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The Automat

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  15 reviews
The Automat is a story of a mild-mannered introvert named Horace Gray, who slowly descends into madness after he becomes obsessively enamored with a woman who stares at him from behind an automat wall.

The Automat is a fictional story exploring the dark side of human nature and the innate desire of being loved. It is a story of unexpected change in the routine of one's sim
Paperback, 167 pages
Published September 27th 2012 by Smashwords (first published September 1st 2012)
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Jun 05, 2013 rated it liked it
-Formas interesantes sobre argumentos comunes.-

Género. Novela corta.

Lo que nos cuenta. Horace Gray no es feliz. Vive una vida triste, apática y tensa. Unos ojos apenas entrevistos tras un dispensador de comida traen nuevas inquietudes y anhelos a la existencia de Horace.

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Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked this even more than I thought I would. One of the best in this genre I've read in quite a while.

I don't think there is anything I can add that hasn't been said in previous reviews. The typos and grammar weren't bad enough for me to notice but once or twice. They will probably be cleaned up in an update on the kindle version in the future.

I would certainly give other works by this author a try.
Mar 21, 2013 rated it liked it
There is something to be said about the familiarity of routine. Horace Gray is firmly ensconced in his monochromatic life, having accepted his boring job and his loveless marriage as his due. He feels worthless, almost invisible to everyone around him. This story details how a humdrum life can quickly change into a living nightmare.

For Horace, it begins with a pair of eyes that lock onto his from behind the wall, where he slides his daily piece of coffee cake from its slot in the automat. Horace
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued by the description of this book when I saw it in a First Reads giveaway. Unfortunately, I didn't win. Luckily, it was available for free on the Amazon Kindle store, so I downloaded it immediately, and I'm glad I did.

This book tells the story of an ordinary, routine-driven man, working a dull job at an insurance company, coming home to a wife that hates him, and how his life changes forever with a minor, seemingly innocuous deviation of that routine: a pair of eyes staring at him
Every time I came across this book in my kindle library, I never wanted to read it, as I really do judge books by their cover. The cover that I have looks strange and I was like, "what?" and then, I was like, "uh, maybe later." But I finally got around to it and was very pleased.

***I also wanna note that as I read this I pictured Tobey Maguire as Horace and Selma Blair as Millicent*** <-- for visual =)

When I first began The Automat by Cristina Martin, I was confused and bored. Reading about this
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
In my opinion, this book was not a very good read.

The book is written in homodiegetic narration, giving the reader a unique insight into the life of the protagonist (Horace). Horace lives a monotonous and routine life with no spontaneity or excitement. One day he see the eyes of a young girl peering at him through the wall of the automat and he swiftly becomes intrigued by her mysterious eyes. I thought Horace's life was depicted very effectively; one could clearly envisage the tedium that perva
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This novel gives a real look into everyday life with a twist, a really dark and rather twisted twist. Martin does this with her solid writing and off the wall descriptions. This is an extremely well written novel with a coherent and easy to follow storyline. That said, I spent a great deal of time just saying WTF, just WTF. The bulk of this stems from the fact that the writing style doesn’t really match the storyline. Martin has adopted a light and flowing writing style, well suited to a YA stor ...more
Sierra Ferrante
Mar 31, 2013 rated it liked it
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The book starts out following the routine, dull and ordinary life of Horace. A man who works at a boring job, who followss a boring routine, and who comes home to a belligerent alcoholic wife and two unhappy dogs. He follows the same routine -from the bus to the automat to work, then to the bus and back home again to walk the dogs, clean the house, do the laundry, serve dinner (his wife cooks, but he serves) and sit on the one chair he is allowed on to watch tv. All in all, a pretty miserable ex ...more
Tracy Robertson
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had mixed feelings about finishing this book. I couldn't help but to be anxious to finish since I wanted to find out what happened, but on the other hand I was sad to finish because I enjoyed the read so much. It was mysterious and creepy without being too unrealistic. I learned a few new things about automats and taxi dancers, things I'd never heard of before finding this book. The plot was unpredictable but smoothly written. It lacked subplots, but that was a good thing in the case of this b ...more
I entered the contest to win this book and did not win! I then went and found the kindle version was free on Amazon. I immediately liked and sympathized with the main character, enjoying the dark undertones and creepy storyline. The Automat held my interest and kept me wanting to see what happened next....until I got to the just kind of dumped me, and left me there with all of these unanswered questions! I'm questioning myself, did I understand what the author was trying to say? Did it ...more
Dec 14, 2012 marked it as to-read
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The description of The Automat intrigued me so I decided to enter the first-reads giveaway and to my surprise I am a winner! Looking forward to reading this book.
Keith Nixon
Jun 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horace Gray lives a mundane life. He hates his job and is bullied by his wife. Everything is routine. Until the day he sees a pair of beautiful eyes staring back at him through the slot of an automat…

This was an incredibly frustrating story. Horace Gray is a very dull man. He lives a very dull life. His wife hates him, there are shades of domestic abuse around their relationship. He has an awful job. Then one day a pair of eyes change his life and he obsesses about them. That’s about the sum of
Sandra Sawicka
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have received this book through First Reads.

An interesting premise - and well-written (although in need of some editing, especially towards the end of the book - lots of mistakes). I would probably prefer for it to be narrated in third person, as Horace's voice is a bit too whiny and self-deprecating. I found the dreamlike, sinister quality and descriptions of the city well-measured and quite thrilling. I like that we don't know much about the setting or the time - it's quite Kafkian, it's in
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was such a wonderful, touching, sad, but generally pleasing to read. It's disappointing how short the story was but the protagonist's life was nicely elaborated. There's just something I can't get my hands on, something I know that doesn't fit in the story the way it was written... or maybe I'm just looking for an excuse to make the story longer than it is. Either way, I recommend this book to anyone looking for a surprise. "The Automat" isn't as boring as it sounds, I assure you.
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first half of the book was pretty good, in a tell-tale heart sort of way. But then the story falls apart. In the middle the story loses its momentum and the ending is predictable and unsatisfactory.
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Cristina Martin is a Cuban-American author born in Miami, Florida.

Shortly after 9/11/01, she moved to New York City and began to write The Automat.

She is currently based out of Los Angeles and completed her second book, I Still Love You, NY, which incorporates both Los Angeles and New York City. It is a modern comedic romance about two jaded characters who hold out all hope to reunite after eigh

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“Her eyes were a rich dark brown that were so deep, they reminded me of my sleepless nights, awake, staring into complete darkness. I felt compelled to look deeper, searching for something inside her, but her soul was covered and her eyes would not show me.” 3 likes
“If you focus your eyes towards the horizon, everything and everyone walking in front of you becomes a blurry mass. That's what everyone else became. All of their dark wool suits began to mesh into one, and they began to rhythmically march in unison, all while I gazed at the sliver of sky that seemed to be pressed tightly in between the skyscrapers. I kept on walking and staring at the sky, and I began to notice the skyscrapers becoming larger and larger, and before I knew it, I had to turn to get to my building, and of course, the automat.” 2 likes
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