Parasite Eveby Tyran Grillo
"Filled with scientific acuity and existential challenges in the tradition of Ghost In The Shell and Frankenstein, this medical fantasmagoria is a disorienting look into consciousness and will have you questioning the future of human evolution. New life begins at the cellular level, but when that cell contains restless mitochondria, it will aspire to be much more than… See more details below
"Filled with scientific acuity and existential challenges in the tradition of Ghost In The Shell and Frankenstein, this medical fantasmagoria is a disorienting look into consciousness and will have you questioning the future of human evolution. New life begins at the cellular level, but when that cell contains restless mitochondria, it will aspire to be much more than just a speck in a Petri dish. Parasite Eve was the basis of a hugely popular videogame of the same name and has been cinematized in Japan, where the novel's smashing success helped set off a horror boom that has only been intensifying ever since." When Dr. Nagashima loses his wife in a mysterious car crash, he is overwhelmed with grief but also an eerie sense of purpose; he becomes obsessed with the idea that he must reincarnate his dead wife. Her donated kidney is transplanted into a young girl with a debilitating disorder, but the doctor also feels compelled to keep a small sample of her liver in his laboratory. When these cells start mutating rapidly, a consciousness bent on determining its own fate awakes from an eonic sleep.
Oozes with enough violence and sexual perversity to make Caligula blush.”
“Hideaki Sena, a pharmacologist, microbiologist and now pop icon, knows all too well how to combine the scientifically plausible with the psychologically unimaginable… Have fun with it, by all means, but don’t keep it on the bedside table.”
—Susan Salter Reynolds, L.A. Times
“Parasite Eve combines Michael Crichton’s scientific cutting-edge plausibility with David Cronenberg’s abject flesh/sex horror. Throw in Frankenstein and The Blob, synthesize, and enjoy.”
“Sena’s work in pharmacology and microbiology lends this Japanese import a sense of discovery and fear that resonates when new science is not fully understood. SF and horror fans who liked Suzuki Koji’s Ring…will find Parasite Eve a chilling tale on a cellular level; recommended.”
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I bought this book due to the fact that in high school, I was a big fan of the video game Parasite Eve. The events of the game occurred after that of the book, and made a few allusions to the work as well. This was originally released in Japan in 1995 as Parasaito Ibu. Waiting so long for a translation and having so much success in Japan, I thought the book would have been better. The premise of the story is an amazing idea based on the Mitochondria Eve theory. A doctor, who does research in the area of mitochondria, experiences the loss of his wife in a car accident. After culturing some of her liver cells, a.k.a. playing god and keeping her alive, strange occurances begin to unfold. The mitochondria in her body seems to have developed a consciousness. Did the consciousness develop previous to the wife's death or due to the manner in which the doctor cultures them? What will this mean for mankind? The storyline follows the doctor, a patient who receives the doctor's wife's kidney in an organ doning program, and vaguely covers a few other characters who play roles in the main characters' lives. Although the bit of plot that is present is interesting, there is far too much talk about the scientific instruments, methods,and et cetera used by the doctor and the researchers. So much that it makes the story seem a background detail to the discussions of beta-oxidation enzymes, NIH3T, collagenase and whatever else. The book even has a glossary at the end to define all the scientific terms. I enjoy science fiction based on real science, but this takes it a tad far. I thought the Ring Trilogy by Koji Suzuki was far more efficient in keeping the storyline entact while mixing a little real science elements in the background. Overall, if you like biology/evolution theories then this could have the potential to be a stimulating read. If not, I'd steer clear.
A truly fantastic explanation and prelude to the Parasite Eve video game series. Everything you didn't understand in the games will make sense because of this book! Get it :D!!!
If you have played the videogame Parasite eve I and II, read this and you'll understand what that Japanese doctor was talking about. If you've seen the Japanese movie, then prepair for a shocking thing. The movie is totally off, same story line, but I think there are alot of things that were added when making the movie. If you haven't played the videogame or seen the movie, it's a long the Resident Evil line, just no virus. It's a good book. HINT: look up Mitochondrial Eve theroy. The book is base on that theroy, and 'her' plans. Yesh, the mitochondria will take over. ^.^' OH! This book coming out in america is rare! It's from japan! JAPAN ROCKS! Thank you.