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The Mad Scientist's Daughter

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  1,585 ratings  ·  412 reviews
"Cat, this is Finn. He's going to be your tutor."

Finn looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task is now to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion...and more. But when the government
Paperback, 391 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Angry Robot (first published January 28th 2013)
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For those of you who know me well, you know what kind of declaration that is. For those of you who don’t, allow me elaborate. I have malfunctioning tear ducts. I cry, on average, about once every six years. This book broke me, absolutely shattered me in a way that I’m not entirely comfortable with.

The thing is, there wasn’t any one scene that did me in either. The entire book left me with a raw, achy feeling, like I
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Jan 06, 2014 Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies) by: Navessa
"It's impossible to love something you know's made out of wire and metal."
"You talk about him like he's a computer."
"He is a computer," said Dr Condon. "That's what I'm trying to tell you."
"It's not flesh and blood," she said. "It's not normal."
Mind: blown. Preconceptions: dashed to pieces. I cannot say in all honesty that this has converted me to the genre, but my god, what a fabulous read. What a fantastic work of literature. This is going to be such a difficult review to write because my
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter takes place over the course of many years. At the beginning, Cat, the daughter of two accomplished scientist, is only eight years old. Her father brings home a strange man, Finn, to live with them and be Cat’s tutor. At first, Cat doesn’t understand what this man is, his reactions and behavior unlike anything she’d ever seen before. As she grows up, what he is no longer matters as Finn becomes her anchor, that one immutable thing that holds together her very chaotic, ...more
Ash Wednesday

I've been dreading this… moment, my entire day. I finished this book a good 9 hours ago. Went to work. Stared at the wall while having too much coffee. Fought with my boyfriend. Had a bit more coffee. Did a bit of mole surgery (the patient was okay despite the caffeine). Ate a shitload of carbs with coffee on the side with my cousins.

I did all that while thinking of this book.

And dreading the moment, this moment, when I have to keep the voices in my head quiet and forge my thoughts in
Looking back, I think I can acknowledge that The Mad Scientist's Daughter is more of a tragic love story than anything else. Although it's been marketed as sci-fi, focusing on robots and a dystopian future that seems eerily similar to something our own children may experience, at the core, it is all romance and not much else. Let me clarify - all dramatic and angst-ridden romance. Unfortunately, I didn't even feel much for this main romance since I was too preoccupied coming up with ways to murd ...more
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

I am totally in love with this book, probably the first time since "Ready Player One". And if you know me, you will realize how BIG that is.

5 thousand stars. And where the hell is my Finn??!?

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Caterina Novak is the daughter of Daniel Novak, a "mad scientist" who specializes in cybernetics. As a younger girl, Daniel brings home Finn, an android, to tutor his daughter. Through the years, Cat grows to see Finn as less a machine and more of a man. But does Finn love her back?
jo mo


cassandra rose clarke squished my heart into a bloody pulp in the palms of her hands. thank you! and moar please?
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
"I realized, after you asked me if I thought you were pretty, that I needed to work with a different algorithm. Previously, I had only contemplated the concept of beauty in regards to works of art. But the definition of beauty in a human being is different than the definition of beauty in an object. This is a philosophical question, of course, and philosophy is difficult for me. It's too abstract. I sill have problems with abstraction." He paused. His eyes shook. "I considered facial shape and t ...more
Cat’s life was not ever going to be normal; the daughter of a mad scientist can never be easy. When her father created an android to be her tutor, she was a little afraid to begin with but soon Finn became her best friend. While Finn is programmed to assist his owners, this billion dollar construction becomes a whole lot more to Cat. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is a coming of age novel with a science fiction twist.

While this is a coming of age type novel, it’s both Cat and Finn that have to try
3.5 stars

I absolutely loved Cassandra Rose Clarke’s debut novel The Assassin’s Curse, that when I saw a couple of friends mentioning The Mad Scientist’s Daughter I knew I had to request a copy. I know look at me branching out of my contemporary comfort zone. If someone told me this time last year that I would be reading more fantasy and sci-fi books I would have just given them a blank look. But I’m glad to say The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is another book I extremely enjoyed.

