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The Return of the Incredible Exploding Man

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  16 reviews
A thrilling science fiction masterwork of experimental disaster from the bestselling author of the Fractured Europe series The Guardian labelled ‘Magnificent’. 

When Alex Dolan is hired by multibillionaire Stanislaw Clayton to write a book about the Sioux Crossing Supercollider, it seems like a dream job.

Then something goes wrong at the site. Very wrong.

After the incident
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Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: September 3rd 2019 by Solaris
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Bradley
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-shelf, sci-fi
Welcome to Pulp-Land! In more ways than one!

1. 3/4 of the novel is about a slow-simmering failed science-writer landing a cush job to write a book for a tech millionaire who bought a town. Add a bit of espionage and some funny interpersonal experiences with his new home and neighbors, and I still had a fun time wondering HOW THE HELL THE TITLE FIT IN. This is old-school SF technique, btw. Total pulp. :)

2. The last part is TOTAL freaky quantum superhero stuff with time travel, teleportation, and
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Mike
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Here's what I'd tell this author if I was his editor. Obviously, I'm not.

Your prose is well above average. That's what kept me reading through the very slow first quarter; I don't know that it would do as much for most readers. Your structure, on the other hand, needs a lot of work.

The first quarter consists entirely of a sad loser (one of my least favourite kinds of character, speaking for myself) resisting a decision that it's clear he will end up making. What's not clear is why he's resisti
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Koeur
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2.1/5

Review: What draws you into this novel is Dolan’s- sometimes rhetorical- but often acerbic perspective on his current circumstances and interactions. This drives the novel, along with the eccentric writer and his farting dog.

I can’t say why (spoilers and all that) but the story line descends into a disappointing melange of time scripted events that leaves the once bold characters behind. What could have been a somewhat whimsical and endearing story that brings a bit of fullness to t
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Cullen
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for the advanced copy.

It pains me to give three stars to this, as I am such a big fan of Hutchinson's Fractured Europe Sequence, and have thoroughly enjoyed his other works as well.

I had two major problems with this:

Problem one: The pacing. It's called The Return of the Incredible Exploding Man. There's a picture of an incredible exploding man on the cover. You would think the book would largely be about an incredible exploding man, right? No. The first 80% of the book is kin
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Sid Nuncius
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed quite a lot of The Return Of The Incredible Exploding Man, but I had some pretty severe reservations about it.

The first thing to say is that Dave Hutchinson writes very well. I’m not normally much of a sci-fi fan, but he developed such a good sense of slow menace and a lot of very good, complex characters that I was very drawn in to the quite slow-paced first two-thirds of the book in which the protagonist, a struggling science writer, is brought in to write about a huge, privately fun
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Shihab Azhar
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I grew up in a city and in a time without bookstores. There were plenty of booksellers, though, selling the stuff people most wanted to read - the Stephen Kings, the Danielle Steele's. There were only a few who stocked less popular books, wrapped in clear plastic to ward off fingerprints and dust. When I had finally exhausted the local inventory, I went to these shops to discover new authors and new stories, and I had no way to judge the books other than by their covers, since the sellers would ...more
Alex Sarll
Hutchinson follows on from his painfully prescient Fractured Europe series with another, possibly even nearer future story; aside from the references to 7G, and the MAGA caps being faded, it could pretty much be today. Stan Clayton, a Musk/Bezos-style zillionaire, has bought up an Iowa county pretty much wholesale, and is installing a larger than Large Hadron Collider there. Protagonist Alex, a broke Scottish tech journalist, is Stan's choice to spread the good word about the project, and evoke ...more
Anna Szabó
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It felt like this was 2 different books in 1. The first 75% was a simple fiction novel with character building and some science. And then came the last 25% of the story which was insane, incredible greatly insane.

