Useful Monsters: Mardock Scramble 104 The mercenary religious group Refiner's Fire is out for blood, and only the giant warrior named Boiled and his pacifist pal, All-Purpose Tool (and little yellow mouse) Oeufcoque can save a young scientist, and prove their usefulness to the powers that be in Mardock City. An exciting adventure set in the world of the novel MARDOCK SCRAMBLE, Tow Ubukata tells the story before the story here as an ebook exclusive!
About the author:
Born in Gifu Prefecture in 1977, Tow Ubukata was exposed to a blending of cultures from early childhood until the age of fourteen, having lived in Singapore and Nepal due to his father's work. In 1996, while in college, Ubukata won the first Sneaker Taisho Gold Prize for his light novel Kuroi Kisetsu (Black Season) and thus debuted as a writer. In 2003, he won the Japan SF Award for Mardock Scramble, originally published as a three-volume series. He is involved in a wide range of projects including anime production for Fafner, video game production, and original content writing for comics such as Le Chevalier D'Eon. His other works include the Bye-Bye Earth and Spiegel novel series. In 2009, Ubukata published his first historical novel, Tenchi Meisatsu, focusing on a mathematician of the Edo period. In 2010, the novel hit the bestseller lists and was awarded the Honya Award (voted on by book retailers).
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