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Product Details

  • Series: All You Need Is Kill
  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Haikasoru; Original edition (July 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421527618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421527611
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (399 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hiroshi Sakurazaka was born in Tokyo in 1970. After a career in information technology, he published his first novel, Modern Magic Made Simple (Yoku wakaru gendai mahou), in 2003 with Super Dash Bunko, a popular young adult light novel imprint. There are now seven volumes in the series, and it was adapted as a manga in 2008 and as a television anime series in 2009. Sakurazaka published All You Need Is Kill with Super Dash Bunko in 2004 and with it earned his first Seiun Award nomination for best of the year honors in Japanese science fiction. His 2004 short story, "Saitama Chainsaw Massacre," won the 16th SF Magazine Reader's Award.

In 2009, All You Need Is Kill was the launch title for Haikasoru, a unique imprint dedicated to publishing the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy for English-speaking audiences. New York Times best-selling author John Scalzi declared All You Need Is Kill to be a novel that "reads fast, kicks ass, and keeps on coming," and it has proven to be one of Haikasoru's most popular titles. Sakurazaka's other novels include Characters (cowritten with Hiroki Azuma) and Slum Online, which was published in English by Haikasoru in 2010.

In 2010, Sakurazaka started an experimental digital magazine AiR with Junji Hotta. He remains one of Japan's most energetic writers of both light novels and adult science fiction.

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Hiroshi Sakurazaka was born in Tokyo in 1970. After a career in information technology, he published his first novel, Modern Magic Made Simple (Yoku wakaru gendai mahou), in 2003 with Super Dash Bunko, a popular young adult light novel imprint. There are now seven volumes in the series, and it was adapted as a manga in 2008 and as a television anime series in 2009. Sakurazaka published All You Need Is Kill with Super Dash Bunko in 2004 and with it earned his first Seiun Award nomination for best of the year honors in Japanese science fiction. His 2004 short story, "Saitama Chainsaw Massacre," won the 16th SF Magazine Reader's Award.

In 2009, All You Need Is Kill was the launch title for Haikasoru, a unique imprint dedicated to publishing the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy for English-speaking audiences. New York Times best-selling author John Scalzi declared All You Need Is Kill to be a novel that "reads fast, kicks ass, and keeps on coming," and it has proven to be one of Haikasoru's most popular titles. Sakurazaka's other novels include Characters (cowritten with Hiroki Azuma) and Slum Online, which was published in English by Haikasoru in 2010.

In 2010, Sakurazaka started an experimental digital magazine AiR with Junji Hotta. He remains one of Japan's most energetic writers of both light novels and adult science fiction.

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134 of 146 people found the following review helpful By L. Robokoff on September 27, 2009
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I am a United States soldier. Being that I really cant stand to read war novels or anything military related. In fact I like to read anything that can get me as far from reality as I can.

I was looking in the public selection on the bookshelf and I noticed this title staring me down. The cover art was brilliant. Big suit of cybernetic armor with Japanese style of art. I said to myself this book has to be good. I know your not supposed to judge a book by its cover but I did.

I took it to my rack and began to read it. I was shocked to find how similar it is with our real world yet so far apart I felt like I was in another reality.

It had all the basics of the military in it. The Japanese 301st ID and the United Stated special forces. It was also interesting to see the military tactics used portrayed in this novel.

This book is Excellent for anyone who just wants to get away for the day or any anime scifi war zone action buff. I picked it up and couldn't put it down. Though short, I think this book was worth more than a lot of legends we know today.

Well worth the price.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By G. Markwardt on August 2, 2009
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Groundhog's Day meets Starship Troopers is the best way to describe the story in All You Need Is Kill. It's a whole lot of fun and a wild ride. At just about 200 pages it's an exciting quick read that's just begging to be flown through. The only thing that puts me off is the $14 price tag on the cover that's a little steep for a 200 page paperback but it's definitely a lot of fun if you're a sci fi or anime buff.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By N. Helfinstine on February 8, 2010
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It's too bad the English edition didn't keep the interior artwork from the original Japanese light novel. Even without it, this is an excellent book. Without giving away more than is on the back cover: Private Keiji is a green recruit, about to face his first battle against an implacable and incomprehensible alien foe. He dies, only to wake up and do it all over again. And again. And again. How many painful deaths can he face? Is he trapped alone in a personal hell, or is there a way out? The ending works quite well; like most good war novels, it refuses to allow an easy "and they all lived happily ever after!" cop-out.

Really, the point of the book is about suffering, and how people face it. The old saying is that "a coward dies a thousand deaths, a hero dies only once". But not poor Keiji: whether a hero or a coward, he dies over and over and over...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Louis Randolph Carr on December 13, 2013
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I should start by saying I loved this book. It's a short read, and I guess that's my only gripe. The action is intense and almost never ending, which is amazing considering the repetition. When I finished, I looked online hoping there was a sequel, because I think there's still more to this universe, but sadly there isn't. Hopefully someday Hiroshi Sakurazaka will revisit Keiji Kiriya, because I'd love to see how this war ends.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Seven Kitties on March 21, 2014
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I suspect a lot of my blahs with this text come from translation issues, because there's WAY too much exposition in this novel, these infodumps that just absolutely stagger the forward movement of the plot.

It's a shame, because the plot's actually pretty compelling, or at least the idea behind it is neat. But I found it hard to summon any real emotion for any of the characters, like or dislike. The worldbuilding is great, as I've come to expect from the author's previous works, but he fails on characterization.

One thing that bugged me like nothing else was that every time a female character is introduced, the story absolutely positively must stop, to throw us a few paragraphs rating her relative attractiveness and the size of her boobs. This from a narrator we're supposed to think of as a pretty nice guy.

There were a few really great scenes, such as the fight in the cafeteria, and when he writes those shorter sections, that move the plot along fast, they are compelling and vivid. You just have to slog through needless bits of reported backstory (like the pages and pages of Rita's history which could be summed up as she likes coffee and pigs and is fighting because she lost her family) to get to them.

If you want really compelling sci fi battle stuff, that does WAY more accurate and gripping a job of suit-combat, you can't beat Heinlein's Starship Troopers. That was the standard by which I measured this book and, well, you can see, it didn't measure up.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Heartbreak 01 on June 7, 2014
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I knew of Sakurazaka's previous work of Gendai Mahou, but didn't know he wrote this. With upcoming adaptation of movie version (and expectation of source material butchery), I decided to read ahead. It's an ok read but nothing spectacular. It has interesting premise and details here and there, but the story approach is rather typical Japanese light novel way which this book is. Reminded me of Kirito from SAO. But that's not the real problem here.

Some of decisions made by the publisher got in my way of fully enjoying the book. First of all, use of casual and strong languages changed the tone of the book entirely - I can guess which word was changed to which, and it should have been read drier. There are typos here and there, name orders are mixed, and some phrases were direct translation of Japanese which didn't really make sense in English (ex. 'flags'). Another thing is that they pulled out all the illustrations save the cover page. This book is supposed to be a type of Japanese pulp fiction called Light Novel and they usually include illustrations, some of them in full color. Whether it being insensitive negligence or licensing issue, they should have included them intact - these make up for visual description of details. Assuming it had average amounts for this type of novel, we are probably missing about 5~7 pages or so.

Even with all this complaining, it is still better story than Edge of Tomorrow (I watched the movie...) and i did find it somewhat enjoyable, so try it if you will. However, if you have ability to read Japanese, I recommend getting the original version of the book - you may obtain this through Amazon JP.
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