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Shambling Towards Hiroshima by James K. Morrow
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Apr 17, 2009

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This neat little satire almost works - Syms Thorley, B-Movie actor extraordinaire is contacted by the U.S. Navy in the waning days of the Second Word War to act in the "role of a lifetime" as a America's ultimate weapon - a sea monster bent on destruction of the Japanese mainland. Thorely will have to use all of his acting ability to convince a Japanese delegation that he is the real thing and scare them into surrendering. The actual main story is quite wonderful, and the monster movie lore that the author slips in is fun and interesting. But he waters down a good thing by tacking on an unnecessary tag ending detailing all of the sad ends the characters come to after the main drama played out. It's a shame, because the main story is sharp, funny and thoughtful, with a nice anti nuclear weapons subtext to boot. This would have been a superb novella, alas is an interesting but flawed novel.
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