Author(s): Yasutaka Tsutsui
No. of pages: 352
Genre: Science Fiction
Publication date: 1993
Date read: July 14th 2019
Paprika tells of the invention of a device that could be used in treating schizophrenic patients. Eventually prototypes of this device go missing and are used to drive (non-schizophrenic) people insane. It’s now up to Atsuko Chiba, her alter-ego Paprika and her fellow researchers to stop dreams and nightmares taking control interferon in real life and take back control.
When I read the synopsis of this book I immediately got intrigued. It’s a nice concept and I was curious about the way Tsutsui would bring it to life. I ended up absolutely loving this book, but also quite confused. I really liked the actual story, but sometimes it got so overwhelming that I lost track of what was happening. And not everything that was being told was important. Like the fact that Atsuko “loved” almost every guy she met in a romantic way. At one moment she has sex in a dream with that guy and the other moment she kisses the other one passionately. Yeah … Maybe it will all make more sense when I watch the anime.
I mainly gave this book 4 stars because of the concept and because of some parts of the book, which I thought were really good and entertaining. Other parts I merely skim-read. It could very well have been the translation though – I wish I could read every language on earth so nothing would get lost in translation.