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The Metal Monster (Walter Goodwin)

3.1 of 5 stars 3.10  ·  rating details  ·  121 ratings  ·  18 reviews present you this new edition. Before the narrative which follows was placed in my hands, I had never seen Dr. Walter T. Goodwin, its author.
ebook, 368 pages
Published September 15th 2010 by Pubone.Info (first published 1920)
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Henry Avila
Would you believe that Dr.Walter T. Goodwin, gave Mr. Merritt, an unfinished manuscript,to be published, of his new adventures in Asia,after having barely survived last year's terror,in 1919, in "The Moon Pool"? Still alive , Mr Goodwin foolishly or bravely,had embarked on a new expedition.The renowned botanist, wanted to forget!Besides he's a scientist, interested in looking for a rare flower.Searching for it, in the wilds of mountainous,remote,and unknown central Asia.Somewhere near Tibet.Obvi ...more
Jim Mcclanahan

I've always enjoyed A. Merritt's tales. Most of them read by me at a much earlier age. Re-read Seven Footprints To Satan and The Face In The Abyss recently and still enjoyed them. I read this one for the first time just now. I'm vaguely aware that the original serialized version is considered superior to this embellished tome. I can see why. Much of the descriptive and expository segments are nothing short of soporific. But the grist of the tale is intriguing and seems to depict an imaginative v
Abraham Merritt's second novel, "The Metal Monster," first saw the light of day in 1920, in "Argosy" magazine. It was not until 1946 that this masterful fantasy creation was printed in book form. In a way, this work is a continuation of Merritt's first novel, "The Moon Pool" (1919), as it is a narrative of America's foremost botanist, Dr. Walter T. Goodwin, narrator of that earlier adventure as well. As Goodwin tells us, he initially set out on this second great adventure to forget the terrible ...more
Tim Pendry
This is a far superior as a fantasy novel to the 'Moon Pool', published only a year before and reviewed by us at The main protagonist is the same Dr. Goodwin, explorer and scientist.

It still has the occasional lapse into archaic and weird syntax that marred the earlier work but, in other regards, what were weaknesses in his earlier work are now restrained and turned into strengths. The book is certainly helped by not being a 'fix' of pre-set short storie
I read this for its historic importance to SF but did not enjoy it. It reminded me of a weak H. Rider Haggard novel. Merritt goes for pages describing the subterranean landscape, but I never got a sense of wonder--just a sense of wondering why I kept reading. It would be hard to find characters flatter than the three male leads, who most of the time are doing nothing more than floating above the terrain, watching, or both. They have little effect on anything. Ruth, the love interest, makes Tarza ...more
Michael DiBaggio
This is an interesting and, at times, enthralling piece of weird adventure fiction. I almost called it a pulp, because it has a lot of the hallmarks of a pulp adventure, but its writing is really in a class beyond. Lovecraft thought this was a classic (if that means anything to you). Certainly, the titular Metal Monster is a truly complex and alien antagonist/plot device. Is it good or evil? Do such labels even make sense to something so different? Is it truly alive, or something else? The conto ...more
Norman Cook
This book was first serialized in Argosy All-Story Weekly in 1920 and features the return of Dr. Walter T. Goodwin who first appeared in The Moon Pool.
The story tells of Dr. Goodwin's incredible tale of his encounter with a lost race of tiny metal creatures in the Trans-Himalayan Mountains. The most interesting part of the book is the description of the mobile nanobots, which foreshadow modern science fiction marvels such as the liquid metal T-1000 of Terminator 2 fame. These metal creatures wer
Rich Meyer
This is another one of those novels that you have to read with an eye toward the era in which it was written - this is Platinum Age science fiction, the kind that rode in on the tails of Wells, Verne, Burroughs, and the like. The prose construction is more descriptiive and less character-driven than modern writing.

Considering this was nearly a Victorian-era novel, some of the concepts in it are surprisingly progressive and innovative. The descriptions of the Metal Monster and the inner world it
Xabier Cid
I've found this book amazingly interesting. The worlds depicted and the plot itself, going back to the lost tribe of Persians, going forward to a technological empire of spheres and cones moved by direct solar energy, are the proof of a great and passionate imagination. Even the particular relationship linking the princess/queen Norhala and the girl (Ruth) is nothing but the key for reading the whole book —not only that story— as an example of pioneering LGBT sci-fi. However, all those positive ...more
Mike Jensen
Oct 31, 2009 Mike Jensen marked it as books-abandoned  ·  review of another edition
I gave up on this vintage sci-fi novel on page 55. I like the pseudo-Victorian style Merritt uses it to create mood, much as HP Lovecraft did. Instead of creating a feeling of horror, Merritt creates a feeling of entering a spiritual realm in the Hindu Kush. Nice. The problem is that the characters are not interesting and Merritt fails to make the improbable seem probable, which is vital to the success of any sci-fi novel. I skimmed through the next three chapters, and as little happens as happe ...more
1977 grade D-
Nick D.
An amazing read! Although it was a slow burn for me, I believe I needed that time to soak in Merrit's graphic depiction of everything Goodwin & his party were seeing. The science in this book & somewhat absurdity (living metal shapes in a living city) makes it a true wonder of it's time!!!
I had to skim--could only take so much of that "ebon hand of night/lances of green fire" stuff. But it was pretty fun--plus it's a nice little lesbian love story. (Note the resemblance of Norhala to The Blind Spot's Nervina.)
Peter Lougee
Not nearly as much fun as the title page would suggest.
Matthew Galloway
I love many old novels, but this was one of those ones full of characters that are perfect, but cardboard, and action that is all observed with an overexcitement for clever ideas, but little thought to plot and agency.
Nov 13, 2011 Debra marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Stephen King recommended book in Chapter 3 of Berkley's 1983 paperback edition of Danse Macabre.
Keith Clasen
This was a free audio book. I can't beleive I even finished it. Very bad.
Way too much description
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