Man in the Empty Suit

Ferrell, Sean

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Man in the Empty Suit
Wearying of endless visits to the myriad points of human history, a time traveler attends his own one-hundredth birthday celebration every year with other versions of himself and encounters in his thirty-ninth year his murdered forty-year-old body, a situation that compels him to prevent his own death.

Publisher: New York : Soho Press, c2013.
ISBN: 1616951265
Characteristics: 306 p. ;,24 cm.


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Apr 30, 2014
  • Kuhflubbadubba rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 02, 2013
  • terrykli rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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).

Dec 01, 2013
  • SB2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Mar 05, 2013
  • MadReads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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Apr 30, 2014
  • Kuhflubbadubba rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"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."

Apr 30, 2014
  • Kuhflubbadubba rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"You had no right."


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Apr 30, 2014
  • Kuhflubbadubba rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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