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A Playground for Disobedient Dinosaurs by [Butler, Mark]
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Length: 227 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Red Thomas moves to London and scams a teaching position at a prestigious boys' school, but his hedonistic tendencies quickly send his lessons on Probability spiralling out of control. The son of a wealthy politician allows himself to get caught up in Red's chaos, and the boy is soon gambling with more than just his father's money.

What would happen if a human hurricane randomly picked your life to descend upon? This is a story about how lives can be influenced by incredible people and by incredibly small events.

Mark Butler was born in Nottingham, England. He used to lecture on the subject of Probability, but he now works as a writer and stand-up comedian. You can find out more about Mark by visiting his website
This is his first novel.

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  • File Size: 796 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #476,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In September, I said that self-published books did not have to be bad books. With a good writer who pays attention to detail, there is no reason a self-published book can’t be excellent.

Mark Butler’s A Playground for Disobedient Dinosaurs is a great example of this. The author, Mark Butler, is better known (by me at any rate) as a stand up comedian. He has a cheeky, smart, quick wit. Several of his shows have been language-related. In his most recent show, he delighted word nerds and grammar nazis with Grammar Doesn’t Matter on a First Date.

A man who is passionate about grammar was always going to at least produce a correctly punctuated and grammatically lovely text. (Barring a few typos, which escape even the best editors and proofreraders, and even in professionally published books).

But is it a good story? Are all those excellent word skills wasted on a poorly plotted, cliched idea full of ill-conceived and badly executed characters?

Hell, no. Butler constructs stage shows with pace and rhythm, and he brings those skills to his book as well. He’s also a published travel writer, so he has form.

A Playground for Disobedient Dinosaurs sees Red Thomas, a drifter and rogue, a heavy drinker with a gambling habit, returning to England after a failed attempt to rip off a cruise ship casino. He cons his way into a job at a prestigious secondary boys’ school. There, he teaches smart alec kids about probability, chaos theory and the dangers of taking calculated risks. And dinosaurs. Perhaps he even means to take the job seriously as a chance to start over.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really well written, engaging debut novel. 23 July 2015
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For a debut, this is well written novel with an engaging storyline. If the concept of chaos and probability is your thing - and even if it isn't - this book is an enjoyable read. [Spoiler Alert: Would have preferred some 'closure' around some of the characters, but to provide such wouldn't have kept with the underlying theme of the book, so I appreciate the approach the author has taken. And it does reflect how involved with the characters one gets that you actually care what happens to them!] All in all, glad I stumbled on this novel and gave it a go.

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