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~BOOK ☲ The Stone Man ♣ Two bit reporter Andy Pointer had always been unsuccessful and antisocial until he got the scoop of his career the day a man made of stone appeared in the middle of his cityThis is his account of everything that came afterwards and what that cost him, along with the rest of his countryThe destruction, the visionsthe dying DullI thought the premise of this story was great and would be entertaininguntil I started reading it I struggled in giving it a one or two rating because although I did finish it there were many sentences, paragraphs and pages I skipped The constant babbling and carrying on of the same subject without getting any deeper into the storyline was maddening Giving two stars just because I didn t stop reading completely hoping the story would get better It did not. This goes into the difficult reading category for me I liked it I hated it A tense read from the start, but I think the ambiguity at the end is what bothers me most As a first contact story, I guess it accomplished its goal making you wonder what if I suppose leaving it to you to sort it out is also not unusual for the genre I had to laugh at the author s manic ramble at the end Yes, this is plagued by a lack of editing so prevalent in free eBooks, but the lack of polish goes beyon This goes into the difficult reading category for me I liked it I hated it A tense read from the start, but I think the ambiguity at the end is what bothers me most As a first contact story, I guess it accomplished its goal making you wonder what if I suppose leaving it to you to sort it out is also not unusual for the genre I had to laugh at the author s manic ramble at the end Yes, this is plagued by a lack of editing so prevalent in free eBooks, but the lack of polish goes beyond typos Some of it is simply Brit vs Yank terminology Is kerb actually even a word Will I ever get used to hearing bare ground referred to as the floor or sky as ceiling Do the Brits not use a period after an abbreviated title like Mr or Ms and the like The fact that these things didn t really start to jump out at me until the end is, I suppose, testament to the fact I must have been pretty well engrossed in the story I also found the way the story suddenly changed POV to be weird The story is all Andy s and then suddenly Paul finds his voice Of course, he has to or the book would be evenunfinished assuming it really is I m fresh from the last page and will be digesting it for a while The alternate ending tucked way in the back does nothing to give me closure, oddly enough We still don t know WHO or WHY Are those not odd omissions for a journalist s tale Best part for me was the first time the victim started rattling off letters and I knew it was DNA Why was that not a bigger revelation in the story If they were after our DNA and only damaged code , there needed to be aobvious purpose beyond just sendingandstone men Having it clearly didn t benefit them or alter their mission If course, whoever sent them as it was stated repeatedly was working on their own timetable In that sense, the story REALLY leaves you hanging for an eternity for closure My only other complaint is how off putting it is to be yanked from a story that isn t done to be subjected to the equivalent of a late night infomercial by a guy who sounds like he s been living on espresso and Red Bull I totally get the horrors of the publishing world and how hard it is to break out as self pub especially when everyone and his gran is doing it, too The quantities of free eBooks is staggering these days and the vast majority are crap Keep honing your craft, Mr Smitherd Quality will get you noticed and IMHO, the big publishing houses aren t at all what they used to be I ve seen plenty of them leaving authors without a proper editor, too It ll be your fan base that matters in the end Modern day War of the Worlds.I went into this book blind I didn t even read the synopsis I ve heard a few things about Smitherd and thought I d give him a go, The Stone Man seems to be his most popular book so that seemed to be a good place to start.I listened to the audiobook edition of this piece Firstly, I have to say, the narration was spot on It was really easy to listen to and it pulled me in pretty quickly.I m not the biggest Sci Fi fan so I wasn t sure what to expect from this, but I Modern day War of the Worlds.I went into this book blind I didn t even read the synopsis I ve heard a few things about Smitherd and thought I d give him a go, The Stone Man seems to be his most popular book so that seemed to be a good place to start.I listened to the audiobook edition of this piece Firstly, I have to say, the narration was spot on It was really easy to listen to and it pulled me in pretty quickly.I m not the biggest Sci Fi fan so I wasn t sure what to expect from this, but I m happy to say that I loved it In fact it s one of the best books I ve read this year and it s pretty much guaranteed that I ll be checking out future works from Smitherd.I don t want to say much about the story, that s not what I do in my reviews and I think that s what the synopsis is for anyway I d rather just give you my opinion of the story And that is, don t hesitate, check it out and I guarantee you won t regret it When a mysterious stone behemoth appears in the center of Coventry, hack reporter Andy thinks he s on to the scoop of the century Little does he realize that the Stone Man and the sinister purpose for its arrival are inextricably linked to his very survival.The Stone Man is Luke Smitherd s second novel, and its the one you want to read first Well plotted, sleekly written and robust, it s a great example of solid science fictionAnd I KNOW my science fiction.My father was a sci fi fan growi When a mysterious stone behemoth appears in the center of Coventry, hack reporter Andy thinks he s on to the scoop of the century Little does he