Machine Man

Machine Man

Book - 2011
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'Max Barry is an outstanding satirical comedy writer, reliably smart and funny. That's why I hate him.' Julian Morrow When a scientist Charles Neumann loses a leg in an industrial accident, it's not a tragedy. It's an opportunity. Charlie always thought his body could be better. His employer, military contractor Better Future, has the resources he needs to explore a few ideas. So he begins to build parts. Better parts. Charlie's prosthetist, Lola, is impressed by his artificial limbs. But some see him as a madman. Others, a product. Or even a weapon. Existing at the intersection between mind and body, in the dawn of the age of pervasive technology, Machine Man is a gruesomely funny tale about one man's quest for the ultimate in self-improvement. 'From the first pages, Machine Man grabs the reader in an industrial clamp that doesn't let go until the ripping conclusion.' Tony Wilson 'Max Barry writes satire so sharp and prescient that sometimes I fear he is only giving the bad guys more ideas.' Wil Anderson
Publisher: Carlton North, Vic. : Scribe, 2011.
ISBN: 9781921844263
Characteristics: 279 p. ; 21 cm.


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bibliosopher Feb 09, 2019

Recommended for book clubs who like the darker side of sci-fi. An exploration into body augmentation, bioethics, and when perfection is not enough.

May 14, 2012

I'm a big fan of Max Barry's works, and was a tad let down by Machine Man. It's by no means a bad book, the beginning is fantastic, and had me laughing out loud, a feat that is rare for me. However, as the book went on, I found myself losing interest, and the final climactic scenes had me bored, and the ending left me unsatisfied. Still, overall a solid read with some great social commentary that, though dull at some points, had me hooked till the end.

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