Ah. Um. Well, I just googled this book and learned that it's the second book in a series. Which makes it make a lot more sense. I did feel rather that I was missing pieces here and there.
This book took me ages. But it was well worth it. Bewildering and sometimes spooky, but good. I love reading about people who are really good at something - in this case, film editing, writing, and making clay dinosaurs. I wish I talked the way the characters do. When I try to do so - or, even worse, when I try to talk like Lord Peter Wimsey - I sound like a supercilious freak.
I want to say more but my eyeballs are falling out. I just finished a re-do drawing for art class because I decided that the first one didn't turn out. From now on I think I will try to stick with the first one.
CONCLUSION: I'm interested in reading the others in the series, so that has to be a good sign.
P.S. I do not care for that cover. Just needed to make that clear.