I, Robot: To Protect
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I, Robot: To Protect

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First in an all-new trilogy inspired by Isaac Asimov's legendary science fiction collection I, Robot.

2035: Susan Calvin is beginning her residency at a Manhattan teaching hospital, where a select group of patients is receiving the latest in diagnostic advancements: tiny nanobots, injected into the spinal fluid, that can unlock and map the human mind.

Soon, Susan begins to...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Roc Hardcover
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Anna Erishkigal
It's tough writing a prequel to a book written by a master. Many decades have passed since Asimov wrote his original, however. What flew then ... an almost emotionally robotic Susan Calvin who was in many ways -less- emotional than her robot subjects ... in the age when women in science were considered odd ... will get a writer lambasted for sexism now. The geek girls of today are warm, funny, quirky, and still ... geeky. Reichert tried to walk a happy medium so female S/F fans wouldn't throw th...more
Leah
I, Robot: To Protect tells the story of Susan Calvin in Asimov's I, Robot universe. I have never read any of Reichert's works before but I was quite satisfied with this story. Reichert is a pediatrician and her medical background comes through in this story. I don't have much more than a passing knowledge of psychiatry but all of the clinical descriptions of the patients seemed very genuine and plausible. I also appreciated that she explained the bioengineering / nanorobots simply but still corr...more
JoEllen
Wow! I was eager to read this book, yet apprehensive. I love Micky's writing, but haven't read any of her books for years, and I have loved Asimov's robot books since childhood, so when I found this at the closeout sale at my favorite Barnes and Noble, I immediately checked to see if it was available on Nook. Yeah! But would it stand up to my memory of the wonderful stories in I, Robot?
The answer, of course, is a resounding Yes!
The technology is there. The characters keep me reading. The polit...more
Susanna
I should start by saying that I've never read I, Robot or any other science fiction book by Isaac Asimov. That said, I faced no confusion with reading a spin-off series which can apparently stand alone even if readers have no experience with Asimov's books.

To Protect sets up an interesting character in an interesting plot. The first half of the novel is concerned primarily with the beginning of Dr. Calvin's psychiatry residency, and the psychological details included in the plot are fascinating....more
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
I really really enjoyed this book! You don't need any prior knowledge of Asimov's work to understand or enjoy this book; in fact I almost wish I had read it before I read I, Robot, only because this book gives very detailed information about Susan Calvin's early years. Although there was alot about robotics in this book, it was primarily about psychology and working with children who have various mental conditions. And although there was a lot of medical information provided, I felt the author d...more
David
Truly an insult to Asimov fans. This no-name author crushes readers expectations inherent in tackling a project like this. Instead of writing the science fiction mystery thriller Asimov excelled at, she gives us a story based on her own experience as a pediatrician. It's a very dull medical light drama. With a thriller bit tacked on at the end in the last 30 pages. A robot makes a few very small cameo appearances as a minor supporting character, not even integral to the plot.

Avoid this book at a...more
Adele
Dec 15, 2011 Adele rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone & Anyone
Shelves: 2010-2019, 5-stars
I would've given it a 4 1/2 if it was possible. I, Robot: To Protect is an amazing book containing extremely interesting insights to the future world of robots/nanorobots and how they would affect our world. The main character, Susan, is a 1st year resident (psychiatrist), so the book would have been a really good book, even with some of the nanorobot parts cut out. I would totally recommend it to everyone and anyone, unless you really hate reading chapter books.
Nikolas Cremer
My book for this review is I, Robot: To Protect by Mickey Zucker Reichert as it says by the books title. I read this book while I was in Minneapolis, I got this book at a book store and I loved it because it keeps you on your toes or at least that's what it did to me. The book is about Dr. Susan Calvin who during her residency at a psychiatry ward at Manhattan Hasbro teaching hospital in the year 2035. One of the many people in that ward is a robot which she sets her tertiary mission to unravel...more
Christian Crowley
I enjoyed the hospital setting, the view-point of first year residents, and getting to know the robot Nate. I had hoped for more of an "origins" story for Dr Susan Calvin, a character that I quite liked in Asimov's "I, Robot" collection. This was a bit too mushy with the added love interest, and I also found the author's personal causes (GMO food, religious terrorism) a bit intrusive. Some of the world building was a bit clumsy (urban forests, new medical techniques, "historical" recounting of e...more
Shadow Stars
The medical terminology is presented in an almost learning manner which made the reading all more enticing. I, Robot has almost nothing to do with the film so if you're expecting chase scenes, shootouts, and corrupt robots turn elsewhere.

