Welcome to a world where the Cold War was fought not with the threat of nuclear destruction, but with Giant Monsters. Watch as the denizens of this Earth that might have been learn to harness the power of these legendary creatures for good and ill. In these seven tales you'll witness first hand as… --A young boy learns the value of sacrifice when the Japanese use a giant mWelcome to a world where the Cold War was fought not with the threat of nuclear destruction, but with Giant Monsters. Watch as the denizens of this Earth that might have been learn to harness the power of these legendary creatures for good and ill. In these seven tales you'll witness first hand as… --A young boy learns the value of sacrifice when the Japanese use a giant monster to attack Pearl Harbor… --An Inuit confronts his heritage to harness a frightening creature of the Great White North… --A false guru's greed endangers 1960s Boston… All this and more await you in the pages of MONSTER EARTH! Join editors James Palmer (Slow Djinn), Jim Beard (Sgt. Janus, Spirit-Breaker) and some of the most talented voices in New Pulp, including Nancy Hansen (Prophecy's Gambit), Edward M. Erdelac (The Merkabah Rider series), and I.A. Watson (Blackthorn: Dynasty of Mars) as they take you to frightening vision of Earth… MONSTER EARTH!...
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Monster Earth Reviews
Monster Earth is an eclectic collection with a unique premise; "what if instead of nuclear weapons, nations developed & fought wars with gigantic monsters a la Godzilla!"With such a crazy yet terrifyingly stunning premise, editors Jim Beard & James Palmer have envisioned this anthology with various tales spanning the decades beginning with the 1930s going all the way to the late 70s & early 80s. The collection showcases various monstrosities, some tamed & some tolerated yet all of them have the potential to wipe out chunks of mankind within seconds. The various authors explore different nations & situations like the Sino-Japanese war, the Vietnam conflict as well as monsters belonging to Canada, Sri Lanka via the indigenous Mythos.All in all this Kaiju collection is a complete winner for those who love monsters and stories compiled about the vagaries of the humans cohabiting the same ecosystem with them. More to come in full FBC review...
Cool little book! Definitely a quick read. At first, I thought the general conceit was a little too limiting, giant monsters as weapons of mass destruction....but I was pleasantly surprised. This book covered the power, the mystery and the awesomeness of gargantuan behemoths perfectly. And we even got a glimpse of their sex lives! I will be reading the sequel.
Monster Earth- A reviewMonster Earth by Jim Beard, Edward M. Erdelac, Nancy Hansen, Jeff McGuiness, James Palmer, Fraser Sherman, and I.A. Watson was one of those special books that you can’t wait to start reading. It has that special magic about it, because of the subject matter, that really makes for a fun read. Now to be clear, this is NOT ‘things that go bump in the night’ type monsters. No, this is the kind of monster that tears down buildings, neighborhoods, airports and decimates things with atomic flame type of monsters. In other words, huge fun!These stories were all told by someone who was sitting nearby watching the action or was some sort of other bystander, or in other cases a government employee or official. So you had a human issue with every one of these tales. These weren’t just crash and rend monster stories. They had soul and heart as well. Jim Beard’s ‘Parade of Moments’ starts the book off with a pre- world war II story about the first recorded experience anyone had with a monster on this Earth. As not one but two of them appear in china and battle it out, ending in the destruction of one of the creatures. A lone reporter and cameraman recorded the entire event and became famous for it. This was the event that heralded the age of the monstersThe next story was by I.A Watson and was called ‘Happy Birthday Bobby Fetch’ This tale takes place in Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. In our world that day was the day that will forever live in infamy. In this world things were no different, just the manner of which the Japanese did their dirty work was. Instead of starting a sneak attack with planes, they used a monster. This story is more about personal sacrifice and honor above anything else, but must be read to be understood. It was a very good piece that I really enjoyed. The third tale entitled ‘The Monsters Home’ By Jeff McGuiness was about America’s very own monster, a hairy beast called ‘Johnson’ who was entrusted to defending our shores from attack in the 1950’s. He was a 300’ tall mass of hair so thick you couldn’t even see his eyes. He had escaped on several occasions himself, but like most of the other stories within these pages he was really just a co-star in his own tale. This one centered on the denizens of an almost abandoned Los Angeles and another escape by the towering Johnson, and how it affected a cabbie, a bank teller a cop and a bank robber. This was a very interesting piece about throwing disparate people into a room together and seeing the result. In a way it reminded me of an old ‘Twilight Zone’ type of story.The next tale is called ‘And a child shall lead them’ by the esteemed Nancy Hansen, concerned the 1960’s, a mystic gem and a slumbering snake woman/goddess several hundred feet tall. This tale was unique in that this was the only ‘monster’ in this book with intelligence. She was more of a mythical creature who was guarding her mystic gemstone from those who would exploit it. This story was about the greed of one small, petty man and how his greed cost lives as well as massive property damage. Another excellent cautionary tale with a pretty epic battle sequence between two gigantic creatures tearing up Boston pretty good.