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Daikaiju! Giant Monster Tales [Paperback]

Robert Hood , Robin Penn
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6 Sep 2006
Astounding stories of absurd size and impossible dimension! Mammoth mega-fauna! Apocalyptic adventure! Surreal suspense! Catastrophic comedy! Monstrous metaphysics! Featuring original fiction from around the world and a special film history by Cinescape's Brian Thomas. Winner of the Australian Speculative Fiction Ditmar Award for Best Collection 2005.

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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Agog! Press (6 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809557584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809557585
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,200,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The fist collection of giant monster tales! 23 Jun 2014
this a great collection of fun giant monster stories, I am gigantic fan of giant monster and this collection of short stories are very well written and are just pure joy to read.

this being the first book of kaiju stories is great and it's sad that most people overlook this one, their two follow-ups to this one so if you like the new Godzilla movie gave this a go and you'll be happy you did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DAIKAIJU - More than Giant Monsters 4 Dec 2006
By Charles D. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
I confess, when I picked up this collection, I was expecting a whole bunch of stories of giant monsters trampling over humanity's engineering triumphs. You know, typical giant monster movie fare.

What we got was an eclectic collection of stories and poems, which look more at the people and how having giant monsters in their world affect their lives. Some stories are tragic, others are humorous, and still others deliver something else entirely. All in all, an interesting and all encompassing collection of stories covering all aspects of this genre. There's even one of the traditional giant monster running loose (CALIBOS), one featuring duelling behemoths (Kungmin Hurangi: The People's Tiger), and even a couple set in the preindustrial age (Unlawful Priest of Todesfall; The Greater Death of Saito Saku). The other stories offer up less traditional tales, but are still fun to read. Even "The Quiet Agrarian" will have its fans even if it wasn't for me.

So, in short, if you're a fan of giant monster movies, particularly of the Japanese variety, I highly recommend this book, as there aren't many like this on the book shelves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Giant fun 8 Sep 2007
By Glenn Like - Published on Amazon.com
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Giant monsters are hard to verbally; they are intrinsically visual, but this book does a good job. I thought it was interesting that so many stories were by Australian writers. With Australia's unique fauna, maybe giant monsters are not so hard to believe. I liked most of the stories. I definitely recommend it for all monster fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Daikaiju Literary Device 23 May 2007
By Damon Bonnell - Published on Amazon.com
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The Collection of daikaiju (japanese inspired giant monsters) stories in this tome are terribly entertaining. Not all were stories I particularly enjoyed, but I saw what the writer was going for and could appreciate it.

Sure, there were one or two bad ones, but there is (to my knowledge) only one book devoted to this kind of story: Daikaiju!

If you are a fan of giant monsters, Godzilla, monsters in general, or qwirky writing, this may be for you. And come on, it's the only one of it's kind. Incedentally, the editor mentions a possible sequel to this book, a second collection of Daikaiju stories. I eagerly await that.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Monster Fans book 2 Jan 2013
By Big Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a terrific collection of short stories! Funny ones, serious ones and some that wander in between and the various giant monsters are well thought up and creative. I would recommend this for any Kaiju fan in the family who loves a good book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars All excellent except maybe two. 27 Nov 2011
By twingle93 - Published on Amazon.com
My advice is to read these, but skip exactly two, both are so painful to read that they each cost the book two of stars, one each.

"The Tragical History of Guidolon: The Giant Space Chicken" is perhaps the least funniest piece of &^%$ I've ever had the misfortune to lay my eyes upon. The story's purpose can be summed up as follows:

1. It's giant monsters as "people" working on a movie...and that's the "joke". I say joke even though it isn't funny in the slightest.

2. Guidodolon resembles a chicken. And that gets brought up constantly. And the fact that he is a giant monster that resembles a chicken is supposed to be funny.

3. Throw in some derivative references to James Dean and Doctor Strangelove, and some tired and stale Saturday morning cartoon level of "satirical" studio humor and you have yourself a crime against literature, humor, and culture.

So it's a "giant monster" comedy that doesn't work as a giant monster because the giant monsters are acting like human beings in a humanlike society, and it doesn't work as a comedy because the humor is so painfully unfunny it made me want to tear the pages out and hurl the book across the room.

I have sense of humor. I have a fondness for giant monsters. I have a level of tolerance for painful scenes. But this is the first time in my 18 years of reading books that I actually couldn't stand reading something. And it was only out of force of will that I finished the story in order to complete the book.

And the tragedy is, if you just made the monsters human characters (like they are bizarrely written as), it wouldn't change a thing. The story would still be an ungodly waste of paper and my time. Unless you find the inclusion of the phrase "Mexican midget wrestlers" inherently funny, avoid the story like the plague. Frank Wu, if this is your first attempt at writing, then please don't quit your day job as illustrator.

The second story is "Notes Concerning Events at the Ray Harryhausen Memorial Home for Retired Actor." This kind of meta-fiction tripe where movie monsters are actual actors and were filmed in movies in getting old and was never funny in the first place. Please, in the future, Robert Hood and Robin Pen should make include stories where giant monsters are monsters, not movie monsters who somehow resemble human actors in manner and personality.
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