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Yukikaze (Yukikaze #1)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  234 ratings  ·  24 reviews
A military scifi classic, by one of the modern masters of world science fiction.

A military scifi classic, by one of the modern masters of world science fiction. Reads L to R (Western Style).

More than thirty years ago, a hyper-dimensional passageway suddenly appeared over the continent of Antarctica. Fighters from the mysterious alien force known as the JAM poured through
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Paperback, 317 pages
Published January 19th 2010 by Haikasoru (first published November 4th 1984)
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Mark
Really great book on the themes of human vs inhuman, human vs machine/computer, and what makes a human human. Is it empathy and emotions? Or is it reasoning and logic? The capacity for these four things is what separates us from animals, but why is it that we, as humans, people, or society, often consider those who primarily rely on reasoning and logic over empathy and emotions as being "inhuman", or behaving "cold" or "machine-like"?

The author explores these ideas through through the protagonis
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Staticblaq
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Ian Reay
I'll imagine that, like me, many of the people that buy this book, have done so because of the excellent Anime series that came out a few years ago. Like any TV show/anime/film that's born from novels, the book contains more detail, particularly in the characters background. Being an aviation enthusiast (or Plane Spotter!!), many of the technical details astonish me, especially when you consider this book was first published over in Japan in 1984. The author does state that he touched up one or ...more
D.M. Dutcher
Much better than I expected it to be, and an interesting look at how damaged humans meld with their fighting machines in order to survive a war in another world.

Rei is a pilot on the planet Faery, which is connected to Earth via an interstellar tube originating in Antarctica. On this planet, the Faery Air Force fight a war with aliens called the JAM to prevent them from breaching the tunnel and attacking Earth directly. Rei is a reconnaissance pilot who flies Yukikaze, a massive Supersylph plane
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Teagan
Yukikaze, I must confess, was an interesting exploration into a style of writing that I have never experienced before. Reading the English translation, the first thing that I really noticed was the incredible machine-like quality of the writing style. Short and blunt, with a lot of technical jargon that I internally just 'smiled and waved' at.

For those who understood the Madagascar reference there, you get a gold star.

But onto a more serious point: Yukikaze. At the start of the book, the title
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Michael Mc Donnell
I'm not sure if the books oddly stilted delivery was a feature of the original or of the translation effort. Given how generally legible it was I'm going to assume the former. Actually thinking about it now it did serve to re-enforce the themes the book explored. While I enjoyed it in a general sense it was probably more due to the questions it raised then the story itself. Perhaps because the story was populated with characters that it was almost impossible to empathise with, the somewhat disjo ...more
Jon
I'm conflicted about this. On the one hand, the overall story is really neat. On the other, the writing was kinda junior varsity. I'm going to be generous and put that down to a mediocre translation.

Aside from that, the story is cool, the world is neat, and the characters are....very charactery. By that I mean they are as they're supposed to be, but that's not to say they're super realistic and life like.

I'll probably read the second one, I think, just not right off. I am interested to see "what
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Artur Coelho
É preciso uma boa dose de fetiche aeronáutico para se chegar ao fim deste livro. Yukikaze é uma obra de ficção científica militarista sobre uma aeronave futurista. Num futuro próximo, a humanidade e as forças de uma incógnita espécie alienígena apelidada de jam degladiam-se num planeta acessível por um buraco de verme que surgiu misteriosamente na antártida. No planeta hostil à vida humana, as forças terrestres combatem utilizando uma força aérea de equipamentos avançados pilotados por inadaptad ...more
Logan Young
I'll be the first to admit that it is pretty much a given that I will enjoy any book like "Yukikaze," ie "The Forever War" meets "Colossus" with fighter jets thrown in. It's unfortunate that my Japanese reading ability still isn't at a high enough level to attempt reading the source material, because I have a feeling a lot of the emotional punch and poetic beauty was lost in the dry translation done by Neil Nadelman. The first 80 pages were fairly dull and didn't bode well for the rest of the no ...more
Liam
Sigh. Okay I did not like Yukikaze. I've been meaning to watch the anime for a while but never get around to it (so much anime so little time!), I'm definitely interested to watch it now after reading to see if it is any better.

