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The Shrinking Man By Richard Matheson The Shrinking Man While on holiday Scott Carey is exposed to a cloud of radioactive spray shortly after he accidentally ingests insecticide The radioactivity acts as a catalyst for the bug spray causing his body to s

  • Title: The Shrinking Man
  • Author: Richard Matheson
  • ISBN: 9780575074637
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Shrinking Man By Richard Matheson While on holiday, Scott Carey is exposed to a cloud of radioactive spray shortly after he accidentally ingests insecticide The radioactivity acts as a catalyst for the bug spray, causing his body to shrink at a rate of approximately 1 7 of an inch per day A few weeks later, Carey can no longer deny the truth not only is he losing weight, he is also shorter than he was aWhile on holiday, Scott Carey is exposed to a cloud of radioactive spray shortly after he accidentally ingests insecticide The radioactivity acts as a catalyst for the bug spray, causing his body to shrink at a rate of approximately 1 7 of an inch per day A few weeks later, Carey can no longer deny the truth not only is he losing weight, he is also shorter than he was and deduces, to his dismay, that his body will continue to shrink.
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    1. Nancy on said:

      Posted at Shelf Inflicted After reading about white male privilege, racial oppression, and gender inequality, I found it interesting that I chose to read a book about a man who is losing his height at nearly an inch per week Not only is he greatly inconvenienced because he can t reach high shelves, he is also losing his power and significance as a man and a human being and reduced to merely survival It s an adventure tale, and it has some horror and sci fi elements I like how the story didn t fe [...]

    2. Stephen on said:

      Richard Matheson took the platform afforded him by his tremendous skill as a writer and used it as a platform to confront a serious and important issue that had been kept hidden for too longLE SHRINKAGEHere was a man that was WAY ahead of his time Not only was he a gifted writer with an amazing and wide ranging imagination, but he was also someone who wasn t afraid to tackle tough and controversial social issues From general topics like race relations, war and politics to deeply personal issues [...]

    3. Keely on said:

      Considering this is a Richard Matheson book, an author who is probably best known for his horror stories, I have initial expectations that this was going to be a scary venture in the same manner as Hell House was when I saw the movie as a child and later on read the book But in the first fifty pages or so of this novel, my expectations were met in a different way yet it was also something satisfying which could be what Matheson has intended when he wrote it The Shrinking Man tells the story of [...]

    4. Lou on said:

      A Timeless novel, Matheson is such a great writer he writes with many themes undead, ghosts, haunted houses , shrinking man and human endeavors, I only wish he had written novels, this story is of the highest caliber This is a story of survival for one man and his emotional and psychological journey as life slips away from beneath his feet Inch by Inch literally We follow his realization and self discovery with this fate put before him He looked at her full body again, feeling breath catch him [...]

    5. Wayne Barrett on said:

      Thoroughly enjoyed this story.Scott Carey is shrinking 1 7th of an inch a day until he reaches a point where he knows he will shrink to nothing But even this knowledge cannot prepare him for the unknown world that awaits him.There were some truly horrifying moments in this story but the real power was the perspective it gave, not from just one, but from constant viewpoints during his transformation I don t know what was worse fleeing from a black widow that was the same size as him or lying with [...]

    6. KatHooper on said:

      ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Every day Scott Carey is getting shorter by 1 7 of an inch The doctors have figured out why he was exposed to a combination of insecticide and radioactivity but so far they have not been able to make him stop shrinking Now Scott is only one inch tall and he is trapped in the cellar of his family s rented home with a stale piece of bread, an out of reach box of crackers, a sponge, a garden hose, a water heater, and a black widow spider And in seven days, h [...]

    7. Daavid (דוד) on said:

      The Shrinking Man is a really good book, in the sense of its horrifying idea, style of narration, its meticulous description whenever required, and its hidden sub layer This was Mr Matheson s first story that I read, being amongst his earliest written works.The book initiates with a very small chapter, which in short, describes the causes of the protagonist s initiation of shrinkage and continues while he is 5 7th of an inch tall with the following chapter The story then interweaves with two tim [...]