The concept of robot
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum:

The Mad Scientist's Daughter ended up giving me all sorts of contradictory and inconsistent feelings. Even though I loved this novel, there were still a ton of things that drove me nuts about it, and yet I can't help but suspect a lot of it was by design.

First of all, while I enjoyed this book, I also have to say it was also one of the most depressing stories I've ever read. Even though the tagline is "A tale of love, los
Rashika (is tired)
It’s been two weeks since I’ve read this book and I still don’t feel ready to write a review. I’d rather just post all the quotes I collected and force people to read this book. Because yes this book was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I knew that would be the case before I went in (I have good instincts okay?) but that still didn’t prepare me for the amount of love I would feel for this book.

I’ll admit I didn’t cry while reading it but I wanted to. I had class right after I fin
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No summary could do The Mad Scientist’s Daughter justice. Look up there. That is an awful summary. I don’t want to read that book. That makes the story look like it’s about Finn and the fight for robot rights. Now, those are certainly in the book, but The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is about Caterina Novak, Cat for short, growing, learning, changing, learning she’s changed in the wrong ways, and growing some more. It’s about love and loss
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is a novel that moved me to tears. I truly did not expect to feel so emotional about a robot. I mean a robot to me has always been metal pieces controlled with complicated electronic circuits inside and sometimes, occasionally the robot may have a system that allows responses. However, Finn is a robot like no other. He was human, he felt human to me and ultimately I couldn’t displace him as not being human and this humanity that surrounded Finn made his story all the ...more
When I visited Angry Robot, Leah was adamant that I hurry up and read this book. I got approved for it on Netgalley, too. So of course I had to get round to reading it sometime soon! I'm not getting paid for this review, I just got the book on Netgalley (and ended up reading it from the library instead while I was at a loose end).

It's lovely. When I was younger I was obsessed with Isaac Asimov's The Positronic Man -- the novel-length version, not the short story in the collection called The Bice

Despite spanning nearly thirty-odd years, there is something extremely still and perpetually sad about this story. Liked it a lot more than I expected to.
This was not an easy novel to read on many accounts. In fact, I still don’t quite know how I feel about it.

The biggest problem I had was the pacing. The novel, instead of occurring within a set of period of time, follows Cat, the titular daughter, from a very young age until she is in her mid-thirties (or so I deduced from the amount of time that had passed). Events occurred and then recurred and things just seemed to go around a circle without any progress being made. It felt that we (the reade
Cat was eight years old when her father, a very well-known scientist, brought home a man whom he introduced as Finn, and told Cat he would be her tutor. And so began Cat’s life of everything Finn. She didn’t understand at first that he was an android, but he was so very human that after awhile she didn’t notice the differences between Finn and her human family.

Cat’s nick-name at school was ‘the mad scientist’s daughter’ and then as she got older, it was adapted to ‘the beautiful mad scientist’s
It's a bit odd to shelve a book on my yearly fave shelf that I only rate 3 stars but... then, my feelings on this book are odd. I loved it, but it made me deeply uncomfortable, and 3 stars is really the only compromise I can make.

The Mad Scientist's Daughter is an incredibly well-written work. I found myself repeatedly taken aback by how realistic it felt - almost less like a novel and more like a very poetic biography, meandering in the nonlinear way of a human life rather than following conven
La Mala
Agregado: Lo leí hace diez días nomás, pero ya tengo ganas de pegarle una releída.


No dormí anoche pero saque algo bueno de esas horas interminables: maraton de Mad scientist's daughter!

Estoy media grogui todavía, así que nomas voy a decir:

Amor amor amor amor amor amor

¿Quieren una historia de amor original? (aunque si vieron la peli (view spoiler)Lean esta!! Claro que no es sólo una historia de amor
TRIGGER WARNING: Domestic violence, gaslighting.

