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3.14  ·  Rating details ·  152 Ratings  ·  22 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
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jim Dooley
This is classic pulp fiction in the "Amazing Stories" mould. Unlike pulp stories such as the ultra-fun Doc Savage series that are all about adventure and hair-breath escapes, these tended to also add some scientific ... or pseudoscientific ... reasoning for the occurrences. Additionally, they included the occasional archaic word that I always felt was intentionally put there not to sound poetic or egotistical, but to send the Reader scurrying to the dictionary for vocabulary improvement.

A profes
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
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
Mark Austin
★ - Most books with this rating I never finish and so don't make this list. This one I probably started speed-reading to get it over with.
★★ - Average. Wasn't terrible, but not a lot to recommend it. Probably skimmed parts of it.
★★★ - Decent. A few good ideas, well-written passages, interesting characters, or the like.
★★★★ - Good. This one had parts that inspired me, impressed me, made me laugh out loud, made me think - it got positive reactions and most of the rest of it was pretty decent too.
Norman Cook
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
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
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 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
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
Abraham Merritt tells a tale of awe and wonder as well as horror and dread to the speculative fiction and fantasy. The continuing adventures of characters from an earlier book (The Moon Pool) explore a mysterious civilization hidden in a chasm and governed by a beautiful lady, a common theme in Merritt's stories. The lady rules a form of metal-based life. An awesome battle between man and the metal beings ensues. The grandeur of the fight reminded me of H.P. Lovecraft's extended descriptions of ...more
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.)
Nick D.
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!!!
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 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.
Apr 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow going, sometimes overly descriptive, but worth persisting with. Reminded me a little of Rider Haggard.
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Way too much description
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
1977 grade D-
Peter Lougee
Not nearly as much fun as the title page would suggest.
Keith Clasen
May 24, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a free audio book. I can't beleive I even finished it. Very bad.
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Abraham Grace Merritt, wrote under the name of A.Merritt, born in New Jersey, moved as a child to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1894, began studying law and than switched to journalism . Later a very popular writer, starting in 1919, of the teens , twenties and thirties, horror and fantasy, genres. King of the purple prose, most famous, The Moon Pool, a south seas, lost island civilization, hidden undergro ...more
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