Monday, November 24, 2014

New novel: Time Travel Dinosaur

If I had a time machine, I would travel two months into the past and post this news item when this work of fiction first debuted, but since I don't you will have to settle with hearing about it now. Time Travel Dinosaur by Matt Youngmark is new dinosaur novel that is a parody of the Choose Your Own Adventure books that many '80s children fondly remember, myself included. The cover blurb:
You work for the Time Travel Investigation Agency, a job which, to be honest, is mind-meltingly dull. That is, until a raving lunatic in a lab coat breaks the laws of physics and drastically alters the space-time continuum (changing your memory right along with it). Set off on a wild adventure through the Mesozoic Era, the Middle Ages, the steampunk 1880s, and the distant future in an attempt to safeguard the true timeline.

The timeline where people evolved from dinosaurs.

Time Travel Dinosaur is a sci-fi/comedy ­reimagining of the choose-your-own-path stories you grew up with. Find one of 76 possible endings, or get stuck in a time loop and literally read this book forever.
You can purchase the book from the author's website, paying whatever price you want for the digital versions, even $0. That said, don't be a jerk: Pay what you can afford and reward the author for his time and effort.

Time Travel Dinosaur is the latest entry in Youngmark's Chooseomatic series of gamebooks, which he also illustrates. I plan to do a full review of the novel in the near future, after I've had some time to explore most of its possible outcomes. I'm hoping one of them lives up to the cover's promise of a T. rex in a top hat.

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