- Mass Market Paperback: 191 pages
- Publisher: Carroll & Graf (October 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0881846791
- ISBN-13: 978-0881846799
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,350,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You're All Alone Mass Market Paperback – October, 1990
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Fans of the Wachowski's 'Matrix' trilogy will find a number of similarities of story, which centers around an unemployment clerk who is 'awakened' by a strange girl. Once awakened he steps out of his life only to find it continues on without him; indeed, the whole world continues as if it were only some huge clockwork machine.
As said, the idea of world=machine, with but a few awakened souls, seems to be a popular one today.
The creepiness comes when he can watch friends and lovers have conversations with him when he isn't there, describe shared experiences he never experienced. By not doing what he is supposed to do, by being 'awake', he is outside the machine.
The sheer horror of being outside the machine is what Leiber is interested in (hence the title). When no one notices you even if you slap them in the face, when nothing you do has an impact on the world, you truly are all alone.
Find a copy if you can. Steal one if you can't. It's a story which deserves to be read.
If the first two sentances of my comments put you off, you should read it. It is a book better read than criticised. I found it fascinating and enthralling; I have found more interest in Fritz Leiber's work outside the Llankmar milieu than within it; this may be a pointer to my interests, or a comment on my taste - up to you.
Also - if you enjoy this you might also like "The Wanderer" by the same author, and possibly works by Edgar Pangbourne, (such as "Davy" and "A Mirror for Obsevors") who writes very differently, but also writes well and thoughtfully.