Etsuko’s father is the weatherman for the local Channel 8 news in Kochi, Japan, where meteorologists not only forecast the weather, they also provide warnings of possible attacks by daikaiju (giant monsters). While daikaiju warnings are frequently issued in Tokyo and other northern prefectures for the likes of Godzilla, Rodan, and Kubadon, attacks in southern Japan are rare. Still, Etsuko is concerned about the weekend weather because she’s been invited to the birthday party of the most popular girl at school. The last thing Etsuko wants is for a thunderstorm or a Gigalar attack to ruin the party along with her chances at improving her social standing. Her father has promised Etsuko blue skies for the weekend, with less than a five percent chance of daikaiju. But much like forecasting the weather, predicting daikaiju patterns isn’t an exact science. And when those blue skies turn gray and the daikaiju siren blares, the most popular girl in school will blame the local weatherman’s daughter for ruining her birthday, leaving Etsuko with no choice but to save face.
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I for one am very fond of the use of short verse to tell a big story. This one is gigantic- or rather has some large starring monsters, which are much more than myth. I’m not sure how to go about this particular review without spoiling things, so be warned this is going to be brief. Shorter than my stack of pancakes, which is typically one sole buttermilk delight. Scattered Showers With a Chance of Daikaiju was tons of horror-pop fun, until things get a bit dicey. And if I’m being honest, the ending killed me. I am just dying now. I really need to know the next few words (preferably a whole book full, but even a sentence or two would make me happy.) If you enjoy contemporary or possibly urban fantasy with a good bit of old-school scifi thrown in, you’ll love this short!
S. G. Browne is the author of the novels Less Than Hero (2015), Big Egos (2013), Lucky Bastard (2012), Fated (2010), and Breathers (2009), as well as the novella I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus (2012) and the e-book short story collection Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel (2012).
He was born in Arizona and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, spending most of his formative years in Fremont, California, as well as a short stint on the island of Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands, two-thousand miles southwest of Hawaii. From 1984 to 1989 he attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where he majored in business organization and management and eventually realized that he wanted to be a writer.
After college, he moved to Hollywood, where he worked as a driver and an assistant producer doing post-production work on television spots and theatrical trailers for the Disney Studios. In 1992, he moved to Santa Cruz, California, where he lived for fourteen years writing novels and short stories and working as an office manager. In 2006 he completed his fourth novel, Breathers, which would become his first published novel in March 2009.
His writing has been influenced by Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, Christopher Moore, Kurt Vonnegut, and the films of Charlie Kaufman and Wes Anderson, among others.
In addition to writing, he enjoys biking, golfing, tai chi, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. He currently lives in San Francisco.