Alex Dolan is a science journalist who has seen better days. Now he is in serious need of money so after some careful thinking he accepts the job offer of Stanoslaw Clayton who is the CEO of Clayton Dynamics. The job is to write a book about Sioux Crossing Supercollider. Clayton want t
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Gareth Egerton
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Alex Dolan is a Scottish ex-pat living in Boston. An unemployed science journalist, he spends his days floating article ideas to magazines and avoiding his landlord on the stairs. So, when he receives a job offer from Sebastian Clayton, 5th richest man in the world, he's not really in a position to refuse.

Having accepted the job, to write a book chronicling work to bring the Sioux Crossing Supercollider online, Alex finds himself transported to to Sioux Crossing itself, a county almost entirely
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Gareth Egerton
I received a copy of this book as an ARC via #Netgalley. Thank you.

Alex Dolan is a Scottish ex-pat living in Boston. An unemployed science journalist, he spends his days floating article ideas to magazines and avoiding his landlord on the stairs. So, when he receives a job offer from Sebastian Clayton, 5th richest man in the world, he's not really in a position to refuse.

Having accepted the job, to write a book chronicling work to bring the Sioux Crossing Supercollider online, Alex finds himself
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FuriousFiction
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Back in 2007, Heroes was a popular TV show, the finale was called How to Stop An Exploding Man. Throughout the series, comic art showed the "exploding man", it was imagery that stayed with me ever since. It's an image that I held in my mind as I was reading this novel.

Following his successful Fractured Europe series, Dave Hutchinson brings us the tale of Alex Dolan. Leith-native, relocated to Boston, trying to earn a living as a freelance science journalist.

He's offered the job of a lifetime,
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Dan
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Dave Hutchinson's Fractured Europe books are one of the highlights of SF in the last decade, and so I had high hopes for this. It's told with his usual sardonic wit, and easy to read, but never facile, prose. Line by line, and chapter by chapter it's a great read, but somehow I found it a little unsatisfying. There seems to be something fundamentally wrong with the structure - difficult to elucidate without spoilers, but we spend 75% of the book getting to a thing which it's clear is going to ha ...more
Nicki Markus
The Return of the Incredible Exploding Man is a difficult book to classify and to review. The cover and blurb strongly indicate a superhero-type story, which is what attracted me to the work. However, the first 75% of the book is essentially a slow, tedious drama/mystery story. Then, without warning, the story does a complete flip and turns into something else entirely, dropping a number of characters and unresolved plot points and introducing others. The ending then also feels unresolved in the ...more
NellieTests
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by a YA fan of sci-fi and mystery genres:

"Overall, I did enjoy this book ( The Return of the Incredible Exploding Man) but there are some areas which are lacking or others where there is too much padding. For example, there was, in my opinion, too much build-up to the main event in this book. I understand that some things needed explaining but there was just too much of it. Another point is that the actual event happened very very quickly and after that, the story was very "jumpy" in th
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Laura Young
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
💥 BOOK REVIEW 💥
I had absolutely no idea what to expect with this book. It’s beginning has real eerie feel to it, always something I couldn’t quite put my finger on. The writing is brilliant, painting the normal world and the complex scientific scenes perfectly. I laughed a lot, I guessed what was coming a lot and got it wrong every time 😂 it’s really hard to categorise this book, it’s definitely sci-fi with a hint of thriller, fantasy and comedy but what I can say is, it was a fantastic read. T
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Paul
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
A promising novel from a talented author with an odd ending. It seemed a bit experimental. I liked some of the characters very much, and the skill in which the story is told is what saved it. Overall, he's written much better.

I really appreciate the advanced copy for review!!
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UK writer who published four volumes of stories by the age of twenty-one – Thumbprints, which is mostly fantasy, Fools' Gold, Torn Air and The Paradise Equation, all as David Hutchinson – and then moved into journalism. The deftness and quiet humaneness of his work was better than precocious, though the deracinatedness of the worlds depicted in the later stories may have derived in part from the a ...more