The Lost Memory
by Junichi Fujisaki.
This is a short novel spin-off from the anime series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
I'm not normally inclined to read books based on movies or TV series. But this short novel hit all the right notes and actually made the anime series more interesting while remaining a good little book in it's own right. Not a bad accomplishment considering GIS is one of the better post-cyberpunk franchises out there.
The setting for most of the Ghost in the Shell stories is a big sprawling neo-Tokyo where cybernetic implants and brain alterations are the norm. It's a fairly complex story that isn't easily summarized, although the predominant themes center on what it means to be alive, "truly human" - and what constitutes what we accept as 'reality.'
The treatment throughout Ghost in the Shell is very adult, and lacks most , but not always all (in the TV series) of the cutesy adolescent elements that occupy center stage in so many of these types of stories coming out of Japan.
Here's the capsule summary of the plot from the publisher.
Since being formed as a shadow peacekeeping organization, Section 9 has faced almost countless adversaries both in the real world and in cyberspace, but none like "The Awakened," a group of terrorists who seem to have the ability to take over the minds and bodies of almost anyone and use them to commit crimes against the state, leaving their pawns unaware of who was controlling them. When Major Motoko Kusanagi is able to capture one of the boys used as a pawn she hacks into his cyberbrain to find out who the ringleader is, but what she discovers will take her and the operatives of Section 9 on a journey deep into the heart of cyberspace, and the answers she finds will shake Section 9 to its core.
Very well done. And even more amazing, that it survived translation.
About $9 in bookstores (if there are any still left where you live) or from Amazon for...hmm
...the same price! What's going on here?
Note: If you're new to Ghost in the Shell
, I'd suggest possibly viewing some of the anime before plunging into the book. Especially if you don't have much experience with this genre. The best are the three feature-length animations Ghost in the Shell
and it's quasi-sequels Ghost in the Shell2: Innocence
and Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society
- which is the lead-in for the subsequent Stand Alone Complex
series.What books are you reading? What books are you reading? What books are you reading?