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Yes this book is definitely different but all in a good way This was a refreshing read from the stand point of the plot This story is about the appearance of a strange anomaly, the Stone Man and how society deals with this world changing event But we see the prescetive not just from society but from a couple of average blokes that find themselves in the center of the action Upon reflection of the book I beleive it pegged the way we would adjust to such an event We would try to understand it for sure, but mostly we would just deal with it and find a way back to our normal life as quickly as possible Don t expect traditional science fiction here but this is an engaging, character driven story. 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 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 even unfinished 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 a obvious purpose beyond just sending and stone 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 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 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 learned and making the entire novel progressively compelling 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 was of 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 world irresistible 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 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 read of 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 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