The Epiphany Machine by David Burr Gerrard

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Read The Epiphany Machine Online Free - A searing alternative history of New York city, from the 60s to the near future, in which a tattoo machine is rumored to inscribe insightful assessments on its users’ forearms—with irreversible consequences.

Everyone else knows the truth about you, now you can know it, too.

That’s the promise of Adam Lyon’s epiphany machine, or at least the headline of an original promotional flyer he uses in the 1960s. At that point, Adam is already hosting regular salon nights in his tiny New York City apartment, where his guests can offer up their forearms to his junky old contraption and receive important, personal revelations in the form of a tattoo.

Over the decades, Adam’s apparatus teaches John Lennon to love The Beatles, takes early blame for the spread of HIV, and predicts several violent crimes. But most significant to Adam may be the days on which he marks the arm of Venter Lowood’s mother, and then his father, and then Venter himself.

It’s Venter, a bright but lost young man, who becomes Adam’s protégé. It’s Venter who records the testimonials from epiphany machine users, who studies another writer’s history of the machine. And it’s Venter who reads Adam’s pamphlet, distributed into the 90s and aughts, that adds to his original oath:

There are absolutely no circumstances under which your epiphanies or any other personal information will be shared with law enforcement.

It’s Venter who will be forced to reconcile himself to this important caveat, when the government begins asking questions about a very specific tattoo that marks the arm of his best friend.

Title : The Epiphany Machine
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ISBN : 039957543X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 432 pages


Perry rated it ★★★★★

August 01, 2017

New Entry into Pantheon of Cult Classics? Words are like weapons: they wound sometimes. Diane Warren, "If I Could Turn Back Time" (quoted in epigraphs to novel) Prelim. review:* Perhaps the initial hesitation of lit reviewers and literary readers to pick up this gem comes from the failure of the publ...

Faith rated it ★★★☆☆

June 30, 2017

"You already know what the machine will write on your arm. That lie you've been telling yourself—you know what it is. That blind spot is not really a blind spot—you're choosing to look away." The epiphany machine tattoos a statement on the forearms of people who want to find out something about t...

Terri rated it ★★★★☆

August 06, 2017

The Epiphany Machine is based on an interesting premise. Adam Lyons has created/discovered a machine that tattoos on the subject's forearm a central truth about that person's life. Our narrator, Venter Lowood, receives a tattoo that says DEPENDENT ON THE OPINION OF OTHERS. Some other tattoos: FOC...

Rob rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 06, 2017

The Epiphany Machine had an excellent premise, and the start of the book really hooked me. I was excited to read about these characters, how the epiphany machine would change their lives, and the truth behind the epiphany machine. Unfortunately, the author decided to make the main character an unl...

Matthew rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 06, 2017

I imagine if this novel had arms and one of those arms were inked with its own epiphany tattoo, it would read: PROMISING PREMISE BUT OTHERWISE PAINFULLY DULL & PLODDING.

Angel rated it ★★★★☆

July 26, 2017

Read all my reviews at What would my epiphany tattoo be? What would yours be? “The worst possible thing you could think of to say about someone will almost certainly be your epiphany.” The epiphany machine tattoos on the forearm a one-sentence “truth” about the person receivi...

Alex rated it ★★★★★

June 04, 2017

A fantastic novel about growing up, fate and morality. Like his earlier novel, Short Century, Gerrard tells an slightly-alternative version of American history. Though the Epiphany Machine takes a seemingly outlandish concept, a machine that writes a deep truth about people on their arms, and emb...

Sara rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 12, 2017

I was really looking forward to this book. It started out great. But then it stalled out and I got tired of reading the same self flagellation repeated ad nauseam. I didn't care for any of the main characters. I'm not even sure it was worth the effort put in to finish it. Disappointing for sure....

Renée rated it ★★★★★

June 26, 2017

Thank you to Penguin's First to Read Program for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review. The Epiphany Machine, by new author David Burr Gerrard, is the story of a tattoo machine that inscribes one’s inner-most insights onto his or her forearm. The story is told through...

Ana rated it ★★★☆☆

July 03, 2017

"The Epiphany Machine" is not a light-hearted, fun, summer read. It is dark, complicated, frustrating, and as real as an alternative history should be. Although it is a very well written book, with an original and thought-provoking theme, it was not an enjoyable read for me. The characters are se...

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