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The Kaiju Preservation Society
The Kaiju Preservation Society | John Scalzi
John Scalzi is the most entertaining, accessible writer working in SF today Joe Hill In New York City, Jamie Gray is a 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. Toms team needs a last-minute grunt to handle things on their next field visit. Jamie, eager to do anything, immediately signs on. What Tom doesnt 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. Theyre the universes largest and most dangerous animal and theyre in trouble. Its 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. The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi is a thrilling, fast-paced adventure set on an alternate Earth perfect for fans of Adrian Tchaikovsky and Charles Stross.
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Chrissyreadit
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Thanks for the tag @PageShifter
1. I‘m a mood reader with multiple books depending not only on mood but audio if I‘m in car or cleaning, digital if I‘m in line or waiting and traditional when ever it fits.
2. Tagged a book I have enjoyed.
#wondrouswednesday
Anyone else? Feel free to share!

Eggs Thanks for playing 🙏🏻 3w
LKK526 #wondrouswednesday @Eggs I read one book at a time. I loved Mouth to Mouth, I panned An Uninvited Guest and I bailed on The Cloisters 3w
kspenmoll I have the same approach to reading books.😀 (edited) 3w
PageShifter That cover has been haunting me for months, it's intriguing. 3w
Chrissyreadit @PageShifter Kaiju? I really enjoyed it! And listened on audio- my fam liked it too. 3w
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KathyWheeler
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This book has been my husband‘s and my road trip book for awhile; we finished it today. It was just fun and light sci-fi. At the end, Scalzi explains that he‘d been writing a deep and mostly depressing novel, but he couldn‘t handle that in the middle of a pandemic, so he scrapped that and went with this. Wil Wheaton is the perfect narrator.

TheSpineView I agree! 3w
shanaqui I can't hear any of John Scalzi's narrators as anyone *but* Wil Wheaton, hahaha. I've been listening to Lock In/Head On with my wife and that's Wil Wheaton too, and also perfect. 3w
DogMomIrene I loved this one too! Scalzi almost always puts me in a good mood. 3w
KathyWheeler @shanaqui My first experience with Wil Wheaton as a narrator was with Ready Player One, where he was perfect, so I was glad to see that he was the narrator for this. 3w
KathyWheeler @DogMomIrene I will definitely read more Scalzi. 3w
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julesG
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I agree with the Author's Note - this book "is a pop song. It's light and catchy."

It's exactly the kind of sci-fi #PalateCleanser I needed. I enjoyed the pop-culture reference and probably had as much fun reading it as Scalzi writing it.

#OutstandingOctober @Andrew65

Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏 1mo
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Liatrek
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Finished this weekend. A very fun listen and I love Wil Wheaton so much ❤️ #scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter @clwojick #spookween @thespineview #31by31 @catsandbooks #OutstandingOctober @andrew65

TheSpineView Agree on book and Will Wheaton 1mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🐺💙 1mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1mo
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BookBelle84
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I loved this, it was hilarious. This is the perfect covid book for anyone who needs a laugh. A food delivery driver during lockdown gets offered a mysterious job. Travel to another dimension to help preserve the kaiju (Japanese godzilla monsters). Will Wheton is a fantastic narrator for this self depreciating, sarcastic MC. Scalzi's authors note explained why he wrote this novel and he accomplished his goals. It takes Jurassic Park to a new level!

shanaqui Oof, I thought Will Wheaton was perfect for Lock In/Head On, but yeah, this might be even more perfect for him as a narrator! 2mo
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JoyBlue
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Need a light sci-fi brain and soul break? Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-kaiju-preservation-society

TheSpineView Enjoyed! 2mo
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KathyWheeler
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I was off work today because I had to take my daughter to the doctor. After her appointment, my husband and I went across the bay so I could walk there. The Kaiju Preservation Society is our road trip book so we listened to it, while I listened to Tamarack County on my #audiowalk. We also went to Barnes & Noble. The Arendt & Jung books are his, while The Friend and All Adults Here are mine. We had a lovely day despite its beginning.

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majkia

Typical crazy Scalzi fun scifi. Much like his book [Redshirts] he expands an existing idea and runs with it. Great fun.

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CallMeIshmael
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What a fun book, it was like watching Svenghoulie on Saturday night (which if you have never watched svenghoulie I highly recommend, Saturdays at 8 on metv) anyway it was fun mindless book that is a great time

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Soubhiville
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Scalzi describes this book well in his author‘s note at the end- it‘s like a pop song, fun to sing along to, kind of predictable, might get stuck in your head a little.

It‘s a fun, amusing, lighter sci-fi read. Pretty much what the title suggests. I enjoyed it a lot, it was just what I was looking to spend my weekend with.

With my little monster Venkman.