Someone ages, and someone doesn't. They first meet when the ageing human, Cat Novak, is about five years old. Meanwhile, android Finn stays as an adult throughout the course of the novel. As a teenager, Cat falls in love with Finn, but at that stage he isn't able to feel feelings as such. Is it okay for a human to use an android to serve their sexual and emotional needs? Finn doesn't object, but had their genders been the opposite, would your answe
In Cassandra Rose Clarke’s sophomore novel, The Mad Scientist’s Daughter, she has worked to show us that her creative mind fires in all variety of ways, creating a world and story one wouldn’t necessarily expect from the creator of the young adult fantasy adventure, The Assassin’s Curse. While I applaud Clarke for turning her hand to something new, I have to acknowledge that the audience for these two works will be extremely different, and even I as an eclectic reader do not fall into both categ ...more
The synopsis of this book is misleading. It sounds like a book about Finn, but it isn't his name on the title; he is obviously not the mad scientist's daughter. No, that would be Cat, and make no mistake, this is very much her story.

The tale spans a couple of decades, beginning with Cat's childhood and her first introduction to her father's assistant and her new tutor, Finn, and then following Cat through her teenage years, young adulthood, and finally, womanhood. The "when" of this book is a bi
I enjoyed Ms. Clarke’s The Assassin’s Curse so much that when I saw another book by this author, I jumped at the chance to read it. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is a very different read. It starts off quite pleasant and innocuous, then as the story progresses, it gets a little dark. The story revolves around Cat Novak (the mad scientist’s daughter) and her friend/tutor/companion Finn. The book follows Cat throughout her life from a very young and innocent childhood, her turbulent teens, her coll ...more
Laura Lam
I've hidden part of the review in care they're spoilers, but I stay away from specific plot points and the resolution.

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is hard to pin down. If I had to give it an elevator pitch, I’d say it’s about a girl who falls in love with an android that’s a bit like Data from Star Trek, but written in the literary tone of Margaret Atwood.

It’s a book that’s light on the science fiction and heavy on story and characters. Say all of the events in this book really happened—the unna
Not often am I glad to find myself mistaken in my assumptions; I’d assumed, having read this author’s debut, that this would run along the same lines as that: you know, a different sort of YA? And for some reason I’d also assumed it would be some sort of retelling. I was wrong on both counts. I didn’t even bother to read the blurb. What with the author’s name stamped across it? What with that very catchy title? Easy sell that I am, I was stoked to see I’d been approved. Anyway, reading this prov ...more
First of all: I didn't read the whole book, only nearly half of it. I was really excited about it and wanted to love it but it just wasn't for me. What makes me sad because the cover is awesome and the summary sounded like a story I would like. I thought the story would be different. Even if the title indicates that it's all about the scientist's daughter I thought it would be more about the boy, the robot too. That he would appear way more often than he did. And also the role he plays in her li ...more
Amanda Cole
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What does it mean to love? Is love found in desire? In actions? In reciprocity of feeling? Is love defined by what someone gives you? By what you give them? By a need for someone? Or is love when you really see someone who for who and what they are and accept them as they are?

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter addresses all of these questions in a beautifully written and reflective science fiction romance that works as a thoughtful response to both Isaac Asimov’s robots and Mary Shelley’s creation my
It was one emotional journey I'm not going to forget anytime soon.
Buddy read with Ange, Andrea, Sarah and Litchick.
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Cassandra Rose Clarke is a speculative fiction writer living amongst the beige stucco and overgrown pecan trees of Houston, Texas. She graduated in 2006 from The University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and in 2008 she completed her master’s degree in creative writing at The University of Texas at Austin. Both of these degrees have served her surprisingly well.

During the summe
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“There is nothing else like me in the entire world, said Finn. "That's what you wrote. I'm the only one. I can't tell you what it means to be the only one of my kind," he said. "I can't...There is a lack in myself. But your thesis almost filled it in. It was...a start.” 11 likes
“She’d never encountered any stories as intricate or compelling as the stories he gave her, nor anything that made her sigh when she read it. She liked best the stories about people becoming other things. Stories where women became swans or echoes. In the evenings, when Finn disappeared into the mysterious recesses of the laboratory, Cat went out to the garden or down to the river and wondered what it would be like to be a stream of water, a cypress tree, a star burning a million miles away.” 7 likes
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