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The Kaiju Preservation Society: Shortlisted for the 2023 Hugo Award for Best Novel

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I haven't read his blog lately, but it was very much like I remember his blog being—interested in basic human rights, human justice, and being righteously angry about all the ways he sees society getting things wrong. I went into this not having a clue what a Kaiju was, as the novel progressed I found out and it started to have a Jurassic Park type feel to it. His income isn’t enough to pay his rent and life is looking like something found behind a dumpster in a Manhattan alley. I thought, at first, that we were going to taken on an interesting deconstruction of monster movie tropes.

For the Kaiju, a nuclear explosion makes for the perfect nesting site, where large creatures can feed on Kaiju eggs, and the Kaiju parasites in turn feed on the creatures eventually giving nutrients back to the Kaiju, giving them the means to produce more eggs. A predatory corporation on the Human Earth side (coincidentally led by Jamie's old boss Rob Sanders), in on the Kaiju secret, takes the opportunity to breach the barrier and move the Kaiju mother and her eggs to the Human side. A large print hardcover edition was issued by Thorndike Press on July 27, 2022, and a trade paperback edition by Tor Books on January 24, 2023.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. At the end of Fourth Wing (2023), Violet and her lover, Xaden Riorson, discovered that Navarre is under attack from wyvern, evil two-legged dragons, and venin, soulless monsters that harvest energy from the ground. The prose is pure Scalzi when he’s not trying too hard to be all deep and meaningful; unlike some of his more recent projects, there is no whiff of pretention here, just his quirky sense of humor coming through in all its snarky glory.

My master’s thesis had been on bioengineering in science fiction from Frankenstein through the Murderbot novellas. Second, this book has a B-Movie action plot attached to it, along with some melodrama and deaths that were pushed to the side with "Everyone was suuuper sad about it for a week :(((". Scalzi is running on all cylinders, churning away through current modes of thinking and current events, and giving his characters escape routes, fantastic stories, and alternate ways of living through them. A terrific mix of science fiction, laugh out loud humor and some really touching character development, not to mention it has Godzilla sized entities on another Earth that is brushing dangerously close to ours.To that end, if you’ve ever read a Scalzi book then you are familiar with his cheeky writing style, fun plots, and quick-witted characters. I'm sorry, he's not skilled enough at writing a female POV so his “genderless” characters sound like men. The Goodreads description of The Kaiju Preservation Society does a perfectly good job of setting up this novel. I whipped through it in one evening, and it's the kind of book I might read again sometime, just for the sheer enjoyment of it. Still, desperate for anything that will help pay the bills, Jamie signs on, and the next thing he knows, he’s jetting off with his new team to Greenland where they’re told they’ll be doing fieldwork for the next little while.

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