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Genocidal Organ

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  479 ratings  ·  57 reviews
The war on terror exploded, literally, the day Sarajevo was destroyed by a homemade nuclear device. The leading democracies transformed into total surveillance states, and the developing world has drowned under a wave of genocides. The mysterious American John Paul seems to be behind the collapse of the world system, and it’s up to intelligence agent Clavis Shepherd to tra ...more
Paperback, 297 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Haikasoru (first published June 1st 2007)
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Kieran Smith
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was initially put off by the author's hubris. The main character who is an introspective weeaboo, trapped in the body of a special forces soldier takes some getting used to, especially considering the author's propensity for using him as an outlet for his own political and philosophical concerns. Eventually though the frequency of interesting ideas and the author's sensitivity towards the topics he addresses won me over.

Though the novel feels like an anti American tirade at times(as Japanese
Mars Dorian
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Man, I SO wanted to love this book. Itoh's Harmony and Guns of the Patriots was so much better.

He's incredible at inventing modern military tech and semi-realistic story worlds with great dystopian societies, but this book about a futuristic elite soldier ends in philosophic meandering.

After an intense, future-tech dispatch, the first person narrator quickly loses himself in endless rants about society, war, nations, warfare and peace. After pages and pages of philo-talk, the author remembers
Really, really good (3.5)--

Project Itoh's Genocidal Organ is sadly, sadly underrated—or rather simply not known—outside Japan. It's got suspense, philosophical dialogues/monologues, great characters, a really convincing portrayal of a near-future dystopian world (dominated by pax Americana—at least seemingly so—with crazily heightened security measures against terrorism at the cost of citizens' privacy), the cool technological devices (that are also convincingly real). In short, this is a scifi
Reads like Metal Gear Solid fanfiction in the best way possible
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
One of the best SF I've ever read - will definitely revisit. (I read it in Chinese but want to read in English and potentially Japanese someday). ...more
Richard Franklin
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
A lot more philosophy about the effect of language and evolution than I had been expected or would have preferred, but I still really liked this book. The concept was pretty fascinating and original, and even when it did kind of run off into the main character waxing philosophically about the meaning of life, I didn't get bored.

Be very interested to see how the film ends up being. I imagine it will focus a lot more on the military/action parts (as well it should), but hopefully it keeps a lot of
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
The breadth of what Itoh truly knows is ridiculous.

He managed to weave a military cyberpunk SF plot that liberally throws together a postmodern subjective outlook of philosophy, linguistic technology in the vein of Snow Crash, completely novel bio and nano technology, an interpretation of evolutionary psychology, and he still has the spare time to add in random asides on the history of Czechslovakian language, Kafka's usage of German in his Literature, Monty Python, and various political insight
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A U.S. Special Forces operative chases a man who seems able to trigger bloody civil wars in previously stable countries around the world, after Sarajevo has been nuked and the private sector has taken on large parts of the military’s job. Gore and heartbreak ensue. Speculation about how conscience develops and deep structure in language (is that still a thing in linguistics?) combined with a harsh look at consumerism and the U.S. role in the world.
Trevor Craig
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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Akiko Tsutsumi
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was the second time to read this book.
News from Ukraine, Gaza and Japanese TV program which keep mentioning successful Japanese people in the world reminded me of this novel.
The "grammar of genocide" seems convincing for me now.
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, giveaway
Bought this just because Itoh's other work was on my to-read list. Wow, was I happily surprised that the thematic matter just happened to be some of my favorites!
-crime and punishment
Glad I got it!
Dana *
Please read this.

It is fantastic.
SO potent.
Like Little Brother, you will like this I think.

