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In a global war between humans and invading aliens, called Mimics, Keiji is a trooper at the beginning of his short career in the army. Despite his high-tech body armour, hes not destined to last long - hes quickly dead. But then hes quickly alive again, as somehow his life is rewound a day. It only makes for prolonged horror for the rookie, but it happens again and again. Each time he gets a better intelligence of what his destiny might have been - can he learn enough each time round to make a difference, and possibly break the loop?

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مشاهده لینک اصلی
As a kid, when I’d first laid eyes on those guns, I thought they were the coolest things I’d ever seen.
The black lacquer finish of their steel instilled an unreasonable sense of confidence in me. Now that I’d seen real battle, I knew with cool certainty that weapons like these could never repel a Mimic attack.

I’ve had my eye on All You Need is Kill for some time now. When I saw that the book is being adapted into a film, I thought that now is as good a time as any to read it. And I’m glad I did, too.

The beauty of Science Fiction is that there is so much a talented author can do with it. This novel is a case in point. All You Need is Kill is a Military Science Fiction story, complete with power armour and malicious Aliens. However…

Attempt #99:
KIA forty-five minutes from start of battle.

…the novel has a great hook. Perhaps things are not quite what they seem. In some respects All You Need is Kill shares DNA with Armor, especially the converging story lines of Kiriya and the Full Metal Bitch.

Genocide was the only way to win this war.

The writing style can be a bit jarring. This could be a side-effect of the translation from Japanese, or perhaps not, since it actually complements the general feel of the novel quite well.

And that is that. Really not more to say.

The fear that permeated every fiber of my being was relentless, it was cruel, and it was my best hope for getting through this.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
I had a very hard time starting this review. There is much to say and reflect upon, yet “All You Need is Kill” is unlike most novels the American and the European audience has had experience with. Prose, length, storytelling, characterization, internals and general take on the genre; all these elements create unfamiliar alien scenery, which needs discovering and an adventurous spirit to experiment with the unknown.

Science fiction is as wide as the universe it explores, virtually endless and while the Western culture has taken up the undying space exploration themes, colonization and the such, the Eastern have adopted the apocalypse by aliens/humans and made it their own. Try an anime and you will see what I am talking about. “All You Need is Kill” portrays the final stand of humanity against an invading alien force, devoted to turning Earth into a colony. In a sense this is military fiction, but it doesn’t get boring or falls into cliché.

The Japanese are known for their brevity in literature, mostly with the worldwide celebrated haikus, but their sense to get down to the point and write the distilled and concentrated essence of their topic crosses into speculative fiction. Sakurazaka builds his novel more around the internals of the characters and how they process the occurrences in their life much like a report. Compared to what we are used in the West dialogue is overall scarce and actual combat scenes are also few in number, but Sakurazaka creates the illusion that writing war and combat scenes is like the easiest thing in the world.

Despite its 169 pages by Hiroshi offers a full novel experience much like any title ranging from 300 to 600 pages. This proves to show that length in literature is quite subjective and the page count steps down in importance to the use of words, which combination will reduce an idea or image to one concise power pack to the reader.

Characters & Depth: Remarkable in “All You Need is Kill” is the rapid character evolution. Keiji on page one is a rookie with no battle experience and meets his death in a cowardly manner, while Keiji from the last chapter is a veteran with steel nerves and body turned into a killing machine. This metamorphosis once you have invested all your enthusiasm in the story is invisible so to say. You pick up a change, but it is so natural given the situation that he is in a time loop and every day is a struggle to end it. But once you stop to think about it you get the wow effect. At least I have. This wouldn’t have worked, if the novel itself was longer.

The story is told in third person POV and changes from Keiji to Rita aka the Full Metal Bitch, who has become a legendary soldier, because a time loop herself. Her role in the novel is quite interesting and dramatic following the guidelines of Japanese sense of tragedy. She highlights the events that occur in the time loop through her own experience, which gives credible explanation to the constant resurrection of Keiji. Being a tough person in the present, by the same rules we are introduced to her own personal anguish and shattered existence. In the end Keiji and Rita represent two aspects of the super soldier, Keiji is the process of hardening yourself and carrying an unimaginable burden, while Rita is the broken person left in the process. There is this yin-yang polarity so to say.

Worldbuilding & Believability: I wasn’t a great fan in the beginning, when I found out this whole book will revolve over a battle that repeats itself around 160 times. I have seen the idea done before in the show “Tru Calling” and in some movies I don’t remember very clearly, so I wasn’t charmed. But then again the focus came on the internal development of the character and how he tries everything to stop waking up every day on the same date before the same battle. If you view it gamer terms, it’s having to reset the same level 160 times and every time gain new experience after failing, try new strategy and develop mad skills.

The Mimics are the core of the very problem. In the book they are described as dead bloated frogs and are basically made out of nanobots and have evolved from a remodeling tool for colonization to weapons. They even have the technology to reset time and are the culprits for the constant time loops. I won’t say more, because the whole situation is definitely more complex than that and offers twists and thrill rides that leave you “awesome”-ing all the while.

Perhaps the last element in the whole world now that we mentioned the aliens and time loops is the so called Jackets. They are your simple full battle armor with major artillery and a constant in the whole novel, plus they create this whole subculture in the army with special training system, slang and all that to make it interesting.