realize that the Stone Man and the sinister purpose for its arrival are inextricably linked to his very survival.The Stone Man is Luke Smitherd s second novel, and its the one you want to read first Well plotted, sleekly written and robust, it s a great example of solid science fictionAnd I KNOW my science fiction.My father was a sci fi fan growing up so when I was a kid I had access to a truly exceptional library of dog earred novels by writers the likes of which we won t see again Ray Bradbury, Arthur C Clarke, Edmund Cooper The biggest compliment that I can give to The Stone Man is that it holds its own amongst the best of em.Another reviewer here wrote that it was unlike any sci fi she d read before , but I would argue the exact opposite Good science fiction needs to follow a certain formula and Luke Smitherd managed to do that pitch perfectly There was a mystery The protagonist was swept up in it in a very believable way and as the novel progressed, we learnedandmaking the entire novel progressivelycompelling It was old school stuff and a great example of why that model has always worked.So my 5 star review That s five stars in comparison to REAL books not just the stuff you ll find self published on Kindle The Stone Man is the sort of book that, if I d splashed ten quid on in an airport or train station, bookstore, I d have considered it money well spent In some ways, it reminded me in particular of Steven King s From a Buick Eight in that it was ultimately a very human story with the fantastical elements merely serving ad set pieces to the rich, satisfying story driven characterization Loved this Very different in pace from Physics Of The Dead that one wasof a slow burner that built to a climax, whereas this book starts with a bang and doesn t let up A cracking adventure mystery, with a heavy dose of horror to keep you on the edge of your seat The Stone Man himself if a very frightening and enigmatic figure I read this in two sittings Recommended. This book was so intense I ugh can t even bring myself to think about it right now It was a slow burn, most of the horror lying not in the monstrous actions of the mysterious stone man but instead in one ordinary man s gradual decline It ll be a long time until I m numb enough to read this one again. The only thing in this worldirresistible to human beings than greed is curiosity, and the need to know the answers I m a closet believer in the idea that concept is king In an era when anyone with a word processor and internet access can publish some character dashes and call it a book, you ve got to come up with an original idea or a new take on a concept in order to get my attention Now, of course, once you ve gotten me to raise my eyebrow it s the execution that keeps me coming back The only thing in this worldirresistible to human beings than greed is curiosity, and the need to know the answers I m a closet believer in the idea that concept is king In an era when anyone with a word processor and internet access can publish some character dashes and call it a book, you ve got to come up with an original idea or a new take on a concept in order to get my attention Now, of course, once you ve gotten me to raise my eyebrow it s the execution that keeps me coming back for , but without that initial spark to pique my curiosity, your book may look pretty, but it won t be opened.So, a story about first contact with aliens Yep, seen it A story about a walking stone statue suddenly appearing in the middle of an English town, and the aftermath of what this first contact entails Now that s something that peeks my interest The Stone Man is an incredibly ambitious project for an indie author to tackle, and Smitherd delivers wonderfully on the scope of what an incident of this proportion would mean for a nation and the world It s not a perfect book, but its charm lies in its imperfections, from its precocious yet accessible protagonist to the realism in which the chain of events that unfold are approached The author made some decisions in the last part of the book that left me feeling a bit unfulfilled, but ultimately this story delivers on its premise, offering a unique spin on an age old idea.This is my first run in with Luke Smitherd s work, though it won t be my last Definitely interested in seeing what other ideas he has to explore A solid 3.5 stars I really enjoyed this book, so different from the usual science fiction or horror genre It is hard for me to categorize this story The book left you with many questions throughout it s entirety which kept your curiosity peaked and you needed to find out Why is it here What is it What does it want Sometimes it got a little too wordy and some repetitious statements yet it did not take away from the mystery and the suspense of the story The ending may not have satisfied some readers but in I really enjoyed this book, so different from the usual science fiction or horror genre It is hard for me to categorize this story The book left you with many questions throughout it s entirety which kept your curiosity peaked and you needed to find out Why is it here What is it What does it want Sometimes it got a little too wordy and some repetitious statements yet it did not take away from the mystery and the suspense of the story The ending may not have satisfied some readers but in reading horror and thrillers, a happily ever after ending is not always appropriate and a good book is even better when you haven t figured out how a story will end Just my opinion This was a well written and thought out story and I will readof this author s books I highly recommend this book to any reader who would like to read something unique and imaginative yet not too implausible I thought that it was a fascinating book with great character study who were relatable and likable I hope other people will read this book, I would enjoy reading how others felt about this story I rated this book 4 wonderful