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Ferrell, whose first novel, Numb (2010), followed a man with amnesia, ups the offbeat ante with this unique time-travel story. For the past 19 years, the unnamed narrator has been traveling back to New York City in 2071, where he gathers in a deserted hotel with various other iterations of himself, from the past and the future, and celebrates his birthday. But this year a body turns up dead, shot in the head, and it looks like the narrator is going to die, too. The book is part murder mystery and part mind-bending time-travel story. Consider this wrinkle: if the narrator is going to die in the very near future, then how can the very-much-older versions of himself still exist? And what about all those very-much-younger versions who are suddenly at the party? And who the heck is the woman named Lily, and how did she get there? Full of imagination and head-scratching conundrums, the novel may be too unusual to attract a mass audience, but it should definitely appeal to those who enjoy offbeat sf and mystery fiction. --David Pitt
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Praise for Man in the Empty Suit
"Ferrell's humor and invention will draw you in, and the real emotion in his writing will keep you reading. A clever premise that deepens into a surprising and moving story about fate, identity, and how we shape our own lives and the lives of those around us."
—Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
“A tour de force. Ferrell's skill in plotting is matched only by his ability to bring fully-formed characters to life. A moving and brilliantly-executed puzzle of a novel.”
—Emily St. John Mandel, author of The Lola Quartet
"Ferrell makes a strong case to be the Kurt Vonnegut of his generation. Man in the Empty Suit is alternately funny, sad, and thought-provoking.... I wish I could travel back in time and write this book myself."
—Andrew Shaffer, bestselling author of Fifty Shames of Earl Grey
"Man in the Empty Suit is a marvel: a complicated, soul searching, entirely riveting piece of work."
—Marcy Dermansky, author of Bad Marie
“An arresting setup—the same character is simultaneously the murder victim, suspect, and investigator—and Ferrell exploits it carefully... [presenting] the reader with some ugly truths about life and owning up to who we really are. Ferrell himself has jokingly called it the time-travel book of 3102, but I wouldn't suggest waiting that long.”
“[Man in the Empty Suit has] an ingenious setup....Both Looper and Man In The Empty Suit track the trajectory of a pained, lonely man who learns what it means to sacrifice for the sake of another’s well-being.”
—The A.V. Club
“Ferrell’s novel satisfies as both a tale of a four-dimensional conspiracy and as a stark meditation on solitude.”
“An exceptional read for any sci-fi fan who enjoys a challenge.”
—The Maine Edge
“Ferrell (Numb) has written a brain-teasing, paradox-defying, time travel mystery in the tradition of such pretzel-bending-logic classics as Fritz Leiber’s The Big Time and Robert A. Heinlein’s 'By His Bootstraps.'”
"Engaging and thought-provoking...It will also appeal to readers of Stephen King’s 11/22/63."
"Full of imagination and head-scratching conundrums... It should definitely appeal to those who enjoy offbeat sf and mystery fiction."
"Man in the Empty Suit has a clever enough premise that it could be straight out of a Philip K. Dick or Kurt Vonnegut novel.”
“Out of this intriguing premise Sean Ferrell proceeds to spin a dark hybrid of Paul Auster and the film Memento, complete with a mysterious love interest... Best of all, however, is the evocation of mid-21st century New York as a melancholy, dilapidated place high in entropy, cluttered with ruined buildings, and weirdly infested with parrots.”
—The Toronto Star
"Man in the Empty Suit is a rich, complex novel.... a slightly sinister, brooding tale of death and lost love."
“A most unusual murder mystery.”
“Enter a mysterious woman with parrot tattoos, a post-apocalyptic Manhattan, Vonnegut-sharp humor and Hemingway-spare prose, and you’ve got some seriously good sci-fi. VERDICT: Buy, you fools!”
“A cerebral, noirish, and very unusual novel … a challenge for me to put down. This one made me think about it long after I was finished.”
—My Bookish Ways
“This is trippy book; a great read... Ferrell spins a web of lies, deceit, and self-loathing, sprinkles it with intelligent humor and wit, a dash of love and loss, and presents it to the reader on a silver platter.”
“[Man in the Empty Suit] is tickling the Dr. Who parts of my brain, but in a really dark kind of way.... As you can imagine, this has one hell of an opening line: It is unfortunate for me that I am, by most any objective measure, a genius. Quite the set up for an interesting story.”
—A Home Between Pages
Praise for Sean Ferrell's Numb
"Ferrell's eye-catching debut is a mordant take on contemporary culture."
"Offbeat.... The book has a lot of heart."
"A masterwork of transgressive fiction."
—David Brown, writer for The Week, The Atlantic, and Mental Floss
It bored me so much I couldn't finish it. I almost never fail to finish a book.Published 2 months ago by JOHN PRESSER
Excellent! Put in the effort early and it will reward you later. If you enjoy mind bending drama, you'll enjoy this book.Published 3 months ago by James
Interesting core concept, but there were so many things I wish the author would have gotten more in-depth with the details with - like how exactly the raft works, and why, if... Read morePublished 4 months ago by jessica
Sean Ferrell's "Man in the Empty Suit" is a well intentioned book that goes astray for no apparent reason. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paul L.
I love time travel books and the premise of <b>Man in an Empty Suit</b> was too intriguing to pass by. Read morePublished 7 months ago by booknblueslady
One of the worst books I've ever read. If I could get a refund for a Kindle book, I would. I stuck with it through the end, but the book is profane, vulgar, and nihilistic in all... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Michael T. Jackson
No spoilers, but it starts out a bit silly and fun and wry, then gets rather dark and serious. I don't ding it for that, so much as that I'm still conflicted about how I feel about... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Travis Copeland
I was intrigued by the main story, but some of the supporting story lines were distracting and nonsensical. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Elizabeth Williams