Machine Man by Max Barry
(Vintage Contemporaries Original)

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Synopsis

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 Max Barry

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Max Barry is the author of Syrup (1999), Jennifer Government (2003), Company (2006), and Machine Man (2011). He lives in Melbourne, Australia.
 
Published August 9, 2011 by Vintage. 289 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A timid scientist becomes a military-grade bionic man in the latest corporate satire from Barry (Jennifer Government, 2003, etc.).

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Barry isn’t interested in the specifics of Charles’ new robotic frontiers, and he pulls them out of focus (except for a brief distracting moment), only showing enough to establish that, as those around him try to make clear, he isn’t as in control as he thinks he is.

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If Charles works on his prosthetic leg at work, who owns it, Charles or the company?

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City Book Review

Now his company is pressuring him to field test a mix of upgraded body parts for a big government contract and Charlie finds himself in a battle for — and against — his own body.

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Charles and Lola share an obsession when it comes to the performance of bodily parts, and so Charles selects the relatively high-tech attributes of the “exegesis Archion foot on a computer-controlled adaptive knee.

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Ross’ newest novella As a Machine and Parts is one part Max Barry and one part typography experiment a la Mark Z.

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