‘Mighty Nanuq’ is by Edward M. Erdelac and is a generational take between a Grandfather and his Grandson that again takes place in the 1960’s though this story is in the tail end of it, and the majority of the story, told via flashback, concerns Nazi’s bringing their own monster to the top of the world to attack Canada as well as the United States. An excellent story as another monster, a legendary creature named ‘Nanuq’ appears to do battle with the Nazi’s hellish monstrosity.‘Peace with Honor’ by Fraser Sherman is an early 1970 story centered on the Vietnam war and the communists attacks on South Vietnam with their flying monster, a giant bat to which the United States retaliated with the son of Johnson, simply named Junior. Another epic monster battle ensued as the two gigantic creatures clashed. This story was as much about each creature’s handlers as it was about the monsters themselves. These handlers each did what they could to control the beasts, for without them, both monsters would have been simply rampaging behemoths. There was as much fear of the combatant’s fellow man in this tale as there was of each monster. Another solid story.‘Some Say in Ice’ by James Palmer is the final tale in this tome and takes place in the 1980’s as a tremendous ship designed just for capturing monsters is somewhere in the arctic searching for a never before seen beast. There is a gigantic creature here hiding under the ice and the American’s want it. As they try out their experimental ship and equipment, hope runs high that the vessel has what it takes to capture a creature so large it snacks on whales. This was a good story that left some unanswered questions at its end, of which I’m assuming will be answered in the next volume.All in all this was a ‘Must Read’ book for those of us who grew up with Godzilla movies on a Saturday afternoon at the local cinema. Every story in this volume fed into the next one in one long continuous arc that spanned decades. I highly recommend this book, it was that good. Five stars.
The stories averaged better than three stars, but they were let down by the package and the editing. In particular, the book appears to have had no real copy editing, and had the strangest formatting errors. Lines end seemingly at random, paragraphs begin again after commas or hyphens, and in one story a key character's name alternates between Cole and Colt all through the story. Very sloppy, and very disappointing. It was very distracting trying to read a story while figuring out whether any given oddity was deliberate or a typo.The premise of the anthology is that in 1937, Japan shocked the world by attacking China...with the support of a giant monster. An arms race of monsters ensues, with different countries scrounging up monsters of their own. Some come from the mythology and folklore of the nations, others have no apparent source. This lack of a source weakened two of the stories involving American giant monsters, both of which seemed to involve a giant version of a cross between Bigfoot and Cousin It from the Addams Family.The World War II stories were generally the best, although two 1960s-70s ones were quite interesting. One or two were just weak, including the final story in the anthology, which just didn't make sense.If Mechanoid Press plans a sequel, I beg them to hire a copy editor, even a student intern or something. Anything that involves a pair of eyes actually checking the pages before they go to press!!!
I have to say that as a short story collection, Monster Earth is that rare beast in that there is NOT a bad story in the collection (at least in my opinion). The tales are all fairly well written in terms of plot, but the entire book could've definitely used a final pass through both an editor and a formatter. Characters change names in a couple of cases several times during the course of a story, and uniform indents are apparently only a suggestion for a couple of them. But even with the problems, they managed to keep you reading on. The basic concept - giant monsters rather than nukes in the arms race, is somewhat far-fetched for even this sort of pulpy adventure, but the stories flow well under that flawed blanket theme. It's a multinational tour de force, as nearly every country has a giant monster, and seems to need one to be taken seriously, even if some of those creatures cause more havoc than they protect against. I'd definitely give this a read if you're a kaiju fan. There's no Godzilla here, but plenty of variations that will make you click the next page.
Pretty much as soon as I read the description for this book, I was going to read it. I grew up watching Godzilla movies on TV, so a short story collection about an alternate Earth were giant monsters replaced atomic weapons in the World War II and the Cold War was right down my alley. So why only 3 stars? Because like most short story collections, there are winners and losers in this book. So I took the ones I liked (4 stars) and averaged them out with the ones I didn't like (2 stars).
Why has nobody thought of this premise for an anthology before? What would happen to the world if all those giant movie-type monsters really existed. What happens if kaiju fought in WW2? What's the impact on history?This book's not only big monsters fighting, it's also the human stories that causes. Wide screen mayhem with a beating heart.[NB: Can't review the second story in this as I wrote it].
good storytelling but somehow missing originality.
Not BadLight hearted reading. I enjoyed the fictional rewrite of history. Recommended for anyone who has enjoyed science fiction and big monster movies.