Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Five books with a standalone scene that can be read on its own, out of context

Jeff Somers is the author of Lifers, the Avery Cates series from Orbit Books, Chum from Tyrus Books, and We Are Not Good People from Pocket/Gallery. He has published over thirty short stories as well.

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog Somers tagged five books with an outstanding standalone scene that can be read on its own, out of context, including:
Man in the Empty Suit, by Sean Ferrell: The First Hotel Sequence

This brilliant literary sci-fi novel, about a man who invents time travel and returns to a specific point in the future every year on his birthday to gather with his younger and older selves, is a brain-bending achievement. The scene where the narrator enters the dilapidated hotel and we see him—dozens of him, older, younger, broken and blustering, each version the result of the particular challenges that version of the man has dealt with in his subjective year since the “last” party. It’s an amazing sequence that leads directly into the central mystery of the story, but if you were trying to convince someone that time travel doesn’t have to be silly, show them this sequence and mission accomplished.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: Man in the Empty Suit.

My Book, The Movie: Man in the Empty Suit.

Writers Read: Sean Ferrell (April 2013).

--Marshal Zeringue