Man in the Empty Suit

Man in the Empty Suit

eBook - 2013
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Say you're a time traveler and you've already toured the entirety of human history. After a while, the outside world might lose a little of its luster. That's why this time traveler celebrates his birthday partying with himself. Every year, he travels to an abandoned hotel in New York City in 2071, the hundredth anniversary of his birth, and drinks twelve-year-old Scotch (lots of it) with all the other versions of who he has been and who he will be. Sure, the party is the same year after year, but at least it's one party where he can really, well, be himself.

The year he turns 39, though, the party takes a stressful turn for the worse. Before he even makes it into the grand ballroom for a drink he encounters the body of his forty-year-old self, dead of a gunshot wound to the head. As the older versions of himself at the party point out, the onus is on him to figure out what went wrong--he has one year to stop himself from being murdered, or they're all goners. As he follows clues that he may or may not have willingly left for himself, he discovers rampant paranoia and suspicion among his younger selves, and a frightening conspiracy among the Elders. Most complicated of all is a haunting woman possibly named Lily who turns up at the party this year, the first person besides himself he's ever seen at the party. For the first time, he has something to lose. Here's hoping he can save some version of his own life



Baker & Taylor
Wearying of endless visits to the myriad points of human history, a time traveler attends his own 100th birthday celebration every year with other versions of himself and encounters in his 39th year his murdered 40-year-old body, a situation that compels him to prevent his own death.

Publisher: New York : Soho Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781616951269
1616951265
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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book_it
Aug 14, 2016

Whereas most time-travelers attempt to avoid bumping into future and past selves, our protagonist regularly hosts parties with himself leading to complex and often humorous interactions. With the introduction of an uninvited woman, a murder, and multiple timelines, the story evolves into a complicated and suspenseful mystery as the protagonist attempts to rewrite his own history. The final chapters were somewhat incongruous with the rest of the book as the pace slows down a lot, and the ending didn't seem to complete the story. Nevertheless, this is an interesting spin on the time-traveler genre.

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Kuhflubbadubba
Apr 30, 2014

I found this to be a very gripping and exciting story with nearly overwhelming levels of mystery. The intricate plot centers around a protagonist who is selfish to the point of being unlikeable, but he seems to learn his lesson by the end. I loved the character development of the time-traveler and Lily. The final few paragraphs sealed this story as a truly good one in my mind, when the man condemns his past and future self and becomes a better person. This is the best book I have read in a long time. Highly recommended.

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terrykli
Dec 02, 2013

I do enjoy science fiction and time travel novels. After reading this book, I would not recommend it. Instead I would suggest 11/22/63 by Stephen King and Replay by Ken Grimwood. I especially enjoyed 11/22/63 (even though I am not a Stephen King fan).

SB2000 Dec 01, 2013

Twisting and turning and hard to hold onto: the story does a great job of conveying the slippery, paranoid dream-like world the protgaonist inhabits. In a broken down hotel in a largely abandoned New York City in 2071, a time-traveller holds a party on one night of the year with all of his multiple selves: each one a year older or younger. But in his 39th year, something has gone wrong. His 40 year old self has been found murdered and a woman - someone who has never been seen before - has appeared at the party. He has a year to solve both mysteries and reclaim the one true version / pathway of himself. I enjoyed this novel: it is very clever and engrossing but the ending did leave me feeling a little "high and dry" - not sure why as it fits the story really well.

MadReads Mar 05, 2013

Sort of an Incpetion meets the Time Traveler's Wife. I can already see this one being made into a movie.

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Kuhflubbadubba
Apr 30, 2014

"I knocked, knowing that I would find a place weighted in my favor just by there being one person willing to help me more than I'd ever been willing to help myself."

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Kuhflubbadubba
Apr 30, 2014

"You had no right."

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Apr 30, 2014

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