ON DAIKAIJU! GIANT MONSTER TALES
the Giant Monsters Attack! blog
to editors Robert Hood and Robin Pen for assembling this great anthology
to read the whole review.
Plumridge on her blog,
Muse du Jour.
entries in this remarkable anthology are, by and large, of excellent
quality from authors all over the world. Style and content vary
widely, from introspective ‘survivors’ tales to interaction
with the giant beasts, from existing universes of giant ‘monsterisms’
to startlingly new and varied fresh responses to the theme.
summation, if you like big monsters, you’ll like this book.
Even if you don’t, there is enough material to make a picky
reader curious, perhaps enough to appreciate the diversity of imagination
and what ‘larger-than-life’ means to each of us.
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Hamilton on Internet
Review of Science Fiction
favorite piece without doubt was "The Tragical History of Guidolon,
the Giant Space Chicken". Frank Wu, in his first piece of published
fiction, has written a deliciously funny and satirical script featuring
the craziest collection of daikaiju creatures imaginable.
From poems to stories, I enjoyed every single composition in the
collection, and found Daikaiju: Giant Monster Tales wonderfully
entertaining. Once you have finished this compelling read, you will
almost certainly be ready for more....
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Lott on the Bookgasm.com website.
such a good idea, you wonder why it hadn’t been done before.
Fifty years after Japan was first decimated onscreen, we finally
have an anthology of original fiction paying tribute to fire-breathing,
foot-stomping, gigantic beasts of the silver screen...
book constantly surprises. Unlike the all-formula movies from which
these stories draw their inspiration, you never know what you’re
going to get.
is another example of why small-press anthologies are as exciting
as anything out there.
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Rayner Roberts on
the AS if website.
suspect that when 2005 grinds to a close, Daikaiju is one
of the books that will most stand out amongst the other tomes released
within the Australian specfic community. I really hope it gets a
far wider audience than small press junkies and congoers in Australia,
though, because it’s good. Really good.
is a far more substantial and significant anthology than its flippant
(if beautiful) cover suggests. The fiction is a blend of post-modern
comedy, urban fantasy, military action, genuine horror and out-and-out
weirdness. This is certainly one of the most effective theme anthologies
I’ve read in a very long time.
to read the whole review, which is
very thorough indeed!
sf files review column, Courier-Mail
24 September 2005
writer Robert Hood's long love of all creatures gigantic has produced
an anthology of stories devoted to the genre, co-edited by fellow
creature-feature lover Robin Pen. Daikaiju! ...
is comfortably crammed with more than 300 pages of fiction from
writers around the world dedicated to the idea of the genre best
embodied by Godzilla.
stories range widely: surreal humour in "Newborn", as
a woman births a giant bird; beautiful if esoteric prose from Brisbane's
Trent Jamieson in "Five Bells"; an Australian Aboriginal
perspective from Rosaleen Love.
the tale concerns an incontinent Kong whose retirement is interrupted
or the wistful remembrance of a daikaiju survivor in a world where
rampages are commonplace, one thing is sure: the writers lapped
up this chance to pay homage, and the result is a big book of terrific
which missed the cut are to be published as an online collection.
The Eavesdropper is George Thomas,
former G Project and MZ fiction editor, Daikaiju! contributing
author, and God of Hyperbole
Your old pal the ephemeral Eavesdropper here, droppin' the dillio
on one fantastic anthology of literary largesse called "Daikaiju!
Giant Monster Tales", now available from Agog! Press.
is the book kaiju eiga fans have been waiting for; a compilation
of twenty-nine incredible stories with ranges of subject and style
as diverse as they are satisfying. Written by an international cast
of notables, edited and published by a crew of distinctly Australian
luminaries, Daikaiju! takes the reader on an epic journey
of monstrously imaginative extremes. From the subtle intensity of
Doug Wood's "Lullabye" to the laugh out loud kick in the
pants of Michelle Marquardt's "Crunch Time", to the pure
sci-fi thrills of Paul Finch's "CALIBOS", Daikaiju!
out all the news, reviews, ordering info, and watch for the companion
E-Anthology coming online soon at http://www.roberthood.net/daikaiju-antho
the Spectrum section of the weekend Sydney
9 July 2005
This book is the first attempt at assembling a literary "take"
on the cinematic tradition amd it's a winner. It's funny, informative,
droll, offensive and it features two of the strongest short stories
I've read in years....
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from the Weekend Australian Review section
18 June 2005
the review was edited slightly for inclusion in the review column
ideas just seem to catch the imagination. When editors Robert Hood
and Robin Pen set out to do Daikaiju: Giant Monster Tales
(Agog Press, 352pp, $32.95), an anthology of giant monster stories
as an homage to Godzilla (with 28 movies to her [sic] credit the
undisputed grandmother [sic] of them all), they were not only inundated
with local and international submissions, but were offered a cover
by eight-times Hugo-winning US artist Bob Eggleton. Eggleton, it
turns out, is a giant monster fan too.
that, for copyright reasons, Godzilla herself cannot be mentioned
or her distinctive signature image sampled, and that the premise
requires every one of the thirty-entry line-up feature a “daikaiju”
event of one sort or another, a lot of the pleasure here comes from
just how the riff is managed from one offering to the next. Adam
Ford’s hilarious “Seven Dates That Were Ruined by Giant
Monsters” and Garth Nix’s “Read It in the Headlines”
deliver exactly what their titles promise, while Anthony Fordham,
Rosaleen Love and J.M. Shiloh bring a certain gravitas and irony
to the mix. Daikaiju is fun, infectious and surprisingly
posted to the Vision-Writers Yahoo list
17 May 2005
have been truly and utterly stunned at how Daikaiju!
manages such thematically and stylistically dissimilar stories which
only really have the Daikaiju in common. It's phenomenally balanced.
on the review site Aussiereviews.com
off, you need to know that 'daikaiju' is Japanese for 'giant monster'.
That is, Godzilla, King Kong, Rodan and all their kind. Now you
are qualified to enjoy the most unusual and entertaining anthology
I've read in a long while.
of the 29 fiction entries features giant monsters but the variety
is incredible.... Read
Daikaiju! author and all-round man of taste
12 April 2005
literally just this moment finished reading Daikaiju!,
and wanted to tell you that I'm absolutely stunned by it! Speaking
as a reader, I'm completely overawed by how good the collection is.
Generally, when I read any antho, I judge it as 'good' if I enjoy,
say, one story out of three. With Daikaiju!, there
was only one story in the entire collection that I didn't completely
enjoy (I won't say which one). This is honestly the best book I've
read in ages, and the best anthology I've EVER read. No bullshit.
I really hope you do another one.
was chuffed to be selected in the first place, of course, but even
more so now I've read the antho and realise how good it is!
Author of Monterra's Deliciosa and Other Tales and Spotted
Shade Books Discussion Area 27 April 2005
great hooting range of almost 350 pages of tales by an international
cast of malfeasants [...]
tone of the anthology isn't one of those I'm-so-cool-I-sneer-at-everything-but-myself,
but a laughing-with, unashamed-to-be-enthusiastic, unabashed collection
meant to be read for pleasure. As it says: "Mammoth mega-fauna!
Apocalyptic adventure! Surreal suspense! Catastrophic comedy! Monstrous
I don't have anything to do with this book other than being there
for the launch, buying a copy and enjoying it immensely.