Jason Payne
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent read, a combination war novel/philosophical discussion/linguistics study of life and death in the surveillance state created by the US in the post-9/11 world.
Alexander Shay
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
I don't really know where to start... It was really different than what I usually read, and I don't know if that's just because I don't read much military-focused fiction or because it wasn't written in English originally, so it would have been written to the style/customs/culture of the original language. I can't say how much liberty the translator took when 'converting' the book, so I don't really want to claim that Itoh said certain things because maybe he didn't, maybe it's the translator pu ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Clavis Shephard is a US Intelligence Agent... or more accurately, a government assassin, sent into trouble spots to kill those people making the world less safe. Lately, one target's keeped popping up on his missions over and over again, an American named John Paul that they manage to just keep missing... it's unclear why, but somehow when John Paul begins working with a country, they descend into genocidal chaos soon afterwards. Slowly the man moves up and up the priority list, until Shepherd f ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Jericho Eames
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Action packed with so much philosophical thought, now who wouldn't want that? This novel made me question a lot of things, such as what is the true price of my freedom, what sort of things am I giving up to have that freedom and also who are the ones paying the price for my freedom. I love it when a book is able to make me think so much. It has enough gore and action and thought-provoking content to make it a good balance. ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The ideas of a grammar of genocide and a genocidal organ implanted inside the human mind do sound very original, very interesting. It's quite a shame that Clavis loses himself in the end, the poor guy.
What I really like about this novel is the blending of all sort of side knowledge on psychology and philosophy of multiple branches.
Overall, this book is excellent.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The animated movie was the one that influenced me to read this book. I waited 2 years for the movie to be released. Love the movie and the book. Amazing portray of the advancement of technology and somewhat highlights the problems that this world still faces.
Rich Willson
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an engrossing yet harrowing deep disturbing book; if the authors intent was place a measure broken despair and resentful responsibly upon the reader, he succeeded..
At times deep in conceptual philosophy yet at the same time malevolent..
Nathan Sinclair
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was significantly more twisted and philosophical than what I had anticipated when I started reading it. I honestly don't even know what to say about it. It was disturbing in the best possible way, and I'll definitely be reading more of Itoh when I can. ...more
Trash Panzer
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I wanted to give this 3.5 stars, but not 4. So here we are at 3 stars, I guess. Aspects of it were interesting/cool, but it ended up being a little too conceptual and exposition-heavy for my taste.
Xenia Krutsch
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
DNF at page 74. Might try again someday.
Philipp Noller
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one hell of a book, thrilling and philosophical! It tells a very compelling and interesting in the not so far away future
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whew! Intense.
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
The language was a little strong for me, but I couldn’t stop reading it!
Tom Varley
Nov 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Inventive technology, interesting societal commentary. Close enough time-wise to be relevant, but far enough to have that ‘mysteries of the future’ sort of vibe.
Kevin Ducoff
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Aug 17, 2016 rated it liked it
I've now read all of Itoh's novels and several of his shorter stories: my first was "Harmony", which I really enjoyed; his contribution to the Metal Gear Solid franchise didn't make much of an impression on me, but I admit that I know nothing about MGS so I'm not really part of its target readership. His short story "From the Nothing, With Love" is my personal favourite though, due to its twisted brilliance and the way it plays with one of popular culture's most famous tropes.

It has to be said t
Troy Campbell
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Genocidal Organ is by a Japanese author writing from a 2040s American Special Forces soldier's viewpoint. Instead of being mostly bang-bang action, it's mostly introspective built around an intriguing concept - the so-called Genocidal Organ. Most of the book is the main character wallowing in guilt, and Itoh portrays it as a very "American" kind of guilt. In case the name is not a hint, the book wallows in death. Death, death and more death, until you sort of get numbed to it.

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Project Itoh (伊藤 計劃 Itō Keikaku?), real name Satoshi Itō (伊藤 聡 Itō Satoshi?, October 14, 1974 – March 20, 2009), was a Japanese science fiction writer.

Born in Tokyo and graduated Musashino Art University. While working as a web designer, he wrote Gyakusatsu kikan and submitted to Komatsu Sakyō Award contest in 2006. Although it did not receive the award, it was published from Hayakawa Publishing i

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