Man in the Empty Suit
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chapter 2 - already picturing David Lynch directing the movie version
chapter 3 - most genius chapter ever since the dawn of chapters.
chapter 7 - cracked book open a couple hours ago and might have to call out sick tomorrow so i can finish this.
chapter 9 - my brain has never hurt so good. total mind F*.
chapter 12 - i'd suck at time travel, i could not handle this. this is a lot to handle.
chapter 15 - whoa. wait ... what?? whoa. i can't ... i can ...more
It's one of the most original time travel books I've read (and I've read a few). A thoughtful tale of a time traveller who returns to a hotel on his birthday where the only other attendees are himself, at different ages, some older and some younger than his current 39 years. What happens next is perplexing, confusing and utterly compelling.
I'm not sure I understood every plot twist or even followed the story that accurately, in fact I found myself regularly ...more
Things are going swimmingly until a future version of the narrator is murdered. The present narrator isn’t sure who’s behind the dirty d ...more
Sean Ferrell's Man in the Empty Suit puts a complicated, mind-bending twist on that old paradox. But Ferrell's story, while it is cert ...more
My brain feels something like this after reading this novel: full of explosions. The Paradox Problem has always been an issue when a good author takes on time travel. Sean Ferrell not only takes on the Paradox Problem, but throws it in your face. The book has a little bit of a Doctor Who in Pompeii feel to it.
A time traveler, whose first name is never given (correct? Unless I missed it somewhere) decides, when he's 19, that every year on his birthday, he is going to travel to 100 years after the ...more
That seems to come across disparagingly. Like watching a Michael Bay movie instead of going to see that smart, low budget indie. Maybe you wanna eat Cheezey Bacon-Ranch Zingers instead of the grilled salmon, I don't know...
I digress, but I assure you this book is much much better than eating deep fried bacon ranch cheese balls while watching Transformers.
The story is that of time traveling narrator who meets up with himself every year on his birthday. To celebrate his ...more
Ferrell has created a richly complicated world that explores the idea of time travel paradoxes in a fascinating way. His narrator is trapped between wanting to follow the script that has long been established and needing to make the changes required to save his own life. When these shifts occur – he calls it “untethering” – it creates uncertainty, which the narrator has never had to deal with since inventing the time machine. He’s never sure if what he’s d ...more
This is like trying to read Philip K Dick, where every turn of the page reveals another complexity in the miasma of I’s. this id the kind of book that I would love to read.
If you like your time travel paradoxes, multiple versions of the same c ...more
So this book is Paul Auster + Raymond Chandler + Philip K. Dick. It has Auster's sense of disorientation and detachment, Chandler's twists and turns that don't always make sense, and Dick's tendency to take sci-fi conventions and turn them on their head.
Telling you tha ...more
In this one, a frankly dull and annoying man seems to have been the first to invent time travel. Possibly as a result of his own nature, his travels to the past come across as dull and unbelievable, but the story centers on the future, where he has his annual birthday party. The same one every year, with all of his annual selves invited. For reasons never made clear, th ...more
At first, the premise sounded way too good to be true; no one has ever (to my knowledge) written a novel like this before. When things started getting hairy- and there is no other word I would pick to describe the mess the narrator found himself, in his own l ...more
Here's the deal, there were sections of this book that were very much two stars. Continuity issues (talk to me about the damn snow), some story lines that felt left hanging or man handled, and lack of any discussion of why the world had gone to shit. Although, the feral parrots were quite cool I thought.
But, there were some story lines that were absolutely lovely and so well written that ...more
The Premise: Every year, a time traveler travels to the same time and place: the Boltzmann Hotel, Manhattan, 1st of April, 2071, and celebrates his birthday with different versions of himself. It's a tradition he started when he was eighteen years old and invented his time travel raft. On his thirty-ninth birthday, the party is different. This time he discovers what the elder versions of himself have been hiding from the younger ones - that there's been a murder, an ...more
The catch is that the party is also attended by ...more
His novels include Man In The Empty Suit and Numb: A Novel.
His picture books are I Don't Like Koala and The Snurtch.
Sean has been published in several literary journals, including The Adirondack Review which awarded him the Fulton Prize for his short story "Building an Elephant."