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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  1,754 ratings  ·  434 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
Alienor ✘ French frowner ✘

Slow and atmospheric, this book is nostalgia at its finest - the one we feel while looking at our past and our forgotten dreams - except Cat's nostalgia wraps every part of her life : past, present, future. Readers have been saying that she's selfish and thoughtless, going through life without never thinking about anyone else than herself, and yes, it's true. I should hate her for it, and yet, I can't. I can't because the way she's portrayed let me see how much her life seems... pointless to her
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
Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*
Buddy-read with one of my favourite girlies, Heather. Coming to a goodreads near you, October 2015!

Happy Spooktober, ladies and gents! For those of you who may somehow have missed that I have a love affair with Halloween, seriously, where have you been?? Anyways… I LOVE Halloween, all the things that go bump in the night. And while The Mad Scientist’s Daughter may not seem like it fits that bill, for me; it did.

Some Vampire Ninja backstory (feel free to scroll on by if you don’t care to read th
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
Heather *live on coffee and flowers*
Buddy read with Karly in October.

This is how I feel about reading this book:


We all know what happens when your expectations for a book are too high, don't we? This is how I feel now:

I've read this story before, and it was done better. The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee is about a girl and the robot she loves. The difference is (besides way better worldbuilding and actual sci-fi things) the MC of TSML fights magnificently for her love, while in this book Cat ... does not.

A lot of review
A post-apocalyptic fairy tale for the robotics age about a girl who falls in love with a mechanical boy. I picked this book up on a whim not knowing much about it other than the author's name, which sounded vaguely familiar, and I'm glad I gave it a chance because it's a greatstory told by a talented writer.

This is YA but not too YA that it lost me completely. There's enough YA in it for those who like YA, and there's enough robotthings in it for those who like robots and robot theories. The wri
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
"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
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?
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
I would like to join the reviewers who state that the synopsis is misleading since it gives the impression that the novel is about Finn. It is not. The novel is about Cat, she is the centre from the first page and until the last one.

In many ways this book is deeply philosophical. It concerns itself with artificial intelligence, with the definition of love, with consciousness, with those who make decisions guided by society's definitions of right and wrong instead of their own hearts and heads a
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
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
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
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
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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
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.
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
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
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
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
Zemira Warner




I'm not a huge fan of sci-fi books. I tend to stick with dystopian novels full of destruction, urban fantasies with smoking romance or just read a quiet contemporary novel. But for quite some time now I've been searching for a great urban fantasy novel and keep seeing this book even though it's not even UF. So, I decided to just read it yesterday and boy was I glad I did.

The Mad Scientist's Daughter is the first book to get a spot on my 'best-of-2014' shelf. It was thought-provoking, enthralling
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
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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
“Desire is simple," he said. "Desire is something even a machine can understand." There was a stillness in the air that mirrored the stillness of his body. "But when I desired you I began to love you. You were the first being I ever loved. I didn't know it, of course. I had no idea what it meant, no idea what I was feeling. Love was never something I was supposed to experience. I don't think I was supposed to know desire, either, but she never expected me to meet you." He laughed against her skin. "Later, after your father… when he took out those restrictions, I was finally able to understand the complexities of love. Even if I didn't want to. At first.” 7 likes
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