WorldsOkayestStepMom 😻😻😻 2mo
KathyWheeler My husband and I are currently listening to this and love it. 2mo
ShelleyBooksie Venkman ♡♡♡ 2mo
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BookMaven9
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🌟🌟🌟3.5 actually. I needed a fun Godzilla monster story with lots of action and fun for the soul. Oh and don‘t forget the alternate world which is another favorite genre. Only gripe was that it threw lots of 2020 horrors in the mix which takes me out of the story and puts me in the funk I don‘t want to relive. I feel the same way as Scalzi about 2020 and perhaps writing about it in cathartic as a writer, but I need to escape this world.

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Pedrocamacho
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Loved this book. Quick and fun read. While this book bears the imprint of 2020 and our contemporary problems, it remains enjoyable.

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Robotswithpersonality
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SUCH A GOOD TIME!!! If you hold any nostalgia for 90s sci-fi/action/adventure movies, but would prefer something a little more enlightened in terms of representation and sense of humour, I cannot overstate how enjoyable a read this is. The author's note in the back says it all. Love the non-binary rep, and interweaving current concerns into the narrative somehow without making it anxiety-inducing.🤷🏼‍♂️

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Robotswithpersonality
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Today's favourite word, "calumny:"

The making of false and defamatory statements about someone in order to damage their reputation; slander.
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Robotswithpersonality
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I am having so much fun with the over-the-top-ness of this book!

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Robotswithpersonality
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There is good vegan cheeze and bad vegan cheeze...🤣

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Mindelan
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This book is exactly what it sounds like: a fun scifi romp with giant monsters. It‘s got all of the Scalzi hallmarks: laugh-out-loud goofs, fun banter, and a single debilitating punch to the feels. The acknowledgements say he wrote it during lockdown as an escape, and he somehow did a great job of doing that while gently poking fun at some of the stressors of the last few years.

Picture is the kaiju of our prairie garden, the 8ft+ cup plant!

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TheSpineView
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This was such a fun book. Scalzi sure knows how to tell a good story. In an alternate Earth there are giant creatures that are called Kaiju, after Godzilla. They have evolved to have their own organic nuclear power plant. They are now endangered and in a top secret project is in place to protect them. Such a cool idea for a story. I laughed at some of the scenes, like when Edward had to be woken up. So good! 4.5⭐️

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StaceGhost
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Wow! I loved this book. Scalzi describes it as a pop song 🎶 it really is so much fun 🦖my son loves kaiju too so we went to the Mahoning for their Godzilla vs Monster Zero on the original 35mm 📽I love a monster movie/book in the summertime 😎

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sebrittainclark
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#LetterK recs:

Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi
Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
Kingsbane by Claire Legrand
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 4mo
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bookishdawg
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What a fun summer read! It was exactly as the author intended… a”pop song” of a book. I think I smiled all the way through. Perfect for fans of Jurassic Park, The Meg, King Kong… with a lighter touch. 😊👍🏻

Blueberry It sounds like just what I need to read! 5mo
bookishdawg @Blueberry it‘s SO fun! Enjoy 😊 5mo
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Chrissyreadit
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This was the book I did not know I needed. I picked it as the car travel book because I was sure both my mom and son would love it! And we all did. It reminded me a little of Eureka and Jurassic park. I just know it was fun and funny and entertaining. And Wil Wheaton narrates- also fun.

BethM I wonder if the library would have the audio 🤔 I gave up audible years ago bc I outpace it 😂 6mo
Chrissyreadit @BethM I hope your library does! 6mo
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traa
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This was a fun time! Scalzi‘s characters are always a fun source of banter. I love that this book doesn‘t try to take itself too seriously, but also has its own merits beyond just being a parody.

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Excited to read this!

bookishdawg I‘m waiting on my library hold for this one! 😊 6mo
shanaqui It's really fun! I tore right through it. 6mo
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Mogoeg
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If you liked Red Shirts, this is pretty much in the same vein - snappy, sarcastic characters doing their best in weird situations.

Scalzi wrote this fun, short, sci-fi workplace comedy after being blocked for much of 2020 (as he outlines in the author's note) & it is both an acknowledgement of the strangeness & derangement of the pandemic & the election, & a nice bit of competence escapism in the face of those (these?) troubled times.

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Johanna414
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I don't think i ever expected to say this about a novel set during the COVID pandemic, but what a fun book!! It was my first John Scalzi, but i will definitely be reading more of his work.

Soubhiville Yay, so glad you liked it. I‘d highly recommend 6mo
Johanna414 @Soubhiville I'll give that a try this summer! 6mo
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Johanna414
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The kids have some friends over to play, Buster and I are relaxing in the back yard, and I'm reading a really fun book... perfect Saturday?! I think so.

Soubhiville How is it? I‘m looking forward to that one. 6mo
Johanna414 @Soubhiville its really fun so far!! 6mo
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Twainy
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🎧 Wil Wheaton is my Spirit Nerd!! Love his Scalzi narrations!

This is your typical snarky sarcastic hilarious portal sci-fi story!

LOVVVVED IT!!!

