This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death

This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death

Ryan North Matthew Bennardo David Malki Nathan Burgoine Toby W. Rush Rhiannon Kelly Ryan Estrada George Page III / Jun 16, 2019

This is How You Die Stories of the Inscrutable Infallible Inescapable Machine of Death If a machine could predict how you would die would you want to know This is the tantalizing premise of This Is How You Die the brilliant follow up anthology to the self published best seller Machin

  • Title: This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death
  • Author: Ryan North Matthew Bennardo David Malki Nathan Burgoine Toby W. Rush Rhiannon Kelly Ryan Estrada George Page III
  • ISBN: 9781455529391
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Paperback
  • If a machine could predict how you would die, would you want to know This is the tantalizing premise of This Is How You Die, the brilliant follow up anthology to the self published best seller, Machine of Death.The machines started popping up around the world The offer was tempting With a simple blood test, anyone could know how they would die But the machines didn t gIf a machine could predict how you would die, would you want to know This is the tantalizing premise of This Is How You Die, the brilliant follow up anthology to the self published best seller, Machine of Death.The machines started popping up around the world The offer was tempting With a simple blood test, anyone could know how they would die But the machines didn t give dates or specific circumstances just a single word or phrase DROWNED, CANCER, OLD AGE, CHOKED ON A HANDFUL OF POPCORN And though the predictions were always accurate, they were also often frustratingly vague OLD AGE, it turned out, could mean either dying of natural causes, or being shot by an elderly, bedridden man in a botched home invasion The machines held on to that old world sense of irony in death You can know how it s going to happen, but you ll still be surprised when it does.This addictive anthology sinister, witty, existential, and fascinating collects the best of the thousands of story submissions the editors received in the wake of the success of the first volume, and exceeds the first in every way.Length 15 hrs and 38 mins Unabridged Audiobook

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      • Ryan North Matthew Bennardo David Malki Nathan Burgoine Toby W. Rush Rhiannon Kelly Ryan Estrada George Page III

        Hi, I m Ryan I was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in 1980 and since then have written several books You can read my page for , or check out my author site at RyanNorth I m the author of the webcomic Dinosaur Comics that s the comic where the pictures don t change but the words do, it s better than it sounds and I ve also done crazy things like turn Shakespeare into a choose your own path adventure, write a comic for Marvel about a girl with all the powers of a squirrel, or mess up walking my dog so badly it made the news.I m working on stuff as we speak, hopefully it s good


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    1. When I found out that the first story was mine, I may have "squeed."Now I said I wouldn't chat about my own tales in this Short Stories 365 project so onward:"Rock and Roll," by Toby RushIn a world where everyone can learn how they're going to die, the results can have a cachet of their own. Some fans of a rock star win a chance to spend time with him, and one girl has a very real reason to want to spend time with the icon. The sheer cleverness of Toby Rush's story blew me away - I loved the ide [...]


    2. This is how you die: HEART ATTACK, CANCER, PEACEFULLY, OLD AGE, SURROUNDED BY LOVED ONES. No matter what your slip reads, however, the machine that spat it out is infallible. This is how you die. There is no indication as to when it will happen, and the reading may be frustratingly ambiguous, but there is no escaping it. In each of these stories, the author examines a world in which a machine has been invented that predicts your death. In some worlds, the machine has been seamlessly accepted and [...]


    3. Even better than the last collection of stories about the idea of a Machine Of Death, which can tell you how you're going to die, but not when, or what its often opaque predictions actually mean. All the writers interpret the idea differently and make up their own worlds around this central idea, but this time out, the interpretations have a lot more range: more creativity, more playfulness, more surprises. I did a full review for The A.V. Club (not yet published), so I won't go into huge detail [...]


    4. This book was more than just more stories in the Machine of Death world. It was also the Machine of Death in fantasy worlds and science fiction worlds and all kinds of creative new worlds. It was a lot of fun and a great followup to the first book. As usual with anthologies, here are my status updates (at least one per story) with some possible changes to what I wrote at the time.Old Age, Surrounded by Loved Ones: I think this was the first of these stories that revolved around this particular f [...]


    5. I hadn't read the first volume when I started this, but the introduction sets the premise up pretty clearly.There wasn't a story in here that I didn't enjoy! The only distinction is which ones I liked most.Francis's "Lazarus Reactor Fission Sequence" is hands down the top favorite. Hilarious. If you liked Soon I Will be Invincible, pick the book up for that one alone. And then read the rest.Malki !'s "Monsters from the Deep" both made me glad I no longer fill vending machines at work and convinc [...]