This is where the book had failed for me. Robots aren't particularly involved that much, they are more of a theme used to represent a certain idea. One day robots may come into our lives, how this happens has yet to be seen.

Individual cases and how the new res...more
Kriti
refreshing!
E.
Apr 25, 2012 E. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi
4 1/2 stars.
"I, Robot: to protect" by Mickey Zucker Reichert is written using the famous Asimov works as a framework. Dr. Reichert reminds the reader of the three laws of robotics as she weaves a mesmerizing tale of a first-year resident who navigates the pitfalls of her posting at a prestigious hospital. Dr. Susan Calvin is a newly-minted physician who has elected to use her considerable talents to study and practice in the field of psychiatry. Her first rotation is on pediatric inpatient psych...more
Ron Arden
This book was a bit of a bait and switch from what I read on the jacket, but I enjoyed it anyway. I thought the book was all about robots, but most of it was about the life of Dr. Susan Calvin as she started her residency in Psychiatry.

If you ever read the original I Robot from Asimov, you recognize Susan Calvin. This story is a prequel to that story, since Dr. Calvin was much older and worked at USR in the Asimov book. Calvin immediately becomes involved with some intense cases as she and some...more
Kt
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Dr. Susan Calvin has just graduated from medical school and is starting her residency. Her skills quickly get noticed and she gets selected to help out a pair of researchers with some ground breaking diagnostic technology. Microscopic robots are injected into the spinal column of mentally ill paitents to try and find a cause for their diseases. However, things take a turn for the worse when strange things start happening with the patients....more
Darren Vincent
Very good, but I am a little undecided on my rating.

The story as a whole is very good, just barely above the four-star rating. But I feel a little misled by the title of the book. Before I get into that, I will say that I have never read anything by Asimov, so my critique might be unjustified, but it is how I feel nonetheless. The book is called I, Robot and therefore I was expecting a certain level of science fiction involved. Sure, the book is set in a near future and there is a fully function...more
Tom
There is much to enjoy in To Protect, beginning with a deep portrait of Susan Calvin (the robopsychologist from Asimov's Robot stories) early in her career as a psychiatric resident in a children's ward. Her cases are elaborately drawn (though I am no judge of technical accuracy) with interesting resolutions worthy of Dr. House. The future setting (2035) is a moderate extrapolation from our own time with Asimov's positronic robots being held from common use by luddite terrorists/protesters. That...more
Maria
Feb 13, 2013 Maria rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: medical drama readers
It's a medical drama not really sci-fi. I found Dr. Susan Calvin and Remy too perfect, which was due to them being scientists. There is also some one-sided opinions on social issues given as the right way of thinking. Early on I regretted buying a copy to read it. I did finish it though.

Some of the medical cases were interesting but Dr. Susan Calvin bested everyone on her first days too much.

I also found the descriptions of food as unnecessary and interpretative in the scene.

Towards the end, the...more
Steven Shinder
Since I knew that this was not written by Isaac Asimov, I lowered my expectations. Even after doing so, the book still did not meet my expectations. The romance part of the story is too cheesy for my taste. The cases in the book are interesting, but there is some filler dialogue.
Claire
I'll admit I have never read an Asimov novel, so comparing to the original I Robot works will be futile for me. Having enjoyed the Will Smith movie, however, I decided to give the book a shot. I was torn.
While yes, the story is enjoyable, with a solid storyline and enjoyable characters, I was left a little disappointed. The whole novel felt more like a medical drama with a sprinkle of scifi robotics, rather than a true scifi novel. I found the characters a little idealistic for a near-future no...more
Jeanne Boyarsky
This book has three things in comment with Asimov's work: 1) "I Robot" on the cover 2) The three laws of robotics 3) Susan Calvin

It doesn't sound like Asimov. But the author doesn't ghostwrite or pretend to be Asimov. In some ways, it reads like amazing fan fiction.