stars So Audible ran a hidden gems sale about 50 titles for 3.99 each and as I investigated some of the interesting ones, I quickly realized that these were all indies Indies are like a box of chocolates You never know what you re gonna get The risk of low quality is very high, but then again, I happen to think a lot of traditionally published books have very low quality within genres that I care about, like military sci fi , so that s not as much a turn off as it might otherwise be In any c So Audible ran a hidden gems sale about 50 titles for 3.99 each and as I investigated some of the interesting ones, I quickly realized that these were all indies Indies are like a box of chocolates You never know what you re gonna get The risk of low quality is very high, but then again, I happen to think a lot of traditionally published books have very low quality within genres that I care about, like military sci fi , so that s not as much a turn off as it might otherwise be In any case, for 4 pop, I snagged 4 of them that looked the most interesting As you can see, this didn t work out so well Now, in fairness, this is like a 2.5 stars situation I give a lot of books that I really dislike 2 star reviews For some reason I feel like I m holding off on 1 star for something I really hate , and in this case I didn t dislike anything about the book So, what it has going for it, are 1 The writing is competent At no point was their prose or dialogue that really irritated me 2 It s a fairly original take on the alien encounter genre that is blissfully unencumbered by pigeon holes.3 The characters makes sense, the plot mostly worked.What it had going against it 1 It was kind of boring It was marketed as sci fi horror, but it wasn t actually scary Curse of mismanaged expectations, I suppose 2 The plot didn t really feel fully thought out Way too many scenes were way, way too painfully obvious, but dragged out as though there were some big surprise This includes a couple of the most impactful moments One was an infanticide that would have been harrowing if it weren t over explained to death sorry, terrible pun The other, sadly, was the main resolution at the end I had spent almost literally the entire freaking book wondering why they didn t try this really, really obvious plan And then there s all this ostensibly dramatic build up to this mysterious, Hail Mary plan that is exactly the same thing I thought about way back in chapter one Literally, I kid you not Chapter 1 I kept reading to see if there would be something unexpected or interesting, but there was not 3 Several good ideas were half baked The book is almost entirely told as a first person narrative by the viewpoint character in one long sitting But when he can t continue the story, the narrative suddenly flips to omniscient third person for the last 20 25% of the book or so Which is OK, I guess, except that we then get another section of first person narration in that section too, at which point what is going on, guys Commit to the restrictions or leave it alone Another example the first parts of the book involvediscussion of recordings, etc including one crucial scene where the main character recounts a man on the street interview So, we ve got a character narrating into a dictaphone about the time he interviewed another person also in a dictaphone again if you re going to do found footage style writing, commit and when he recounts the interview the dialogue gets hyper realistic By hyper realistic I m referring to the fact that when ordinary people have a casual conversation we don t finish our sentences, have non sequitors, we rely heavily and extensively on non verbal cues and context, and there are even lots of sounds interrogative noises, sighs, etc that it you actually read a literal transcript sound nothing like written dialogue Textual dialogue is not realistic It s a convention There s a trick to making it sound natural, but it s actually very artificial If you violate that if you actually report real dialogue you should do it for a reason Found footage would be a great reason But this isn t actually found footage It s someone recounting an interview, and so the effect is rather weird.This extends to the production of the audiobook, too The text is broken up into chunks At the start of each chunk, there s a little beep that sounds like someone has just started a tape recorder It wouldn t really apply to a digital recorder, but it s a nice touch.The problem is that they also play that effect at the beginning of the chapter breaks Chapter One It was a dark and stormy nightSee, the beep before Chapter One breaks the fourth wall That makes no sense What s even worse, however, is that after they drop the recorded narrative style and switch to first person omniscient narration which is a weird narrative viewpoint in any case , they keep doing the beep What does the beep mean, at that point The story is first person, but it s not recorded Most of it isn t, it falls back into that again at points And so it makes no sense.So it s a good idea but it didn t get thought all the way through.My sense is that this is a serious problem with indie works There is no barrier to publication And so even a talented, competent, professional writer can still give in to the temptation to rush something out the door that really wasn t thought through all the way and wasn t fully executed on.In the end, though, the final reason this book gets 2 stars is that it s a story about an alien invasion of giant stone statues that move who chase their prey in only straight lines and move at about 3 miles per hour Really You re being chased by an evil, alien, unstoppable super robot thingy that cannot be harmed by any modern weapon and has psychic powers but also cannot break into a jog If you re thinking, What the then all I can say at the end of the book is, Me too Me too And yes, the resolution is just as obvious as you are thinking it is right now