    6. In every way this book improves upon the first, Machine of Death. The amount of imagination on display here is mindblowing. The authors take the death-prediction-machine idea and place it into contexts as varied as:• a military SF setting• a spy/supervillain setting (hilarious story)• an alien contact story which introduces weird quantum/parallel worlds concepts• a murder mystery in Zimbabwe• a Sherlock Holmes tale• a clockworkpunk/Victorian-ish fantasy world• a Lovecraftian horror [...]


    7. Earlier this summer, I tripped up on the book Machine of Death, edited by Ryan North (of Dinosaur Comics), short fiction writer Matthew Bennardo, and David Malki! (of Wondermark). The book is a massive collection of short stories centered around the same premise: an invention that tells you how you will die. Suddenly, you get a bunch of different takes from a variety of authors on the topic, and there really isn't a bad one in the batch. For such a seemingly limiting topic, there's not too much [...]


    8. The original premise and collection of stories were quite good, leading the editors to seek submissions for a sequel. All tolled, 1958 new stories (and 151 art folios) were submitted. This new volume represents the best of those, and is also very good.Authors branched a little further from the original theme - a machine which can tell you how (but not when) you are going to die. My favorites were “ZEPHYR” by George Page III (Space marines form into fighting units coordinated by the times of [...]


    9. A collection of short stories centered around a common theme: what if a machine could tell you how you will die. The characters many times learn to come to terms with this knowledge and learn to let go of fear and worry. This book helped me find courage in my own life.


    10. Briefly: This is How You Die is based on a card game, the Machine of Death. Maybe the other way around. And I think this is actually volume 2, after a previous book of stories about the Machine of Death. The Machine in question is a philosophic concept: a device is able to accurately predict the means of your demise, rendered in a terse, sometimes wryly ambiguous phrase.The question this book of short stories addresses is: how would your life change, knowing how (but not when) you're going to di [...]


    11. In 2010, there was quite a lot of buzz around a new anthology entitled Machine of Death which collected stories exploring a single premise; a machine that could predict, without fail, the manner in which you would die. All it needed was a sample of your blood and a tiny slip of paper would have your ultimate fate written on it. I myself never read it but definitely had it on the ever growing TBR pile. Then this year, the editors unleashed upon the world a sequel, This Is How You Die: Stories of [...]


    12. I won this book as a giveaway, which I entered because it sounded like a quirky read. It was much different from what I was expecting.First off, I have to say that I am still not sure if I would want to know how and/or when I am going to die, even if the prediction includes a play on words, as some do. Quite a few of the stories discuss that question in terms of whether it will allow you to be at peace and get on with doing what you want/need to do or whether it will be a burden that changes yo [...]


    13. First of all, let me mention a minor disclaimer on my star rating: I would prefer to give this 4.5 stars instead of a full 5. Usually in this case, I round down. With this collection, however, there really isn't a single story I didn't like - all of them either entertained me or engaged me (usually both at the same time). For that, it gets 5 stars.This Is How You Die is the sequel anthology to Machine of Death, both of which collect a number of stories that take place in a world that features th [...]


    14. The original Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die was impressive, but as promised, this book is bigger and better in every way. You've got settings from post-zombie-apocalypse to distant-future to high fantasy; genres from humor to mystery (Sherlock Holmes fan fiction, no less); tones ranging from the lightest adolescent comedy to the darkest philosophical thriller. Every story explores something different, whether it's what the machine is, how it wor [...]


    15. I loved the first collection of stories in the series, Machine of Death. I expected something similar of this book. But I was utterly surprised. In a good way!Where the stories in the first collection focused mainly on humour and surprise twists, this second volume is so eclectic and amazing that it is hard to describe it with just a few words. In a book where all the stories share the same premise one would expect the same topics and themes being repeated ad infinitum. Not so in This is how you [...]


    16. This book is a LOT of fun. I read the Machine of Death collection, and loved it, so when I saw this one go up for pre-order I jumped on it. And I can't *wait* to get my copy of the card game from Kickstarter. The premise of the stories in the book is fairly simple: there is a machine that takes a bit of your blood and then tells you how you'll die. Except, it's not really straightforward. The machine seems to enjoy being cryptic or poetic sometimes. The first book focused a lot on stories of peo [...]


