Book Spotlight–6/19/2011

Shambling Towards Hiroshima by James Morrow

Anyone familiar with Morrow’s work knows that he tackles dark and troubling themes with playful prose and keen satire, and this novella puts his talent and wit on grand display.

In Shambling Towards Hiroshima, B-Monster Movie actor Syms Thorley is drafted into a WWII biological warfare program designed to defeat the Japanese with giant fire-breathing lizards. Syms’ assignment: suit up as the lizard monster Gorgantis and stomp a scale-model Japanese city, convincing the Japanese to surrender in the face of actual lizard warfare.

At once a scalding discourse on the dawn of the nuclear age and a loving homage to the classic monster movies of yore, Shambling Towards Hiroshima is utterly smart, utterly original and utterly entertaining; in other words, utterly Morrow.

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