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ISBN13: 9781421527611
ISBN10: 1421527618
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L to R (Western Style). There’s one thing worse than dying. It’s coming back to do it again and again… When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration though, he sees something different, something out of place: the female soldier known as the Bitch of War. Is the Bitch the key to Keiji’s escape, or to his final death?

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When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally--the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji's escape or his final death?

Now a major motion picture starring Tom Cruise!

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L to R (Western Style). There’s one thing worse than dying. It’s coming back to do it again and again… When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration though, he sees something different, something out of place: the female soldier known as the Bitch of War. Is the Bitch the key to Keiji’s escape, or to his final death?

About the Author

Hiroshi Sakurazaka was born in 1970. After a career in information technology, he published his first novel, Wizards’ Web, in 2003. His 2004 short story, “Saitama Chainsaw Massacre,” won the 16th SF Magazine Reader’s Award. His other novels include Slum Online and Characters (cowritten with Hiroki Azuma).

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nrlymrtl, July 5, 2013 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
While this book is short, Hiroshi Sakurazaka packs a lot of awesomesauce into it. The future setting with the mech warriors and a lingering war with an alien species that is technologically advanced creates this rich backdrop for the inner turmoil of Keiji’s repeatedly dented head. At first, Keiji just rides out the cycle, again and again. Then he tries to escape from it, like by leaving the base, etc. But then he settles into the idea that running away from those two days won’t get him out of this little hell. So, he starts training with the few veterans around. And that is when things start to get real interesting. He can only learn a few snippets each time, but over time they add up.

And of course, there is Rita, the Mech Warrior Bitch of War. Keiji first attracts her attention by staring too intently at the beginning of a loop as she entered the training yard during PT. Her sense of humor is dry and tough. Her fighting skills have earned her world and Hollywood recognition �" complete with her own little action figures. Instead of surrounding herself with fans, she keeps folks at a distance. Until Keiji.

The book is fast-paced, full of nitty gritty soldier outlook and sometimes language, which feeds into the whole atmosphere of the book. While the number of females doesn’t equal the males in this story line, they are not sidelined or put there solely as sexual interests. If you have ever read Starship Troopers, most of the book is spent riding around in a soldier’s head and the aliens they are fighting are a background footnote. Same thing here �" much of what I grasped about the frog-like alien race was inferred from the few snippets here and there. The ending was just as hard and brutal as the beginning of the book, yet satisfying in it’s symmetry.
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FNORDinc, May 2, 2010 (view all comments by FNORDinc)
Released as part of VIZ-Media’s recent fiction line, Haikasoru, All you need is Kill was a very fast but great read. Though technically considered a light novel, you do not find any of the watered down elements a LN would normally bear. The characters are clear and enjoyable. the story is descriptive and vibrant. The novel could very easily be triple the length, but it would not make it any better. Instead, you would risk watering down its power, like small punches to your gut turning to love taps.

Though originally written in Japanese (2004), it was recently translated by Alex Smith and pushed out to the English market.

if you read AYNIK, you will definitely be reminded of Robotech, Groundhogs day, and general anime/manga. This book is much more than any of those things however, so you will see no further references to them.

FNORDinc’s overview-

The planet earth is in the mids of a ground war. We fight alien machines sent to our planet to reform the atmosphere and land to the needs of their creators. Their blood is sand, electrically charged and poisonous to all earth life. Nanites mixed about inside them make them mobile bio-hazards, eating dirt and emitting toxic waste. These machines, called Mimics (not to be confused with giant mutant cockroaches) fire 1600 meter per second spikes into their enemies and destroy all they come in contact with. There is more to them, but i will let those who want more info read the book. These secrets are not mine to disclose.

Protagonist Keiji Kiyira is prepping for his first battle. As a virgin in the bed of war, he is clumsy and nervous. he knows his training but has no idea what he is REALLY doing. This becomes evident two pages into the book as he is bleeding out. Torn nearly in two by enemy fire, he is in shock. Enter Rita, the “Full Metal Bitch”. Clad in red armor, wielding an axe, she is a vision of hope and absolute bad-assery. Sh is like the battlefield messiah, brute force putting the enemy into an the mood to absolve their sins through death. Her just being near Keiji is enough to get him back on his feet fighting. with out these two character, this story would be a waste of paper, detailing our own demise.

Everything it stops an instant after he meets Rita. Keiji wakes up 30 hours earlier, in his bunk at the barracks. He is stuck in a loop, repeating the same battle every day. Talk about the perfect way to lose your mind. perpetually fighting a never ending battle, honing your skills and carrying them forward into the next day.

I highly suggest this book.

- FNORDinc.com
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781421527611
Author:
Sakurazaka, Hiroshi
Publisher:
Viz Media
Translator:
Smith, Alexander O.
Subject:
Science Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Adventure
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
All You Need Is Kill (Novel)
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
230
Dimensions:
5.25 x 8 in

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"Synopsis" by , When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally--the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji's escape or his final death?

Now a major motion picture starring Tom Cruise!

"Synopsis" by , L to R (Western Style). There’s one thing worse than dying. It’s coming back to do it again and again… When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration though, he sees something different, something out of place: the female soldier known as the Bitch of War. Is the Bitch the key to Keiji’s escape, or to his final death?
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