Man in the Empty Suit

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Titles or Covers That Made Me Want to Read/Buy the Book

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. As the title suggests this week it’s all about the book covers or titles that stood out to us and made us either buy them or make a note to check them out later.

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn
This is a book I got from a friend who was unhauling a load of books years ago (probably 10 years ago?!). She posted the titles of the books she was getting rid of an this title just leapt out at me and had to claim it. I read it so long ago I can’t really remember anything about it but I do know it was a memoir.

The Beast Player and The Beast Warrior by Nahoko Uehashi.
As I said in my WIT Month TBR post, these two were complete cover buys. I saw The Beast Warrior first as it was on one of those stands in the bookshop and after reading the blurb and realising it was a sequel hunted on the shelves to see if the first book was in stock and luckily it was and it was just as beautiful.

Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey
I got this from City Lights bookshop in San Francisco when I was on holiday there. I could’ve spent hours in that shop as there was certainly a lot of treasures to find but this one is what stood out to me. It’s a queer retelling of Peter Pan and was unlike anything I’d read before.

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
Another cover buy because the naked hardcover was just stunning and I loved how the dust jacket complimented it.

Uprooted by Naomi Novak
I loved the colours and the illustration on this cover. Pity I didn’t like the story inside it so much.

The Secret Fire by C.J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld
This was both a cover buy and a title buy. The title intrigued me and the cover was simple but effective – still haven’t read it yet though.

Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell
This was another cover and title buy. I liked how simple it was and how the colourful silhouette stands out. The title was intriguing too.

Sekret by Lindsay Smith
I found this cover and the font used to be simple but striking. I did try reading Sekret a couple of times but couldn’t get into it so unfortunately, I unhauled it recently. It’s a shame when the cover doesn’t live up to the book inside.

Five Ghosts Vol. 1: The Haunting of Fabian Grey by Frank J. Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham
One of my favourite cover buys when it comes to comic books. Loved the story and the art style and I’m so pleased this cover caught my eye.

Would any of these book titles or covers have made you want to pick them up?

REVIEW: Man in the Empty Suit – Sean Ferrell

IMG-20140514-01005A 39 year old time traveller arrives at his birthday party where there are future-versions of himself as well as younger versions. This is not the unusually part. The weird stuff starts happening when suddenly the 40 year-old version of himself is found dead from a gunshot wound to the head. The older versions of him don’t know how or why it has happened (and it has happened before) and he’s tasked with stopping it from happening or else there might not be a time traveller anymore.

I have to say I picked up this book from Waterstones because once I saw the cover I couldn’t leave it. It’s a simple yet beautiful cover that intrigued me and I had to have it. Then reading the back and seeing it was all about time travel and multiple versions of a character I was even more interested since I really like science-fiction/time travel plots in films but haven’t read anything like that before.

You never learn the protagonists name (which is probably a good idea since there’s multiple versions of him often running around) as it’s a first person narrative and when he talks to other versions of himself he keeps track of who’s who by defining features such as “Yellow” for their yellow jumper and “Screwdriver” since one version of him is carrying around a screwdriver.

While I did generally like Man in the Empty Suit, I did find the pacing of the plot a bit hit and miss – the middle really dragged for me especially compared to how exciting and intriguing I found the first and final act. Also the main character did get on my nerves during the middle part too. The whole time travel aspect was different from anything I’d read before and I think it was done well – in my view you can do time travel how ever you like as long as you stick to your own rules and I think Sean Ferrell did that.

Overall I did like Man in the Empty Suit but I did get a bit bored when the plot dragged in the middle and it didn’t help that at that point the protagonist was being a bit annoying so I couldn’t really empathize with him then.

I give Man in the Empty Suit 3/5.