Machine Man

Machine Man Cover

Machine Man

By Max Barry

Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780307476890, 277pp.

Publication Date: August 9, 2011

Description

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. He begins to explore a few ideas. To build parts. Better parts.

Prosthetist Lola Shanks loves a good artificial limb. In Charlie, she sees a man on his way to becoming artificial everything. But others see a madman. Or a product. Or a weapon.

A story for the age of pervasive technology, Machine Man is a gruesomely funny unraveling of one man's quest for ultimate self-improvement.



About the Author
Max Barry, a former sales representative for Hewlett-Packard, now writes full-time. He is the author of Syrup and the bestselling novel Jennifer Government, which was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book. Max lives in Melbourne, Australia.


Praise For Machine Man

"Wickedly entertaining, a brilliant book: caustically funny, and-by its closing chapter-surprisingly moving." --Scott Smith, author of The Ruins

"Using precision-engineered prose, Max Barry has built a gleaming, terrifying device: part love story, part horror story, part thought experiment, all entertaining." --Charles Yu, author of How To Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

"A meticulously devised, deviant little parable--once it starts, you can't look away." --Austin Grossman, author of Soon I Will Be Invincible