Ghost in the Shell is a deep tale of secret police in a society
where techno-crime is rampant. The art, especially the painted
sections at the beginning of each section, is some of the
best in the printed form and the story is strong and filled
with characters all with their own definable personalities.
Small chunks of humor litter the volume, breaking up the overly
deep and serious tone of the book.
This is one of the most intelligent reads that I have ever
placed my hands on. Shirow works his magic on creating a believable
world with realistic technology in a terse political environment.
Often, the conversations are more engrossing than the action
because of the depth of intellect and quality of science fiction
portrayed. The world as a whole is believable (even more so
than our own, at times).
If you've seen the movie and want more, then pick this one
up. Hell, if you want a strong sci-fi story in the vein of
Blade Runner, then this is for you.