- File Size: 621 KB
- Print Length: 134 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 15, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0056A295I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,143 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Monster in the Mist (A Chronological Man Adventure) (The Chronological Man Book 1) Kindle Edition
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What is also worth noting is Mr. Mayne's originality and diversity. Where PEZ took place in modern times, The Chronological Man... takes place in a 19th century Boston that is tinted with steampunk-esque edges. One reviewer likened the main character Smith to a Sherlocke Holmes / Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) mash up and I couldn't agree more. What separates the venerable Smith from these icons is the intense mystery that surrounds him. From the moment he bursts into the novel you become wrapped up in his mystery. How does he know so much; why is he over 80 y.o. yet appears to be 30? He himself becomes an eliptical problem like the ones he poses to his Assistant April Malone. And oh...April...how wonderful a character she is. Smart, sassy, funny, charming, and brave, she is the perfect grounded match for the eccentric Smith. Add in evil doctors, and my favorite beasty sucking people out of the thick fog of Boston, and the recipe comes out quite tasty.
The few complaints I had about Mr. Mayne's PEZ were no where to be found here.Read more ›
One word of caution: the book is much more graphically violent that Doctor Who, and this Smith is not at all adverse to personal violence or the use of weapons.
I was a bit dubious at purchasing a $1 book. Then I figured, "What the heck. It's a buck."
A very well spent dollar. The book reminds me in some ways of The Middleman (a 2008 television series) but back in time. It has the feel of several of the shows on the Sci-Fi channel during the summer.
I don't want to go too far in and ruin it, so it suffices to say that I would love to read a sequel. If one never appears, this first book would be enough.
This book does a good job of combining Steampunk, Lovecraftian and Science Fiction elements to create a novel environment all its own. It features well constructed characters, although I must admit we don't learn as much as I would have liked about Smith due to his amnesia, however that is more than made up for by the amount of time we spend inside April's head. What I think I liked best about this book was its female protagonist who is written with thought processes like a real person, in her own head she is neither damsel in distress nor bad ass demon hunter, but instead swings back and forth from one end of the spectrum to the other as circumstances and the characters around push and pull on her. This made her seem very real and motivated to me and is unlike so many other female characters in supernatural fiction who in today's world seem so one dimensional.
I recommend this book to everyone, but especially to anyone who likes golden aged pulps, especially those written by Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and H.P. Lovecraft.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a great start to the series, as we follow the adventures of the mysterious mr. Smith. If you have enjoyed other books from Andrew Mayne you will enjoy this one.Published 26 days ago by Bryan Spencer
An original take on the mystery genre. A hero that seems to be a mix between Dr Who and Sam Spade.Published 1 month ago by Fales
I didn't know what to expect, but I am now a huge fan and have read the sequel as well. Eagerly awaiting the next one!Published 1 month ago by Alexandria Tippings
Interesting from the start. Was one I read through in a couple marathon sittings.Published 2 months ago by Danielle Wilkerson
I was disappointed that the time travel aspect was barely developed, Smith could just as easily be a non-time-traveling detective. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Campegius Bronkhorst
I just want the author to write more of these characters, I love the world building and the depth in researching makes this feel so real.Published 8 months ago by 3pointedit
Well, as many a Whovian has said, Chronological Man put them in mind of their favorite Doctor (who is himself a nod to Sherlock Holmes, solving mysteries albeit often alien ones). Read morePublished 10 months ago by WitchyD
Just right size for a one or two night read. A little like the Wild Wild West yet different. Love the characters and the side plot.Published 11 months ago by Michael J Epple
While the characters are just a bit one-dimensional, and the plot tends to be... I wouldn't say predictable, for there were certainly some twists and suspense. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kai Lin
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