Short enough for an experimental read? Check. Eye-catching cover? Check. Decent price through Amazon? Check. Tie-in to a movie I want to see? Check. Worth the effort of reading? Sadly, no.
The Ghost in the Shell: Five New Short Stories is a collection of stories by five Japanese media authors/creators that builds upon the story presented in the movie "The Ghost in the Shell." It is a quick read, which is the only reason I didn't abandon the book part-way through. Too often I felt like I was reading a comic book or graphic novel without the graphics, and that just doesn't work. I have not yet seen the movie, but I don't believe my opinion of the book would change if I had.