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

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Huge Godzilla-like monsters roam an alternative Earth, surrounded by various vicious parasites and predators. Aside from such rumors, their real-life existence has been kept secret by governments around the world, who formed KPS (the Kaiju Preservation Society) to study the Kaiju Earth, prevent additional breakthroughs, and protect the denizens of each world from those of the other. That’s how Jamie winds up on a parallel Earth working for the titular Kaiju Preservation Society: lifting heavy objects, serving snacks in conference rooms, shooting monsters in the face, and just generally providing assistance to the scientists studying skyscraper-size, Godzilla-like creatures with internal nuclear reactors. A legit Jurassic Park in outer space but one that hits so close to home with integrity, curiosity, treachery and greed but most of all, heart.

See, this reads as if the author had written the book with perfectly assigned hetero genders and in the first or second edit-pass aimed for the (more crowd pleasing) diversity, only: he couldn't really be bothered, hence the sloppiness.If fun was what we were gunning for, I would've liked seeing this as more of a Parks and Rec kind of thing. But then Jamie encounters an old classmate, one with an offer that sounds almost too good to be true; his employer, “animal rights organization” KPS, needs another person willing to travel, work with large animals – oh, and receive a salary that’s almost suspiciously generous. He addresses Covid, talks about Covid, has his characters dealing with Covid and a Covid-world, but doesn't make it heavy or oppressive. prose is action- and humor-driven and includes just the right amount of the current climate to anchor the setting without wallowing in it," noting that his "first stand-alone novel in several years is a wild ride filled with takes on pop culture, startups, governmental influence, and science. And as a final note, I really want to give out a quick shout-out to all you guys who lift things for a living.

However, the way Dain constantly undermines Violet's abilities and his lack of character development make this an unconvincing storyline. And my point to you" - coming back to me- " is that you've drunk up decades of cultural angst about nuclear explosions and nuclear power.

Although this backstory is interesting, I couldn't help but sense an underlying defensiveness in Scalzi’s words, a need to justify this book that he knows is a whole lot of wasted potential. I was originally going to give this book a 2/5 (I came back after a few months to change it from a 3/5 to a 2/5, why? 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 :(((". So much happens in here and I don't want to spoil a thing for anyone else so do yourself a big favor and read this book!

The story was also popcorny and fun, and as long as you’re aware of that going in, chances are high you’ll have a pretty damn good time as well. The most impressive thing about this book is how Scalzi managed to leach every ounce of excitement out of the mythology and his own plot. 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. And although Kaiju are their universe's largest and most dangerous animal, they need support to survive.In fact I’m a bit picky with sci-fi generally, having a penchant for time travel (I know, some consider this a different genre) and stories I can get my limited imagination around.

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