Last-of-the-Dinosaurs

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Last Days of the Dinosaurs:

Poor dinos…

Quick synopsis:

A look at the time right before, and then way after, the stupid asteroid killed all the dinosaurs. The asteroid is a jerk.

Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like:

The asteroid impact released the equivalent energy of 100 teratonnes of dynamite or 420 zettajoules. I don’t know what that means either but I’m almost positive it’s a lot.

Fun Fact for History Nerds:

The asteroid also threw into the air 350 billion tons of sulfur and 460 billion tons of carbon dioxide. I know those numbers. They are very big.

My Take on The Last Days of the Dinosaurs:

Well, I didn’t think a book could make me sad about dinosaurs but here we are.

Riley Black’s The Last Days of the Dinosaurs is like nothing I have ever read before. It follows the time right before and then very long after the impact of the asteroid which killed the dinosaurs. Black focuses in on various animals and how they cope with the massive changes around the globe in a way which makes you actually feel like the dinosaurs are old friends of yours. I anticipated there would be times where the science would bore me, but Black sidestepped all of that by creating an actual narrative about animals which went extinct millions of years ago.

Black’s love of dinosaurs truly comes through in this book and it is all the better for it. Jurassic Park references certainly help as well. “Life, uh, finds a way.”

Verdict:

It’s got real dinosaurs. Do you really need me to say any more? Buy it here!

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The Last Days of the Dinosaurs by Riley Black