    17. I'm not a big fan of anthologies, because most of the time the story quality varies and sometimes you plow through a story just to get to the next. Not so in this book. Not a single story fails to draw you into its little world. I'm amazed at how all the writers took a single theme and ran with it, in extremely different directions.From fantasy tales, to sci-fi adventures, to zombie apocalypse stories, to military accounts -- hell, even the superhero genre gets a shot. There's a choose your own [...]


    18. The most gorgeous arrangement of a short story book I have ever seen. Stories, illustrations, comics, childrens books and choose your own adventure! Every story connected with me, ranging from good to great. Light hearted, whimsical, comedic, to horror, psychological and philosophical. I recommend for anyone who lays awake at night, worried about how they die.


    19. Just as good as the first collection. As with any anthology, your enjoyment of any given story will depend on taste, but the stories come from such a broad variety of genres, interpretations, and moods that there's a lot of good tastes to try. The one written by editor Ryan North made me cry on the subway. What a JERK. I loved it.


    20. This was intense, funny, heartbreaking among many other feelings. A ton of short stories that I wished would have been dragged out for so much longer. Loved this way more than I thought I would!


    21. The previous volume was good; this volume was excellent. Each story was wonderful in and of itself, yet the whole presented such variety! I can't even begin to articulate. This book is a fantastic example of taking one theme and fleshing it out in dozens of different ways. Highly recommended!


    22. A collection of stories by various authors about a Machine that predicts the manner of a person's death. Thoughtful, humourous, and sometimes esoteric, each story explores a facet of what it could mean for someone to know their own fate.Old Age, Surrounded by Loved Ones (Burgoine) -- Sweet and sad tale of sisterly devotion.Rock & Roll (Rush) -- The disappointment of misperceived connection, stealing fate and fame. Her result was the one he'd faked.Natural Causes (Kelly) -- What if you didn't [...]


    23. Below are the chapters that stood out to me, some more than others. This series was a bit better than Machine Of Death. I just wish all the stories had the same strength. However, it is a nice way to see different writing styles and great introductions to so many different authors; before buying their books. I love the idea of this book it gives you so much to think about. Old Age, Surrounded by Loved Ones by Nathan Burgoine Rock and Roll by Toby W. RushShiv Sena Riot by Ryan Estrada Zephyr by G [...]


    24. MUST-READ!Before starting, I thought this would be like a book version of The Final Destination series. But boy was I wrong. It is a collection of diverse stories from multiple settings, from Tokyo, to Australia to thousands of years to the future, to Medieval times, to a universe where they have a very different machine of death and even to Sherlock Holmes universe. Some of the stories are short and simple, others deep and almost philosophical, some mysterious and exciting. There are a lot of g [...]


    25. thehorrorhoneysTwitter: @jbrivardThe title of this one puts me in a mind of Beetlejuice, with the terrific Miss Argentina staffing the Afterlife waiting room and my favorite quote: “This is what happens when YOU die.d this is what happens when HE dies, and I'll tell you something else (holds up scarred wrists), if I knew then what I know now, I wouldn't have had my little accident.” Death is so individual, isn't it? Something we know will happen to us all, but how? When? Where?The highly ent [...]


    26. this book was a really neat compulsion of fiction around a single premise. the comics were interesting, the diversity in story type, length, genre and timeframe was really compelling. I would recommend it to almost anyone who likes any sort of fiction.


    27. Read this and other reviews at Ampersand Read.I need to start reading more anthologies, if most of them are as interesting and all-around excellent as this one! In all 31 stories, there were only a couple I felt indifferent about. Pretty good track record! I loved the different genres and different takes on the "Machine of Death." And most authors incorporated a twist, a different interpretation of the Machine's prediction that changed the character's perspective and/or how they lived their life [...]



    28. This Is How You Die is a series of short stories by various authors with only one thing in common: the mysterious, ineffable Machine of Death. No one knows where the machine comes from. No one knows how it works. All anyone knows about it is that by giving it a blood sample, it predicts the method of your death, and it is never, ever wrong. But like the oracles of old, the machine’s prophecies occasionally have massive twists to him. For example, your death could be suicide, and you’ll spend [...]


    29. [4.5 / 5] - I loved the first Machine of Death book and this one is just as good. I could happily keep reading more if there were ever further books in the series. The concept, simple enough, is that a machine tells you how you die. Not when or where or even with any certainty of specificity. Just how. Numerous authors then give their short story takes on that, and this book results. So many different styles and I basically liked every single one. Please make a third :)


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