All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

All You Need Is Kill

Last night I tore through Hiroshi Sakurazaka's All You Need Is Kill. I have not bothered to see Edge of Tomorrow, a movie based on this fine piece of battle armor/combat genre sci-fi, but now definitely I will.

As I enjoy stories in vein of Haldeman's the Forever War or Scalzi's Old Man's War, All You Need Is Kill was suggested as a must read. Keiji Kiriya is a novice 'Jacket' trooper killed in his first engagement against the strange alien Mimics. Somehow his death puts him in a time loop where he must refight the battle over and over. After 158 attempts, Keiji finds an ally and learns the secrets that may enable humanity to survive.

I really liked the starfish-like Mimics and their origin story, I found them some of the best enemies/assailants of humanity I've read recently.

All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

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  1. I'm reading this right now!

  2. I haven't read the book, but I don't see how it could match the joy of watching Tom Cruise die horribly over and over. The movie rather shamelessly panders to us haters.

  3. I really, really liked the film. After watching the horrible pile of shit called Elysium recently, it was a breath of fresh air for decent action/sci-fi. Time travel movies easily become stupid/confusing messes and I thought this one did a good job of keeping it straight.

  4. Apparently, despite being well received, the film is doing pretty badly at the box office and might be nailing the door shut on future Tom Cruise blockbusters not called Mission Impossible. Oblivion was better than I expected, but not great. Jack Reacher was dire.

    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-06-13/after-edge-of-tomorrow-is-tom-cruise-still-a-movie-star

    I'd actually like to see Edge of Tomorrow, but the cinema is too much of a faff and too expensive now we have to arrange childcare. I'm hoping more distributors do what they've done with Snowpiercer this week and release it for rent during the cinematic release (Snowpiercer's totally worth a look, BTW).

    http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/12/5893207/snowpiercer-movie-available-on-demand-streaming

    And Elysium was indeed awful.

  5. fnc says:

    I imagine quite a lot of elevator pitches start with "It's Groundhog Day meets X!"

    But then again lots of pitches probably start with "It's X meets Y!"

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