Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters is a collection of 23 stories focused around the theme of strange creatures in the vein of Pacific Rim, Godzilla, Cloverfield, and more. The anthology opens with a foreword by Jeremy Robinson, author of Project Nemesis, the highest-selling Kaiju novel in the United States since the old Godzilla books - and perhaps even more than those.
Then, from New York Times best sellers to indie darlings Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters features authors that are perfectly suited for writing larger-than-life stories, including: Peter Clines, Larry Correia, James Lovegrove, Gini Koch (as J. C. Koch), James Maxey, Jonathan Wood, C. L. Werner, Joshua Reynolds, David Annandale, Jaym Gates, Peter Rawlik, Shane Berryhill, Natania Barron, Paul Genesse & Patrick Tracy, Nathan Black, Mike MacLean, Timothy W. Long, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Kane Gilmour, Peter Stenson, Erin Hoffman, Sean Sherman, Howard Andrew Jones (The Chronicles of Sword and Sand tie-in), Edward M. Erdelac (Dead West tie-in), and James Swallow (Colossal Kaiju Combat tie-in).
The narrators include: Bronson Pinchot, Simon Vance, James Adams, Jay Snyder, Brian Nishii, Nicola Barber, Victor Bevine, Peter Ganim, Jonathan Davis, Marc Vietor, Jennifer Van Dyck, Gabra Zackman, Scott Aiello, Mark Boyett, Allison Hiroto, Katy Kellgren, Christian Rummel, Therese Plummer, Ray Porter, Sean Runnette, Jeff Woodman, Dina Pearlman, Suzy Jackson, Brian Nishii, RC Bray, and Susan Duerden.
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Most of the stories were excellent. I liked that they were short.
Many were compelling. There were so many times I would yell.. "Don't do that!" as a character would take an action so obviously foolish. It took me back to the horror films where the main characters decided to explore the empty house or descend to the basement as eerie music played in the background.
I finished the book which says a lot. I often do not if annoyed or bored by a character.
This was a fun book. Godzilla and the Blob and all of those characters that make us look over our shoulder. Do not read if you cannot expand your mind into wild adventure. Not for the serious.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
This audiobook contains a collection of short stories regarding giant monsters, from different angles and with different, memorable characters. It fails to get five stars in my opinion because it suffers from a few weak stories that bring the quality of the collection down. Still, worth buying for the better stories.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
The Summary says 23 stories, but there is really 25 plus an intro. Which means 26 different writers. Of the 26 I only recognized three authors Peter Clines, Larry Correia and Jeremy Robinson who did the intro. I like to think of myself as pretty knowledgeable in the Science Fiction Field, so was surprised at the number of unknowns. Lots of areas where covered. There was a Zombie Kaiju, steampunk, different times in history and in the future and different parts of the world. There were two stories from the perspective of the Monsters.
YOU'D HAVE BETTER LUCK TRYING TO SINK AFRICA
Overall this is one of the worst anthologies I have listened to. The number of bad or boring stories were way over the top. Over half were a waste of time.
DON'T JUDGE A HORSE BY THE SADDLE HE WEARS
Having said how bad the majority of stories are, there still were some good ones. James Lovegrove and Peter Stenson had the best stories. Day of the Demi Gods by Peter Stenson is funny and is about a Kaiju with self-esteem problems trying to make it big in Hollywood. I also liked Edward M. Erdelac, Sean Sherman, Peter Clines, James Maxey, and Larry Correia's stories. One great reason to read anthologies is to get introduced to new talent. Sherman's story Shaktarra was a great reminder of the stories of the past and could have been written 50 years ago. James Maxey's story, Fall of Babylon, is the one story that has bother most of the other reviewers. It is an interesting look at Revelations from the bible, but is anti-bible and can be disturbing to those who are sensitive in that area. I am preparing to go to church as I write this, but am able to question the bible and some set beliefs without the fear of losing my faith or being upset. I thought it was clever and brought out some subjects to be discussed. There are people at my church who do not appreciate my views.
THE JAPANESE ALIEN ALLIES
The narrators read like a who's who of narrators. With the exception of the last narrator for the last story, these guys really bring quality to this recording. I did not remember Dick Hill doing a story, but other then that there were some of my favorites here. Not sure how the last narrator got invited, she had the most irritating sing song narration I have ever heard.
This is a fantastic selection of stories that range from different times and locations, the readers helped give even more life to the selected stories. All and all very good
Stories were boring.
Not in my opinion. If a follow-up book was as plodding and boring as this collection, it would be a waste of time.
I would like to return this, please.
I enjoyed many of the shorts in this collection. Some were actually beautifully rendered explorations of the sub genre. Others...however...ranged from hamfisted borderline offensive pastiches of Asian cultural tropes to authors who obviously neither know anything about nor like the Kaiju idea struggling to write a story about something else and still have it be "giant monstery" enough to fulfill the obligation. Not much in between.
less stories, longer stories
Trying to integrate political correctness and making potshots at Christianity because the author is pathetic is totally not cool. I read books as an escape, not to listen to CNN news or the View in form of an author's poor attempt to talk about the Book of Revelation and rooting for the bad guys because God doesn't agree with Hollywood's sexual immorality. Total garbage. It angers me that while I listened to some of these crappy stories I couldn't change the story due to the fact I was in the middle of 5k or 10'ks. It just made me want to run faster to stay awake, or motivated to hurry and change to another story..hoping it was any good....
A lot of the narrators are top quality..but doesn't matter about their talent..there is only so much you can do to try save crappy stories.
I would of expounded about story 1, Story 19, and Story 21. I would of cut story 20..the narrator was great but the author needs to go back to flipping burgers. Total garbage.
Did I mention story 20 was king of garbage. Many of stories sucked, but few where really good. I wish they just made those longer.
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