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    Kaiju Rising is an anthology of stories about giant monstersNot only did the concept sound fun it sounded so fun that I kicked in some money for the Kickstarter Hopefully along with Pacific Rim Kaiju Rising will usher in a giant monster RenaissanceThe stories in Kaiju Rising run the full spectrum of rampaging giant monster tales Since I've calculated that I'll run out of room if I review all of them here are some stan

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    Yes I am the project creator and co editor of KAIJU RISING Age of Monsters Yes that does make me super biased Yes KRAoM is the greatest anthology ever assembled bias or not KAIJU RISING is the realization of a dream It is the product of a lot of hard work from a lot of amazing people I don't give KAIJU RISING 5 stars because it's my baby a

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    Okay so this will be a running log as I progress through Kaiju Rising Age of Monsters Common themes so far are that all these Kaiju seem to have originated from the ocean or are ocean dwelling Oh and the illustrations for each Kaiju so far have been awesomeBig Ben and the End of the Pier Show by James Lovegrove Great start to the anthology although very similar in tone and style to Pacific Rim Probably not as short and

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    Clocking in at over 500 pages with 25 stories Kaiju Rising Age of Monsters is a somewhat daunting read Assembling that many authors to write about giant monsters is an awesome feat all on its own but to do it as a Kickstarter project is just mind boggling Tim Maruitz Nickolas Sharps are absolutely to be commended on pulling off something I honestly wasn't sure would workFor me some of the stories that worked th

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    The full review can be found on my blog and artist team of Tim Maruitz and J M Martin got together last year to form their own publishing company the small press known as Ragnarok Publications As one of their first projects they launched a kickstarter for an anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories with a very common theme kaiju The man with the idea here was Nickolas Sharps a fellow blogger and writer who had recently seen the mov

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    Monsters in film and literature now there is an exciting plot device to look at No matter how ugly the movie is or poorly written the story I do try to find a bit of excitement among them all The concept of Kaiju as a monste

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    Really fantastic anthology about big monsters Everything is covered from POV's different time periods small large and epi

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    If you ever grew up a fan of Saturday morning monster movies if you ever played in the yard as a kid making like Godzilla tossing around your Hot Wheels if you ever dreamed it would epic to pilot a giant robot into combat against g

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    Four stars for total uality and an extra one for the brilliant themeNearly every story is a winner There were a few that did

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    Individual reviews below Big Ben and the End of the Pier Show The first story in this collection and it's great introduction so far Focusing on a small pier owner in England and the effect of a Kaiju attack on his failing business I get the fee

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Of Monsters features authors that are perfectly suited for writing larger than life storiesTABLE OF CONTENTSForeword – Jeremy RobinsonBig Ben and the End of the Pier Show – James LovegroveThe Conversion – David AnnandaleDay of the Demigods – Peter StensonThe Lighthouse Keeper of Kurohaka Island – Kane GilmourOccupied – Natania BarronOne Last Round – Nathan BlackThe Serpent’s Heart – Howard Andrew JonesMonstruo – Mike MacLeanThe Behemoth – Jonathan WoodThe Greatest Hunger – Jaym GatesHeartland – Shane Berryhi The full review can be found on my blog and artist team of Tim Maruitz and J M Martin got together last year to form their own publishing company the small press known as Ragnarok Publications As one of their first projects they launched a kickstarter for an anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories with a very common theme kaiju The man with the idea here was Nickolas Sharps a fellow blogger and writer who had recently seen the movie Pacific Rim and after enjoying the hell out of it he got the idea to do an anthology about kaiju since it seemed as if the genre was rather sparse in terms of original fictionNeedless to say the kickstarter was mightily successful and just yesterday I finished reading the anthology in its entirety As someone who had a tiny hand in bringing the project together I suggested some of the authors who were accepted for the anthology I m really pleased with the final product The anthology has exceeded my expectations and I m uite happy to say that it is one of my most fun readings of the year so far and we are only like 36 days in Tim and Nick assembled some great talent for this anthology and their hardwork and that of J M has definitely paid off I thinkStarting with an excellent introduction by kaiju writer Jeremy Robinson the opening of the anthology is uite a smashing one If you ve seen Pacific Rim and enjoyed it then James Lovegrove s very British story about Big Ben vs Red Devil hashing it out at a pier in Southern England is right up your alley Its a somewhat simple story but don t let that fool you because its simplicity is what makes its great David Annandale one of the aforementioned authors I suggested for the anthology then carried on with the story of the beast known as Eschaton as it rips through the city of Manchester and this one is full on man vs beast in a rather heart warming way The third opener is Peter Stenson s story about a sea kaiju who wants to make it big in Hollywood and be the star of his own franchise of kaiju films Its a very unorthodox story and I loved the humour throughout If not for the other great contributions here this one might as well have been the best story in the anthologyAnd so on and on it continues The middle of the anthology populated with other known authors of various SFF genres is similarly goodgreat Some of the stories a very very small handful didn t uite click with me either because of the characters or the plot or sometimes both but overall I had fun reading every story There was never a moment when I wanted to give up on a story altogether Never thatAnd I think that speaks to the editing skills of Nick and Tim Tim especially has edited several anthologies previously and he brings a lot of that expertise to the fore for this anthology as he guides Nick with his first editorial credit I have to say that assembling all this talent is uite a stroke of genius because each story had something different to offer Even when they had the same basic plot the authors always went in different directions and they kept things really interestingHoward Andrew Jones J C Koch Mike MacLean Jonathan Wood Jaym Gates Peter Rawlik James Maxey and Josh Reynolds the latter another author I recommended all have to be credited as writing some of the most entertaining stories in the anthology Josh s story actually ties in to his St Cyprian stories which he has had published in other venues and is the first of his non Black Library work that I ve read and which I loved as well His story is one of the other non orthodox ones in that the kaiju presented is nothing like you can have imagined And with the others some of the defining elements were their characters especially James Maxey That was another absolutely hilarious story and a really fast paced one It tied together religion and urban history in a really interesting wayThe close outs of the anthology are the trio of Larry Correia C L Werner and James Swallow For readers of this blog you will know that I m a huge fan of Herr Werner all through his work for Black Library for the Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40000 universes And similarly for James They are both authors I recommended for this and I m really stoked that their stories were in the closing and were so good to boot In fact James story is a tie in to Colossal Kaiju Combat from Sunstone Games an online game that is currently under development SG were kind enough to lend some support and the results are fantastic I have to say And of course Herr Werner is a kaiju mega fanatic and his story than lived up to my expectations of itAll in all everyone involved in the making of this anthology the authors the editors the artists everybody they did a great job Each story is bookended with a special illustration done by either Robert Elrod Chuck Lukacs or Matt Frank that shows off the the kaiju involved in the story This was part of a special tier that was unlocked during the kickstarter and the artist certainly delivered on the promise It was a great aid to see how the monsters were supposed to look after reading the corresponding storyThis anthology has really made me want to read and watch kaiju fiction I really really want to watch the original Japanese kaiju movies Herr Werner has certainly recommended uite a few to me and when I do end up starting on them I m afraid it will be a monster bingeTo be perfectly honest I really can t wait for that I m a huge fan of Pacific Rim and I m really excited that Guillermo del Toro has begun work on a seuel Plus in a few short months we will have the king of kaiju Godzilla himself return to the big screen in a new movie and that I m super excited aboutFor Kaiju Rising Age of Monsters itself here s my verdict Rating 910

