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Black Magic (edition 2008)

by Shirow Masamune (Author)

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Title:Black Magic
Authors:Shirow Masamune (Author)
Info:Dark Horse, c2008, Paperback, 1st printing, 192 p
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Black Magic by Masamune Shirow

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Love Megan Derr's work. Her world building skills are epic! This was no exception. Sucked me in from the first chapter and was so hard to be responsible and go to bed at a decent hour instead of reading this right through!

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  vampkiss | Oct 23, 2013 |
An early attempt to bring together the ideas that would later form the background for Ghost in the Shell. The cartooning is great, but the story suffers from an overly complicated backstory and confusing dialogue. ( )
  randoymwords | Dec 7, 2012 |
This is Folktales book. ( )
  alexdomino | Dec 4, 2012 |
I'm going to preface this by saying that I am not a big fan of Masamune Shiro's other works.

I found Black Magic to be unoriginal, confusing, and convoluted. I could never figure out why it was so titled, why characaters had power, or even who most of the characters in a given scene were! I will allow that it might be the fault of the translation, but I still would not recommend this volume for anyone but a die hard fan.
  valleyviolet | Dec 27, 2005 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 156971360X, Paperback)

It`s a time in the future -- a time where the creation of life itself has evolved to include biodroids named after the ancient Greeks and cyborg warriors programmed to destroy. The power struggle between the various synthetic life-forms and the humans could mean the end of all life. But there is one, named Typhon, who may be able to prevent that. This collection is the first-ever-published work of the genius behind Ghost in the Shell -- Masamune Shirow.

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"Today, the planet Venus is a literal hell of furnace-like temperatures and dense, poisonous atmosphere. But millions of years in its past, Venus teemed with life and with a civilization far advanced to our own. The Nemisis supercomputer controls government functions, with bioroid "executors" created to carry out the system's utopian edicts. But trouble brews even in paradise, as different executors vie for control of Nemesis, forcing the governing system to secretly create Duna Typhon, a super-bioroid "sleeper," raised among the human populace, ready to use her awesome powers should Nemesis be co-opted to turn paradise into paradise lost"--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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