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Saturday, October 05, 2013

Pacific Rim: the book

- Del Toro was inspired by Goya's The Colossus

My latest E-book from the library is Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization by Alex Irvine. I didn't have high hopes for it, and the writing leaves a bit to be desired, but the actual story is more interesting than I had expected. Here's the basic plot from the Wikipedia page on the movie ...

In 2013, human cities come under attack by the Kaijus: colossal extradimensional beasts who rise from an interdimensional portal on the floor of the Pacific Ocean. To combat them, the nations of the Pacific Rim build the Jaegers: equally colossal humanoid war machines, each manned by two pilots whose brains are linked to share the overwhelming mental load of piloting the sophisticated machines. Though the Jaegers are effective, the Kaiju attacks grow more frequent and powerful. By 2025, the Pacific Rim governments have discontinued the Jaeger project and resort to building massive coastal walls to protect humanity from the Kaijus. The four remaining Jaegers are redeployed to Hong Kong to defend the unfortified coast until the wall is completed. Stacker Pentecost (Elba), commander of the Jaeger forces, devises a plan to end the war by using a nuclear weapon to destroy the portal.

I don't think you have to be especially interested in mechs to enjoy the book (or the movie) but I suppose it doesn't hurt (they play a role also in Ready Player One). I guess I'll rent the movie when it's available .... Wired liked it: Pacific Rim Is Literally the Most Awesome Movie of the Summer .... TIME magazine, not so much: Pacific Rim: Transformers Transcended. Here's Richard Roper's review ...


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