EXOSKELETON SHANE STADLER PDF

Exoskeleton is the impressive debut novel by Shane Stadler, published by new horror small press Dark Hall Press. The story centres on former professor Will Thompson, who has been framed for rape and sentenced to 25 years in prison. They set about uncovering the truth, at great personal risk. Exoskeleton utilizes several science fiction and horror tropes: the medical experiment gone horribly wrong, the malevolent secret government organization that will stop at nothing to achieve its aims, vengeful spirits against which the fleshbound have no defence, and let us not forget the bucketloads of excruciating and inventive torture employed against the protagonist. Stadler never lets the story devolve into cliche, but instead uses these tropes with originality and energy.

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Apr 28, The Behrg rated it liked it "Exoskeleton" is the debut of physicist Shane Stadler, a novel about a new form of corporal punishment involving an exoskeleton machine rigged to humans who are trapped within and tortured for their crimes. I loved the concept and had been looking forward to this one.

The creative forms of torture were by far the most interesting parts of this novel, but unfortunately they were diluted by the many peripheral characters whose stories were less interesting, filled with tired "govt conspiracy" "Exoskeleton" is the debut of physicist Shane Stadler, a novel about a new form of corporal punishment involving an exoskeleton machine rigged to humans who are trapped within and tortured for their crimes.

There were some brilliant ideas in here and I loved the concept of separation of body and soul as well as some of the supernatural elements. Overall, however, the novel felt like it had its own exoskeleton strapped to the story, refusing to let it grow into something unique and original and instead treading down already worn paths. Worth the read but not a second glance.

Stadler never lets the story devolve into cliche, but instead uses these tropes with originality and energy. The torture Exoskeleton utilizes several science fiction and horror tropes: the medical experiment gone horribly wrong, the malevolent secret government organization that will stop at nothing to achieve its aims, vengeful spirits against which the fleshbound have no defence, and let us not forget the bucketloads of excruciating and inventive torture employed against the protagonist.

The torture scenes, of which there are many, are far from gratuitous, but an essential element of the plot. Some of the perpetrators are dyed-in-the-wool sadists, it is true, but most of them are "just doing their job" or believe that their actions serve the greater good, which I found much more chilling than the traditional "me villain, you victim" relationship. And the reason for all this secrecy and torture? But I can give a few hints.

It involves building on Nazi research, some heavy metaphysical concepts, you are highly unlikely to see it coming and your reading experience will be all the better for it.

Stylistically, I felt there was slightly too much filtering throughout the story, but that is a tiny nitpick for what is otherwise a well-constructed and engrossing science fiction horror novel.

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