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The Liminal Man

(Monochrome Trilogy #2)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Following the unsettling events of A Life Transparent, Donovan Candle has struggled to redefine himself after escaping the Monochrome, a colorless reality mirroring our own. Nearly a year later, his efforts have finally paid off: his wife, Donna, is pregnant with their first child, and his novel is complete. Life for the Candle family is good—for now.

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Hardcover, First Hardcover Edition, 308 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Precipice Books
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Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I'm not much of a horror reader, actually, I'm pretty easy to scare, so I often walk away from this genre. But Todd's writing isn't the senseless kind of horror that just gives you the creeps without an underlying message. His writing is neat, full of detail and, I must say, beautiful. It's a pleasure to read what he writes, even if it's about the Yawning (these huge monsters that can swallow you whole) or the Cretins (these little white dudes that speak in a reverse language and have attitude p ...more
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those unique cases where the second part of the trilogy actually outshines the first. The first was mainly striking due to the originality of its concept. Here, the writing is the star of the show, it has matured and evolved, since the monochrome world inception. Keisling juggles characters better and generally gives this book a more epic feel. There is still a fairly heavy handed moral lesson about living life to its uttermost potential or suffering the consequences, but, while t ...more
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book? Again, it is not my normal type of book because I usually shy away from books that fall into this category. With that being said, I absolutely loved this book. "The Liminal Man" presents us with life as well as the life that we do not see. This sequel to " A Life Transparent" kept me at the edge of my seat. Keisling has created this world that can either scare you into submission or cause you to 'jump'. I was once told by someone to "define myself" and this books ...more
Mary Rajotte
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sequels can be difficult. As a reader, you want the 2nd book in a series to live up to the expectations you have after reading the 1st. As an author, you want to enhance the narrative of the 1st by adding, growing, or changing the lives of your characters and the world in which they live.

In The Liminal Man, author Todd Keisling manages to do both by going decidedly deeper into the Monochrome, the world in which title character Donovan Candle only managed a glimpse in book 1, A Life Transparent.

Joshua Walters
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Todd Keisling has done a brilliant job of creating a fringe sci-fi story. The scope is large enough to keep a wide variety of people orbiting each other as they work through the main plot, doing a fantastic job of keeping the events and characters interesting and memorable.
The novel's pace is steady throughout, and I can't remember any part of the story that seemed to lag or break down in transition.
The horror aspects of the novel are well thought out and well executed, as are the sci-fi elemen
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Donovan Candle returns to the Monochrome to find there's been a few changes. Fans of A Life Transparent won't be disappointed with this sequel, which is more epic in scale, for better and for worse. One of ALT's charms was its message of not allowing yourself to settle for mediocrity, wrapped in a thriller with a kidnapped wife and the threat of forced relocation to a really boring neighborhood. Well, now the fate of thousands of people both inside the Monochrome and out is at stake, and it's up ...more
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Monochrome...once you open the door and descend into a world of concrete YOU will never before the same!!

Before I start rewrite my order for you to start the understand you need to read book 1.

It took me a bit t finish reading this book ..since I read multiple books at time.
Once again the author writhing skills was on point and characters development very good
I pictured the whole story in front if mines..there were bits of comebacks humour that I kept me on edge and despite w
Mercy Cobb
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I first started this series with "A Life Transparent" because the author is a friend of my husband's and he told me I should read it: plus, the title was intriguing. I continued the series because I wanted to know what else Todd had in mind for this world of Monochrome.
I give props to Todd for making someone who doesn't normally read horror enjoy being a little grossed out at times. I appreciated that there was no unnecessary gore: grossness just to make you squirm. It lent an air of reality tha
Bennett Gavrish
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Grade: B+

L/C Ratio: 30% Literary / 70% Commercial

Thematic Breakdown:
35% - Action thriller
25% - Paranormal
20% - Family
15% - Mystery
5% - Philosophy

Addictiveness: Medium
Movie Potential: 2 Thumbs Up
Re-readability: Low

Todd Keisling's latest novel is a sequel to his 2011 release, A Life Transparent. The author builds on characters and events from the earlier book but still manages to make The Liminal Man into an independent and compelling read. The stakes are high, the drama feels real, and the super
Matthew Rogers
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Alright, this book is a good follow up to A Life Transparent. The book is longer, and packed with a lot more to take. Todd works with the theme's he had set up in the previous novel, yet introduces new ones that still work well. While the first book talked about being stuck in a life that one would not want to lead, this book talks about that one should be taking chances if they're able to break free, so the theme's work hand in hand when the reader is being lead from one to the next.

I will admi
Zakk Madness
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Todd Keisling ups the ante for Donavan Candle and all parties involved. I was into this quite a bit more than I was into the first book "A Life Transparent"

Full review pending.
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Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Liminal Man is a fantastic, interesting read. A great follow up to ALT.
Elizabeth Arroyo
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read A Life Transparent (book 1) after I agreed to be a blog tour stop. I had no clue what the book was about. After reading it I was hooked, and read book two shortly after. I love, love the theme of this book. Living a mediocre life leads Donovan to flicker into the Monochrome, another reality with no color and enough monsters eager to swallow him whole. What's not to love about that? And the scary part is, most of us who live mediocre lives (me included) are at risk. Yeah, I can see myself ...more
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TODD KEISLING is the author of Devil’s Creek, The Final Reconciliation, and Ugly Little Things: Collected Horrors, among other shorter works. He lives somewhere in the wilds of Pennsylvania with his family where he is at work on his next novel.

Other books in the series

Monochrome Trilogy (2 books)
  • A Life Transparent

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