Dinosaurs On Other Planets is full of such arresting, resonant and precise writing. Yet McLaughlin’s prose also suffers at times from inexactness and cliché...This kind of writing dilutes the strength and intensity of McLaughlin’s otherwise careful and particular prose ... Dinosaurs On Other Planets is an impressive achievement. It makes the world feel ancient and alien, familiar and new.
The entire collection is set in Ireland. But McLaughlin’s scrupulous attention to regional details and the nuances of human behavior renders each story unique ... Dinosaurs on Other Planets is more than a compelling read—it’s a study in compassion, a beautifully-written reminder of how often human behavior is dictated by forces and loved ones beyond our control.