Parasite Eve

Parasite Eve

by Tyran Grillo
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Parasite Eve by Tyran Grillo

It was this novel, together with Koji Suzuki's Ring series, that begun the J-Horror boom. A pageturner about the rebellion of mitochondria, it became the Japan Horror Novel Award's first winner and the inspiration for a videogame that was a stateside hit.

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ISBN-13: 9781932234190
Publisher: Vertical, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/15/2006
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.42(w) x 9.66(h) x 1.15(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Hideaki Sena Ph.D. Pharmacology, was still a graduate student when his first novel, Parasite Eve, turned him into a pop cultural heavyweight. He became the first recipient of the Japan Horror Award and is credited—alongside Koji Suzuki, whose Spiral appeared the same summer—with initiating a smart, new style of horror writing in Japan. Subsequent novels include the Japan Sci-Fi Award winner Brain Valley and Tomorrow's Robots. Dr. Sena, who lectures on microbiology and genre ficiton, lives in Sendai, Japan.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.