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Reviewsday: Ghost In The Shell

The Ghost in the Shell franchise has had many iterations over the years and the new film to be released marks 28 years since the original manga by Shirow Masamune was published. Whilst every iteration has been different in it's interpretation of the original graphic novel, such as the 1995 animated film spinning the series into a horror flick or the more suspenseful futuristic cop drama that was Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex the TV series, nothing has been quite as dense as the original 1989 manga, least of all the upcoming film.

Shirow Masamune, who has studied heavily into the fields of philosophy and computer coding has meticulously crafted a semi-light-hearted cyberpunk mystery about the adventures of a top secret government agency aimed at countering cyber-terrorism in a world that is quickly assimilating with the digital world. The story presents a gripping and complex narrative that might take a few reads to grasp both the plot and themes as the work is utterly jam-packed with world building technical jargon and doesn't follow a tradition beginning, middle and end narrative format. The story instead is told out of chronological order and is at times presented in an arcing nature while other chapters are more episodic and self contained. Due to this, it can be said that this graphic novel is probably not the greatest gateway into the franchise, but it is an absolute must read for any fan of the series and its world. It is advised that you start with the 1995 animated film as an entry point into the series and from there move on to the TV show and, if you're invested enough, in those then definitely pick this one up.

-Lachlan, Cairns QBD

The latest Ghost in the Shell movie is released in Australia on March 30th.

QBD Reviews: The Shack

The Shack is a riveting novel that instills hope in its readers. WM. Paul Young tells the story of Mack, a man searching for meaning after losing all hope when his daughter is abducted.

As someone who does not necessarily identify as religious, I absolutely loved that WM. Paul Young challenges the traditional image of God. He shows readers that God can be whoever you want, need, and perceive He or She to be.

Young gives hope and meaning in a world that is so full of suffering. The Shack is thought-provoking and heart-wrenching and a definite must-read!

- Danielle, Robina QBD

Paper Towns Is Here!

Paper Towns opens in cinemas around Australia today!

Are you going to read it before you see it?

9781460750568John Green delivers once again in his novel, Paper Towns, taking you on an emotional roller coaster and leaving you wondering how he can make you feel all of these feels. Teenage romance twisted with mystery and adventure, Paper Towns will take you on and edgy, heart stopping journey you can't afford to put down. Be prepared to put your life on hold as you throw yourself into this book, and join the road trip with Q and his friends as they follow clues in a hunt for the mysterious Margo.
For everyone out there who loved Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, this one is an absolute must read. I mean, John Green... what else is there to say that will convince you?