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The Machine by James Smythe
  

The Machine

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An eerie and frightening, near-future tale that does have echoes of Frankenstein as the publishers suggest, only here there is a lot of concentration on memory and how it defines and builds in us. The plot, of which I will tell you nothing, creeps up on you and hits you in the stomach. Beware, give yourself lots of time for you will need to finish this quickly. Dark, horribly plausible and truly compulsive, this is highly recommended

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Synopsis

The Machine by James Smythe

Haunting memories defined him. The machine took them away. She vowed to rebuild him. From the author of The Testimony comes a Frankenstein for the twenty-first century. Beth lives alone on a desolate housing estate near the sea. She came here to rebuild her life following her husband's return from the war. His memories haunted him but a machine promised salvation. It could record memories, preserving a life that existed before the nightmares. Now the machines are gone. The government declared them too controversial, the side-effects too harmful. But within Beth's flat is an ever-whirring black box. She knows that memories can be put back, that she can rebuild her husband piece by piece.

Reviews

'Breathtaking'
Guardian

'Phenomenal ... simply unmissable' Tor.com

'Extraordinary
Dazed & Confused

'Reminiscent of Ian McEwan at his most macabre'
Will Wiles, author of Care of Wooden Floors

'Terrifying and moving'
Sam Byers, author of Idiopathy

'Part Twilight Zone, part Iain Banks'
Nikesh Shukla, author of Coconut Unlimited

About the Author

James Smythe

James Smythe was born in London in 1980. Since completing a PhD in Cardiff University, he has taught creative writing, and is currently writer/narrative designer for a major forthcoming video game. He lives on the grounds of a boarding school in West Sussex. He has also written a novel called The Testimony, which was published by Blue Door/HarperCollins in 2011.

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Book Info

Publication date

16th January 2014

Author

James Smythe

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jpsmythe.com

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Publisher

Blue Door an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
328 pages

Categories

Science Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780007507504

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