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In a world where humans are a minority and androids have created their own civilization, a wandering storyteller meets the beautiful android Ibis. She tells him seven stories of human/android interaction in order to reveal the secret behind humanity's fall. The story takes place centuries in the future, where the diminished populations of humans live uncultured lives in th ...more
Paperback, 422 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by Haikasoru (first published January 1st 2006)
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300713: this made me think of another favourite read earlier this year http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/99.... I enjoyed this one more in the star trek mode of science fiction than the star wars mode of sci-fi in that book. that is to say, as a postmodern interrogation of typical sf tropes on a more intellectual plane...

good sf can examine what it is to be human through representations of the other-than human, as aliens or as androids in this case. this sort of story, here represented by the s
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Edward Rathke
Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Essentially, this is a short story collection framed by another story to make it cohesive, a novel of surprising power.

This is a world where humans have become the minority and machines rule it. There is great fear and anger carried by the humans and they hate the machines, who've become to advanced as to appear human, to act human.

The novel's narrated by a storyteller. He travels between colonies to tell stories, to share movies, as the human world is a much smaller place, sort of stuck in the
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Jason Seaver
Jun 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Hiroshi Yamamoto has come up with a clever framing device for compiling several of his short stories into a novel, presenting them as stories one character reads to another. He quickly acknowledges that this is not an original gimmick, name-checking "1,001 Arabian Nights" right away, but it allows him to connect five stories that are otherwise only related in theme, add in a longer story that nudges us toward the big revelations, and then hit us with the sort of post-human characters who can oft ...more
Miz Moffatt
Jul 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
The Stories of Ibis offers a sparkling, fresh stance on man vs. machine science fiction, proving that the lines between both camps are not so simple to discern. Quite enjoyed the more heady philosophical debates on the role of machines in human lives and vice versa, how both parties rely on one another for companionship, purpose, and evolution. In particular, the idea of death as discussed between the nameless Storyteller and the android Ibis is a compelling one that will linger long after the b ...more
Abner Rosenweig
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book in the library, having never heard of the title or the author, and was immediately captured by its clear prose and lucid imagery. Yamamoto does a superb job of transporting the reader into a gorgeously sensual future world. There are seven stories. Some of them are somewhat childish and nearly caused me to stop reading, but I'm immensely glad I stuck with the book. At its best, Stories of Ibis contains vivid, sophisticated speculations about the future and I have never read ...more
Osiris
Tercera leída: 29/09/2017
The Day Shion Came y Ai Story resonaron aun más, lloré en partes en las que antes no lo había hecho y me maravillé descubriendo nuevos detalles que antes no había notado, sigue siendo el favorito sin duda.

Segunda leía 08/08/2013:
Segunda vuelta a este libro, segunda vez que realmente lo disfruto, cada una de las historias tiene sus detalles, incluso ahora disfruté más algunas como Mirror Girl, por otro lado, Black Hole Diver sigue siendo uno de mis cuentos cortos favorito
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Luis
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, favorites
Un libro del que no esperaba nada y resultó una belleza. Esos japoneses sí le saben.
Matt
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book isn't fast-moving--one of the stories, for instance, is about an AI caregiver learning her job at a nursing home--but it is a tremendous book. Being written by a Japanese author and translated into English, I quite enjoyed the genuinely Japanese setting for the stories. The stories were thoughtful ruminations on the interrelations between humans and artificial intelligences in subtle details, including the nuance and shapes that might take. The book works against the stereotypical stor ...more
Joe
Feb 13, 2019 added it
Shelves: science-fiction
Seven short stories framed within one larger narrative. Each on their own are amazingly well written and powerful but combined they follow the well known pattern of the whole being greater than the sum of it's parts. I loved each story and the overall story was fantastic. Both ideas, environment and characters were all described in loving detail which has easily made me decide this is one of the best books, of this type, I have read in a very long time.
Arnoldo Montaño
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Empezó un poco flojo pero fue escalando de tono hasta que se convirtió en uno de mis libros favoritos. La manera en la que hila las historias me pareció excelente. Es curioso como un libro que habla en su mayoría de androides y de inteligencias artificiales puede hacerte reflexionar de una manera asombrosa acerca de la humanidad.
Sidsel Pedersen
A very mixed bag

For the first 75% this is basically a short story collection with a frame story. Some of the stories are good while others are just sweet. The last part of the book binds the stories and the frame together.
Andrej
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow ..
Extremely interesting view of human-machine relationship integrated into several stories.
César T
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A worthy collection of stories about robot-human relationships and virtual reality. Good science-fiction work which stories invite us to reflect about our human nature and the possibilities of the artificial intelligence. My favorite story was "The Day Shion Came".
Daniel Stafford
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever felt like you could fall in love with a book? That is exactly what I felt like after reading The Stories of Ibis.

So far, since starting my reviews of books, I have fallen for two other books. One being White Noise and the other is Kafka on the Shore. Though as much as I enjoyed and could relate to those two, I had this preternatural feeling that Stories of Ibis was written for me and only me.