I probably skim-read 60% of this book. It entirely failed to interest me, it was poorly written, and it was predictable. I'm sure the translation from Japanese to English is to blame for some of this, but the book itself at its core is flawed and boring.

It touts itself as
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E.J.
This science fiction-aviation tale is set in the near future in which an alien race has opened a gate in Atartica from which they launch an attack. thirty years later, we've pushed them back into their homeworld and continue a balanced give-and-get aviation war between our super jets and their attack fighters.

Written in the 80s, this story is less about plotting and more about the thematics of what it means to be human vs. inhman. The chapters come across more as vignettes rather than one cohes
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Pygmy
Hm, this book is more like a bunch of stories based in a common world with common characters instead of a single, overarching story. The author knows his military planes, but I found the characters making intuitive leaps concerning the nature of their enemy without much evidence to convince the reader until much later, near the end of the book.

The dialogue was clunky, and not because the characters were supposedly using a variant of English that strips all adjectives and useless vocabulary. I am
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Burt
Aug 27, 2014 Burt rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: scifi
Kambayashi explores what it means to be human and machine, and what happens as the two grow closer together. Yukikaze is an AI equipped surveillance aircraft and her pilot is Lt. Rei Fukai. The novel proceeds, over 8 sections, to relate how Lt. Fukai feels as his plane, the only thing he trusts, grows in intelligence and approaches an independent sentience.

This novel is very well written, from a couple of different viewpoints. Mark MacKensie, I'm glad you got me on to this novel maybe five years
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Jason Seaver
"Yukikaze" is a nifty story of emergent artificial intelligence camouflaged as military action. We seldom get inside Yukikaze's virtual head (Yukikaze being the highly-computerized fighter plane piloted by the main character), and indeed by the end it turns out that how a military AI thinks might just be beyond our comprehension. That's not the entire thrust of the book, though; the main story is about the so-called "inhuman" pilot who has trouble engaging with other people, though that makes hi ...more
Eugene
I picked up this book on the premise of reading about super cool, high-tech aircraft fighting aliens. However, this book was ultimately much more thoughtful than that implies.

Yukikaze is essentially a collection of short stories that involve our stoic protagonist dealing with his place in war with respect to a world he barely relates to, the machines that are now used to wage war in nearly incomprehensible ways, and his own sense of humanity. This was much more detached and introspective than I
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Michaela Buckley
An episodic collection of stories revolving around a pilot in a war against an unknown enemy.

A stimulating and thought-provoking novel, with some fantastically detailed actions segments, a great read for someone with a short attention span that is looking to find a way into Sci-Fi and Military Sci-Fi.
Eric
What a surprise. What I thought would be a 300-page novel with nothing but high-tech jets and Air Force strategy turned into something completely different.

First off, this isn't a novel. It's one of those sneaky novels-told-with-connecting-short-stories things. And secondly, the military porn is held at bay (mostly) in favor of the author's ruminations. namely: What is humanity? And: What is mankind's relationship with the machines he builds?

"Yukikaze was the heroine of her own story, A spirit
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Adedeji Ogundipe
left me wanting more
Paxnirvana
I have issues with Japanese novels at times. Not because they were originally Japanese, which I am unfortunately not anywhere fluent enough in as I could wish, but because I'm never sure the translators always quite "get" the original works.

And this is a very spare work here. Short but interesting exploration of man vs machine, man vs alien and the dividing lines for all in war. But I suppose it succeeded because I very much wanted to find out more when it was done.
Max
Quite a bit of the dialogue was weak, and while I can't know whether that was due to the translation or was a feature of the original text, it doesn't really matter to the reader. Or at least, not to this reader. I liked it in spite of that flaw, and in spite of its...strangeness, which I'm not equipped to properly describe.
Xarah
Hmmm, what would humans do if machines began to think for themselves and take actions for themselves? It's an interesting idea, and sometimes I think it really will happen with the current technology.
Thomas Van
A little disjointed. Felt like a series of short stories...
Alma
Golden seal of approval.
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