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Ever since I watched my first 'Ghost in the Shell' episode I was hooked. Instantly it became my notion of cyberpunk, leaving the worlds of William Gibson and Neal Stephenson far behind. Though I had never read the manga, the world seemed so well thought out and crisp and interesting; every new facet of technology had a spring of interesting plots that could surge from it. I must admit that when I bought my first novels, I had little hope for them; I assumed they were just some lower writer from
A beautifully written but oft-times confusing and meandering short novel. I may have to read this again to get a better understanding of the story, but I still recommend it for any cyberpunk/GITS fans.
Interesting insight on what it means to be a cyborg, but unfortunately there's little else to be found here.
Actual noir. A good man, reason for life gone, becomes a not so good man. Goes looking for his dog and getting really lost.
Somewhere online, I read a review that described 'After the Last Goodbye' (written as a prequel to the Japanese animated movie 'Ghost In the Shell: Innocence') as being a slow burning jazz song infused with an extended action sequence. And that’s exactly what this story is. This story is essentially three different stories. On one hand, it's an action thriller with yakuza, armored car chase scenes and explosions. On the other hand, it's an existential story of a cyborg and his own personal level...
“All I have is my dog Gabriel. I have no friends, no lover. My former partner the Major is gone. I have no family. And I don’t dream.” It’s not so easy being a cyborg, as you’d quickly learn from Batou. Fully “cyborgized” from skin to bone, his every sensation is literally virtual. From feelings of fear and excitement down to the simple tightening of the chest, everything’s a simulation—mathematical equations running on an artificial neural network that serve as an electronic clone of the
This book was okay, but I really would only recommend it for fans of Ghost in the Shell.The entire book is written from the perspective of Batou, which is interesting. I was surprised at how well the writer was able to communicate his character given that the author isn't one of the writers on the show.Speaking of the show, it's important to point out that this book is in the GitS movie universe as opposed to the series universe. The technology is substantially different. This novel talks about
I am really in the dark here. Dogs kidnapping? Memory loss? Super delicious mantou? What the hell was this all about? After I read the interview, now I got really confused what innocence really means.
A quick read, but good. Tightly focused on Batou in a story that preceeds the Innocence film. Afterward discussion between the author and Mamoru Oshii is a nice bonus.
You can see my review on my website. Long with the Ghost in the Shell series as a whole. https://nerdylifeofmine.com/2021/01/2...
the book was a very good book. this included a dog and a man. it was very interesting. I SUGGEST U TO READ IT.
Good read that featured Batou's point of view for the most part.
Witty writing, great translation, meandering existentialist story that's characteristic of the GitS series. I still don't like basset hounds.
You need to knowthe characters and the concepts to fully appreciate it, but it is great. Probalby the only time I would recommend watching the movies/ series first.
I love Batuo. He was my favorite character on the show. I'm not really into science fiction novels but I made an exception for this one. And I loved it.