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Genocidal Organ [Kindle Edition]

Project Itoh , Edwin Hawkes

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The war on terror exploded, literally, the day Sarajevo was destroyed by a homemade nuclear device. The leading democracies transformed into total surveillance states, and the developing world has drowned under a wave of genocides. The mysterious American John Paul seems to be behind the collapse of the world system, and it’s up to intelligence agent Clavis Shepherd to track John Paul across the wreckage of civilizations and to find the true heart of darkness—a genocidal organ.

Keikaku (Project) Itoh was born in Tokyo in 1974. He graduated from the Musashino Art University. In 2007, he debuted with Gakusatsu Kikan (Genocidal Organs), and took first prize of the “Best SF of 2007” in SF Magazine. He is also the author of Harmony (Haikasoru 2010), which won the Japan SF and Seiun Awards in Japan and was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award in the US. After a long battle with cancer, Itoh passed away in March 2009. The ending of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, the 2010 PSP game, was dedicated to him.

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Keikaku (Project) Itoh was born in Tokyo in 1974. He graduated from the Musashino Art University. In 2007, he debuted with Gakusatsu Kikan(Genocidal Organs), and took first prize of the Best SF of 2007 in SF Magazine. He is also the author of Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriots, a Japanese-language novel based on the popular video game series. After a long battle with cancer, Itoh passed away in March 2009.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 898 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Haikasoru/VIZ Media (19 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard work, but worth it 21 Sept. 2012
By Mr. Jason R. Stephens - Published on
Woah. I struggled for 150, make that almost 200 pages.
The writing is inelegant, and I truly pity the translator - probably some of the clunkiest constructions were fine in the original Japanese, but simply impossible to make elegant in translation. The result is hard on the reader.
So, why four stars? It's a good story, set in a well-imagined future, and some of the central characters are nicely drawn. The ideas come thick and fast, and are juxtaposed in a truly, surprisingly (to a Western reader who hasn't read much Japanese SF, anyway) original way - with the result that some sections that consist entirely of concepts and ideas I was well familiar with nonetheless left my brain buzzing with the implications from how Itoh links and deconstructs them.
Highly recommended if you're interested in deconstruction, self-aware storytelling, and meditations on death and cultural terror (it's in the title, really).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A meaty and enjoyable science fiction novel. 14 Feb. 2013
By Lori Selke - Published on
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Simply put, I wish more contemporary science fiction was this smart and thoughtful. "Genocidal Organ" follows the adventures of a Special Forces soldier as he hunts down the person apparently responsible for spreading genocide around the world -- via a subtle linguistic pattern he embeds in a country's speeches, advertisements and other media. Humanity's capacity for killing each other over perceived ethnic and national divisions is conceived metaphorically as the organ of the title, just another part of our minds and bodies, able to be manipulated by the proper stimuli. Author Project Itoh imagines a very grim but not all that implausible near-future, and he stocks the book with plenty of philosophical musings -- but musings that have real, day-to-day implications as well as casting light on larger issues of how our world is ordered and maintained. The book isn't without flaws, but they are minor and hardly dealbreakers. The novel is highly readable with a gripping narrative and a fascinating villain. The narrator, too, is refreshingly reflective and un-macho. Very enjoyable, with lots of meat on the bone. You don't really think about how rare this combination is these days until you pick up a book like this one, making the also-rans feel like the fluff they really are.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, disturbing, and smart 18 Mar. 2013
By Philip Maloney - Published on
The late Project Itoh's Genocidal Organ manages to be both a novel of ideas and a gripping look at an all too plausible near-future world that is slowly and deliberately being driven insane. Special Forces operative Clavis Sheperd's hunt for the mysterious John Paul is intercut with flashbacks and philosophical digressions that flesh out both Sheperd and the world he lives in, always coming back to the central question of the book: why is the world the way it is? Noteworthy also for its outsider's view of the United States. While not flawless (it was Itoh's first novel), its virtues far outweigh its minor faults. Puts most of what passes for SF these days in the shade.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but predictable 13 April 2013
By Freyjador - Published on
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It was a good and thought provoking book but by the 1/3 mark I could easily see the ending and what was going to happen. Though I will say I am guilty of connecting this book with Itohs other novel Harmony.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 20 Aug. 2014
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Sorry Ito San, Just couldn't get into it.
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