Sunday, 29 September 2013

Cover Art! 'The Doctor and the Dinosaurs' (Mike Resnick)

I'm normally a pretty big fan of Pyr, both in terms of their output and the gorgeous covers that they dress it all up in. This time round though? Hmmm...

Is it just me or would this cover look a lot more at home on the front of a computer game? Pulp + Steampunk + Dinosaurs should normally equal a lot of mad fun and the book itself may well have all that in pades. It's just a little too cartoonish for me though (although nice font for the title).
It's a good job then that the synopsis seems to promise a little bit more...

The time is April, 1885. Doc Holliday lies in bed in a sanitarium in Leadville, Colorado, expecting never to leave his room again. But the medicine man and great chief Geronimo needs him for one last adventure. Renegade Comanche medicine men object to the newly-signed treaty with Theodore Roosevelt. They are venting their displeasure on two white men who are desecrating tribal territory in Wyoming. Geronimo must protect the men or renege on his agreement with Roosevelt. He offers Doc one year of restored health in exchange for taking on this mission.

Welcome to the birth of American paleontology, spearheaded by two brilliant men, Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, two men whose genius is only exceeded by their hatred for each other's guts.

Now, with the aid of Theodore Roosevelt, Cole Younger, and Buffalo Bill Cody, Doc Holliday must save Cope and Marsh not only from the Comanches, not only from living, breathing dinosaurs, but from each other. And that won't be easy.

I've always had a soft spot for cowboys and dinosaurs (what was that old film again...?) so will more than likely give 'The Doctor and the Dinosaurs' a go a little close to its publication date in December. How about you? Has anyone else here read any of Resnick's 'Weird West' books? 

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