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on 23 January 2012
Remember the giant film monsters, lizards with atomic fire breath, giant moths with poison wings or the great ape that terrorised a city? How would the real world treat these mysterious creatures if they appeared in real life?

MM9 is the original idea of just that. Written as a series of case files, the book centres on a specific team that deals with the first contact with these beings and their attempts to identify, analyse and create counter-measures to help the Special Defense Forces of Japan tackle the creatures so there is a minimum damage or loss of life - in most case this involves the members of the team getting into direct confrontation with the creatures.

Each file focuses on one monster encounter, each monster quite different - do not worry, you will not be bored. It is told in a narrative and each story links to the next. There is a wonderful mix of mythology and science.

This is a translated work, but I personally couldn't tell. The translator has done an excellent work in my eyes, the writing style is smooth. The characters are entertaining, with their own lives (which we do get slight glimpses of) and with their own strengths that they bring to the overall team itself.

Despite the fantasy elements of the monsters, the team have to deal with several real elements such as public image, moral dilemmas of what to do with the monsters themselves and trying to avoid media panics as they have to get the information together in time.

I found this book very hard to put down, the concept is original, many of the ideas are interesting and I was quite sad when it finished, although I personally found the ending was very satisfying.

I would recommend this book, to lovers of any of the classic monster movies, japanese literature, mythology and science fiction.
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on 24 June 2012
Now this, this is fun. I actually think I still prefer The Stories of Ibis, but this is a great concept, executed well, good characters and really funny/curious developments as the book progresses. It's all very Japanese; it's great.
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