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Book #7 of 2018: Kaijunaut

Kaijunaut by Doug Goodman
Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Liked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

I've never read a "Kaiju" (giant monster, like Godzilla) book before. I'm not sure what made me decide to give this one a try... It's been on my Kindle a while, so whatever reason I had to pick it up has been forgotten. (Maybe Pacific Rim had been on my mind?)

Whatever the reason, I'm glad I gave this one a chance. Set in the future, humans have made multiple, years long trips to space. Five of them are picked to go check out some new planet, a planet that had clearly once had civilizations on it, but now is dead.

The science and the space travel were believable and enjoyable. I liked the characters and their interactions a lot. The aliens, based on insects, were interesting.

I loved this book... until the last 10%. As the end neared, there were so many coincidences, it was getting hard to believe them. Plus the [spoiler] were over-the-top Bad Bad Twirling Mustache Bad guys. The ending wasn't enough to ruin the whole story for me, it's just too bad it wasn't as good as the rest.

Would I read another Kaiju book? Maybe. Apparently this was an odd one, as there wasn't much Kaiju in it, so I'm not sure if I'd enjoy another more or less than this one. Would I read another book by this author? Yeah, I probably would.

Currently reading: In Shades of Grey (The Elder Blood Chronicles Book 1). Not just self-published, but a Smashwords book, which is usually the kiss of death. It's not bad so far though, other than a half-chapter information dump, nothing but one character telling another character something, pages and pages and pages of that one character speaking, nothing else...
Tags: 2018 books, book review, book: kaijunaut
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