Man in the Empty Suit

Ferrell, Sean (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Man in the Empty Suit

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Life isn't easy for the time traveller who's seen it all. He's already toured the entirety of human history and the outside world. That's why this time traveller celebrates his birthday partying with himself. The year he turns 39, though, the party takes a stressful turn for the worse. Before he even makes it into the grand ballroom for a drink he encounters the body of his 40 year-old self, dead of a gunshot wound to the head. As he follows the clues, he discovers rampant paranoia and suspicion among his younger selves, and a frightening conspiracy among the elders.
Authors: Ferrell, Sean
Title: Man in the empty suit
Publisher: New York :, Soho Press,, c2013
Characteristics: 306 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 1616951257
Branch Call Number: Fiction
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I do enjoy science fiction and time travel novels. After reading this book, I would not recommend it. Instead I would suggest 11/22/63 by Stephen King and Replay by Ken Grimwood. I especially enjoyed 11/22/63 (even though I am not a Stephen King fan).

Report This Dec 01, 2013
  • SB2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Twisting and turning and hard to hold onto: the story does a great job of conveying the slippery, paranoid dream-like world the protgaonist inhabits. In a broken down hotel in a largely abandoned New York City in 2071, a time-traveller holds a party on one night of the year with all of his multiple selves: each one a year older or younger. But in his 39th year, something has gone wrong. His 40 year old self has been found murdered and a woman - someone who has never been seen before - has appeared at the party. He has a year to solve both mysteries and reclaim the one true version / pathway of himself. I enjoyed this novel: it is very clever and engrossing but the ending did leave me feeling a little "high and dry" - not sure why as it fits the story really well.

Report This Mar 05, 2013
  • MadReads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sort of an Incpetion meets the Time Traveler's Wife. I can already see this one being made into a movie.


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