The story tells us about when Susan Calvin first becomes a doctor and learns about the three laws. There is a lot about the medical setting - fitting since she is a psychiatrist. I really like the exploration of how the three laws ap...more
Jackie
This prequel to Asimov’s Robot stories has Susan Calvin working her first year of residency at Manhattan Hasbro Hospital. She is a psychiatrist who starts her rotation in the Pediatric Intensive Psychiatric Unit or is it Psychiatric Intensive Pediatric Unit—where she “cures” 2 of her patients in the first hundred pages by diagnosing medical conditions that were missed my early residents and staff. Susan falls in love, gets involved in a nanobot research project and discovers hell in the person o...more
Kayla
I enjoyed this book. It was out of my usual comfort zone considering that it was a science fiction heavily based on psychiatry and robotic technology, but the plot was well-done. Wasn't amazing, but I enjoyed it.
D.L. Morrese
This is a good story, but not what I expected. The protagonist is a first year resident psychiatrist at a New York Hospital in the near future. She has some interesting patients and, as she is an exceptional doctor, makes some remarkable breakthroughs in their treatment. She discovers the hospital also has a resident robot, which is indistinguishable from a normal, biological man. This, one might think, would be the focal point of the story. It is not. The bulk of the book focuses on her patient...more
John Boettcher
A decent portrayal of the times before the Asimov story. I was really hoping for alot more "robot" in the story though. Most of it centered around the human aspect of the plotline with the robot(s) playing a fringe roll at best. Not that the entire series won't redeem itself, but I am sure that alot of people are going to be disappointed with the lack of robots in the story. I know I was.

Besides that, it was written well, the storyline was half-decent, but a tad predictable. I hope that the nex...more
nooker
This was interesting. Since it is very early in the timeline of robots, it doesn't quite feel like a Asimov Robot novel. Also given these very early days the one robot you meet really seems out of place as it much more sophisticated than the other robots in early Asimov novels. It was also strange how hard the author seemed to be trying to sit right in the middle politically by strongly criticizing extremes to both the right and the left even when such criticisms might need a fictitious setup to...more
Ty
For a non sci-fi fan, this was actually not a bad read and hardly at all what I expected. The characters are not typical, one dimensional sci-fi templates, but well crafted, fleshed out individuals. The story itself seemed much less sci-fi and more of a drama come thriller. As the first in a planned trillogy not all questions are answered, but the ending does satisfy and seem to bring this opening act to a natural close that doesn't leave you feeling cheated. The book is well written with a quic...more
Renae
The story line was somewhat unbelievable, and I kept feeling like someone had managed to sneak a Harlequin disguised as an Asimov story in on me. The writing wasn't bad, it just had this constant "romance novel" flavor to it that I did not care for. At the risk of sounding sexist, until I started the book, I assumed that Mickey was a man's name but I wasn't very far into the book before I began to question that assumption; eventually I looked it up and my first thought was, "Yep. Woman writer."...more
Justin Hartley
Was a bit unsure about reading a prequel to a classic series by a different author, but I really enjoyed it. I haven't actually read the original series yet, it's been on my list of book to read for a while. I needed a book to read during a flight and this was there, so I thought I'd give it a shot. It's the sort of Sci-fi that anyone could read and enjoy.
I don't really want to read the original series now until this series of three prequels is finished. It was commissioned by the estate of Asim...more
Doc Kinne
The book was better than I imagined. It didn't completely fit into the cannon, but as I mentioned, few things like this really can. But it worked. The story worked on several levels, and in the end I think it might be made to work on a cannonical level as well. People change, and if this book is any indication of the life that Susan Calvin will have, then I can see her moving from how she is depicted here to I, Robot.

I can think of this almost as the Doctor Who or Battlestar Galactica reimaginin...more
Alex
"I, Robot: To Protect" is a good read for those who are Asimov Robot fans and want more backstory on Dr. Susan Calvin, but this book is more of a medical story than a robot story. The author is a physician so he cares (and knows more about) the medical side of things so naturally he focuses on what he knows best.

If you like medical dramas, then this is your book, but if you like SciFi and robots... you are going to be disappointed unless you are an Asimov fanboy. Luckily I am an Asimov fanboy s...more
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Mickey Zucker Reichert (pseudonym for Miriam Susan Zucker Reichert) is an American fantasy fiction author of several best selling novels. Perhaps her most famous work is the epic Renshai series, which offers an intriguing perspective on traditional Norse mythology. She is also a parent and paediatrician with a soft spot for critters great and small. She has been known care for a veritable zoo of c...more
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