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Master of Miniatures

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  7 reviews
A perfect embodiment of mid-20th-century anxiety, Master of Miniatures touches on hubris and nuclear testing, lunatic perfectionism and fire-tornadoes and the schisms wrought by grief and silence. In Jim Shepard's deft and darkly brilliant tale about the master behind a legendary film, the complexities of creating a monster and shooting special effects resonate exactly wit ...more
Paperback, 56 pages
Published January 15th 2011 by Solid Objects (first published October 31st 2010)
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Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Most of Jim Shepard’s works are drawn from meticulous research into an historical event, a person or a place and built into a narrative that reads like something larger than real life. The best of these stories are shown without seams; an impressive display of writing craft that is creation from whole cloth. This nearly novella length story from his most recent collection You Think That’s Bad is a wonderful entry into Shepard’s world where the reader can marvel at finely hewn sentences and spire ...more
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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I wasn’t sure what to make of this novella by Jim Shepard when it arrived in the mail. When I free-associate about the movie that is central to the story, my mind immediately conjures up Channel 44’s Creature Feature with Dr. Paul Bearer (anyone out there from central Florida?) and its afternoon and late night double feature, which often included the monster in question, Godzilla, as we know it here in the United States. The soundtrack to this reminiscence is,
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Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this novella a lot--it's more of a long short story, packaged as a little book with a really cool cover. I liked how it connected the creation of Godzilla with the events in Eiji Tsuburaya's life at the time, and how they tied into his past. It's a very melancholy story.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is really more of a short story than a novella. I picked it up on the last day of the year trying to get to 100 books (I made it to 99). I'd recommend this even if you aren't under a deadline! It's a great 45 minute read with well constructed characters and a backstory. It's about filmmaking and it did feel cinematic to me.
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Japon 1954. Tsuburaya, le maître des miniatures, est directeur des effets spéciaux de la Toho Films et il n'a que 2 mois pour créer le monstre Gojira (godzilla américain) et les maquettes de tokyo en vue d'un film catastrophe dans la veine de King Kong.
Beaucoup d'éléments évoluent en parallèle dans cette nouvelle :
D'une part le passé :
- historique, de la guerre au Japon dans lequel Tsuburaya se plonge, source d'inspiration pour ses scènes de guerre, mais aussi source de douleur et de honte.
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Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le Maitre des miniatures n’est pas un roman sur le nucléaire. Le Maitre des miniatures n’est pas un des livres les plus subtils qui ait été écrit sur la relation père-fils. Le Maitre des miniatures n’est pas l’histoire d’une obsession. Le Maitre des miniatures ne se laisse réduire ni à un sujet ni à une forme.

Le Maitre des Miniatures est un roman pluriel où chaque événements relatés -- professionnels, personnels, réels, fictionnés (?) -- plante une graine insidieuse qui ira nourrir la richesse h
David Smith
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I assume this is the same text as the story "Gojira, King of the Monsters," in Shepard's outstanding collection of stories "You Think That's Bad." It's a wonderfully written and meticulously researched story about Eiji Tsuburaya, the creator of Godzilla (Gojira).
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Jim Shepard is the author of seven novels, including most recently The Book of Aron, which won the Sophie Brody Medal for Achievement in Jewish Literature from the American Library Association and the PEN/New England Award for fiction, and five story collections, including his new collection, The World To Come. Five of his short stories have been chosen for the Best American Short Stories, two for ...more

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