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GOODREADS REVIEW: KARMATHAUR

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My Kaiju short story, Karmathaur, got a four star review on Goodreads.com:

“A group of fanatics calling themselves the Anakim create a demi-god to free the Earth from the burden of humanity – or that is how they see it. To the rest of the world, Karmathaur is a monster that seems unstoppable.

I liked this story. The clever way the author linked the four main characters into it as friends of the first victim of the monster, pulled apart then drawn together by his death and its consequences. Marcus and Terry were his friends, and Kanae was part of their social group and girlfriend of Terry. In addition Kanae, as the daughter of the leader of the Anakim, feels the need to redeem herself, working with her uncle Atari to do so.

The description of the creation of Karmathaur is brilliantly creative technobabble and the action scenes – some from the monsters POV are powerfully presented. For me the most poignant scene is where Karmathaur admires the sunrise, raising the question where is the monster here? It only kills to live – and that’s what we humans do, isn’t it?

The main issue with this book is that the quality of writing is very patchy and that gets in the way at some key points with the flow of the story.

I’d recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Godzilla and other books/anime/movies of that kind.”

GODZILLA 2019

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I got a closer look at Godzilla’s appearance for the new film and I am pleased with what I see. For the most part, Godzilla looks almost identical to his appearance in the 2014 film with the exception a several minor changes. The 2014 version of Godzilla was more faithful to the original design than the 1998 version. Now, Legendary has made their Godzilla even more faithful to the original design. Instead of the tree trunk legs from the 2014 film, Godzilla’s legs have proper feet with claws. The tip of his tail is now more rounded like the original design instead of pointed. His arms and claws are more developed and seem capable to properly grapple opponents such as King Ghidorah or King Kong. Godzilla also seems to have lost some weight since 2014 even though he is still somewhat pot-bellied. Most crucially of all, Godzilla’s dorsal spines now look like the ones he had in the original 1954 film, which is a nice homage. In the trailers, Godzilla’s atomic breath is larger and more powerful than it was in 2014, which promises an even more satisfying fight. Overall, I like this new and improved design of the almighty King of the Monsters!

RODAN 2019

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I never thought much about Rodan as a Kaiju, but I am loving his new look in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. I have seen him emerge from a volcano before in King Ghidorah’s first movie. With this in mind, it is not entirely outrageous to see him crawl out of a volcano. Also, I am pleased to see that the filmmakers included Rodan’s ability to destroy everything he flies over. It is basic physics. Something that big moving that fast will blow away everything in its path. In addition to his classic abilities, I am pleased that Legendary has remained mostly faithful to Rodan’s appearance. Just as Godzilla’s roar was updated in the 2014 film, I hope Rodan’s roar gets updated in the upcoming film.

KING GHIDORAH 2019

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I am looking forward to seeing King Ghidorah’s new look for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Out of all of Godzilla’s numerous enemies, King Ghidorah is arguably his single greatest rival to his crown as King of the Monsters. Apart from a new minor changes, I am pleased that Legendary has been faithful in the appearance and design of the Planet Eater. Based on what I have seen in the trailers, King Ghidorah will retain his iconic gravitational beams that he shoots from his mouths. Also, to make him similar to Godzilla, the filmmakers have made his throats glow yellow when he is about to launch his energy breath. Godzilla does something similar when his dorsal spines glow blue before firing his atomic breath. Also, it looks like King Ghidorah’s twin tails can actually be used as weapons since their spikes act like switch blades. What makes this version of King Ghidorah even more frightening is the fact that his colossal wings create super storms strong enough to swallow up entire cities whenever he takes flight. I also like how the filmmakers are giving each of King Ghidorah’s heads their own unique personality with the center head being the alpha. Easily the most terrifying aspect of this King Ghidorah is the fact that Monarch described him as a living mass extinction event. In other words, if the meteor that killed the dinosaurs had a will of its own then that would best represent King Ghidorah. Apart from the anime King Ghidorah, I never got the feeling that the earlier versions of King Ghidorah truly had the power to destroy the planet. However, I am getting the vibe from this King Ghidorah that he truly does have the power to destroy us all, human and Kaiju alike. Overall, I think we are about to see the very best battle between Godzilla and King Ghidorah yet and I look forward to see these two rival kings clash for the Monster Throne.

