Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories about People Who Know How They Will Die

Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories about People Who Know How They Will Die

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by Ryan North
     
 

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The machine had been invented a few years ago: a machine that could tell, from just a sample of your blood, how you were going to die. No dates, no details. Just a slip of paper with a few words spelling out your ultimate fate -- at once all-too specific and maddeningly vague.

The Machine of Death is an anthology of original stories bound together by a…  See more details below

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The machine had been invented a few years ago: a machine that could tell, from just a sample of your blood, how you were going to die. No dates, no details. Just a slip of paper with a few words spelling out your ultimate fate -- at once all-too specific and maddeningly vague.

The Machine of Death is an anthology of original stories bound together by a central premise. From the humorous to the adventurous to the mind-bending to the touching, the writers explore what the world would be like if a blood test could predict your death.

But don't think for a moment this is a book entirely composed of stories about people meeting their ironic dooms. There is some of that, of course. But more than that, this is a genre-hopping collection of tales about people who have learned more about themselves then perhaps they should have, and how that knowledge affects their relationships, their perception of the world, and how they feel about themselves.

Features thirty-four stories by Randall Munroe, Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, Tom Francis, Camille Alexa, Erin McKean, James L. Sutter, David Malki !, Ryan North, and many others

Features illustrations by Kate Beaton, Kazu Kibuishi, Aaron Diaz, Jeffrey Brown, Scott C., Roger Langridge, Karl Kershl, Cameron Stewart, and many others

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Editorial Reviews

Chris Greenland
For an anthology that deals with the inevitability of death, Machine of Death is a lot of fun. The editors knew not to start off heavy, nor does the tone of the anthology lean too long in any direction, providing a lot of singular entertainment for the reader. Machine of Death is highly engaging, interestingly crowdsourced, and crafted with a great deal of care. You’ll be thinking about it long after you’re through reading.
Tasha Robinson
Machine Of Death is a marvelous collection, riddled with intelligence, creative reach, and a frankness that makes the best use of the central gimmick. While the seed idea seemingly lends itself to twist-ending stories about people who try to evade their predicted deaths, there are only a few of those; more often, the stories examine how the death-predictor machine would change the world.
Jeff VanDermeer
Personally, I found Machine of Death a lively, self-assured, and diverse read. The stories aren’t as similar as you might think from the premise, the editors have done a good job of breaking up the text with the art, and the whole enterprise has an air of subversion and energy that supports the outrageously cool way in which they managed to get the book world’s attention.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011863608
Publisher:
Bearstache Books
Publication date:
11/02/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
240,114
File size:
5 MB

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Machine of Death 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Melizerd More than 1 year ago
This book might sound a little morbid, and it sort of is, but it is also a collection of funny, thoughtful and surprising stories about a really interesting machine that will make you have some pretty interesting discussions with those around you! I highly recommend it!
moon781 More than 1 year ago
Stumbled upon this book entirely by accident and I was really glad I did. I hate to sound cliche, but this book really makes you think. How would you react if you found out the way you would die? Would you want to know? The individual stories are well-written and draw the reader in easily. I breezed through this book in no time. The only flaw I could see is that you get so engrossed in some of the characters that you are disappointed when the story is over and you don't know what happens to them. Definitely worth a read.
huskerfan29 More than 1 year ago
Didn't know what to expect from this book, I was just purchasing off of the concept alone. The book has turned out to be many different things all rolled into one. This book is the perfect book for readers of any genre, because it absolutely has something for everyone. I would highly recommend this book to casual readers looking for a bit more, a bit more thinking in their enjoyment.
ampersande More than 1 year ago
Picked this up in a BN store and thumbed through it, it's why I bought a NOOK! Overall a fantastic read, one that made me think every time I got to a new story. What would like be like if you knew (sort of) how you were going to die? This book will make you wonder.
JuryNelson More than 1 year ago
So many Internet celebrities means lots of different angles on a compelling premise. How do governments react to facing mortality? How do teenagers? If you like the aesthetic of our young Internet, you will love these stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining, quick ready and the stories varied enough to keep it entertaining, even if you hit a story you didn't like.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started it but haven't picked it back up. Ordered book after a discussion with friends, which started with the movie (Fault of the Stars ?) and book. What would we do if we knew we were going to die from a certain illness or accident ? Felt the book was repetitive and rather silly. The book was put together by the editors who had made up a story line and had writers send a short story of what this death machine could do. Rated two stars due to writers created some wild ideas but it fell short of substance.
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I honestly found it hilarious when i was looking through the chapter names, the chapter named "death by sex with minor" was co-written by Yahtzee.
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