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The Kaiju Preservation Society

par John Scalzi

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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 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 whose found their way to the alternate world. Others have, too. And their carelessness could cause millions back on our Earth to die.… (plus d'informations)
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A really fun easy read. Someone referred to it as a palate cleanser book, and I agree. Every now and then you have to read something that is just fun. In the time of Covid, Jamie gets fired from her startup marketing job and has to work as a "door dash" driver. A customer offers her a job working with a team that works with animals, VERY big animals. Kaiju's are real, they come from a parallel earth, and the KPS is tasked with studying them, keeping them out of our world and helping them survive.

"The last version was almost there. Doc said she definitely saw evidence of a tumescent cloaca." I laughed.
"What's got you chuckling?" Satie said.
"I was just thinking that Edward's Tumescent Cloaca would have been an excellent band name." "Emo, obviously," Kahurangi said. "Their first album glistened with promise, but their follow-up was a little flaccid."
"Their third album was really shitty."
"To be fair, the competition was stiff that year."
"I just thought that they should have shown a little more spunk" ( )
  mahsdad | Feb 10, 2024 |
Wacky sci-fi fun kind of reminiscent of Jurassic Park but not exactly.

If you enjoy Scalzi’s writing you’ll probably like this. ( )
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
Awesome fun!. And Wil Wharton's narration wad perfect. ( )
  Treebeard_404 | Jan 23, 2024 |
A great Christmas present from my son. Scalzi is at his best storytelling through the eyes of the naive everyman experiencing the marvel of unforeseen wonders. This novel isn’t particularly literary or mind-blowing, but it is . . . full-on fun! It’s ‘Old Man War’ fun, and it’s full of Scalzi-snark.

Jamie Gray is our MC and hasn’t just been fired, he’s been exploited and screwed by his boss. He’s been let go during the Covid-19 pandemic and must resort to driving for a food-delivery app to barely make ends meet. He serendipitously makes a delivery to an old friend who offers him a job on the spot. A job which will not only solve his money issues but take him to a place he could never imagine and see things he could never believe – namely awe-inspiring, real Kaiju (if you’re not familiar with that term – think Godzilla or Mothra – giant monsters).

The book was a very fast read for me, it’s just over 250 pages. Scalzi burns some pages explaining both the pseudo-science that allows for inter-dimensional travel, but also the creative eco-system of the Kaiju and their environment. It wasn’t until I completed the book that I realized the letter ‘A’ in John ScAlzi on the cover was a nuclear mushroom cloud. He has likeable characters that fast find comradery as you might expect in a dangerous but wonder-filled environment. And what makes a better villain than a dishonest, government-funded, unscrupulous billionaire? The entitled, manipulative, cut-throat son of a billionaire, of course. I think that’s enough of the plot, if you loved Crichton’s “Jurassic Park” then you’ll enjoy this tale.

Four moss-covered, scaly (or Scalzi?) stars for this amusing romp into a delightfully dangerous world filled with impossible creatures and a great balance of wit and peril. ( )
  Kevin_A_Kuhn | Jan 22, 2024 |
From the author's note: "KPS is...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."

John did a good job of living up to his goals. I read through at a pretty quick pace, always gently entertained but never really entranced. It's like one of those summer action films that you walk away from thinking, "I doubt I'll ever want to watch that again, but I had fun."

Books take a lot more effort to get through than a movie, though, so personally I found it less satisfying than I would have if it were a film. ( )
  AdioRadley | Jan 21, 2024 |
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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 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 whose found their way to the alternate world. Others have, too. And their carelessness could cause millions back on our Earth to die.

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