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KAMIKAZE

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Postby PohlSE » Thu Nov 16, 2006 9:56 pm

Very nice! Is there a link to that review? I'd like to link to it from my blog (the latest entry is about Kamikaze).


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Postby Wil » Fri Nov 17, 2006 8:40 pm

Slade, et al,

Here's an interesting tidbit.

In the December issue of Harper's, one of the "Readings" is an excerpt from a series of articles by George Weller, a foreign correspondent of the Chicago Daily News in 1945. Weller entered Nagasaki on Sept. 6th in defiance of a press blackout. His reports were censored by MacArthur and believed lost until copies were discovered in 2003.

In the article, Weller describes the horrible aftermath on the survivors of Nagasaki and the lingering and (at the time) mysterious effects of radiation poisoning. A Dutch medical officer called this "Disease X"

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Postby BartX » Wed Nov 22, 2006 11:29 am

I have just finished reading Kamikaze - and am thoroughly satisfied with it. These days I don't really have too much free time to sit down and read, so each book usually takes me about two weeks to get from start to finish, no matter how good it is... but guess what? Oh yeah - Kamikaze was an exception, as I was stealing the precious sleeping hours to turn page after page after page. Great characters, very interesting historical background, the usual twists and turns - and a finale that just can't be predicted.

I agree with everyone saying that Swastika and Kamikaze are most impressive when put together - some inspiring similarities and differences between these two. Now I can only wish I could see these two translated into Polish.
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Postby slyragz » Mon Dec 04, 2006 5:23 pm

Kamikaze didn't live up to my expectations. I don't know what changed, but it seems like it had a different formula or feel to it. I enjoyed it, but I suppose that when I compare it to Headhunter, Ghoul, Burnt Bones. . . .it just felt unfinished and hurried.

I've also become comfortable with Slade-the historian who educates me and I don't think I was ready for Slade-the editorialist. I felt like I was being preached at and that's just not something I was ready for.

I liked the storyline, but something I can't quite put my finger on was missing.

Slade, I truly hope you (or anyone else) aren't upset with me for giving you my take. I glimpsed the old Slade in there - the Hardy Boys stuff was perfect.

I've even went back and reread a few of the earlier Special X's just to make sure I feel the way I do and, I do.
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Postby Slade » Mon Dec 04, 2006 8:05 pm

Slyragz,

Upset? Of course not. This is an open forum.

December 9 marks the 50th anniversary of the Mount Slesse crash, the worst aviation disaster in Western Canada. Not only did the tragedy take my father's life and that of 61 others, but it also gave "birth" to Michael Slade and inspired HEADHUNTER.

The Slade connection - the pilot's son - brings what is largely a historical memory into modern day, so I'm the eye of the hurricane with a number of media interviews.

When I get a break, I'll respond to your post with a comment or two.

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Postby e_taylor » Tue Dec 05, 2006 12:17 pm

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Postby EZ Rhino » Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:26 pm

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Postby Starra » Fri Dec 08, 2006 5:32 am

What if the Hokey Pokey IS what it's all about?
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Postby Brooster » Sun Dec 10, 2006 11:51 pm

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Postby LivingDeadGirl » Wed Dec 27, 2006 3:34 am

I would like to preface this post by saying as always with the Slade books I picked it up, put down the book I had been reading and read "Kamikaze" cover to cover in a couple of days.

I enjoyed the history lesson, which I love about Slade, you get an education while you are being entertained.

However, "Kamikaze" and "Swastika" both left me wanting more. They were adequate but were missing the very dark, gritty feel of the earlier Slade books and villains. I will always love the early Slade material, but I feel like they gave us the best first, gave us characters we could sink our teeth into and have nightmares about and then fed us kiddy meals with some kind of nasty people but nothing exceptional. These characters, which Slade is so loved for have been very sorely missed in the last 2 books.

Please bring back the horribly, nasty villains that do things so vile we are forced to read the passages over and over to believe what we have read.
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Postby steelclaw32 » Wed Dec 27, 2006 6:10 am

:) Interesting replies. Damned interesting.

I knew that these two Special: X stories were going to different; well enough was said at the off,...Right.?

Taken of sorts, in context, with the Special:X of "old", these two "Swastika" & "Kamikaze" were very different to what we were 'used to' sometimes a good kick in the arse is as good as bucket of cold water.

In ways, Slade spoilt us rotten, that collectively we got used to Slade and in a way, felt like chid does with a "comforter". THEN..."Swastika" & "Kamikaze hit some of us like nothing he's hit us with before.

Sure some noses were knocked out of joint, others felt 'let down' ie. it's not like Special :X were used to.!











IT WASN'T MEANT TO BE .





















My take on "Swastika" and "Kamikaze" is...


Whether Jay admits it are not, both books in a sense were used as a cathartic way of coming to final understanding and exceptance of the loss of his Dad at such hell of young age, also trying to put in to words the spinechilling account of his father's actions in THAT war, which Jay literally stumbled upon. (He WAS 1 of the Hardy Boys and :oops: Nancy Drew!!).

Jay was utterly floored, in more ways than we can begin to comprehend, he knew little of sorts of his old man's doings, most men after the war said very little or exaggerated how they deported themselfs; Jay's father was very circumspect.


If you read both books, one after the other as I did, sorry I had other books to read before getting around to them at the time.! :oops: (sorry Jay :oops: :oops:) You'll see it clearly that these Special: X books were MEANT to be different, THEY
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