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Bone Machine

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The Libra Robotics and Cybernetics Corporation robots have done the impossible. War, poverty, and slavery are nearly extinct. Worldwide employment is at an all time high. And the new workers’ paradigm: a four to six hour work day. The robots take care of the rest, acting as a personal substitute—like a clone, with all of your skills and abilities. Nearly everyone can spend...more
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Published (first published October 23rd 2011)
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My husband wrote this book, so sure, I'm biased. But beyond that, here's some reasons why I love it:

1. It questions whether a utopia might ever be possible, and if so, at what cost? (and in that case, is it a utopia afterall?)
2. It deals with modern day issues of corporate America and the ridiculous amount of power large corporations can have over the rest of the world and our culture.
3. It addresses the complacency that too many of us have with the world around us--not questioning how and why t...more
Laura Z
I won this book in the Goodreads FirstReads giveaway in return for an honest review of the book.

I originally gave Bone Machine 4 stars, but it is a book I just couldn't get out of my mind. The more I thought about it the more I realized it is a 5 star book. If I keep coming back to the book and thinking about the book and the characters, and the plot, and especially the twists--it's definitely a 5 star book for me. It's very hard to talk about the end of the book without giving it away, but I wi...more
Eric Wallace
I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had won a copy of this sci-fi thriller book, courtesy of the author, through Goodread's "First Reads" giveaways. After opening the envelope upon receipt, I read a few pages and immediately thought, "I'm gonna like this." I had to hold myself back from digging in for a bit because I had so many other half-read books, so I saved it until I was travelling when I knew I could savor it. Then of course I ate it up during all my free time on the trips: on airpl...more
So. Great. Oh my goodness. I am lacking much needed sleep, since I could NOT put this book down, and the sun is almost rising. As soon as I wake up, I will write an all out review, but for now, initial thoughts right when I completed the book.

Immediately after finishing: WOW. Totally unexpected twists. Although I did not enjoy the end, I had a feeling that's how it was going to be. Fast paced. Suspenseful. Vivid scenes. Beautiful writing. I am impressed. Well, well done, CN James. You did the da...more
Rose Cimarron
[2012-05-14] My book arrived today! I am sooo looking forward to reading this!
[2012-05-27] Finished this evening. Excellent book. A few typos and punctuation errors (not sure if this is final published copy). I loved the signed bookmark. I don't always use a bookmark (can usually turn to correct page without aids) but decided to hunt one down for this book...then opened the book and found the one enclosed. :-) Thanks C.N.

Full review will follow within a couple of weeks.
I was very lucky to have been a First Reads winner of this book. I just finished the book and I am still reeling from the twist at the end. It is a well written book that captures your attention from the beginning until the stunning end. The characters are relatable and you gladly follow them on this journey of a possible future. I hope that there will be a sequel to this book to see what will happen to Sadie and Monica. Great read.
Unbound Underground
4 stars out of 5: All in all, “Bone Machine” is one of those rare books in which the quality of the ideas out-paces the quality of the writing. There are a lot of really interesting things implied and questioned by the events of the book, but Mr. James backs away from allowing readers to have an emotional connection to the story. I won’t give away the mid-novel events because Mr. James clearly means for readers not to see them coming, but they’re brilliant. The premise of the book is astonishing...more
As the quote on the back of the book aptly describes it, the story is indeed a story of horror and deceit. A company has managed to revolutionize life by creating robots that can successfully replace the humans in many jobs creating what might appear as a better work-life balance for many. But there is a secret hidden underneath the veneer of a new world order.

I had originally thought the story was going to be about robots taking over the world, but it was a bit more complex than that. I was ple...more
I received this book through the Good Reads First Reads program. It has an interesting premise in which intelligent robots have been created that have reduced the work load and poverty. There is the potential for an anti-utopian story, but it takes place before those ramifications have come to full fruition. There is a mystery regarding the robots, and the main characters are brought into it more due to the actions of others than their own initiative.

This is ultimately a moral tale with an ironi...more
I received this book free through goodreads first-reads.
This was a very good story. I cannot go into too much detail, for fear I will give too much away.
I will say though, that I found it very odd that even though I did not feel connected to the characters at all, the story itself kept me reading.
It was thrilling,suspenseful, and at times shocking.
I would recommend this book to everyone.
This is not a genre that I normally read but I received this book free so I gave it a shot. The writing was engaging but I was distracted by the poor editing of typos throughout the book. The themes of the book were played out well but I checked out when it came to the last 1/3 of the book. Too out there for me.
Sarah Shelton
This book twisted into something I wasn't expecting. It was an easy read and orignial. And if it didn't have so many grammatical errors, I would have given it 5 stars.
Did not enjoy. Could not get engrossed in book and was all over the place as far as the plot.
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CN James’ short story The Dark Room won honorable mention in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition for genre short story. He teaches college writing as well as guitar, and enjoys jazz, alternative rock, watching 80’s cartoons, and experiencing stories with monsters in them.
He wanted to major in Mad Science, but felt the abandoned windmills on the hill a bit too drafty a place to get...more
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