The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network by Max Gladstone

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Roars and Echoes.



17 thoughts on “The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network by Max Gladstone

  1. This is sounding a whole lot better than the original mangas if Iโ€™m being honest. The first and second story especially sound the most intriguing to me. Iโ€™m also likeing the fact that it features the major in at least three of the stories, which would be enough for me to go and check it out ๐Ÿ˜Š I didnโ€™t even know this one existed but I will definitely be on the lookout for this one. Fantastic review, and thank you for sharing this! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. I know, right? Hahaahh I think anyone could do way better than what the original manga was able to offer, and I’m glad to find out that this is an example of just that. Just the fact that it’s a lot more structured with each story, and that it’s clear that it’s an anthology rather than one big story arc, really helps the reader appreciate this more. I’m glad to put this on your radar, Michel. Hopefully you’ll have the chance to enjoy some of these stories someday! Thanks for reading. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. Is the pic on the cover supposed to be the cyborg from The Ghost in the Shell? I ended up studying that pic a bit trying to figure it out ๐Ÿ˜Š.
    Pretty awesome to create a work that was meant to spark ideas and creativity in others.

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    1. Yep. I believe it is Motoko “Major” Kusanagi who is on the cover. However, I can’t say it is with a 100% certitude since she doesn’t exactly look like that most of the time, especially in the anime. You can see her in the anime trailer at the end of the review as a reference.

      It is, right? First time Western authors are taking on the creator’s work and that the creator accords it “legitimacy” and accepts it as part of the Ghost in the Shell universe too! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Writers sure are versatile huh? I see a lot of writers dive in the comic book world at some point in their careers nowadays. Like Seanan McGuire who had recently went to Marvel to work on a couple of X-Men comic book issues. Always nice to see this happen! ๐Ÿ˜€


  3. This sounds great! I had no idea this anthology existed, and it makes my heart super happy. Your observation about Masamune wanting his world to be expanded and built upon by others is not one I had considered before. It makes complete sense! It reminds me a bit of the Animatrix, but you know… in comic form. I hope to see more expansions of this universe. There are some brilliant ideas in the Ghost in the Shell world; so much more opportunity to expand!

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    1. It’s a recent release, brand-new, never-before-seen collection hahah It’s the first time that the creator accorded other authors the possibility to add new stories to his manga. It would be nice to see a more developed Ghost in the Shell series with another writer. It has so much potential, especially when it was pretty much badly delivered in the original series hahah ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. I’m not familiar with this franchise (not surprising as I’m a total newb with GNs and manga) but I really enjoyed the introduction to your thoughts! ๐Ÿ™‚ Well done!


  5. What an interesting concept to open up a story to have different writers/artists contribute to make a series even though the storyline might veer a bit to another direction. As a reader, I might find it disorienting because I would feel the main character would seem a bit off in some stories.

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    1. Definitely interesting, but then again, if we think about it, it’s quite common too. The perfect example is Batman, or just about any superhero. They were created by one person and over the years, many others have taken a shot at it and given us different interpretations. What I liked about this however is that we’ve taken something from the Asian world and given Western creators the opportunity to create something based on it. The differences are definitely much more immediate and observable hahah ๐Ÿ˜€

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