary but also don’t grow too fearful; for as many greedy, selfish, oppressive, bad figureheads there are in existence, there are way, way more of us who really do care and move with empathy while fighting for a world of genuine equality.

 

So, take a look at these thirteen quotes from dystopian novels and give yourself that extra push you may need to keep marching forward! 

 

“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”  Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

 


 

“Every faction conditions it’s members to think and act a certain way. And most people do it. For most people, it’s not hard to learn, to find a pattern of thought that works and stay that way. But our minds move in a dozen different directions. We can’t be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders. It means we can’t be controlled. And it means that, no matter what they do, we will always cause trouble for them.” Veronica Roth, Divergent

 


 

“Did you ever feel, as though you had something inside you that was only waiting for you to give it a chance to come out? Some sort of extra power that you aren’t using – you know, like all the water that goes down the falls instead of through the turbines?” Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

 


 

“If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” George Orwell, 1984

 


 

“There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.” Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

 


 

“We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.” Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange

 


 

“Of course they needed to care. It was the meaning of everything.” Lois Lowry, The Giver

 


 

“That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn’t even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn’t even an enemy you could put your finger on.” Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

 


 

“Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

 


 

“Tell freedom I said hello.” Lauren DeStefano, Wither

 


 

“But you can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can’t last.” Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

 


 

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.” Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

 


“I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running, not staying, but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.” Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

 

 

 

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