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This review is from: Machine Man (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)
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Who's this guy Max Barry and why have I never heard of him before? I feel like I've been missing something because "Machine Man" was all kinds of bizarre and crazy.
After socially blank Charles Neumann loses a leg in a lab accident, he is fitted with a prosthetic leg. It's not long before he thinks he can build a better leg, and then, for the want of symmetry, a pair of legs. And beyond. His employer, Better Future, sees opportunity in Neumann's vein of research and enables him.
The genius bit of why this book works is that it takes a fairly prosaic idea to an extreme and makes it believable thanks to the characters' almost across the board unflinching acceptance of it; only each character sees a different end game.
Neumann is an interesting character. He has tunnel vision in pursuit of his interests and an innocence. His observations are a little creepy, mostly because they make sense in an objective way. I kept asking, why won't people leave him alone to pursue his research?
I felt the book lost a bit of its momentum in the last third, which is why this wasn't a slam-dunk, five-star book for me, but Barry has earned a fan in me and I'll be checking out his other novels.
I received this book at no cost as a member of the Vine Program.
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Initial post: Dec 4, 2012 1:33:41 PM PST
Mr. Duane A. Wood says:
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2012 6:52:24 PM PST
John Lemut says:
Thanks! It's now in the wishlist. If no chumps buy it for my for Christmas, I'll just have to get it myself.
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