Thursday, January 21, 2016

Kaiju maximus®: “So Various, So Beautiful, So New,” by Kai Ashante Wilson

(Fantasy) Tonight the hero risks her family to battle the Kaiju Maximus, one of the enormous aliens that drove most of humanity underground.  (7,291 words)

Rating: 2, Not recommended

"," by appeared in the December 2015 special issue of Fantasy Magazine (Issue 59): Queers Destroy Fantasy! published .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

The big problem with this story is that there's no conclusion to it. We're waiting to learn whether the hero defeated the monster. If she'll be coming back to save her little family. But it ends with them just waiting.

The author interview reveals that the author wanted to write a tie-in novel to a video game.  "Kaiju maximus" is that imaginary game, and we get a few tastes of the back story here and there. But that also explains why everything is so dramatic and yet nothing feels serious.

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