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Aims42 Ooooo definitely checking this one out!! Great review!! 6mo
Twainy Thank you @Aims42 if you like campy Scalzi & Wil Wheaton narration, this is more of the same. 😁 6mo
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Gnora
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Not a really busy month, but a few really good books! All of the Agatha Christie and Mary Kay Andrews/Kathy Trocheck were audio.

#bookreport #roundup #romance #audio #mystery #scifi #YA

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kimmypete1
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If you‘re looking for something that‘ll make you laugh and entertain you I highly recommend this one!

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A fun but predictable read. This is a good book if you need something easy to break up a reading slump or you just crave something like Jurassic Park.

shanaqui I think it's Scalzi's own afterword that refers to it as being like a pop song, and that's just right as a descriptor! 6mo
magicalshelves @shanaqui Totally agree! 6mo
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DogMomIrene
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Godzilla says, “Listen to this book narrated by Wil Wheaton!” Such a fun science fiction story set during the pandemic, just on Kaiju Earth. At some point I‘ll be listening to this one again. There are just too many LOL moments that I‘d love to hear again.

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DogMomIrene
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Jamie also lifts things🤣

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DogMomIrene
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I cancelled my library hold on this one for the physical book when I saw that Wil Wheaton narrates Scalzi‘s latest novel. Already I‘m laughing… at a story that opens in New York City at the beginning of the pandemic. I just love John Scalzi, and I love his stories even more when Wil Wheaton reads them to me. Geek heaven over here🤓

Megabooks He‘s such a great narrator! 6mo
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willaful

I just noticed that the main character of this story basically goes from being a delivery boy to an otherwordly... delivery boy. I wonder if it's a hat tip to “Futurama.“

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Twainy
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#Audible SALE! Only on sale for another 36 hours. I set aside 6 to look at after work. Most categories have 2 pages so it‘s a quick lookyloo. The books seem to be under my $7.50 sweet spot and quite a bit are under $5.

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Lyssa131330
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This was such an enjoyable, fun read. I often can tell how much I‘m enjoying an ebook by how often I check the page number and I was a third of the way in before I even looked at how long the book was. A lovely cast of diverse and funny characters, and I enjoyed the ending, even if parts were predictable (in a comforting way, not a boring way). I would definitely accept a job with the KPS 🦖.

shanaqui Ha, I'm just like that with checking the page count. Even sometimes when something seems like it's right up my alley... still checking the page count constantly. Always interesting to see other people's habits like this! 6mo
Lyssa131330 @shanaqui I‘m glad I‘m not the only one lol 6mo
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LiteraryLona
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Narrated by Will Wheaton. It‘s so good!

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bookwrm526
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This was the book I so perfectly needed. As Scalzi himself says in the afterword, it‘s not high literature, it‘s a pop song of a book, but sometimes a really catchy pop song is exactly the thing you want.

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Mel
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Oh this one was fun - perfect book to start the weekend!

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Eggbeater
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I adored this book because it was so much geeky fun and Scalzi's humor doesn't disappoint. I would not have thought of the logistics involved in getting two Godzillas to procreate, now I won't be able to get that out of my head. Thanks.

#20in4 #Readathon 2nd book completed @Andrew65

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 7mo
shanaqui He mentioned this book being like a pop song and it's the perfect way to describe it, isn't it? Just lots of fun. 7mo
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Gnora
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Reading on vacation and this feels very appropriate. 😊

#scifi #picturesque #vacation #librarybook

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Jenken1998
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That was an adventure! I am always impressed how Sci Fi authors come up with this stuff. Im not a big Sci Fi reader but enjoyed the storyline that brings in current events and witty- sarcastic banter. MC Jamie lands a job protecting unusual creatures in a different dimension. Lots of science discussions that were not too over my head. It was fun. 4 🌟

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Jenken1998
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Tonights fun... if i can stay awake. My allergies are bad and im exhausted 😩

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Nelnjali
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I got myself a Paperwhite reader, and it is so much easier to read while eating and such. I've never been much for ebooks because looking at a screen caused eye strain, felt too much like work (I'm an editor), and I didn't seem to retain what I read as well. But I decided to try again (I had a Nook back in the day), and I haven't had any of those troubles with this reader. I'll always be a lover of physical books, but I love this too.

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Nelnjali
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Doing laundry at my parents' today, and I have a reading buddy. Pokey is always so happy when I come to visit.

AmyG Awwww ❤️ 7mo
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suvata
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I don‘t read a lot of sci-fi but when I do I prefer something that is cleverly written with a touch of humor. Think: Hank Green, John Marrs, Blake Crouch, Douglas Adams, etc. This was quite a story about giant beings on an alternate earth. The audio is great read by Wil Wheaton.

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shanaqui
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Received to review!

That was a lot of fun. I completely blasted through it. It's quippy and sometimes funny and very Scalzi, and I had a great time.

Plus, hey, a bingo! #BookSpinBingo

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Twainy
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I think I like the red Goldsboro UK edition more but will probably keep both. I haven‘t read this book yet? My TBR is growing faster than I can read the books.

TheSpineView I like the red cover better too. ❤📕 8mo
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