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LlDevil’s Cap Brawl – Edward M ErdelacShaktarra – Sean ShermanOf the Earth of the Sky of the Sea – Patrick M Tracy and Paul GenesseThe Flight of the Red Monsters – Bonnie Jo StufflebeamOperation Starfish – Peter RawlikWith Bright Shining Faces – JC KochThe Banner of the Bent Cross – Peter ClinesFall of Babylon – James MaxeyDead Man’s Bones – Josh ReynoldsStormrise – Erin HoffmanBig Dog – Timothy W LongThe Great Sea Beast – Larry CorreiaAnimikii vs Mishipeshu – CL WernerThe Turn of the Card – James Swall Really fantastic anthology about big monsters Everything is covered from POV s different time periods small large and epic scale battles It s no surprise that the stories with a bit of Asian flavour come off as authentic and cultured I think giant robots fighting monsters was probably their first concept and it has been refined and re explored since then

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Giant monsters and tremendous havoc brought to you by master authors Larry Correia James Lovegrove Peter Clines and many many 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 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 than those From New York Times bestsellers to indie darlings Kaiju Rising Age Kaiju Rising is an anthology of stories about giant monstersNot only did the concept sound fun it sounded so fun that I kicked in some money for the Kickstarter Hopefully along with Pacific Rim Kaiju Rising will usher in a giant monster RenaissanceThe stories in Kaiju Rising run the full spectrum of rampaging giant monster tales Since I ve calculated that I ll run out of room if I review all of them here are some standoutsBig Ben and the End of the Pier Show James Lovegrove This story does a great job setting the tone for the rest of the collection and sucking the reader in I love that it takes place in a world where Kaiju attacks are so common that giant robots are sold specifically to combat them The story of the owner of a money losing pier and the impending battle between a kaiju called Red Devil and a KRV called Big Ben is a delight to read I also liked that the ending wasn t what I expectedThe Lighthouse Keeper of Kurohaka Island Kane Gilmour A lighthouse keeper takes his son to an island not on any maps an island where kaiju go to die and tells him what really happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II I liked this one uite a bit especially that not everyone can perceive kaiju as they are and instead see natural disasters I also love the concept of a kaiju graveyardOne Last Round Nathan Black Loved this one A giant undead crocodile ravages New Orleans and the only people who can stop it are the team that operate KRASURE a giant kaiju fighting robotMonstruo Mike MacLean This one is another favorite A kaiju is approaching a Mexican resort and a man is dispatched to put down the young boy a parasite is using as a host to fight the beast There are a lot of interesting concepts and contributions to kaiju lore in this oneThe Behemoth Jonathan Wood The Behemoth is the story of a mech pilot whose life is slowly disintegrating after his wife becomes a proxy Wood introduces the concept that mech s need extra people inside to act as a buffer to all the sensory input the mech receives Unfortunately proxies have their memories erased Great stuffAnd that s just a sampling There are 18 tales inside chock full of giant monster goodnessKaiju Rising was a nostalgia fest of giant monsters sometimes fighting eually giant robots and wanton destruction While I didn t think they were all home runs it was the best themed anthology I ve read in years Four out of five starsWait I forgot to mention how sweet the art is Every story has a full page illustration of the monster within How cool is thatBonus Feature Here s an interview I did with JM Martin the editorhttpwwwshelfinflictedcom201402