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Memoirs of an Invisible Man

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A freak accident renders an ordinary stock analyst invisible, and though invisibility has its pitfalls, he is able to eavesdrop his way into amassing a fortune in this side-splitting, tear-jerking mixture of fantasy and nightmare.
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published April 1st 1987 by Atheneum Books (first published January 1st 1987)
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Apr 15, 2008 Woodge rated it it was amazing
This book has been in my top five favorite list since I first read it when it was published in 1987. I'd read it again a couple years later and now for the third time, nineteen years after that. Time flies. It was just as much fun this time around as well. It is such a well-done story about what would happen if an average guy, in this case a 34-year-old securities analyst, should accidentally become invisible. Not only that, he's also got four determined government agents trying to capture him a ...more
Apr 13, 2016 Peter rated it it was amazing
how can you not give this book five stars???(slowly shaking head)...the detail, the tension, the brilliant sardonic life view of my hero nick (did I mention the detail?)...i love this book and i love h f saint; WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU???...when i first read this book i spent the next few years scanning the book shop shelves under "s" looking for his next book but it never came...the radio interview on the net is wonderful, heartbreaking listening as you realise h f was still hopeful of continuing ...more
Aug 21, 2007 Mickey rated it it was amazing
OK, so the basic idea was covered by H.G. Wells long ago, but I found this book hard to put down. Not only does the pace keep you riveted, but the invisible man himself is such a smarta** that the dialogue often made me laugh out loud. It's a shame they butchered the story when they made it into a Chevy Chase movie, in which the witty repartee was replaced with expletives. Skip the movie, read the book...
Aug 19, 2014 Leftbanker rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone with an imagination

DO NOT confuse this brilliant novel with the crap movie it was later made into starring Chevy Chase. If ever a movie screamed out for a remake it would be this story.

I can state without any exaggeration that the umpteen times I have made it through this book cover-to-cover were the most fun that I've ever had reading. This last reading I pulled off in a single day! I also think that it's interesting how many people state that this is their favorite book, more than any other book I've come across
Jan 13, 2015 Lucas rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It's very intelligent, funny and compelling.

As the title indicates, it provides an account of the life of a man whose body has turned invisible. It offers a very clever exploration of the question what life as an invisible man would be like.

It reminded me of two of my favorite films, Groundhog Day and The Man from Earth, respectively about a man who keeps reliving the same day over and over again and a man who does not age and has lived for millennia, which are also humorous a
Sep 11, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it

When I think about invisibility, I think of it as a cool superpower. I guess it would be if you could turn it off and on at will. This book makes it seem much less fun:

• Trying to orient yourself in space can be very disconcerting, especially if you happen to be in an invisible building.
• The government will try to hunt you down. It wants you as a lab rat. It might be able to use you for intelligence. It doesn’t someone else to use you. It may need to eliminate you to avoid the embarrassment a
Julie H.
Jan 11, 2009 Julie H. rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The scene on the train is simply priceless. There were many many funny instances in this book that is not simply (only) a funny book.
Sherrill Watson
Apr 05, 2015 Sherrill Watson rated it liked it
After rave reviews from an old friend, I sought this book out at the library. She must be more detail-minded than me, as that was 75% of the book.

Well thought-out story, of a man who accidentally becomes invisible, and is chased by the same government agents who want to analyze him or stop him, at least. I was intrigued, sometimes, and laughing, sometimes, but not thru most of the analysis and his careful planning. It was apparent about on page 150 that he wasn't going to be caught, and why Ali
Raeden Zen
Dec 05, 2014 Raeden Zen rated it really liked it
Intriguing, Hilarious, Satirical Sci-Fi Thriller

“It was not really anywhere—or not anywhere this train should be stopping. This was not in itself particularly disturbing: if you have ever ridden on one of these trains you will know that, although they operate on the most important and most traveled rail route in the country, their movements are as random as the physical limitations of steel rails will permit. That is, they are always mysteriously speeding up, slowing down, or stopping altogether
Having been one of those people who always replied "invisibility" to someone's question of what power I would want if I were to posses a magical ability, I was instantly drawn to read this book. I was a little sceptical at first because I'd already read H.G's story of the invisible man, and, really, reading a book with no originality can be boring sometimes but I wasn't let down at all. I loved Nick's humour (written in 1st person) and his aspect of things which I thought reflected well on what ...more
Mar 01, 2016 Midas68 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Review of abridged Audio Story along with Novel Review)

First let me say this is one of dem dere Abridged Farcities.
Now sometimes a Shorter Version can be a Good thing. Such as in Bad
stories your glad are finally over, or one of them Stephen king Forrest killing Telephone Books.

