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Lola rose from the table. She offered me her hand, and I took it. As the Contours extended to full height, her eyes held mine. Sunlight bouncing off a building across the street played across her cheeks, and a few stray hairs that had escaped her pony-tail glowed orange. I felt myself lifting out of my body. That’s how it felt: like I was leaving physical form behind, becoming something weightless and untouchable.

A hard shard of light skipped across Lola’s face. I turned, because by now I’d heard the motor. Outside the cafe window, a large white van jumped the curb and disgorged Better Future security guards.

“I think—” I said, but that was all I managed before they burst into the cafe and began to knock over tables. People screamed. Plates hit the floor. In the midst of all this, Carl spotted me. He raised his gun and yelled for me to let go of that woman right now. I felt exasperated, because this was really terrible timing for me. That was my mistake: thinking he would never actually shoot.

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Machine Man subscriber Ian Manka (#3916)

Location: Los Angeles, California (school) | Akron, Ohio (home)
Quote: "Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance."
Posted: 5518 days ago

Alas, Max gets our hopes up... only to shatter them... with a cliffhanger that leads somewhere, only to be turned on its head on page 42.

Stop toying with us, Max!

Machine Man subscriber Ian Manka (#3916)

Location: Los Angeles, California (school) | Akron, Ohio (home)
Quote: "Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance."
Posted: 5518 days ago

I have a cool little nut icon now! In your face, freeloaders!

Machine Man subscriber coolpillows (#3749)

Location: new york general sort of vicinity
Quote: ""It's not working" -- Joseph Clark"
Posted: 5518 days ago

Another cliffhanger!! All day to ponder:'it looks like he'll shoot' ... but he can't kill the protagonist! but this is machine man...he could rebuild! but he can't rebuild if he's brain dead...but this is fiction anything can happen!'
<still looking for the pennies in the couch so's i can get my MM icon on.>

Machine Man subscriber gstein42 (#585)

Location: 127.0.0.1
Quote: "That's not change! That's more of the same!"
Posted: 5518 days ago

purchased.

Machine Man subscriber tim (#3234)

Location: chattanooga, TN, USA
Quote: """
Posted: 5518 days ago

bravo for not attempting to write a love scene. suspenseful violence gives us a lot more mileage. I'm still hoping Lola's a cyborg and she will have to reveal herself to stop the bullet because she needs whatshisname alive to make repair parts for her broken half robot father.

Am I close?

Machine Man subscriber SilverKnight (#2210)

Location: St. Louis
Posted: 5518 days ago

Totally worth it. Second purchase I've made on your behalf WITHOUT knowing the actual content. Bought "Company" for my Dad before even reading it and he loved it. Keep up the good work Max!

Machine Man subscriber Justin (#3965)

Location: USA
Quote: "It has been my experience that certain men get ahead during the time that others waste. - Henry Ford"
Posted: 5518 days ago

This book is so freakin' awesome.

The last line, however, is out of place I think; Carl hasn't shot yet.


Machine Man subscriber Toby O (#2900)

Location: Sydney
Quote: "vote with your wallet"
Posted: 5518 days ago

heh, so i have to make a purchase to get a hex nut? well i bought jennifer government which i'd never heard of because of the synopsys on the dust jacket and a quick glance at page 40-ish.

guess it's time to buy the cow since pretty soon the milk isn't going to be free.

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 5518 days ago

No "you're nuts if you buy this story" puns please.

Joe (#2270)

Location: Campbell, CA, USA
Quote: "I'm subverting the system from the inside. I think."
Posted: 5518 days ago

So Toby O, do you work in electronics or EDA, so that a certain large company has taught you how to mis-spell "synopsis"?

Machine Man subscriber Katie Ellert (#207)

Location: Calgary AB Canada
Quote: "Where's Lola? WHERE'S LOLA?!?!"
Posted: 5518 days ago

Oh snap, I can't wait for tomorrows page.
I hope something happens to Lola and he starts to build her as well. That would be rad.

Machine Man subscriber Katie Ellert (#207)

Location: Calgary AB Canada
Quote: "Where's Lola? WHERE'S LOLA?!?!"
Posted: 5518 days ago

Also Max, I would think you'd say "you'd be 'nuts' NOT to buy this story"

Machine Man subscriber Mapuche (#1184)

Location: Darwin, Australia
Quote: "Inconceivable!"
Posted: 5518 days ago

Carl shoots Lola? No wonder we don't like him...

This is just so I can see my nut ... though that is strange in the singular ... wonders about Charlie's 'nuts' ...

Machine Man subscriber Alan W (#1427)

Location: Spokane, Washington
Quote: "Corgis are like potato chips"
Posted: 5518 days ago

Why a nut and not a bolt? Hmm, shall we ponder the socio-relational underpinnings of this decision?

Noi! Next page please!

stanley becker (#5283)

Location: black hole
Quote: "DON"T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER!!"
Posted: 4804 days ago

Up to now [evolution-wise]the gun is "the" Machine that holds the power or capacitates the power - or symbolizes the power to control the Machine [armour-piercing] power - Max why have you introduced the gun into your story? I think Charlie would have the ability to redirect the trajectory of a fired bullet as a contour property but I still find the gun too pre- Machine for my powers of gullibilty "shoot em dead, cowboy"

stanley becker (#5283)

Location: black hole
Quote: "DON"T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER!!"
Posted: 4804 days ago

I am sans "nut" like every Outsider before me

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