The Verdict: I love it and advise people to give it a chance. Speaking from a globalization point of view, now more than ever we have the ultimate freedom to touch another culture and explore it. So take a chance and see how the other side of the world does it. You know you want to.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
For some reason this Tom Cruise movie was a blockbuster bust, but it was because of the excellent movie that I wanted to delve into this concept a bit more. After picking up the book, its clear almost immediately that the film whitewashed the book and that destroys one of the very simple yet profound themes of this book, which Ill get to in a sec.

Keiji Kiriya is a simple Japanese soldier who finds himself in a time loop, experiencing the same couple days and deaths over and over only to wake up in the barracks once more and experience it all again. The war hes in is against an alien race named the @[email protected] who are all but unstoppable, until humanity created mechanized suits, @jackets,@ to be able to deal with them.

And thats pretty simply it. Theres some slight exposition about the aliens and the future this world finds itself in, however, its mostly focused on Keiji and his time loops.

I dont want to spoil anything too much so Ill give this warning first. In an afterword, the author, Hiroshi Sakurazaka, explains that he got the idea for this book from playing video games. You respawn so much throughout the game, you get really good at it. You also get really good at seeing the things that will be coming at you. In the end of the video game, youre praised as a hero, but really youre just an average Joe who had endless amounts of retries so you ended up getting good!

And thats the brilliance of the book. There are no superpowers, unless you count the futuristic jackets and accompanying weapons. Its just an average guy, a novice even, who finds himself in a really crappy Groundhog Day scenario (at least Bill Murrays deaths were of his own volition), and decides to make the best of it by trying to get better every time.

Great concept both in book and movie form and the books different enough from the movie (or vice versa) to make it worth reading, especially given the 266 pages mmpb. The only real problem is I want more.

4 out of 5 Stars (highly recommended)

مشاهده لینک اصلی
@Thats the thing with books. Half the time the author doesnt know what the hell hes writing about - especially not those war [email protected]

All You Need Is Kill is a military science fiction novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and which follows the tradition of western science fiction works such as The Forever War by Joe Halderman. However, All You Need Is Kill has its own blend of adrenaline and fury that works to convey the themes of the novel wonderfully, even as a translation. That is the mark of a strong science fiction novel: when the themes are conveyed even when translated.

All You Need Is Kill is about to be released as the Tom Cruise film Edge of Tomorrow (with some changes likely to be made to the source material). It was for this reason that I was interested in checking out the novel and seeing what type of book it was. The novel itself features the ideas of time-travel, mech-suits (as with Robert Heinleins classic Starship Troopers), advanced weaponry and aliens. There are two heroes to this tale if you will, though the main protagonist is Keiji Kiriya, a warrior engaged in a battle against half biological, half mechanical alien warriors called Mimics, for the survival of humanity. During one of these battles he encounters the legendary warrior known privately as the Mad Wargarita (among other names) and dies. Only to reawaken the morning before the battle even began.

As it turns out our hero is caught in a loop reminiscent of the old Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day. This cycle of death and rebirth becomes a cycle which allows Keiji to learn and learn and learn, death after death after death. I dont quite consider this a spoiler, firstly because these details can be read on the jacket of the book and secondly because the real details of the novel is found in the way in which Keiji and the female warrior engage with each other as they discover and rediscover each other across this loop. The people in the novel are always the same and yet slightly different: which poses the interesting meta-question Are humans changed subtly by their possession of different types of knowledge and by our experiences?

Of course this book is about far more than simply identity and how our choices and actions define us. As much as it is a science fiction ride it is also a war novel: a novel that confronts how war affects everyone and reshapes every soldier into a machine. At one point Keiji reflects upon the scariness of the Mimics in that they do not inspire primal fear like eagles screeching or bears growling and standing on hind feet. They create fear by being calculating and predatory at the same time. This I think, is what the true horror of modern war is: that it becomes a cold, calculating game of numbers and attrition. In this remark this loopy future (pardon the pun) that Sakurazaka describes is a future not so dissimilar from out own. Minus the alien killing machines.

I used the quote at the beginning of this review because I wanted to highlight the subtly written humour of the novel. It is a novel full of its own in-jokes linked to other aspects of science fiction and in many ways I suppose the particular quote I highlight is a kind of meta-joke. In its own right I suspect one could read this entire book as a meta-joke about science fiction. A work questioning all the possibilities of what can happen across one day if subtle things change every so often.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
So what do you get when you mix Groundhog Day, a war manga, and Tony Starks suit of armor he made in a cave? You get All You Need Is Kill. Keiji Kiriya is stuck in a loop fighting aliens to the death...well to his death. Keiji has died during each of his 158 tries to get out of the loop. Bill Murrays character in Groundhog Day had it way easier than Keiji Kiriya.

For me All You Need Is Kill is a book with an interesting concept that falls short once Rita Vrataski gets her own point of view. I dont want to spoil anything so I wont explain any more then saying the author shouldve never tried to explain how the loops work. Perhaps that isnt fair, the best way to say it is dont explain something you dont fully understand. Time travel scenarios can be as messy and annoying as stepping in poop and tracking it all around your home. Lets just say the author was likely walking around a farm with serious nasal congestion before he headed home.

The story itself was intriguing prior to the Vrataski info dump. Poor Keiji has walked into a reasonable facsimile of hell. After the inevitable attempts to run away and commit suicide to escape the loops, Keiji decides to train his mind to help him win the battle. This part was enjoyable to see how he had learned to navigate his day and the battle with the proficient ease of 100 plus attempts.

All I Need Is Kill felt like a case of unfulfilled potential. Perhaps Ill have to watch the movie to find out if they did a better job utilizing the concept.

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