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The Incredible Shrinking Man [Mass Market Paperback]

Richard Matheson
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31 Dec 1995
Scott Carey is an ordinary man, until a mysterious cloud causes him to start shrinking away at a rate of one inch per week--from dwarf-sized to doll-sized to beyond. "A great adventure story . . . one of that select handful I have given to people, envying them the experience of the first reading".--Stephen King.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st Tor Ed edition (31 Dec 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812522990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812522990
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,949,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Matheson was "The New York Times" bestselling author of "I Am Legend," "Hell House," "Somewhere in Time," "The Incredible Shrinking Man," "A Stir of Echoes," "The Beardless Warriors," "The Path," "Seven Steps to Midnight," "Now You See It...," and "What Dreams May Come," among others. He was named a Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention, and received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also won the Edgar, the Spur, and the Writer's Guild awards. In 2010, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In addition to his novels Matheson wrote several screenplays for movies and TV, including "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," based on his short story, along with several other "Twilight Zone" episodes. He was born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, and fought in the infantry in World War II. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Matheson died in June, 2013, at the age of eighty-seven. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Incredible Shrinking Man 28 Mar 2011
By Owen Hughes VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Basically, it follows a guy called Scott and how he deals with the fact he is shrinking a 7th of an inch every day. It deals with how it would effect your love life, about holding down a job, staying out of the media as well as the impact it would have on your wife and small child too. But also comes up with some interesting ideas about what you would do if you knew you were going to disappear eventually.

It's very similar to I Am Legend in that it has a lot of Scott's inner monologue describing what's happening to him, and portrays the psychological side to his character in quite a detailed way. It's very well written, actually. Occasionally, it is a bit boring and tedious, and seems to go on and on about the most unimportant things. And Scott isn't a very likeable character so it makes sympathising with his situation rather difficult. But the idea there is definitely interesting and entertaining.

As with Robert Neville in Matheson's more popular novel, I Am Legend, Scott is also paranoid, lonely and a bit of a perve. Paranoid that the "giant" spider is going to find him and eat him (he even talks about giving up a few times and just surrendering himself to the spider) as he tries to at first survive in the basement, and after that escape from it. And paranoid that he isn't going to be able to satisfy his wife, and that she knows it and is secretly mocking him all the time.

The ending to the book is nicely done too. Don't want to say too much about it but between this and I Am Legend, Matheson clearly doesn't suffer from the same problem as Stephen King in ruining his books by having poor endings.

The character Scott reminded me a lot of BBC football pundit Garth Crooks, actually.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Christian Matheson is somebody else! 4 May 1999
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Richard Christian Matheson is a terrific writer, but he is not Richard Matheson, the author of this book. They are son and father, respectively. Matheson is elder is one of the great fantasists of the twentieth century. Please fix!!!
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Richard Matheson's novel is one great adventure yarn. At times, it is a too in-your-face existential allegory (what with Scott Carey's, the main character, constant doubts on why he keeps on hanging to life?), and the tale never really points to the direction it takes in the ending. Yet, it left me satisfied to have followed it up through the whole journey.
The story of Scott's gradual descent into oblivion is framed by the events in what he expects to be his last week on Earth, before he shrinks to nothing. His cat-and-mouse game with a black widow bent on devouring him is an involving thriller. And in holding the tension of this hunt is where Matheson's prose shines.
The 9 stories included go from the darkly comic to the thrilling. Here are the titles of these stories:
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
The Test
The Holiday Man
The Distributor
By Appointment only
Button, Button

Most of these share one of the basic topics of the novel: a man looking for a meaning to his actions, his life, a reason to go on. These ones, together with "The Shrinking Man", show the preocupations Matheson reflects about through his whole work.
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Richard Matheson's classic tale,familiar to many of us from the movie version,is an engrossing fantasy about a man named Scott Carey who is gradually shrinking. As he gets smaller,his life gets more bizarre,embarassing,and dangerous.Told in flashback form,the story centers on Carey's adventures in his cellar,where he must face a voracious spider,his own hunger,and the thought that he may shrink down to nothing.There are flashbacks to earlier times,in which Carey has a love affair with a midget and is attacked by a drunken pederast and a teenage gang.This novel looks at the ordinary from a bizarre perspective, as the tiniest things can cause all sorts of trouble for Scott Carey.This paperback edition also contains several of Matheson's short stories.
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