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Book Title: The Stone Man|
Date of issue: December 5th 2012
ISBN 13: 9781482643473
The author of the book: Luke Smitherd
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 29.13 MB
Edition: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Read full description of the books The Stone Man:Luke Smitherd is not lacking in imagination. I can say that with some confidence having read a handful of his books – all very different, all spectacularly original. In this one, the author’s home city (Coventry, England) is visited by a Stone Man, a statue in the shape of a large human figure that just appears one day in Millennium Square. Except it’s not a statue, because it’s just started to move.
Andy Pointer, a working journalist, happens to be in the vicinity when this happens – he’s spotted the crowd and intrigued to see what spectacle has caused them to gather he makes his way toward the group. At first he thinks that this must be some kind of publicity event but it soon becomes clear that this is nothing of the sort. Andy is at once amazed and scared by what he witnesses whilst also recognising that this might offer him a career defining opportunity.
I really had no idea what was going happen from this point, but whatever I might have envisaged I don’t think I’d have come up with anything to compete with the author’s construction. Is it wholly believable? Well maybe not, but it is clever and it is a story that’s very well told. I listened to it on audio, brilliantly read by actor Matt Addis. I was totally gripped throughout.
Andy proved to be a credible, if not totally likable, lead man and the other main characters were similarly well drawn. This helped to engage me in a story that might otherwise have stretched my (limited) imagination a little to far. As it was, I found myself wanting to know the fate of the main players and to see how this fantastical tale was to be explained, to be somehow rationalised. And I think a pretty good job was done on both elements. I did find myself imagining a number of different endings, but when I later placed them under scrutiny (yes, this story has played with my head ever since) I found all my alternatives wanting.
Well done Mr Smitherd, you’ve done it again. You’ve laid out a story that’s straight out of left field - a story that could have had me chucking another book on the DNF pile – and you’ve kept me engaged right through to the end. Then you’ve made me play mental games with it for some time after. Not many writers achieve this. I’ll be reaching for another book from your catalogue some time soon.
Read information about the authorBorn under a Derbyshire sky, to the sounds of a doctor saying "I know they all look bad fresh out of the oven, but bloody hell..."
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