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text SPOILER ALERT! 2017-01-21 08:43
9 Reasons Why 2016 was a Good Year, Monster-Wise!

 

 

Game Changing Monsters

 

Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus

 

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My Review

 

Why I Loved it

 

This is the book that launched a thousand books! Written at such a young age, I find it amazing how Mary Shelley changed the world of sci-fi forever. This book featured more than one monster!

The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson

 

 

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My Review

 

Why I Loved it

 

I loved it for its portrayal of war and military life. I loved how it doesn’t just talk diversity, in terms of gender, race, religion etc but how it is all that! The sixth book in a series that never misses. War was the biggest monster here!

 

The Chameleon’s Shadow by Minette Walters

 

3

 

Why I Loved it:

 

Because Minette Walters doesn’t create characters, she makes them come alive! There isn’t a single book by this author that I haven’t loved. Even though, I was unsure about this one because it was about a soldier returning home from war, which normally doesn’t interest me, it didn’t disappoint! There is no black or white in her stories, just a lot of grey. The real monsters are the ones hiding behind pretty faces!
 
 

Not Your Average Monsters

 

The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán

 

4

 

My Review

 

Why I Loved It

 

Dinosaurs as steeds. In Wars. With Knights. How could this book be anything but delicious?!

 

The Unadulterated Cat by Terry Pratchett

 

5

 

My Review

 

Why I Loved It

 

Pratchett is amazing in small doses. This book was laugh out loud funny and it got everything about the cuddly monsters exactly right!

Daystar by Darcy Town

 

6

 

Why I Loved It

 

I had read the previous two books in this series and I needed to know how things would end. I love the humor in Darcy Town’s books and how much of an adventure they are! The monsters in this series are mostly literal ones, including demons and succubi.
 

The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories by Isaac Asimov

 

 

7

 

My Review

 

Why I Loved It

 

Again, like Shelley, Asimov changed everything about robot sci-fi! This edition was beautiful, hardcover, and included a small note by the author at the beginning of every story. The monsters in the stories varied from humans to robots and humans, again!
 

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

 

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My Review

 

Why I Loved It

 

If you have seen the movies, then you know that monsters come in all sizes and species. The worst are the human ones who never learn from their mistakes!

Mayday: A Kaiju Thriller by Chris Strange

 

10

 

My Review

 

Why I Loved It

 

If Kaijus were not only defeated but kept by the Earthlings and made to fight for entertainment…yeah, it could turn into a disaster of monstrous proportions. This book made a perfect Halloween read!
Like I said, 2016 was an awesome monster of a year and I mostly loved what I read. Hope this year is even better.
 

Happy Reading!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-11-02 07:40
Chris Strange's Mayday Is the Perfect Halloween Read. Because Kaijus.
Mayday: A Kaiju Thriller - Chris Strange

 

Chris Strange’s Mayday Is the Perfect Halloween Read. Because Kaijus.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

As I Began the Book:

 

Whoa, that is an awesome name for Kaijus!

 

The author named them Maydays and the book started with the last transmission from a cargo ship before it went down due to a Mayday attack. Then we find ourselves standing at the crime scene of one of the Maydays, Yllia. The protagonist is a PI who is with us at the scene, trying to see if there is a case for him. It is pouring, there is mud and the dead Kaiju lies in the middle of it all. I knew I was going to love this book and I was right because the next thing we find out is it is next to impossible to kill a Mayday but this one just keeled over. Then, our protag discovers that Yllia didn’t just die but that she was murdered.

 

Fairly into the Story:

 

Maybe he’d change by the end of the book…

 

I found out that I hated the PI. There were all sorts of things that were off-putting when it came to this guy. He cracked sexist jokes, he sucked at his job most of the time, and he decided to make the king of Kaijus, Tempest, kneel before interrogating him. The funny part is that I didn’t care! I was enjoying the story too much to give a damn.

I loved that the Kaijus all looked different even though they were part of the same race. From what I gathered, Yllia, was a winged insectoid Mayday, described in the following words:

“Yllia’s official data sheet said this Mayday was 72 metres high, or 136 metres from head to tail, with a 158 metre wingspan… White fur coated her from her bulbous head to the tips of her forked tail. Her four arms — each ending in three delicate scythed claws — were folded beneath her, sinking into the mud. Even lying down she towered over me like a tsunami about to break. One thin, butterfly-like wing lay open across her body; the other was folded up, out of sight.”

 

Grotesque, on the other hand, was crocodilian:

 

I’d heard Grotesque described as a gigantic crocodile before. I’d never really seen it — his snout was too flat, his tail too long and snake-like, arms and legs more like a tiger’s than a reptile’s. But seeing him come sprinting across the rubble on all fours, tail flicking back and forth as he moved, the comparison suddenly fit. His jaws sprung open, revealing layer after layer of piercing yellow teeth, made not to cut but to grab and hold on. His leathery skin was a pale greenish-yellow, the colour of sickness. On either side of the jagged spines on his back, large yellow pustules throbbed against his skin.

 

Tempest is arachnid-like:

 

 

Serraton is described as resembling a Chinese Dragon:

 

 

Nasir is said to the most humanoid of all the Kaijus. From the description, I imagine he’d look something like this:

 

 

What is scarier than a scary monster? A monster who is sadistic and cunning. Tempest lived up to his name and made my insides go all gooey with his smarts. He planned to reclaim his title and rule the world with his army of Kaijus. He was almost human in the way he displayed his hatred and furthered his ambition.

 

 

Right There To the End:

 

Tempest is Bae!

 

The fight scenes between the Kaijus were written in amazing detail. The author grabs you with his words and makes you stand with the shitty PI as you read them. I was having the kinda fun that I had while watching Pacific Rim and the action just would not let up.

 

Like all good monster stories, this one ended with the Kaijus in stasis and not dead or defeated. It made the book all the more enjoyable. Like most monster stories, the people in it fail to realize the implications of enslaving gigantic murderous creatures and making them fight for sport.

 

If you pick up this book, don’t read it for the story or the plot or even the dialogues. Read it for the love of Kaijus and monster flicks that thrives in you. Read it to see not one or two but five Kaijus go at it while puny humans run around trying to save the world.

 

The author included a note at the end, asking readers if he should continue with a sequel. I think I would love to read what other sadistic ways Tempest might come up with to torture us!

 

A Little Bit About Making Connections:

 

I received this book for free in exchange for this review through Making Connections (MC). MC is all kinds of awesome because it highlights indie authors and offers their work up for review. They also do blog tours where different bloggers sign up to promote a certain book.

 

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