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The Stories of Ibis

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  659 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
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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the gift
this made me think of another favourite read earlier this year 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 seven li
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
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
Miz Moffatt
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
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2013
Un libro del que no esperaba nada y resultó una belleza. Esos japoneses sí le saben.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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 favoritos.
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
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
Dean Gvozdic
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fresh/different take on the rise of the machines.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really interesting set of Japanese AI stories being told to a human storyteller by a female android na med Ibis. The story takes place 170 years in the future. Humans have declined to a total population of about 25 million, which they blame on a war with the AIs. Ibis's stories are designed to lead the storyteller to the true history.
Rhododendron & Calanthe
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It's an SF. I read the original version in Japanese. Seven stories, which android IBIS tells "me", are combined with intermissions.

Many Japanese subcultural items such as tokusatsu-heroes and game characters appeared in the story, and at first, I was a little bit annoyed with them. As I keep on reading, however, I notice this novel is very deep and precisely composed. Each story is interesting, and in addition, the world view which appears after all stories are told is overwhelming (8 + 9i).

Angélique (MapleBooks)
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Angélique (MapleBooks) by: Carola
The Stories of Ibis is a stunning collection of sci-fi short stories by Japanese author Hiroshi Yamamoto. In a near future, the remnant of humankind fights a well-flourished machine civilization for survival. The book starts as a storyteller faces an android, hurts himself in the struggle and surrenders. After transporting him to her own city, the woman-looking robot introduces herself as Ibis and offers a deal: while his ankle heals, she will tell him fiction stories. Since the convalescent is ...more
Sep 19, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jp-books

TL;DR: This isn't some kind of thought provoking book. It's a typical otaku wank fantasy light novel where all the women are sexualized, android maids think sexual assault is ok, and did I mention all the fetishes.

Here's all my updates if you just want to read the highlights:

Let us get a good look at the Japanese cover off to the right because that really tells
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Human thoughts are digital.

Most people see things as 0 or 1, as black or white. They see nothing in between. All chemicals are dangerous. You are either friend or foe. If you aren’t left-wing, you’re right. If you aren’t conservative, you’re liberal. Everything that great man says must be true. Everyone who thinks differently from us is evil. Everyone in that country—even the babies—is evil.

We TAIs find it surprising that humans have trouble understanding Fuzzy Concepts. When we say, “Love (5 +
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like Asimov
Shelves: sf
The author cleverly frames his several short stories into a novel, with the character Ibis narrating them to another. This allows the author to elide quite a few inconsistencies that tend to appear as a science fiction story becomes dated. The closest analogue to both the themes and style would be Asimov's _I Robot_ and his other related works. However, it does get a little cheesy in places. Still, if you enjoy Asimov's writings, you'll definitely like this one.
There's something about Yamamoto's stories that dampen your emotions and play with them. While reading the seven one-shot stories, it became obvious that all of the narrators had distinct voices that you couldn't help but feel fondness for. I loved all of the characters as if I knew them--it was as if they put their all into the storytelling. I still don't understand it, but whatever it is, it worked.

About the sci-fi aspect of the story, the book revolved around the interactions between a robot
Apr 11, 2013 rated it liked it
The human population of earth is comprised of small colonies of survivors in the aftermath of a machine uprising. An elegant machine captures a machine-hating traveling human storyteller and through telling her own series of tales, reveals the true history of their shared world. So that's the basic premise. A fictional story is followed by an intermission of the two characters interacting after each one. The stories told are pretty delightful examinations of virtual worlds, human/robot relations ...more
Zarathustra Goertzel
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Monkeys
Shelves: japanese
Quite a charming book that tells us 7 loosely-related stories about AI and virtual reality. Each one is better than the last (give or take). Each story shows the great promise of the technology, along with some drawbacks.

The setting may initially seem weird, but it works in the long run. (I think the AIs are missing the Hedonistic Imperative though :p)

2/5 > The Universe on my Hands is just okay (it grapples with how we can care more about fiction than reality).

3/5 > A Romance in Virtual Sp
Elizabeth Reuter
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Science fiction has always taken reality and set it on its ear. It rarely does this to predict the future, but instead to comment on the present. However, as science fiction as a genre comments on the same issues over and over again, each author must find a creative/entertaining way to do it.

While Stories of Ibis wasn't too original in its point--war is bad, humans are not logical about this, we're destroying ourselves--it found a great and unique story to protheletize with. Android Ibis tells s
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: asian-fiction
4.5 Stars

I think this is probably one of the most important books that I'll probably ever read. This book is a very ANTI-War book and some of the observations made in this book really strikes a chord because it reflects some of the current attitudes society has and is very much present in the current political climate (I'm looking at you United States). The Stories of Ibis also made me question how I have viewed AI and the narrative that we have structured around AI. I had never thought about ho
Jaka Kun
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, best-re-reads
Es la segunda vez que leo este libro. Y esta vez lo disfruté muchísimo más.

Yo no me considero un fan de la ciencia ficción, y aunque Ibis es básicamente un libro de éste género, me gusta tantísimo por otra razón: creo que es una crítica muy buena hacia la humanidad. The Day That Shion Came es mi historia favorita, desarrolla todo el fundamento de la opinión de los androides con IA sobre los humanos. En resumen: los androides saben que los humanos estamos mal, lógica y moralmente mal, pero ellos
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the pace of this book, an interaction with a young boy and a supposedly "evil" though seemingly benign android. Interspersed with the fictional stories she tells him the story jumps back yo their conversation between each story keeping it very engaging and the variety of stories gives such a wide overview of AI and androids, it all ties together nicely as a great book.

At first I was worried thus would have that misogynistic bent that japanese culture gas, but the author uses fem
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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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