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Shambling Towards Hiroshima Paperback – February 1, 2009
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...the strange brew of jolly satire and moral indignity of vintage Kurt Vonnegut....”
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It’s called satire, and James Morrow does it brilliantly.”
...tour-de-force of razor-sharp wit...packs a big wallop....”
Morrow is the only author who comes close to Vonnegut’s caliber. Like Vonnegut, Morrow shrouds his work in science fiction, but the real story is always man’s infinite capacities for love and for evil.”
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...witty, playful...reminiscent of Watchmen....”
...a reminder that for all the shenanigans in his plots, [James Morrow is] first and foremost just a great writer.”
In the tradition of Dr. Strangelove...even as you’re laughing, you’re not sure you should be.”
James Morrow’s bizarrely funny new book Shambling Towards Hiroshima turns the usual Godzilla paradigm on its head: Instead of being inspired by the horrors of nuclear war, Godzilla is its herald.”
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John Scalzi, The Big Idea
Morrow liberally salts the yarn with real Hollywood horror-movie personnel, Jewish showbiz snark, and gut-wrenching regret for the bomb. As usual for Morrow, a stellar performance.”
...sharp-edged, delightfully batty...skillfully mingling real and imaginary characters with genuinely hilarious moments.”
...a total hoot to read...recounting horrors both imagined and real with equal aplomb.”
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A ridiculously fun read...pitch-perfect satire.”
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Morrow's novel is a short one, but it sure packs a punch. A merger of the edginess of pulp fiction (the literary form, not the movie) and popular media drawn into reality, Shambling Towards Hiroshima sends us on what might be the ultimate top secret adventure. This isn't a novel that wants you to take it too seriously, though; it's a novel that is aware of the absurdity of its speculative claim and is all too prepared to capitalize on that in Morrow's writing style and characters. There is something both subtle and outrageous about the idea of the U.S. government using real-life monsters against the Japanese, particularly now that we think of Japan in terms of Godzilla jokes or production quality.
And I think this is Shambling Towards Hiroshima's strong point. Because it didn't take itself to seriously, I was able to set aside the little parts of me that wanted to call B.S. throughout the story. After all, this is an alternative history, of sorts, and it proposes something that is not only outlandish, but appropriately nostalgic.Read more ›
If you click on "See all Editorial Reviews" above you can read the description of the story. This is a very short/quick read (there are only 170 numbered pages) and in his acknowledgments Morrow calls it a novella. It's too short for me to give it five stars, but it was enjoyable.
If you like satire and tongue-in-cheek humor, give this book a try.
It fell apart during the overarching narrative framing story, and the ending was a sad denouement. I did enjoy several bits of writing that poked satirical fun at Hollywood and giant monster movies, as well as a few bits that tweaked their noses, Three Stooges style, at the U.S. military.
The discussion and descriptions of Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors tacked on at the end felt out of place and didn't connect well to the rest of the story to me. It was jarring, although for all I know that was the author's intention. There really are no words for the horrors inflicted in those two attacks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun story, very original idea. Will change the way you think about Godzilla, the A-bomb, and World War II.Published 3 months ago by Bhakta Jim
Sorry I just did not find this story funny nor thoughtful. It may have attempted to show the silliness of the arms race as a supposedly top secret giant lizard project competed... Read morePublished 6 months ago by David G
A fun little novel for fans of giant monsters but also with a serious side about the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.Published 9 months ago by PT Dilloway
You'll never read anything else like it. Unfortunately the Amazon summary gives away too much of the wacky story, I would have summarised it as follows: "In the 1940s, a... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Tom Alaerts
I just could not get into this book. Where was the author going with the story? I don't know.Published 22 months ago by SCDe
The writing is like an old fashion love letter to English. The message is a bit darker than you'll expect based on how ludicrous the situations are.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good fun, with a serious underside. Worth the time to savor the flavor. Read it twice, once for the laughs, once for the issues it raises.Published 24 months ago by Mikeinmotion
The story was OK but, not really that good. The premise was a bit too weird and at the time not weird enough.Published 24 months ago by A. Skowronski
This novel is about an audacious plan to end World War II in the Pacific, without invading Japan. It involves a man in a rubber monster suit. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Paul Lappen