Wednesday, August 17, 2011

New Release: Machine Man by Max Barry

Machine Man (Vintage Contemporaries Original)Machine Man
Author Max Barry

Scientist Charles Neumann loses a leg in an industrial accident. It's not a tragedy. It's an opportunity. Charlie always thought his body could be better. He begins to explore a few ideas. To build parts. Better parts. Prosthetist Lola Shanks loves a good artificial limb. In Charlie, she sees a man on his way to becoming artificial everything. But others see a madman. Or a product. Or a weapon. A story for the age of pervasive technology, Machine Man is a gruesomely funny unraveling of one man's quest for ultimate self-improvement.

Review: Interestingly, this book was born on a blog and grew into a novel.  An interactive achievement occurred when fan followers and the ever-accessible author, Max Barry, collaborated.  What started as a rouse to get Barry off his butt and writing turned into a philosophical science fiction marvel that is both compelling and thought-provoking. The main character, Charlie, as part of Better Future cannot help but view human biology as flawed and with the aid of a freak accident perpetuated by the misplacement of his cell phone, he's given an opportunity to improve that, which is inadequate.  The novel is a technology-heavy, sci-fi experiment with nerdy humor and a side of transformer-like vision.  Machine Man asks are we greater than the sum of our parts?  But, it doesn't stop there.  Barry takes it to another level--transcending the physical body.  By thinking outside the box, Charlie might just find himself stuck in one. There is no doubt this story will give a reader a lot to mull over and it won't entertain everyone.  Hardcore techie sci-fi fans with a taste for philosophy will likely be pleased with this selection. Comparable style to Perdido Street Station by China Mieville.
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*ARC provided by Amazon Vine Review courtsey of Vintage Contemporaries Original
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  1. Looks like an interesting book. I have a copy of Jennifer Government but haven't read it yet, even though Berry's novels look really good.

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