The Stone Man

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 city This is his account of eve

  • Title: The Stone Man
  • Author: Luke Smitherd
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 city.This is his account of everything that came afterwards and what that cost him, along with the rest of his country.The destruction, the visionse dying.

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    1. 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 – [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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.

    5. Loved this. Very different in pace from Physics Of The Dead-that one was more 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.

    6. 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.

    7. 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 [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. "The only thing in this world more 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 [...]

    11. I think this is a great book!I love the way it's written. It gives the impression of a man telling his story about what he has experienced, and it's done well!The story is good as well, I found it quite original. Where did the stone man come from? What does he want, what is his purpose?Read it and you might find out!I did like the ending, but at the same time I would like to know more! But I will not say more about that, as I don't want to ruin it for you!Would recommend!

    12. I enjoyed reading this book for the most part. It kept my interest and the author built up the tension quite well. While the story centers around the appearance of the Stone Man in an English park, it is really about the reaction of the characters in the book to the Stone Man and the destruction that it causes. The story ends somewhat inconclusively, but I for one, had no problem with that. The author may have a sequel in mind though and I would probably read it if he does.

    13. Just Brilliant! From start to finish this book had me gripped. It's funny, heart-warming, intelligent and thought-provokingly scary.Fantastically written characters who make you care about them right from the off, an unfathomable villain who defies all understanding and a sport cast that flesh out the story beautifully.I can't recommend this highly enough, especially at the ridiculous price of 70 odd pence, you'd be crazy to not give it a go!

    14. This is one of those maybe books. The story is good. The premise is good. The writing is somewhat good. Editing not so good. Overall a decent book.Things I didn't like: There were a small number of misspelled words (not bad), but there were more grammar/tense/incorrect word usage that made me backtrack more than a few times. The writing style is verbose, to the point where I skimmed over paragraphs more often than I like. The author seemed to want to make a point by repeating ideas throughout bo [...]

    15. I thought the premise was really good and imaginative. However, as I went through the book, I felt like there was too much verbiage for what was occurring and it started to wear thin. There was no there there. You hope the book that is hard to get through redeems itself by having a spectacular ending but there is no resolution and the "villain(s)" is/are never identified. Plus, one of the protagonists has no resolution either and continues to be persecuted literally forever. It is like the autho [...]

    16. I feel like this was written for me when I was about 15. Luckily for the author I haven't grown up much since then. It starts with a stone statue just appearing in a city square, people barely notice until it starts to walk. Everyone thinks It's street magic until the first building it comes too, because it doesn't use doors it just goes straight. It doesn't loose its course it just go straight through whoever and whatever is in front of it. The world panics the government panics, what is it aft [...]

    17. I've had my eye on this book for awhile now. Ever since I saw it, the minimalist cover art with the foreboding silhouette of the stone man intrigued me, as did the synopsis. I had high hopes for this book, but it just didn't live up to my expectations. For a book billed as a science fiction horror novel, it just wasn't scary at all. In fact, there wasn't a whole lot of action at all. The dialogue rambled on too long and I just didn't like the main character. Still, the concept was good and prett [...]

    18. Great story, well written. Kept me engaged and entertained all the way through. At first, I hated that we never resolve more about the stone men, but the story is less about them than it is about Andy, and ultimately, Paul. The ending leaves it all open, so you finish in as much suspense as you were throughout the book. Luke Smitherd is now on my favorites authors list, both this and The Physics of the Dead are original, well told stories, and I'll be back for more by him! Definitely recommendin [...]

    19. It's a fairly normal day for reporter Andy Pointer in his home city of Coventry- until a giant man made of stone suddenly appears and starts walking it's way through everything in it's path. As a reporter Andy can't help but get close to the action but he ends up much closer than he could have possibly imagined. This reminded me a lot of The War of the Worlds. A massive stone man arrives and kills hundreds of people by stomping straight through buildings and we only see it from one man's point o [...]

    20. Yeah, I enjoyed this a lot. Very simple, clever concept, well executed and thoroughly entertaining. Nice use of first-person, past tense throughout tonrelay the story via recount of the main character before switching to third-person, past tense at the perfect moment. No forced answers at the conclusion. Perfect little book actually.

    21. Yawn46% in and had to give up - it's like watching someone else watching paint dry such potential offered and such drivel delivered.

    22. Although this is billed as a sci-fi thriller, there’s not so much of the science fiction about it. The action is firmly grounded in the here-and-now, on earth. The protagonists are entirely humdrum human. They’re facing an implacable alien with an unknown – probably hostile – agenda, but this is speculative fiction, not star-spanning science fantasy. Similarly, The Stone Man isn’t really a thriller. It sustains an intriguing premise with a strong sense of purpose, and hooks the reader [...]

    23. This book is crazy, ya'll. I don't know how he made giant moving statue dudethings a scary idea, but he did. By the ending, I was a bit freaked out. lol. The funny part is, that's how they say humans survived: by stalking their prey to death.I don't know, guys. It's been a while since I finished this book, and I have thought about it and I still don't know what option I would've taken, were I in their shoes. Well done, Mr. Luke. Well done.**edited to add and copied from my rec posted in the Frin [...]

    24. Andy Pointer is reporter with a form of autism called asberger's. This means he doesn't get along with people very well or read social cues. He's out looking for his next big break when fate seems to hand it to him on a silver platter in a catastrophic way. A man made of what appears to be solid stone shows up in his town in the very Plaza he is in and he seems to have some kind of mental connection to it. The military is calling it caementum. Andy must find a man he is mentally drawn to and tog [...]

    25. I picked up The Stone Man as an freebie, one of my favorite ways to discover new authors. This one would have been well worth the full price.The Stone Man is primarily a first-person account of alien contact, and to give too much detail would spoil the ride. Smitherd's narrator, Andy, is a normal guy with a real voice. He's not a superman, he's not perfect. He's flawed and honest about his flaws, and that makes him very easy to relate to. You can't help but like him, even if you don't agree wit [...]

    26. The StonemanI was torn between a 4 star and a 5 star rating, but didn’t really find enough flaws (though there were a few) to justify the lower rating. I really liked this story as it pulled me along. At times it was a bit wordy and wandering, and I found it tough to keep going, but the plot kept me coming back for more. I found a few editing errors later in the book, but they did not detract from the story.I found this a very creative story – well told. Labelled SciFi, it wasn’t just anot [...]

    27. Amazing Moral ConundrumLuke Smitherd reminds me of Robert Heinlein due to his courage to confront large moral issues head-on and never shy away from the answers.The Stone Man is more than just an incredible sci-fi thriller - it is a tale of two men caught in circumstances way beyond their control and the outcome that those circumstances have on their lives. There is huge moral ambiguity here, and each man handles it differently. They are exposed to the Stone Man, the British Military, the media, [...]

    28. The Stone Man is a highly unusual alien contact novel, told on a very personal level that is both intimate (because of the close proximity of the narrator to the events) and distant (because the reader receives only very limited information about the actual situation). I like the way the book starts and how the author Luke Smitherd keeps up the tension, but I hate the ending and the alternate ending the author provides in the lengthy afterword. Do I recommend it? Yes, but with a caveat. Maybe I [...]

    29. This book pleasantly surprised me. I enjoyed the whole story - even the deliberately open ending (the author's comments were helpful). It was unusual and interesting, and while it wasn't perfect, it was definitely compelling. The everyday "Britishness" of it (so different from my everyday Canadian environ), added to its allure. A common issue I have with books authored by men (and dare I say, often written for men IMHO [and I am not being sexist, it's the impression I often get!]), is that there [...]

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