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About the Author

Born in Gifu Prefecture in 1977, Tow Ubukata was exposed to a blending of cultures from early childhood until the age of fourteen, having lived in Singapore and Nepal because of his father's work. In 1996, while in college, Ubukata won the first Sneaker Taisho Gold Prize for his light novel Kuroi Kisetsu (Black Season) and thus debuted as a writer. In 2003, he won the Nihon SF Taisho Award for Mardock Scramble, originally published as a three-volume series. He is involved in a wide range of projects including anime production for Fafner, video game production, and original content writing for comics such as Le Chevalier D'Eon. His other works include the Bye-Bye Earth and Spiegel novel series. In 2009, he published his first historical novel, Tenchi Meisatsu, focusing on a mathematician of the Edo period.

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  • File Size: 1875 KB
  • Print Length: 680 pages
  • Publisher: Haikasoru/VIZ Media (February 14, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 14, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NSV9LE
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine on March 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
One of the largest books published by Haikusoru's fascinating range of Japanese science-fiction novels, Mardock Scamble collects the three books of the Japanese edition into a single huge block of 775 pages. This might not be quite as portable for English language readers (not so much a problem for Kindle readers), but it does give recognition to the fact that Mardock Scramble is all just one story, and - even though it has been adapted to anime in Japan - it's not episodic as you might expect from its SF manga premise. There are however varying tones to the story that are quite unusual and interesting.

The story springs into action fairly quickly when a PI team of Dr. Easter and his technical tool mouse Oeufcoque rescue Rune-Balot, a young girl who is the victim of a wealthy businessman Shell-Septinos, who uses young girls for his own depraved needs only to have his bodyguard, Dimsdale-Boiled, dispose of them when he is done with them, having his memory erased so that he cannot be accused of or feel guilt over any crime. The Doctor, who specialises in Scamble 09s, the use of forbidden science in exceptional cases where it can be demonstrated as being for the greater good, uses the technology to enhance the badly injured girl, turning her into an impressive killing machine with extrasensory powers to influence mechanical objects in her vicinity. Guided by Oeufcoque, she's going to need those powers, because the PIs want to use Balot as a witness against Shell in a court case they have submitted against him, and Shell intends to use his own Scramble enhanced bodyguard to make sure she doesn't testify.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By the golden witch on June 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
Since the US edition was published with all three books in one (yay omnibuses!), I decided to break down my reviews book by book since there is a LOT of action in each different volume. I also used the original art for each volume since it's not included in the US edition and I like this art better.

That said, this first book in the first trilogy of the "Mardock" saga is a refreshing slap of cold water in what's been a rather tepid pool of sci-fi novels around the world within the last decade, and I'm just so glad it FINALLY got translated into English (since, for me at least, there are some parts of the book that are still hard for me to interpret from Japanese to English, but that's my failing with kanji understanding and all) so more people can enjoy Ubukata's awesome story.

First, it's wonderful to see the usual idea of what can be called the "Ghost in the Machine"-inspired cyberpunk of girls-remade-as-cyborgs genre being twisted with the use of Rune-Balot, a child prostitute/porn-star being turned into something at her own request, though the full ramifications of this request don't hit home with her (and with the audience) until the end of this first book. Balot has been used and abused her entire life, and now she has a chance to take it back with the help of Dr. Easter and Oeufcoque, the Golden Mouse (who later becomes her partner).

Unlike the policewoman Katsuragi from the famed "Ghost in the Shell" who is a cyborg from the start, this is the story of a human girl becoming something more - a reverse process which is interesting to behold in of itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Salah S. Sedarous on June 28, 2011
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(This book is not for the faint of heart)

As everyone says, Mardock Scramble starts off with a bang. Not only are the action scenes incredibly choreographed, but the characters, too, are incredible in their depth and unique motivation.

Perhaps one of the best things in this book is the development of the characters, our heroine, Rune-Balot, in specific. Seeing the phases she goes through in gaining trust, strength, self-control, and--eventually-- the knowledge of what love really is, is absolutely fascinating.

Seeing the characters' psychological descriptions and then seeing how they interact is another incredibly enjoyable part of the story. There is a good mix of characters, some who are completely depraved and others who are struggling to find their way in the world. Many times, you will be left laughing, whether by deliberate humor on the characters' parts or as a side-effect from their interactions.

For the dreaded casino part (that I actually enjoyed a lot) I would recommend not paying attention to anything but the basic rules of the game (so that you have an idea of what each move means) and then the psychological battles/manipulation that appear. There are paragraphs that state "so-and-so got this card" but those are unimportant compared to the paragraphs on the characters' minds.

All in all a wonderful book that made me sit still and think after closing it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mariam on July 11, 2014
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it's a good book, it really makes you think about life, death and the point of living. if you are into Sci-Fi and Slightly horrific....things then it's for you. though as a warning it is not very censored and has stuff that will make you go, say what? and want to hide in a broom closet Mardock Scramble is thrilling, murderous and at times seems to be falling of the deep end. for fellow readers who would enjoy stories like this. it's philosophical, scary, and at times will make you sit on the edge of your seats in anticipation. the characters are well developed and though the translation at times is somewhat awkward, the writing really will transport you into the characters thought process.

the story line itself is one heck of a ride, but... you might need a stomach of steel and have a good mind that isn't easily influenced. I can not stress this enough. if you don't have the guts for this, don't read it.

I must say though I especially loved the relationship between the doctor, Balot, and the yellow mouse that I can't spell the name moments it seemed familial and at others...well, everyone has a different point of view.
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