The Kaiju Preservation Society

Hardcover, 272 pages

Published March 8, 2022 by Tor Books.

ISBN:
978-0-7653-8912-1
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4 stars (87 reviews)

When COVID-19 sweeps through New York City, Jamie Gray is stuck as a dead-end driver for food delivery apps. That is, until Jamie makes a delivery to an old acquaintance, Tom, who works at what he calls "an animal rights organization." Tom's team needs a last-minute grunt to handle things on their next field visit. Jamie, eager to do anything, immediately signs on.

What Tom doesn't tell Jamie is that the animals his team cares for are not here on Earth. Not our Earth, at least. In an alternate dimension, massive dinosaur-like creatures named Kaiju roam a warm and human-free world. They're the universe's largest and most dangerous panda and they're in trouble.

It's not just the Kaiju Preservation Society that's found its way to the alternate world. Others have, too--and their carelessness could cause millions back on our Earth to die.

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Divertido

5 stars

Hacía tiempo que no leía algo divertido de verdad. KPS es una novela muy entretenida, como ver una película, donde el humor es constante y las referencias a cultura pop abundantes. Se lee rápido y se agradece que sea una historia cerrada, aunque creo que no me importaría volver a este universo de científicos que se matan por cuidar con mimo de monstruos como edificios.

Voy a seguir leyendo alguna novela más de Scalzi antes de pasar a otra cosa.

Enjoyable but far from mind blowing

3 stars

It was a fun read with some really good moments. While I liked the background, the current events in the book felt a bit too forced. I also wanted to learn a lot more about the kaiju and their world.

Still, it was very entertaining and after having read a lot of trilogies and series in the past, it was refreshing to read a stand-alone book.

The Kaiju Preservation Society

3 stars

For me, this is a classic Scalzi oneshot book. Fun premise, snappy dialogue, snarky characters. There's a good quote in the Author's Note at the end about the process of writing this book, that I think describes the book really well:

As a writer I feel grateful to this novel, because writing it was restorative. KPS is not, and I say this with absolutely no slight intended, a brooding symphony of a novel. It’s a pop song. It’s meant to be light and catchy, with three minutes of hooks and choruses for you to sing along with, and then you’re done and you go on with your day, hopefully with a smile on your face.

I think that's both its strength and its weaknesses. It's not mind-blowing or overly complex--it's a nice snack of a book that doesn't overstay its welcome. I'm not sure it's what I'd consider a "Hugo …

Review of 'The Kaiju Preservation Society' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

It was a fun book. I don't think its his best book, which to me is Androids Dream, Old Mans War, or Agent to the stars. But its a fun book.

It defiantly has a bit of a Cory Doctorow feel, with the random modern technology thrown in. Plex. Discord. NFC. Local Wifi. Etc. Not a bad thing, just not what I really expected so much.

The whole thing about the first person narrator having no gender at all was really interesting. A couple places felt off, like the character had a gender in the first draft, but only like two places. Using Jaime instead of a pronoun in some locations felt awkward, but rarely and easy to overlook.

I would absolutely recommend to other people, especially since I essentially read it in one day.

Mindless fun

5 stars

This is written and set in late 2020. Much like Netflix' Glass Onion, it uses COVID in the backdrop, and then gets onto its main bit. This is about as much COVID as I want in a book.

Equally you get the feeling that Scalzi has a lot to say about US politics and is resisting only dropping a few things before getting back to his main hobby of dropping his favourite nerds in as backing mentions (or ship names in Old Man's War).

This was exactly the right amount of silly for me, I didn't quite get into Redshirts. It gets a bit close when they discuss how kaiju are tropes but then follows with a Peter-Hamilton-level exposition dump about how the pretend science works.

Who cares, there are kaiju, and also a bunch of characters who respect others' chosen pronouns. It's like a much snarkier Becky Chambers book.

Review of 'The Kaiju Preservation Society' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

The most Okay book I've read this year. It's fine. It's very much a novel for your geeky boyfriend that doesn't really get into reading. The audiobook is narrated by Will Wheaton. If that's exciting to you, you'll like the book. If that makes you sign and have Ready Player One flashbacks, maybe skip this one.

Standard Scalzi, as expected

4 stars

Is this a fun ride with lots of satisfaction, a good story and a quick pace. Definitely. Is this a good book? No, not really. Scalzi is an amazing storyteller, but not a particularly good writer. (Having said that, he is far better than he used to be, and he's even commented on problems with his writing that he has tried to correct.) I started this as a light vacation read and it performed exactly as expected.

Review of 'The Kaiju Preservation Society' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

This was somewhat fun, but somewhat tedious. After reading the afterword, I got the impression that the idea for the book came to the author and he jumped on it, but maybe the idea didn't include an intricate plot because this book meanders. Not only does the author spend a lot of time setting up the premise/locale, but the characters repeat themselves to the point of distraction. It also took until 70% for the main action to happen and then of course it was resolved pretty quickly. Which is not to say I didn't like this, I did, and would be interested in more books set in the same world, even with less focus on the kaiju.

Review of 'The Kaiju Preservation Society' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Fun and entertaining, as I would expect from Scalzi, but it doesn’t really do anything much we haven’t seen before. I appreciated the sciency and unique take on Kaiju biology. I also very much enjoyed the easy rapport of the friendships developed in the story. Still, the lack of development of the genre leaves me disappointed. I was hoping for more. At least it was amusing.

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