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The Metal Monster

Abraham Merritt

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Dr. Goodwin is on a botanical expedition in the Himalayas. There he meets Dick Drake, the son of one of his old science acquaintances. They are witnesses of a strange aurora-like effect, but seemingly a deliberate one. As they go out to investigate, they meet Goodwin’s old friends Martin and Ruth Ventnor, brother and sister scientists. The two are besieged by Persians as Darius III led when Alexander of Macedon conquered them more than two thousand years ago.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Ruth, held her back. Drake and Ventnor drew close to them, questioningly, anxious. But I stepped forward, out of the dim gleaming.

Before me were two cubes; one I judged in that uncertain light to be six feet high, the other half its bulk. From them a shaft of pale-blue phosphorescence pierced the murk. They stood, the smaller pressed against the side of the larger, for all the world like a pair of immense nursery blocks, placed like steps by some giant child.

As my eyes swept over them, I saw that the shining shaft was an unbroken span of cubes; not multi-arched like the Lilliputian bridge of the dragon chamber, but flat and running out over an abyss that gaped at my very feet. All of a hundred feet they stretched; a slender, lustrous girder crossing unguessed depths of gloom. From far, far below came the faint whisper of rushing waters.

I faltered. For these were the blocks that had formed the body of the monster of the hollow, its flail. . . Read More

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I've always enjoyed A. Merritt's tales. Most of them read by me at a much earlier age. Re-read Seven Footprints To Satan and The Face In The Abyss recently and still enjoyed them. I read this one for the first time just now. I'm vaguely aware that the original serialized version is considered superi

Dr. Goodwin is on another expedition, this time in the Himalayan mountains. He witnesses a strange aurora-like effect, but he thinks it might be a deliberate one. He goes to explore and meets some new friends. And then they stumble across some metallic objects. But those objects seem to be animate a

Would you believe that Dr.Walter T. Goodwin gave Mr. Merritt, an unfinished manuscript to be published of his new adventures in Asia, after having barely survived last year's terror, of 1919 in "The Moon Pool"? neither would I . Still alive , the brainy Mr Goodwin foolishly or bravely, had embarked

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Фантастика, издържана в духа на Жул Верн и Хърбърт Уелс, но нещо не ѝ достигна да ме спечели. Може би претупаният и нелогичен финал, може би пространните описания на цивилизацията от мислещ метал, скътана в недрата на Тибет. Реална оценка 3,5

Abraham Merritt's second novel, "The Metal Monster," first saw the light of day in 1920, in "Argosy" magazine. It was not until 1946 that this masterful fantasy creation was printed in book form. In a way, this work is a continuation of Merritt's first novel, "The Moon Pool" (1919), as it is a narra

I liked that.. but i don’t recommend it too strongly. Technically a sequel to The Moon Pool, which was awful, luckily you don’t need to know anything about that to read this.

There.. isn’t really much story in this one, its a lot of descriptions. Luckily its about something akin to A.I. and comparin

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