But mostly its all BUllOnie. I do tho got to tell ya something good about this. Its a Rare one.

Saints baby was a Incredibly witty book that should be read by All
who like such things as Good Books that are Good! And I'm tel
Richard Palmer
Mar 19, 2015 Richard Palmer rated it it was amazing
I have to unreservedly give this book five stars.

It is absolutely a great book; my only regret is that Saint never published anything else.

Being invisible is probably a little bit of everyone's fantasy, but in this story, Nick Halloway really discovers all of the challenges and frustrations of what that would mean. He can do almost nothing of what he did before. Even worse, he is cut off socially from his entire past life. Saint does a very good job of showing what this would all be like.

In add
Apr 14, 2015 Tony rated it it was amazing
Read this way back shortly after it was first published. Not sure how the story would translate into today's technological environment and could possibly use some updating. Wonderful read though. Don't watch the film version, not a very faithful interpretation!
Ronnie Roberts
Oct 18, 2014 Ronnie Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my all-time favorite books, one I read again and again, as a treat to myself. It's clever, funny, engaging, and stays with you for a very long time. It also falls firmly into the - 'Don't Judge a Book by its Movie' category - please! A Chevy Chase and Darrel Hanna slapstick romance? It was like having the keystone cops acting out a John Grisham court drama.

Do yourself a huge favor and read this book. The protagonist, Nick, is so likable, and his dilemma so profound, you cannot he
Aug 26, 2011 Suka rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recently-re-read
One of my all-time favorite books. I bet I've read it at least 10 times. I was telling a friend about it, about how I kept buying copies of it and loaned to friends and never got it back. Well, he found it on Amazon and bought me a copy as well as one for himself. I recently re-read it and thought about how it worked in 1987, when it was written, but it would be a very different story if written today. Technology has advanced to the point that anyone could disappear and become "invisible" but co ...more
Oct 12, 2011 Eric rated it it was amazing
dave -- this is one of my favorite books of all time. i don't know if you've read it, but if you haven't then put it on your reading list now! H.F. Saint i don't think ever wrote another book, but maybe because nothing else could be this good.

And please, if you haven't already seen the ridiculous Chevy Chase movie version yet -- don't watch it till after you've read the book PLEASE -- and then only as a novelty. It's not an absolutely horrible movie, but compared to the book it was a total disas
Katie Lynn
another I've already read. I will read this one again, just not now. I'm going through all my books deciding which to pack for the move and which to give away/sell. This is a keeper for now, but I still have a stack I haven't sorted yet so now is not the time to reread.

And, I know that no one else cares about this review, but this is how I keep track of what I've read or not. Sorry if you got stuck reading this for no reason. [insert sheepish grin here}
Greg Frederick
Dec 21, 2015 Greg Frederick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having always chosen invisibility as my preferred super-power (yes, even over flying), I have a high bar to which I measure any invisible man story. The first I read was the original by H.G. Wells. I hated it (see my review). This is my second foray, and I enjoyed it much more.

I remember watching this movie as a kid. It wasn't good or bad - just another Chevy Chase vehicle. The book, however, is quite different and very good. I loved it at first, but then when the protagonist chooses to stay in
Corey Dubois
Mar 31, 2008 Corey Dubois rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books of all time. The author seems to unkeenly know or suppose exactly what it would be like to be invisible. All of the nuances, and the problems. The abilitys and so forth. Told in an utterly interesting way, that draws you in wanting to know what happens next. Throughout the book, you feel as though your the character, alone and empty, in the middle of a city with millions of people. I highly recommend this book.
Jul 10, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books of all time. He really put an amazing amount of thought into this book and what it would really be like to be involuntarily invisble. He explains why you can never ride in escalators, the exhaustion of constantly having to avoid everyone else, the lonliness, as well as how to seduce a woman by convincing her you are a ghost. One of the few books Ive reread. Its so good. ...more
Bob Walenski
Jul 24, 2015 Bob Walenski rated it liked it
this whole idea of invisibility is such an amazing one, it's difficult not to be expecting all sorts of crazy and fun things. Not so much here.
The invisible character spends SO much time...over and over again.....solving his problems that come up, that it kills a lot of the interest and fun of the story. He's relentlessly chased and hounded and followed by the 'bad guys' times his elusiveness and ability to escape are quite clever, but it's a real tight rope walk before it falls back to bor
Mar 02, 2016 Christian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
You can consider this an update of The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells, but Saint's work is significantly better, a major page turner, a thriller that will force you to cancel engagements because you'll want to keep reading. This inventive novel focuses on Nick Halloway, a rather bland securities analyst who is rendered invisible by a scientific experiment gone bad. Halloway spends the novel in pursuit of his girlfriend, but mostly trying to stay alive in an attempt to elude persistent government ag ...more
Keith Bell
Read this book several times since it came out and love it each time. Movie version with Chevy Chase is too campy. With all the remakes they are doing now a days, this should be one of them. I could see Edward Norton in the title role though.