MOTHRA 2019

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One of the Kaiju I look forward to seeing in Godzilla: King of the Monsters is Mothra. The reason I look forward is because if Godzilla is King of the Monsters then Mothra is the Queen of the Monsters. I noticed that she has undergone a major makeover for the new movie. Her wings are larger and have a more prominent eye pattern that resemble Godzilla’s eyes, which forms a certain connection between Godzilla and Mothra. If Godzilla’s dorsal spines represents his crown then the eye pattern on Mothra’s wings represent her crown. Mothra’s body is smaller and resembles a mixture between a real-life moth and a wasp. Her legs are longer and armed with claws like a praying mantis. Overall, Mothra is still as beautiful and deadly as ever. I can see why ancient man worshipped her as a goddess made flesh. I hope we get to see references to the Mothra fairies in the new film. Since the guy who wrote the music for Black Sails will be revamping the classic Godzilla theme, I hope he also gives us a revamped version of the classic Mothra song.

KARMATHAUR FILM?

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Looking back at Karmathaur’s recent review, I received a very pleasant compliment that I did not see coming. The review said that Karmathaur could potentially be made into a film that would rival Godzilla and Pacific Rim. That was a great compliment that I was not expecting and it meant a great deal. I have viewed Karmathaur as just a simple side project, but this comment implies that it could become so much more than I intended. I will keep this in mind if the opportunity ever arises.

GOODREADS REVIEW: KARMATHAUR

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My Kaiju novella, Karmathaur, got a four star review on both GoodReads and Amazon UK today! Here it is:

“From the first line to the first echoing roar of Karmathaur itself, it is clear where the inspiration for the story lies. The story starts with a genetic experiment that is almost thwarted by the police, then moves on a few years later to when the genetically modified and radiation filled zygote (a fertilized egg) has hatched into the monster Karmathaur. We follow a set of friends as they find out about the cult behind the creature’s creation while they battle for survival. The story very much plays out like a Hollywood blockbuster, and like a Hollywood movie it is fast paced, action filled but low on character development. Interestingly the characters start to develop but the one problem with the story halts that, the fact that it is so short. It really follows the blockbuster formula that it is about gruesome deaths and high-octane set pieces. Whilst I am happy with this and soon became aware that this was where the book was heading, there is a sense of loss, that by making it potentially twice the length it could make you feel more for the characters. That said, for a book that costs 99p on Kindle you can not go far wrong, and it could easily be made into a film to rival that of Godzilla or Pacific Rim. The writing is a bit stilted at times but it gets its message across. The one thing that sets this story apart from those films is the end, the hint that this beast, created to destroy the world, might just be more than the sum of its parts.”

KAIJU: KARMATHAUR

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Permit me to give you a little overview of my Kaiju, Karmathaur. Karmathaur is the result of a genetic engineering experiment conducted by a doomsday cult known as the Anakims. The Anakims got their name from one of the Biblical giants in the Old Testament. Karmathaur was made from salvaged prehistoric DNA and spliced with the DNA of modern animals. After the zygote (fertilized egg) was created, it was exposed to massive amounts of radiation in order to stimulate growth. Upon being sent into the sea, the zygote spent five years growing into a large egg before hatching into its larval form, which was fifty meters long. Shortly after making landfall, Karmathaur wrapped itself in a cocoon and spent 24 hours gestating and growing further until it was more than twice its size. In its adult form, Karmatahur is over one hundred meters tall and weighs one hundred thousand tons. It walks like the Cloverfield monster, on all fours with its front legs being longer and more jointed than its back legs. Its roar sounds like a metallic screech before turning into a deep rumble.

As for its abilities, Karmathaur is armed to the teeth with various abilities that were the result of its creation. To lessen gravity’s effects on its girth, Karmatahur has an organ below its spine that creates an anti-gravity energy field. Not only does this energy field allow Karmathaur to move faster for its size, but it also serves as a form of protection from all forms of physical assault such as bombs and bullets. A pair of glands in its throat serve as storage for its large amounts of radioactive energy. Defensively, this organ can filter radiation throughout Karmathaur’s body to stimulate regeneration from any wounds it receives. Offensively, the energy in these glands can be filtered through Karmathaur’s mouth to fire a focused beam of radioactive energy at its target. Before firing this beam, Karmathaur’s gills glow red with scarlet sparks crackling across them. The beam is powerful enough to melt through its target before setting the remains on fire.

The blood in Karmathaur’s veins act as a form of mutagen. That means the radiation in its sweat, blood, and tissues can mutate any life form around it, which was what happened to any sea life that swam near Karmathaur. Karmathaur’s flesh also has another ability that will be explored in future works. Overall, I am proud of creating my own Kaiju and look forward to depicting more of its adventures.