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Shambling towards Hiroshima, James Morrow

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Shambling towards Hiroshima
Title
Shambling towards Hiroshima
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James Morrow
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
In the summer of 1945, war is reigning in the Pacific Rim while Syms Thorley continues his life as a B-movie actor. But the Navy would like to use Thorley in their top-secret Knickerbocker Project, putting the finishing touches on the ultimate biological weapon: a breed of gigantic, fire-breathing, mutant iguanas. Thorley must don a rubber suit that will transform him into the merciless Gorgantis, and star in a film that simulates the destruction of a miniature Japan. If the demonstration succeeds, the Japanese will surrender, sparing thousands of lives; if it fails, the mutant lizards will be unleashed
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ In this witty and touching paean to the glory days of horror movies, elderly former B-movie actor Syms Thorley looks back from 1984 to recall his involvement in the infamous Knickerbocker Project. Near the end of WWII, facing a shortage of plutonium, the U.S. government scrapped the atomic bomb and instead built giant monsters to ravage Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Alongside a group of genuine Hollywood bigwigs—including Willis O’Brien, James Whale and Brenda Weisberg—Thorley helps craft a realistic movie of the havoc-wreaking Gorgantis, hoping to terrify Japanese leaders into surrendering. The sheer insanity of the premise only makes the eventual payoff even more powerful, and though Morrow (The Last Witchfinder ) occasionally indulges in slapstick, he never loses sight of the need to make his characters fascinating and real. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 26, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 4, p103)
  • From Morrow (The Philosopher's Apprentice, 2008, etc.), a sharp-edged, delightfully batty novella that denounces the atomic bombing of Japan during World War II.In the summer of 1945, as Japan prepares to defend itself to the death, an unexpected delay halts the Manhattan Project. Fortunately, the U.S. Navy steps in with its top-secret Knickerbocker Project: gigantic, fire-breathing, mutant iguanas poised to wade ashore and devastate the Japanese homeland. But before the Navy iguanas are unleashed, what's needed is a demonstration to convince the Japanese to surrender and spare themselves, and the rest of the world, the horror. Step forward Hollywood B-movie star Syms Thorley, fresh from his triumphs as the Frankenstein's-monster-like Corpuscula and Kha-Ton-Ra, the living mummy. The Navy will pay Thorley to rubber-suit up as the merciless Gorgantis and convincingly devastate, in front of a Japanese delegation, a miniature Japanese metropolis. If Thorley can play the most terrifyingly persuasive role of his career, the suitably cowed delegates will induce the Japanese high command to surrender. If he fails, the real lizards will lurch out of the ocean, roaring, stamping and spouting flame.Preposterous but somehow almost plausible, skillfully mingling real and imaginary characters with genuinely hilarious moments. (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2009)
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304554
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BTCTA
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1947-
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Morrow, James
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no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Monster films
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Motion picture actors and actresses
Label
Shambling towards Hiroshima, James Morrow
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Publication
Control code
000043953753
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
170 pages
Isbn
9781892391841
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
System control number
(OCoLC)228365361
Label
Shambling towards Hiroshima, James Morrow
Publication
Control code
000043953753
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
170 pages
Isbn
9781892391841
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
System control number
(OCoLC)228365361

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