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

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It is essentially Kaiju Earth, and the humans are there only to observe, protect and stop the Kaiju from entering our Earth as they previously had done. 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.

But for the most part, Mr Scalzi has held back any heavy messages or allegories in favor of providing his readers with just as much of a temporary escape as he’s created for his latest protagonist. It certainly put me in mind of the atmosphere and mood of another one of my favorite books of his, Old Man’s War, whose humor and accessibility I’ve always credited for igniting my interest in the science fiction and fantasy genres way back when I read it. Lots of pop-culture / scifi references, nods to greats of the genre such as Jurassic Park, as well as LOTS of hilarious convos and situations, not least thanks to some delicious revenge and definitely not least thanks to certain parasites. Loved many of the funny and touching moments, as well as hated the characters the author wanted me to.I liked that I worked out what the plot twist was at the end but how or exactly why it happened and thought it was done really well tying into real world events which then reading the authors notes and acknowledgements at the end made complete sense. I attempted to lean forward in the beanbag and succeeded only in driving my ass farther into its recesses. My friends at the University of Chicago thought I was nuts to pack up and move out to New York to work for a start-up. However, the way Dain constantly undermines Violet's abilities and his lack of character development make this an unconvincing storyline.

The story is sort of combination of Jurassic Park and Redshirts (not the latter’s meta parts, but the vibe of four new people being dropped together into a strange new environment and learning about it at the same time as the reader). Throughout the course of the narrative, although they all jibe and tease each other they also become the best of friends and their bond was exactly the heartwarming kind of read I needed.You wanted to see how much it would cost for me to compromise the safety of everyone on this aircraft, me included, to assert your dominance. Over time nuclear blasts have weakened the barrier between our Earth and another Earth where huge dinosaur sized creatures, Kaiju, roam freely. I fully expected to plow through this book’s 258 pages in no time at all, so I was shocked to find it a chore to read. In Scalzi’s notes and acknowledgements at the end, he says that KPS is a pop song, and that pop songs are needed sometimes. Also every character always had something snarky to say/reply with about everything, even in the more dramatic scenes.

So what he DOES is he just strips the character of anything resembling gender, sex, romance or personality.

And giving the bad guys what they deserve for once, instead of what they always end up getting in the real world. John Scalzi has hit a home run with ‘The Kaiju Preservation Society’, an SF monster novel for people who’d rather be stuck naked in traffic than admit to watching a Japanese horror movie. It is idealistic—I can't imagine any group of employees being as unified and mutually appreciative as the KPS staff are.

Yet when I heard about this book, a Jurassic Park esque tale, full of banter and mayhem, I was certain this would be right up my street. Or maybe, that is just me unable to process concepts that do not support our human-centric thinking of the Universe and everything we do not understand, we tend to render impossible.You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Tom has an urgent vacancy on his team: the pay is great and Jamie has debts – it’s a no-brainer choice. Tom has an urgent vacancy on his team: the pay is great and Jamie has debts - it's a no-brainer choice.

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