    8. Alazzar on said:

      Thank God it s over.I wanted to like this book I really did From the moment I saw the cover a tiny man fending off a spider with a spear sized needle how awesome is that , I wanted to read this story by an author I thought could do no wrong.When I had 5 pages left, I almost stopped reading Not because I was disappointed with the direction of the plot, but because I just couldn t take it any.The Shrinking Man is the story of Scott Carey, AKA The Flash from DC Comics I figure he must be some sort [...]

    9. Noce on said:

      Tre millimetri in una cantina per tacer del ragno Alla mia cagnolina sarebbe piaciuto questo libro Tantissimo Leggendolo, mi avrebbe chiamato e avrebbe puntato la zampottina sui passi pi sofferti, giusto per farmi capire che veramente poco cortese, e anche di cattivo gusto che io assuma quell espressione divertita quando la vedo districarsi scocciata da un ciuffo d erba Io avrei fatto mea culpa, e avrei ammesso che vero, ok, non dev essere divertente misurare quanto un secchiello dell umido per [...]

    10. Oscar on said:

      Lo que hace Richard Matheson con El incre ble hombre menguante no es nada f cil El m rito de Matheson radica en hacer cre ble una historia a todas luces fant stica, la de un hombre que va menguando d a a d a y lo hace tan bien que sufres con el protagonista y con todos los obst culos y padecimientos por los que pasa, en una gran labor por parte de Matheson en la construcci n psicol gica del personaje.La historia comienza con una especie de nube radiactiva un recurso muy de moda en los a os 50 de [...]

    11. Lou on said:

      Timeless novel Matheson is such a great writer most of his novels written in the 50s it can outdo many of today s stories He writes with many themes the undead, ghosts, haunted houses , and human endeavours, I only wish he wrote novels this story is of the highest calibre This is a story of survival for one man in this emotional and psychological journey as life slips away from beneath his feet Inch by Inch literally We follow his realisation and self discovery with this fate put before him He [...]

    12. Kirk on said:

      A BELATED TRIBUTERichard Matheson was my Ray Bradbury, the gateway drug to science fiction books as a teenager I started with his short stories, probably his best and most consistent terrain, marked by no frills narrative, emotional honesty and often a twisting of the knife Not long after I read I Am Legend, which is sort of the Velvet Underground of vampire novels, in that it influenced countless other properties many of which no doubt made money than the original ever did It s a ridiculously [...]

    13. Chris_P on said:

      For a moment the entire grotesque spectacle of it swept over him forcibly, the insanity of a world where he could be killed trying to climb to the top of a table that any normal man could lift and carry with one hand.The Shrinking Man Yeah, the title says it all What a bold thing it was to write this story at a time when man was the undeniable cornerstone of every home And what irony to read it today when economic difficulties and rapid social changes have reduced many men to inert members of a [...]

    14. Michael on said:

      One of the good things to come out of the success of last year s I Am Legend is that a lot of Richard Matheson s catalog has come back into print This collection looks like two separate works put together the short novel The Incredible Shrinking Man and a set of short stories by Matheson The Incredible Shrinking Man It s interesting to come to a Matheson novel after finishing the latest Stephen King short story collection The cover blurb has King stating that Matheson was one of his greatest inf [...]

    15. Joe on said:

      A slightly silly sounding premise but it works out rather well It has both dark moments and humour throughout, with an ending that I didn t predict.

    16. Sesana on said:

      It s kind of nice when the title of a book is also a perfect, if brief, description of the plot The shrinking man of the title is Scott, who is shrinking exactly 1 7 of an inch every day We re watching him during his last week before vanishing entirely, trapped in a basement with little food or water and stalked by an enormous to him black widow Exactly how he got to be this size is shown through a series of flashbacks.In a way, it s almost like two books One is a tediously, almost painfully det [...]

    17. Melanti on said:

      Books like this are the exact reason I no longer read much science fiction I prefer a fantastical viewpoint i.e it s works that way because it s magic to a pseudo scientific explanation that doesn t make a bit of sense Why does Scott Carey shrink at the rate of 1 7 of an inch a day Well he was sprayed by radioactive insecticide and the radiation caused the insecticide to mutate and wait something non living can mutate Since when Ok, well, ignore that bit See, this insecticide causes him to loose [...]

    18. Skip on said:

      Not impressed The main character, Scott Carey, is whiney and lacks motivation for doing anything His main nemesis, the spider, was conceptual, than real, with only one short battle The secondary characters were weak and mostly non existent His wife, child, even the Tom Thumb character at the circus were boring It took than half of the book to explain why he was shrinking an inch per day, and then you were left hanging at the end Skip it.