A clash between a scientist and an antinuclear demonstrator at a nuclear energy plant catalyzes an explosion that renders Nick Halloway, a securities analyst, invisible. Realizing that he will become a caged, scrutinized guinea pig if he surrenders to federa
Sean Randall
Dec 08, 2013 Sean Randall rated it really liked it
"Somehow, unwittingly, incredibly, I had become part of a live sex act performed before a hostile, disapproving audience. I felt exposed, anxious, and ashamed."

This, so early in the book, makes you wonder jus where this title is going. But as you look back, seeing that really, it's the last public appearance of our hero in any meaningful way, there's a touch of ... what? Sympathy, I suppose.

"I was becoming a sack of vomit and fecal matter. I suppose, on reflection, that that is what I had alway
Steve Kunitzer
Nov 20, 2013 Steve Kunitzer rated it really liked it
Warning: possible spoilers

I recall reading this book awhile ago; I liked it then and I liked it again. Don't recall the sex parts [probably NC-17 rated in some spots] or the excessive gastrointestinal narrative but I do remember the general theme; 1. man becomes invisible, 2. government wants man, 3. man doesn't want government, 4. man hides, 5. government pursues, 6. repeat 4 & 5 a lot 7. abruptly finish story. I actually forgot about part 7; probably repressed that memory but something jar
Samie Foster
Feb 13, 2012 Samie Foster rated it did not like it
Memoirs Of An Invisible Man By H.F. Saint

I get my books from odd places. Garage sales, give a ways, bargain bins, and sometimes out of trash can at my friends house. (He has no tastes in books and often throw good ones away) I grab books that seem interesting, providing an new concept or have tons of potential. I prefer not to join the waves of current fans of big writers stalking their every move. I mean, these guys that no one hears of are sometimes better than JK Rowling, or Stephen King. Som
Apr 04, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant book! My last bingo read of the year, and what a way to end it.

This has some intense action scenes, the kind that are “hold your breath tense”. I haven’t read anything like that in awhile- probably since Jumper actually.

Surprisingly it had its introspective moments as well, which being as Nick starts off a little unlikeable- a bit of a needy, user, smartass personality. Which, I usually love a smart-ass but maybe because I saw the movie years ago and I can’t help but picture Chevy Chas
Apr 25, 2013 Weaverannie rated it really liked it
Een boek over een onzichtbare man, geschreven door een heilige (Saint) moest bijna wel de moeite van het lezen waard zijn.
Het is het onwaarschijnlijke verhaal van Nick Halloway, die bij een bezoek aan een 'onderzoeksinstituut', waar onderzoek naar magnetisme wordt gedaan, maar dat erg lijkt op een kerncentrale, na een ontploffing onzichtbaar wordt. Hij wordt gezocht door agenten van de geheime dienst en moet op de vlucht. De onzichtbaarheid heeft voordelen: hij is niet eenvoudig te vinden, maar
Kathleen Dixon
Jan 27, 2009 Kathleen Dixon rated it really liked it
This is a re-make, as it were, of H.G. Wells' classic which I haven't read (at least I don't recall having read it, which may or may not be the same thing). I enjoyed it very much, even though I found some of his descriptions a little pedantic. These, however, fitted with the style and with the character so they didn't detract at all.

Saint does the emotional aspect really well - the loneliness must be debilitating when you're invisible to others. I know from personal experience of being cold-sho
Apr 24, 2014 Marlowe rated it really liked it
Written and set in late 1980s, H. F. Saint's invisible man is New York securities analyst Nick Halloway who, upon being made invisible as a byproduct of a science lab blast, finds himself dealing with the minute problems of being invisible in a major city whilst simultaneously attempting to evade capture by a government intelligence agency run by a man who seems able to second-guess Nick at almost every turn.
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