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Don't pick up End of an Era unless you're prepared to have a good time. Robert J. Sawyer's novel is a lively mix of time travel, dinosaurs, and a classic love triangle. It's a lot of fun, a bit like listening to a musician who you know is playing for the sheer joy of it. End of an Era pays tribute to those old time-travelling dinosaur-hunter stories where one misstep changes the course of history. Sawyer updates the science, both physics and paleontology, and adds an old-fashioned career/romance rivalry between the two time travellers. When he throws in a mystery regarding the gravity of Earth in the distant past, along with some fairly strange Martians, the whole thing becomes the SF equivalent of a new roller-coaster ride, made up of familiar parts but shinier and more thrilling than the old one. End of an Era is the kind of book with pleasures for both the new and experienced SF reader. The story on its own terms is entertainingly written, and for the reader of the classics can enjoy spotting the references and tributes to stories past. --Greg L. Johnson
Veteran archaeologist Brandon Thackery fulfills a dinosaur lover's dream when he and colleague-best friend Miles "Klicks" Jordan take history's first time-traveling jaunt back to the late Mesozoic. Hoping to solve the great mystery of dinosaur extinction, Brandon and Klicks use the newly discovered Huang Effect to backtrack into Earth's 65-million-year past. There they discover not only that the earth's gravity is half its twenty-first-century value but that the beings responsible for this are blue-slime creatures from Mars that manipulate the dinosaurs like pawns. Meanwhile, back in an alternate time line in which no Huang Effect exists, Brandon discovers an outrageous laptop diary, apparently written by himself, that relates all these incredible adventures; he tracks down a previously unknown Dr. Huang for an explanation. Sawyer parlays his enduring enthusiasm for dinosaurs--his last three novels featured them--into refreshing fun and thought-provoking entertainment. He'll satisfy his own fans and those of dinosaurs and old-fashioned time-traveling yarns, too. Carl Hays --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
enjoyable escape to watch over and over, love sci fi channel shows, added to my collection for rainy days and wintery nightsPublished on July 29 2013 by Gerri
I was expecting more of a "Jurassic Park" novel, so thid was a bit of a surprise. It's an OK read, but the characters are one-dimensional. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2004 by dandysmom
End of an Era is a great book about two scientists who go back in time to see how the dinosuars died. It has some mystery, and theories on how the dinosaurs died. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2003
END OF AN ERA is a time travel novel back to the era of dinosaurs. Not only do we find dinosaurs but the galaxy itself is active with sentient beings - including Martians. Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2003
This one really got me thinking. Dinosaurs infected with intelligent viruses? Like Dinotopia meets The Body Snatchers. Time travel. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2002
If you are looking for a entertaining "what if" type author, Robert Saywer is the author to buy. Read morePublished on July 30 2002 by Shane Jaworski
With this one, Sawyer bends the rules a little more. The basis of this novel are less... convincing than what Sawyer usually offers. However, it also is lighter. Read morePublished on July 25 2002 by Yves-François Blanchet