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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (July 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455529397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455529391
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for THIS IS HOW YOU DIE:

"THIS IS HOW YOU DIE is a brilliantly addictive book that reads like a series of existential, death-obsessed Twilight Zone episodes. It's a book that can somehow make "brain toxoplasmosis" jump right off the page. It's fun and twisted, but also surprisingly deep and almost meditative in parts. Very highly recommended." -Seth Grahame-Smith, New York Times bestselling author of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Unholy Night

"This volume takes the already cool concept and pushes it in dozens of fantastic new directions." -Brandon Sanderson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn trilogy and Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series

Praise for Machine of Death:

"Machine of Death is a marvelous collection, riddled with intelligence, creative reach, and a frankness that makes the best use of the central gimmick."
--The Onion A.V. Club

"Recalls the best writings of Harlan Ellison and Charles Beaumont.... Machine of Death brought me laughs, terror and tears....Highly recommended."
--Paradox Magazine

About the Author

Matthew Bennardo is a writer and editor from Cleveland. His short fiction has been appearing in print and online for over a decade, with pieces in Asimov's, Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, Shimmer, among others.

David Malki ! is the Los Angeles-based author of Wondermark, a comic strip available online and in collections from Dark Horse Books, one of which was nominated in 2009 for the Eisner Award (the highest honor in comics) for "Best Humor Publication." He also holds the distinction of having written the longest article ever published by Poets & Writers Magazine.

Ryan North is the Toronto-based author of the online Dinosaur Comics, one of the internet's most popular comic strips. He's also currently the writer of the Adventure Time comic book from BOOM! Studios, based on the television show.

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Nice collection of short stories.
Ivan de Neymet
A good combination of funny, sad, silly, serious, and "what did I just read" stories.
E. Larson
If you read the first Machine of Death book, stop reading and buy this one.
Rich

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kenton Johnston on July 17, 2013
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I have to say, t's been a long time since a story drove me to tears. the last time was when I saw My Dog Skip in theaters as a kid. Or it was, until I opened my mailbox today and read one of the fine selections contained in this book. I'm not going to do my usual binge-read of the rest of this book. This is going to be savored.

Whether you've read Machine of Death or not, this is an excellent buy. I can't wait to read the second story tomorrow.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rich H. on July 19, 2013
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Being the second collection of short stories themed around a horrific little machine that, given a sample of your blood, tells you how you are going to die.

And it's never, ever wrong.

There are a couple of jokers in the deck, of course. It tells you *how* you will die, but not *when*. Also, the invariably-capitalized Machine of Death is an Oracle in the classical sense: its predictions always come true, but are usually open to interpretation and often more than a little ironic. Example: the Machine predicts you will die from "GUNSHOT WOUND," but it turns out that that fatal wound comes from a hang-fire from the gun you're using to try to kill the person you think is going to shoot you. It's a weird but brilliant concept, and the various authors have a lot of fun with it in this book.

The stories in the first MoD collection dealt mostly with the Machine's impact on peoples' lives (and deaths,) and the often darkly hilarious situations that arose from *sort-of* knowing how one would depart this world. This time around the authors take a more sober, insightful look at the societal and practical potential of the Machine's predictions: "The Test" as a teenage rite of passage; collecting and exchanging prediction slips like trading cards (and the terrifying consequences of trying just a bit too hard to gain peer cred by obtaining a truly unique slip); how the job description of your average workaday assassin changes when he can't simply shoot his targets dead anymore; and lots, lots more.

And it *works*. Both collections are worth reading, but the stories in this one are consistently better written, more interesting and thoughtful, if not quite as funny (although it does have its moments.) These are not just good MoD stories, these are good stories, period. Five stars.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 18, 2013
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"This Is How You Die" edited by Matthew Bennardo , David Malki and Ryan North is a collection of stories and comics about a world where machine with 100% certainty is able to predict how someone will die. It will need just a little drop of your blood and you will get paper with "Old Age" or "Cancer" written on it without any further details, most importantly when.

This is sequel of very successful "Machine of Death" anthology where the concept of the predicting machine was introduced. But this collection is even better than the last one, because all the writers interpret the idea differently making their worlds around this central idea but with more creativity and few surprises.

The stories are really diverse; some have literary style although for few you will not be sure how to categorize them - in one or more specific genre - as mystery, humor, romance, philosophy, SF... Also main characters are music stars, school kids, police officers, French aristocrats, even aliens.

Beside unusual and very interesting idea, this book is richly illustrated by some of the most famous names in comic world, Aaron Diaz, Braden Lamb. Lexxy Douglass, Carla Speed McNeil to name a few. As bonus, the book also contains exclusive comics made by Kris Straub, Ryan Pequin, Anthony Clark and KC Green. Those familiar with comics will recognize their names.

In the end it's interesting asking ourselves question if a machine could predict how we would die, would we really want to know?

If you want some different reading experience based on intriguing idea, be sure to read "This Is How You Die", you'll enjoy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rich on August 4, 2013
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If you read the first Machine of Death book, stop reading and buy this one. It's as good if not better with more twists and turns that we loved in the original.

If you haven't read the first Machine of Death book, stop reading and go buy it. Now. Then come back and buy this one.

If you are still reading this I assume you read both already and you know what I am talking about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul T. Hulett on March 25, 2014
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A superb collection of short stories that I couldn't put down. Highly recommended for those who love to think about how our perception of the world affects our relationship with those around us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 30, 2013
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I was so sad when I finished this book ended because I was enjoying it so much! Many more sequel anthologies please!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Audrey on December 25, 2013
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Just as good as, if not better than, the first book. The stories were all interesting and pretty different from one another.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 24, 2013
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I loved the original Machine of Death short story set and this one delivers just the same. It's incredible how many different angles can be taken on the same premise. Not every story is a gem, but there are definitely enough to keep this fun all the way through.
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