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Lauren Alder (the pen name of Laurie E. Smith) has forged at 25-year career in the professional comics industry, including projects for the Big Three and an Eisner Award nomination (which she shared with her husband, comic book veteran George Freeman). She is a lifelong science nerd who harbours a powerful fascination for dinosaurs, archaeology, and the sociology of food. She loves stories that provide the reader with plenty to think about after the last page has been turned, and considers the following comment from a beta reader to be the highest possible compliment: "[The Codex of Desire] is not a restful book. It will challenge your paradigms and leave you exhausted at the end. AND I LOVED IT. I look forward to reading this book again and encourage anyone who likes a different point of view to read it."
"The Codex of Desire" is the tale of a human paleontologist who unearths a small feathered theropod dinosaur fossil with a decorative metal band wrapped around one of its forearms. When he touches the bracelet (which is an alien-engineered memory storage device), he is mentally transported back in time, 67 million years, to experience the tragic entwining of five dinosaurian lives. Love, violence, lust, war, secrets, and betrayal unfold before his eyes, and when so many savage desires collide it might lead to the nuclear extinction of an entire civilization.