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Man in The Empty Suit a book

A time travel mystery by Sean Ferrell

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Elders Must Follow The Rules

  • Apr 6, 2013
This book is a lot different than most books because the main character is never given a name. He is just known as "the suit." As some point of his life he invented the raft, which allows him to travel through time. On every birthday, he travels to the year 2071, which is 100 years after his birth year. There he has a party at a New York hotel with only different versions of himself as the guests.
The suit is not normally a very sociable person, so who better to have a party with than himself (or selves).

The suit has different names for the different ages of himself such as the inventor, screwdriver, the nose and seventy. This is how he distinguishes himself as each age. The book also has a list of rules that the suit insists on always following one of the main things is to never let a younger version of himself know what will happen.

The suit arrives at the party on his 39th birthday and all of a sudden, things are different from his last visit including having young versions of himself that shouldn't be there and there is a mysterious woman named Lily. The rest of the book involves the suit trying to solve a mystery that will befall his 40 year old self and to learn the truth behind the mysterious Lily and to figure out who is responsible for everything.

Though the book sounds interesting I had several problems with it. First it is written in a way that makes it difficult to follow until the reader is well into the story. The book also drags in several places. Lastly, there are several unexplained paradoxes. The future New York is interesting but there is virtually no technology discussed that doesn't exist now.

If the book weren't so slow in parts, I would try rereading it to see if I could get better answers for my confusion. I give this book a little more than two and a half stars

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April 08, 2013
Interesting! Maybe this is not as interesting as THE LAST MAN by Mary Shelley.
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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

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