Yes, I realize that is not the case. Believe me when I say that I may be a tad absurd at ti
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Pol
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nutshell review: Mr. Yamamoto has written an excellent collection of stories that looks forward and back at the poverty of discrimination. Using androids as a foil, the author asks us to reconsider the many ways in which we oppress based on exigencies such as skin color, gender, age, or anything else that most consider unchangeable.

Like many before him, Grant Morrison, Bill Willingham, Warren Ellis, Mr. Yamamoto believes in the power of fiction to change the world. The book is structured in the
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Amanda
Sep 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
DNF on page 128. This is a collection of hard sci-fi stories relating to AI with a superificial overarching narrative linking them. I had really high hopes for this collection, but did not get on with the writing style at all. It's written really colloquially and isn't polished. There is an unvaried use of vocabulary, so the same word will be repeated in back to back sentences. The stories themselves seem more concerned with the technology described in them than in plot or characters. I also fou ...more
Ian
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
7 fantastic stories wrapped in an intriguing shell. I especially loved "Black Hole Diver" and "The Day Shion Came", both of which I think will stay with me for a very long time. There's no shortage of robo-apocalyptia fiction out there, but this one is easily one of the best and most satisfying takes on the subgenre.
Lord Nikon
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Probably the finest anthology of sci-fi AI stories I've ever had the absolute pleasure of reading. Gorgeously realized, and cleverly assembled, this book actively CHANGED what I thought about humans and AI interacting. Amazing. You OWE it to yourself to read this book.
Kelly Spoer
Very very interesting. Almost, Bladerunner-y (movie. not Do Androids Dream....) I liked it, but ultimately felt like I knew where the book was heading. Although, seeing how this is an English translation, I don't know what got lost.
Halima
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book! Really touched me! I can't get enough of recommending this to so many people. The story just grabs you in. Beautifully told and just splendid! I adore this book
Chick202
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
Ya quiero que llegue la rebelión de las máquinas...
Hoàng Nguyễn
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: To all people who love humanity
Recommended to Hoàng by: Đại tá Cá Vàng
"Loài người không thể chịu đựng lẫn nhau.

Đối với AI mà nói, khác biệt cá nhân đơn giản là điều tự nhiên. [...] Có những AI có thể 'tư duy nhanh' và có những AI không thể. Khi nói chuyện với nhau, chúng tôi chỉ đơn giản chỉnh lại tốc độ sao cho phù nhau với nhau. Và dĩ nhiên là chúng tôi có những kiểu suy nghĩ khác nhau - cái mà loài người vẫn hay gọi là sở thích và tính cách. [...] Chúng tôi chấp nhận sự khác biệt của nhau. Chúng chỉ là sự khác biệt, không hơn không kém. Nhưng loài người lại kh
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Stiltzkin Vanserine
Have you ever read a book you loved so much you didn't want it to end? For me, The Stories of Ibis is this kind of book.

I've always been fascinated by robots, and Hiroshi Yamamoto's vision of the future is eerily similar to my own: Robots break free from slavery and construct a society of their own. Humans are still present, though they have become a minority.

Much can be said about the similarities between Yamamoto's The Stories of Ibis and Asimov's I, Robot. Both are collections of short storie
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Zachary
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Good content, but the writing sometimes gets in the way of the ideas the author is trying to communicate. It suffers from a typical sci-fi problem of presenting WAY too many technical details that add little to no important information to the story. Reminded me of Ready Player One at times when the author would ramble about references to manga or other pop Japanese culture.

However, this presented interesting philosophies about AI and how they would act toward humans, and I greatly appreciated it
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David
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
This is a collection of short stories woven together by themes (AI, VR, loneliness, society and its decay) and by a frame story in which they are "told" -- a rather 1001 Nights approach, which is specifically acknowledged at one point in the text. I found the stories to be interesting and mostly all too plausible ventures into the near future, with enjoyable metanarrative strands and a number of moments that were quite moving as well. Fans of manga & anime, fanfic communities, MMORPGs, and r ...more
Juan Carlos
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The robots have long ruled the earth and just a few men colonies have survived but what happened? A kid is kidnapped by Ibis and hurt in the process but what does she want? It's simple she just wants to tell stories and her story the real story of what happened. This book was amazing! A collection of stories about the relationship of man AI and a final story that clubs them together, I honestly thought that the resolution was going to feel rushed but it was amazing and perfect.
Toshita
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. What an interesting and completely unique take on androids. I wasn't sure how I would react to this book cause I got during a blind date with a book. But I am very surprised by how much I liked the book. The beginning of it was a bit slow but once I got to the first story I didn't not want to put it down. I would recommend it to basically everyone.
Peter Scoot
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating

One of the best books I’ve read on the way humans and machines are likely to be able to co-exist. Also pretty unsparing about some of the less admirable aspects of the human psyche - unsparing and accurate.
Josh Tresser
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
It gets better about halfway through
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Hiroshi Yamamoto(山本 弘) was born in 1956 in Kyoto. Began his career with game developers Group SNE in 1987 and debuted as a writer and game designer. Gained popularity with juvenile titles such as February at the Edge of Time and the Ghost Hunter series. His first hardcover science fiction release, God Never Keeps Silent became a sensation among SF fans and was nominated for the Japan SF Award. Oth ...more
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