The End Specialist
A gripping, compulsive thriller set in a future where the cure for ageing has been discovered… to devastating consequences
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“You got me. I don’t want to die. I’m terrified of death. I fear there’s nothing beyond it and that this existence is the only one I’ll ever possess. That’s why I’m here.”
(An excerpt from the digital jo
Death is the only thing keeping us in line. (c)
Horrible and thought-provoking and horrible. Dreary world, filled to the brim with hordes of postmortal humans doing everything (like is usual for us) to make in inhabitable. Gawwwd! Will we ever build the freaking long-range spaceships to fling ourselves from this ovvercrowded earth?? I need me a good space tale to get the horrible visions from this book out of my head.
You can not hide from the world. It will find you. It always does. And now i ...more
A whole world full of fledgling immortals and those people ideologically opposed to it, gradually realizing that the s**t is about to hit the fan when resources run out and we're all stuck with each other. :)
It was delightful and often RATHER disturbing what we all got up to.
And then our MC had his change. He became the End Specialist.
I d ...more
So after three false starts let's see if I can get this thing reviewed.
What would happen to our world when the cure for aging, and thus dying of old age, is commonly available?
I often credit the End Specialist with being the book that got me back into reading, which sounds a bit odd when you take into account that it was a book I grabbed off the shelf of the library I'd been working in for a year and a half. It wasjust such a surprising breath of fresh, rancid air that it reignited my late teen love affair with reading and set me on the path to hipster reader wankerness that I've attained today.
Chronicling the life of John Farrell, a blogging late-20's ...more
The book is written in the form of blog entries discovered long after the death of their author, and that central conceit is both instantly dated and gives the story no space. Because the idea of a blog is short pointed commentary, there's no room for interpretati ...more
What's funny is that the narrative device (the text is a blog kept by the narrator recovered at a later future date) reminded me a lot of The Handmaid's Tale. In actuali ...more
The Postmortal is told from John Farrell’s POV,from 60 years of collected text files that were recovered in 2093. John,a divorce lawyer,decides,after much though,that he’s going to get “The Cure.” The cure in question is the cure for aging,oddly discovered while trying to isolate the gene for hair color during a rather frivolous experiment by a scientist at the U. of Oregon. The problem is that the cure has been banned by ...more
A lot of The Postmortal is bleak. This book doesn't think much of mankind (or anything else, really) and is more than willing to push that viewpoint at us. Given that Drew Magary has made a name for himself as a humouris ...more
I like the premise of the story, and the overarching storytelling technique. The premise is that an American scientist discovered the cure for aging, and the main narrator in the story had the cure. Most of the book chapters are accounts from his e-mail or the news during the time, and a few break and go into plain narrative.
This isn't just an idea book though. The author ta ...more
A few years hence, an accidental scientific discovery has led to a treatment which will halt the process of ageing; barring disease or accident, immortality may be yours – provided you can afford the fee, of course. Divorce lawyer John Farrell has the ‘cure’ (as it’s known) in 2019, weeks before it is legalised in the USA. We then follow his life at various intervals over the course of the following sixty years, during which Farrell u ...more
For the ...more
It was good enough to move "The Postmortal" way up my to-read list. I have been a fan of Magary aka "Big Daddy Balls" for years for his work as a puerile, poop obsessed man-child sportswriter at Deadspin. It was shocking to find how polished and accomplished "the hike" was and even more so to find "The Postmortal" to be a personal ...more
What if you could simply stop aging? This is the question that lies at the heart of Drew Magary’s debut novel, The Postmortal. Told through what is essentially a series of electronic diary entries written by a man named John Farrell, The Postmortal chronicles the near-future where a cure for aging has been discovered and humanity has taken its first tentative steps toward immortality.
Living forever—that’s great, right?
Maybe not. The cure for aging that spa ...more
Sorry but I just could not stand the mc, he was DESPICABLE!
SoOoo, before I get into why this guy was the absolute worse, I have to say a few good things about the book first.
Overall, the story was intresting and had a cool premise, and the writitng was actually good. The book was also formated in a really cool way. There was this exploration of some moral themes and humanity as well, and it was done really well and effectively. I actually liked that alot about the book. How ...more
I’m reviewing this years after reading it, and I think it says something that I remember one thing and only one thing about it. That would be a scene in which the narrator, during sex with a prostitute, injects a serum of some sort into her buttock. That’s how silly this book is. The highest praise I can lavish upon it is that it’s readable, hence the two stars--I read it until the last stupid page.
Just not for me.
Earlier this month, in August 2011, the eyes of the world fixated on England as widespread rioting seized the country, leading to thousands of arrests, millions of Euros in property damage, and even a handful of deaths. The anarchic breakdown of law and order captivated anyone with a television set, perhaps because watching lawless chaos provides us with an unusual, vicarious thrill.
But what ...more
Immortality is rarely seen as a positive thing in science fiction and this book is no exception. The problem here is that it becomes so relentlessly depressing that there seems to be no upside to "The Cure" at all. Everything goes straight to hell immediate ...more
Farrell is a flawed character. There were tim ...more
The 'Postmortal', or 'The End Specialist' as it is known in the UK has an incredibly interesting premise. Imagine a world in which a cure is discovered for old age, meaning that with just one little injection you will never age a day in your semi-immortal life. Now I say semi-immortal, because this is a still a world in which you can be murdered or die of cancer, but a world where the young and beautiful can stay young and beautiful seemingly forev ...more