    19. Charlie Collins on said:

      Great, scary little book Quite an ordeal, survival in a world not made for your new size and a giant spider making your attempt a living hell The end of the book left me with a different perspective on my surrounding world and my life within it Pretty cool stuff.

    20. Emma on said:

      This book wasn t at all what I expected I d anticipated a heavy focus on science fiction, perhaps accompanied by a little horror, but in actuality the novel is of a character study, focusing on Scott Carey as he comes to terms with his loss of height The science behind his affliction is brushed over about two thirds of the way through the story, because by the time we meet Scott, he is past caring about what caused him to shrink, and is predisposed with how to survive as a man less than one inc [...]

    21. KatHooper on said:

      The Incredible Shrinking Man A beautiful psychological study of masculinityEvery day Scott Carey is getting shorter by 1 7 of an inch The doctors have figured out why he was exposed to a combination of insecticide and radioactivity but so far they have not been able to make him stop shrinking Now Scott is only one inch tall and he is trapped in the cellar of his family s rented home with a stale piece of bread, an out of reach box of crackers, a sponge, a garden hose, a water heater, and a black [...]

    22. Roberto on said:

      Non fa per meIl protagonista di questo romanzo di fantascienza condannato a rimpicciolire di tre millimetri ogni giorno.Sempre pi piccolo, sempre pi piccolo Cosa succeder quando arriver a zero Ecco, il punto questo Che ho passato 250 pagine a pensare che non mi interessasse granch sapere ci che poteva succedere.Il libro non riuscito a coinvolgermi, una lotta per la sopravvivenza che mi ha annoiato Mi ha ricordato Non conosco il tuo nome , dove il protagonista per una strana malattia sconosciuta [...]

    23. Nicole Romine on said:

      This is a grim story that explores a man s desire to live despite the inevitable end he faces as a shrinking man As he shrinks, the protagonist, Scott, loses and of his power, being victimized by teenage bullies, his own daughter, and ultimately a spider I thought the story was fascinating and Matheson s descriptions are so realistic and logical it s easy to accept Scott s plight My only issue with The Incredible Shrinking Man is that Scott is an incredibly unlikable character who treats his w [...]

    24. Candise on said:

      I love this book, I am now reading it for the third time A man exposed to a toxic substance starts shrinking It s very believable, all the thoughts and feelings you would experience, how it changes relationships with wife and children, the dangers that exist as each day you become smaller.I love the ending No, I won t tell you how it ends.

    25. Benjamin Stahl on said:

      For my 200th book according to , anyway I decided to read something special I thought I would let myself choose one of the books that I ve kept on the shelf for ages, have always wanted to read, but have always, for some reason, put off actually reading To savour the excitement that leads up to reading them There are lots of books that fit this description for me But the one I opted for was Richard Matheson s The Shrinking Man Stephen King gave this a glowing review, of sorts, in his mervelous c [...]

    26. Stephen Arvidson on said:

      Imagine, if you will, both the physical and psychological toll of realizing that you re shrinking one sevenths of an inch every day, that your height will continue to lessen until you re nothing wiped from existence While you were originally of average adult height, in time you become shorter than your wife who now finds it difficult to touch you intimately, shorter than your daughter who handles you like one of her dolls, smaller than the family cat that now stalks you from the safety of a mini [...]

    27. Charles Dee Mitchell on said:

      The last time I watched Jack Arnold s 1957 film version of this novel, which was four or five years ago, I realized that I remembered every moment of it from the handful of viewings I had given it since it first made it to television in the 1960 s I think it is the definitive science fiction film of the 1950 s, and I know that opinion is open to challenges, but Arnold s film has been selected for the National Registry by the National Film Preservation Board I had never felt the need to read Math [...]

    28. Matt on said:

      The book has effectively 3 components The first component is the adventure story of the tiny man battling the alien environment of a normal cellar from an inch high perspective The second thread is about coming to terms with the reaction to a terminal illness The third thread is about the connection between physical size and the perception by self and others of one s worth as a man The action component is slowed by long description of every stage of the action climbing the box, finding the pin, [...]

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