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Godzilla: The Official Movie Novelization
Greg Cox
Titan Books, 304 pages

Godzilla: The Official Movie Novelization
Greg Cox
Greg Cox is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous Star Trek novels, including The Eugenics Wars (Volumes One and Two), The Q Continuum, Assignment: Eternity, and The Black Shore. His short fiction can be found in such anthologies as Star Trek: Tales of the Dominion War, Star Trek: The Amazing Stories, and Star Trek: Enterprise Logs. His first Khan novel, The Eugenics Wars, Volume One, was voted Best SF Book of the Year by the readers of Dreamwatch magazine. Cox can also be found as a bonus feature on the Director's Edition DVD of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. He lives in Oxford, Pennsylvania.

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For anyone who has seen the trailer for the new movie, size is everything and the mere sight of the lizard Godzilla appearing out of the water gives a feeling of awe and fear at how large it is. What the previous movie lacked in special effects and size this more than makes up for it in the new adaptation of the popular Japanese movie. The original idea for Godzilla goes right back to Toko Co., Ltd in 1932 and not surprisingly was the company's most famous creation.

Godzilla was designed to coincide with the UK release of the movie from Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures and the story is a new and interesting slant to the early versions. Gareth Edwards directs a story based on the resilience of humans to the devastation of nature. The Japanese have a whole host of fantastic creatures based on the folklore of their land and believed that when dangerous times arose, a creature would come to wreak havoc in response. One such creature, Godzilla first appeared after animals, lizards and other creatures were used as test subjects in 1954, and the result of that test returns to get his revenge later. The book starts around that time period, though there is another shorter one in 1999 that prepares the reader for the Present Day. This gives readers a build up to some of the more critical events in the story.

Back in 1999 Dr. Serizawa takes a trip over to the Philippines to find out what took place only to find from one of the survivors:

  "That people like you...you came here, you raped the earth. You tore holes in her flesh...and now she's given birth to a demon."  

The survivor speaks with honesty and hatred for the ones who woke it and caused the natural disasters that befell his people, leaving many dead and even less survivors. Serizawa and his team think they will only come across more like him, but what they find is far worse; a huge life form stood between a rock face, its tail fins jutting out, while what look like eggs are hanging beside it. Their problem arises when one appears to have cracked, leaving Serizawa to guess that something must have emerged. When tremors start to destroy parts of Japan, Lieutenant Ford Brody of the US Navy has to uncover the secret of what his father suffered all those years ago if he wants to free him from police arrest. Greg Cox reminds movie goers of key plots and scenes, even humour in the novel. Ford's son, Sam asks his dad to sing the dinosaur song while Ford and Elle have some fun remembering a comical scene from work. Ford discusses more of what occurred to his dad, Joe on that day fifteen years ago and how he lost his wife trying to save her from the earthquake. Joe believes that the Japanese are hiding something secret and wants his son to help him even though Ford thinks his theories to be nothing more than the rantings of a deranged man who long since stopped being the father he once knew. With Dr. Serizawa as an ally, both Joe and Ford find out the truth behind what he found years ago, the lizard the native people called Gojira.

The cover captures a moment where Godzilla looms from the sea to attack; the skyscrapers in the foreground give some idea of the beast's true scale. Godzilla has good, solid pacing, characters readers can relate to, different scenes which are perfectly related and a creature that is larger than life. After reading this original movie novelization, I couldn't wait to go see the movie.

Copyright © 2014 Sandra Scholes

Sandra has had her short stories published by StarBooks Press and also works for Albedo One, Hellnotes, The British Fantasy Society and Fantasy Book Review.


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