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Utahraptor asks, "Natural causes?"
Quoth T. rex, "Hit on the head by a falling koala bear!"
This was in 2005, and then the internetz went crazy with people falling over themselves to imagine ironically vague death predictions that'd come true in fashions either amusing, heartbreaking, or Tarantino-esque. Flash five years forward, and you've got this pretty sweet anthology full of stories from all over, doing all kinds of things with T. rex's madcap premise.
And it's not that I distrust the early Amazon reviewers, all of whom are so excited they can't hardly stand themselves, when they say that the stories might be more mature and yearning and blitzkrieg, as appropriate in the given case, but I'm still not reading it.
At bottom, the virtue and crime of a concept anthology like this one is that you're going to get variations on a theme. You might happen to love the theme, and you might adore the very idea of a cover version, but how much "Hallelujah" do you really need?
It was lots of fun reading the first third of this book, and there were probably some better stories in the last two-thirds, but by then I was kind of feeling like whole stories were unnecessary: just give me tweeted summaries of unmade ideas (like these!), seriously, or titles like those of Friends episodes (season 3, episode 8: "The One with the Giant Poking Device").
Honestly, I slag not these authors or editors. It's not their fault that this book wasn't for me, or I wouldn't have enjoyed most of it and wouldn't have been grumpy that I wasn't enjoying stories I knew I should've been enjoying.