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Home Birth (Kaiju Revisited Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01N3USJHZ
- Publisher : Apokrupha (November 10, 2016)
- Publication date : November 10, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1760 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 138 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1539821501
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,450,454 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Ursula K. LeGuin is a master of changed planes, of inter-universal visitation, and of the various species and societies therein/on. She draws vivid characters with real pain, love, anger and beliefs.
Home Birth by Jessica McHugh is an Ursula K. dipped in radioactive Jim Beam.
This is a bold and surprising tale with great depth and emotion. It is thrilling and fast. It opens on Earth, but the cast is far from earthly. There are homesick shapeshifting creatures, racist, self-centric humans and of course, there are monstrous super-dicks that see the Earth and its inhabitants something to squash.
However, it’s not simple as all that. There’s a full story behind the action and fantasy. There’s mystery and palpable heart. Complex characters before full-bodied backdrop. The idea itself feels utterly original, never would I suspect what was coming prior to reading.
A Kaiju tale where the monsters are secondary to the story and its cast, a Kaiju tale absolutely worth the short time it takes to read and then some.
Very well done.
This is a short book and there's a lot packed in there. If you are already a fan of McHugh's work, you should find a lot of her great atmosphere and tone in here. If you're looking for a nice distraction for the weekend or on the plane, this would be an excellent choice. Do you love great sci fi and fantasy with a bit of a darker edge to it? Well guess what? You're all out of excuses. Do it.
First off, McHugh's characters once again come through clearly with a strong voice and presence. One thing she seems to excel at is making people sound somehow both totally unique but still clearly McHugh characters.
But even more impressive to me is the world building. Somehow, in an incredibly short amount of time, she is able to present multiple, interweaving universes and places them together masterfully. This is an incredibly vivid and original universe she has conceived of and executed. I thought the exposition of the world was done efficiently and effectively. I never felt like the book was lacking from not enough water. The way she immediately immerses us into this universe reminded me a bit of Blade Runner.
Do yourself a favor. Buy it! Support a great artist and get yourself a copy of a great book.
There is so much going on in this novella it makes me wonder how she managed to cram so much into such a short book without it feeling cluttered. Eibar and partner Naka grow embryos for species across the galaxy but when the Darkogs approach they become involved in a war between the Darkogs and the human race! Yep, it sounds kind of bonkers but it’s really, really well done. I also feel that this novella has a strong social conscience. There are a number of themes running through it from surrogacy to immigration and as with her other works Jessica’s writing is superb, featuring vivid descriptions and engaging three-dimensional characters as well as bodily fluids and splattering of space-gore. ‘Home Birth’ is a straightforward story on the surface but the themes make it about so much more than just the monsters. If it is the monsters you want then there is more than enough gross out Kalju-Style horror to keep you entertained.
There is a dark sense of humour that just peeks its head out from the story every now and then and I loved this. My sense of humour is very dark and there were a couple of occasions where I laughed out loud. Jessica McHugh is a leader of the pack when it comes to writing unusual stories. ‘Home Birth’ is one of the most original and entertaining Kaiju stories that I have ever read. It’s a doozy! Buy it!