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This Is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death
 
 

This Is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death [Kindle Edition]

Ryan North , Matthew Bennardo
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If a machine could predict how you would die, would you want to know? This is the tantalising premise of THIS IS HOW YOU DIE, the brilliant follow-up anthology to the self-published bestseller, MACHINE OF DEATH.

The machines started popping up around the world. The offer was tempting: with a simple blood test, anyone could know how they would die. But the machines didn't give dates or specific circumstances - just a single word or phrase. DROWNED, CANCER, OLD AGE, CHOKED ON A HANDFUL OF POPCORN. And though the predictions were always accurate, they were also often frustratingly vague. OLD AGE, it turned out, could mean either dying of natural causes, or being shot by an elderly, bedridden man in a botched home invasion. The machines held onto that old-world sense of irony in death: you can know how it's going to happen, but you'll still be surprised when it does.

This addictive anthology - sinister, witty, philosophical and fascinating - collects the best of the thousands of story submissions the editors received in the wake of the success of self-published sensation MACHINE OF DEATH, and exceeds the first in every way.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4301 KB
  • Print Length: 513 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455529397
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (1 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D8CSQ4Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Denis Vukosav TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
"This Is How You Die" edited by Matthew Bennardo , David Malki and Ryan North is a collection of stories and comics about a world where machine with 100% certainty is able to predict how someone will die. It will need just a little drop of your blood and you will get paper with "Old Age" or "Cancer" written on it without any further details, most importantly when.

This is sequel of very successful "Machine of Death" anthology where the concept of the predicting machine was introduced. But this collection is even better than the last one, because all the writers interpret the idea differently making their worlds around this central idea but with more creativity and few surprises.

The stories are really diverse; some have literary style although for few you will not be sure how to categorize them - in one or more specific genre - as mystery, humor, romance, philosophy, SF... Also main characters are music stars, school kids, police officers, French aristocrats, even aliens.

Beside unusual and very interesting idea, this book is richly illustrated by some of the most famous names in comic world, Aaron Diaz, Braden Lamb. Lexxy Douglass, Carla Speed McNeil to name a few. As bonus, the book also contains exclusive comics made by Kris Straub, Ryan Pequin, Anthony Clark and KC Green. Those familiar with comics will recognize their names.

In the end it's interesting asking ourselves question if a machine could predict how we would die, would we really want to know?

If you want some different reading experience based on intriguing idea, be sure to read "This Is How You Die", you'll enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is massive! 23 July 2013
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Machine of death was a fantastic read, but I am staggered by just how much more they have crammed into this book! I really can not wait to dive in and enjoy it.

Mr North, Mr Bennardo and Mr Malki thankyou for another great publication!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once more with feeling 17 July 2013
By Kenton Johnston - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to say, t's been a long time since a story drove me to tears. the last time was when I saw My Dog Skip in theaters as a kid. Or it was, until I opened my mailbox today and read one of the fine selections contained in this book. I'm not going to do my usual binge-read of the rest of this book. This is going to be savored.

Whether you've read Machine of Death or not, this is an excellent buy. I can't wait to read the second story tomorrow.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange premise; excellent stories 19 July 2013
By Rich H. - Published on Amazon.com
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Being the second collection of short stories themed around a horrific little machine that, given a sample of your blood, tells you how you are going to die.

And it's never, ever wrong.

There are a couple of jokers in the deck, of course. It tells you *how* you will die, but not *when*. Also, the invariably-capitalized Machine of Death is an Oracle in the classical sense: its predictions always come true, but are usually open to interpretation and often more than a little ironic. Example: the Machine predicts you will die from "GUNSHOT WOUND," but it turns out that that fatal wound comes from a hang-fire from the gun you're using to try to kill the person you think is going to shoot you. It's a weird but brilliant concept, and the various authors have a lot of fun with it in this book.

The stories in the first MoD collection dealt mostly with the Machine's impact on peoples' lives (and deaths,) and the often darkly hilarious situations that arose from *sort-of* knowing how one would depart this world. This time around the authors take a more sober, insightful look at the societal and practical potential of the Machine's predictions: "The Test" as a teenage rite of passage; collecting and exchanging prediction slips like trading cards (and the terrifying consequences of trying just a bit too hard to gain peer cred by obtaining a truly unique slip); how the job description of your average workaday assassin changes when he can't simply shoot his targets dead anymore; and lots, lots more.

And it *works*. Both collections are worth reading, but the stories in this one are consistently better written, more interesting and thoughtful, if not quite as funny (although it does have its moments.) These are not just good MoD stories, these are good stories, period. Five stars.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different and exciting reading experience based on intriguing idea... 18 July 2013
By Denis Vukosav - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"This Is How You Die" edited by Matthew Bennardo , David Malki and Ryan North is a collection of stories and comics about a world where machine with 100% certainty is able to predict how someone will die. It will need just a little drop of your blood and you will get paper with "Old Age" or "Cancer" written on it without any further details, most importantly when.

This is sequel of very successful "Machine of Death" anthology where the concept of the predicting machine was introduced. But this collection is even better than the last one, because all the writers interpret the idea differently making their worlds around this central idea but with more creativity and few surprises.

The stories are really diverse; some have literary style although for few you will not be sure how to categorize them - in one or more specific genre - as mystery, humor, romance, philosophy, SF... Also main characters are music stars, school kids, police officers, French aristocrats, even aliens.

Beside unusual and very interesting idea, this book is richly illustrated by some of the most famous names in comic world, Aaron Diaz, Braden Lamb. Lexxy Douglass, Carla Speed McNeil to name a few. As bonus, the book also contains exclusive comics made by Kris Straub, Ryan Pequin, Anthony Clark and KC Green. Those familiar with comics will recognize their names.

In the end it's interesting asking ourselves question if a machine could predict how we would die, would we really want to know?

If you want some different reading experience based on intriguing idea, be sure to read "This Is How You Die", you'll enjoy it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid follow up 5 Aug 2013
By Rich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you read the first Machine of Death book, stop reading and buy this one. It's as good if not better with more twists and turns that we loved in the original.

If you haven't read the first Machine of Death book, stop reading and go buy it. Now. Then come back and buy this one.

If you are still reading this I assume you read both already and you know what I am talking about.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Read 25 Mar 2014
By Paul T. Hulett - Published on Amazon.com
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A superb collection of short stories that I couldn't put down. Highly recommended for those who love to think about how our perception of the world affects our relationship with those around us.
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