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The Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, was hunted to extinction some eighty years ago. Now, Professor Rosie Giuliani and her staff at The Resurrection Lab have done the impossible: created a living, breathing litter from a preserved specimen. Yet Rosie can’t share this scientific breakthrough with the world. The cloned animals are more like monsters than thylacines. By chance, a small band of activists hears about the caged litter, and their decision to free the tigers will unleash a deadly havoc upon the campus of Fraser University.
EXAMPLES OF READER REVIEWS
Gerry Griffiths, 5 out of 5 stars – Beware of the clones! Thylacines is fast-paced and will keep readers turning the pages. Just the right amount of science to make it believable and informative. Things go terribly wrong when a scientist with good intentions tries to clone Tasmanian tigers, the species having been hunted into extinction. Plenty of blood and gore to go around.
BOOK REVIEW FROM RISINGSHADOW
Wow, what a nice surprise this novella was! I was totally surprised by it, because it’s highly entertaining. It’s been a while since I’ve read this kind of horror fiction in such a good and intriguing format.
Deborah Sheldon’s Thylacines is a gritty and well written horror novella about resurrected thylacines. It has a distinct B-monster-movie feel to it that makes it irresistible for horror fans who crave for something entertaining to read. In certain ways, it’s similar to Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, but differs from it.
Because there may be readers out there who are not familiar with thylacines, I think it’s good to say a few words about them. The thylacines (Thylacinus cynocephalus) were the largest known carnivorous marsupials of modern times. They were native to continental Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea. They were hunted to extinction during the 1930s. (More information about the thylacines can easily be found on the internet.)
In this novella, Deborah Sheldon blends biological and scientific in an enjoyable way. She has written a thrilling story about what happens when thylacines break out of the laboratory and start to kill people.
Here’s a bit of information about the story: Professor Rosie Giuliani and her staff members at the Resurrection Lab are worrying about their funding, because a North American company, Clout Energy Drinks, may not want to sponsor them. They’ve managed to create a living litter of thylacines, but nobody outside the lab knows that the created animals are a bit off… Meanwhile, an animal liberation group consisting of George, Hannah and Llewellyn is about to break into the Lab and set the animals free…
This marks the beginning of an action-packed horror story with plenty of entertainment values. Although this novella is relatively short, the characterisation works well and the female characters are satisfyingly strong. The author has created a surprisingly intriguing cast of characters that ranges from Rosie Giuliani and her staff members to the animal rights activists and Bill De Vries, who is the company accountant for Clout Energy Drinks. I especially enjoyed reading about Professor Rosie Giuliani, Senior Constable Janine O’Connell and Bill De Vries, because they’re well-created characters.
The resurrected thylacines are fascinating animals, because they are not like the extincts ones, but bigger, faster, more intelligent and much more dangerous than them. They’re killers and they like human flesh. What makes them especially intriguing is that they seem to be capable of communicating in a mysterious way that can’t be explained.
The author explores well how important securing a funding for a science project is, because it’s impossible to do certain things without funds. She also writes fluently about what happens when things go badly wrong and people have to deal with a dangerous and unexpected situation that should not have happened.
It’s interesting that the author touches upon the theme of animal rights in this novella, because it would’ve been easy to dismiss it. I also want to mention that I find the author’s way of writing action scenes scenes excellent, because she keeps things in motion and effortlessly maintains an exciting atmosphere.
This story has a satisfying amount of graphic and gruesome scenes ranging from flesh being eaten to skulls being smashed by strong jaws. I think that those who are intrigued by this kind of scenes will be pleased with them, because the author doesn’t shy away from violence.
Because I enjoyed this novella and found it highly entertaining, I give it strong 4.5 stars on the scale from 1 to 5 stars. Its charming B-movie feel impressed me, because readers will immediately know what they’ll get from it when they begin to read it. The author delivers a good and exciting story that will thrill readers.
My final words are: Deborah Sheldon’s Thylacines is a small gem awaiting to be discovered by horror readers who love entertaining and well written stories. It’s one of the best novellas of its kind, because it’s pure horror entertainment from start to finish.
BOOK REVIEW FROM ELAIA EZINE
Thylacines are a long dead species. Or they would be if Professor Rosie Giuliani and her staff at The Resurrection Lab hadn’t been playing with genetics. She’s created a litter of six thylacines, and they’re not exactly what she expected. They’re much bigger, aggressive, and seem to be in some sort of contact with each other despite being in individual pens. The most disconcerting things about them are their all black pupils and their sounds. Nonetheless, she’s pretty proud of the work she and her team have done.
But that work could all come undone, on the same day that the new owners are coming to assess whether to continue funding The Resurrection Lab, armed animal activists arrive to release the poor caged creatures. Surely there’ll be a peaceful solution to it all, right?
This is a wonderful novella. It’s gory, it’s well paced, it’s got creatures that because of their long deceased status, you can make them look and behave any old way you want! And they were great. Definitely the best part of the story was the way Sheldon has put in the research into what the thylacines were like, and turned the dial up to 11. They are savage, conniving carnivores and I would love to read more of them.
The pacing was great. A little sluggish to get going at first, as most establishing texts can be. But that was over quickly as the characters converged in the pens and we see how quickly chaos can descend when people don’t think through their actions. My main quibble would be with the characters. Some of them just needed a little bit more fleshing out in order for their demise to be cared about. But Jane O’Connell was brilliant. The scene where this police officer and her sniffer dog, Zeus, taking on a thylacine was probably my favourite. Can we get another story with just her and Zeus, please?
Overall, a top novella with great pacing and some excellent monsters.
BOOK REVIEW FROM BOOKWORMS CORNER BLOG SPOT
This short story/Novella is truly frightening. If you are a lover of the horror genre and are looking for a quick, exciting, horror read then I thoroughly recommend Thylacines.
…For a relatively short story (122 Kindle pages) this story packs a huge punch.