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This Is How You Die by Matthew Bennardo
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This Is How You Die

by Matthew Bennardo (Editor), David Malki ! (Editor), Ryan North (Editor)

Other authors: Nick Abadzis (Illustrator), Karen Stay Ahlstrom (Contributor), Graham Annable (Illustrator), Liz Argall (Contributor), M. Bennardo (Contributor)62 more, c. billadeau (Illustrator), Rebecca Black (Contributor), Sam Bosma (Illustrator), 'Nathan Burgoine (Contributor), Shari Chankhamma (Illustrator), Daliso Chaponda (Contributor), Bill Chernega (Contributor), John Chernega (Contributor), Anthony Clark (Contributor), Tony Cliff (Illustrator), Trudy Cooper (Illustrator), Mike Dawson (Illustrator), Aaron Diaz (Illustrator), Alexandra Douglass (Illustrator), Becky Dreistadt (Illustrator), Alice Duke (Illustrator), Ryan Estrada (Contributor), Tom Francis (Contributor), Meredith Gran (Illustrator), KC Green (Contributor), Erika Hammerschmidt (Contributor), Dustin Harbin (Illustrator), Tyson Hesse (Illustrator), Ada Hoffmann (Contributor), Claire Hummel (Illustrator), Chandler Kaiden (Contributor), Indigo Kelleigh (Illustrator), Rhiannon Kelly (Contributor), Braden Lamb (Illustrator), Hollan Lane (Contributor), M.J. Leitch (Contributor), Martin Livings (Contributor), David Malki ! (Contributor), Les McClaine (Illustrator), Carla Speed McNiel (Illustrator), Ben McSweeney (Illustrator), Carly Monardo (Illustrator), Ryan North (Contributor), Marleigh Norton (Contributor), Danica Novgorodoff (Illustrator), Brigita Orel (Contributor), George Page, III (Contributor), Emily Partridge (Illustrator), Sarah Pavis (Contributor), Ramón Pérez (Illustrator), Ryan Pequin (Contributor), Mike Peterson (Illustrator), D.L.E. Roger (Contributor), Toby W. Rush (Contributor), Greg Ruth (Illustrator), Richard Salter (Contributor), Kyle Schoenfeld (Contributor), Chris Schweizer (Illustrator), Gord Sellar (Contributor), Grace Seybold (Contributor), Kris Straub (Contributor), John Takis (Contributor), Lissa Treiman (Illustrator), Ed Turner (Contributor), Leela Wagner (Illustrator), Ren Warom (Contributor), Dana Wulfekotte (Illustrator)

Series: Machine of Death (2)

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(Disclosure: I won a copy of this in a Goodreads giveaway, after I'd already purchased the ebook.)

I thoroughly enjoyed the first MoD anthology ([b:Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die|9548075|Machine of Death A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die|Ryan North|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1328762737s/9548075.jpg|14434509]) and am eagerly awaiting the card game, so I dove right into this second volume. I was pleasantly surprised to see that these stories pushed the concept even further; they really took the concept and ran with it. Just as in the first book, an illustration accompanies each tale, but now there are occasional one-page comic strips as well.

I do have to note one area where the ebook disappointed me, though: the choose-your-path story ("Your Choice") should have had hyperlinks connecting the choices to their proper sections. This capability is one of the strong points of electronic books, and the publisher really should have made the most of that.

Overall, though, that's a minor flaw in an excellent collection of stories. ( )
  RevBobMIB | Oct 21, 2015 |
Once again, the Machine of Death crew has put together a fabulous anthology of stories about people knowing how (but not when... or even super specifically) they will die. And while the foundation is death, the stories are not necessarily disturbing or depressing. There are action/adventure tales, romance stories, mysteries, funny bits, and engaging characters.

Lots of fun (but sometimes sad...) ( )
  RottenArsenal | Jul 28, 2014 |
The Machine of Death tells you how you’ll die, though it’s kind of evil/misleading in its descriptions. From this one concept, many stories grew. In this, the second volume of stories, the authors push harder on the boundaries of the rules, tweaking and even breaking them (in the far future, the machine can tell when the probability of your death is 0 and when it’s 1; a version of the machine existed before the French Revolution; the machine was an indicator of alien invasion; the machine generates an industry of death explainers staffed at a call center in India; quarantines based on cause of death are a new variation on the worst that humans can do to each other; military assassins chosen for having “throat cancer” deaths and thus being unkillable in combat; etc.). I found them mostly quite enjoyable, and I was also proud of myself for identifying M.J. Leitch’s story before reading her name. ( )
  rivkat | Jul 12, 2014 |
Good continuation of the "machine of death" concept. Several outstanding stories, and only a few disappointments.

Some of best:

Apitoxin
Cancer
Your Choice
In Battle, Alone, and Soon Forgotten
La Mort d'unRoturier ( )
  arkaic | Feb 2, 2014 |
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Bennardo, MatthewEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Malki !, DavidEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
North, RyanEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Abadzis, NickIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ahlstrom, Karen StayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Annable, GrahamIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Argall, LizContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bennardo, M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Black, RebeccaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Straub, KrisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Using the premise of a machine that predicts how, but not where or when, a person will die, the editors cull together the best of the thousands of submissions they received, many of which have unexpected endings.

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