Really interesting idea, but I'm not sure about the execution. Will not be reading anymore in the series, especially as I have heard this is the bestReally interesting idea, but I'm not sure about the execution. Will not be reading anymore in the series, especially as I have heard this is the best one....more
This was my first Lovecraft. I don't know, I don't really get the love. It was so explainy. I mean the narrator talked for like half an hour (quite liThis was my first Lovecraft. I don't know, I don't really get the love. It was so explainy. I mean the narrator talked for like half an hour (quite literally, as this was an audio book) about a mural that showed the complete history of the ancient city, and its residents, that they were walking through. Talk about boring exposition.
It wasn't creepy at all. The creepiest part was it reminding me of The Thing, which brought up all sorts of images I've tried to bury.
I can now at least see why Guillermo del Toro abandoned his movie adaptation after saying it was too similar to Prometheus. Which is too bad, I would have liked to see his vision. Especially since Prometheus was so terrible.
Does anyone recommend a different story that I should read before calling it quits?...more
I liked the part where they have no pack animal but magically pulNarrated by Tim Curry?
They are so dead. DEAD DEAD DEAD.
I liked the part where they have no pack animal but magically pulled out 50 pounds of gunpowder from, I dunno, their magic lamp I guess. Also they had 6 months of food that they carried, somehow. Must've been next to the 6 gallons of gin....more
I thought this was ok. It definitely seemed like only a part of a much larger story, but I didn't really get interested enough toHere's why I read it.
I thought this was ok. It definitely seemed like only a part of a much larger story, but I didn't really get interested enough to track down the rest of that story. I love the main character's looks, but she is nothing like a drow personality-wise. Really, this just convinces me I should get on that Jack Vance train....more
The overall concept was familiar to me, but although I knew where it was going to end up, there were some twists along the way. I've dubbed i2.5 stars
The overall concept was familiar to me, but although I knew where it was going to end up, there were some twists along the way. I've dubbed it "lady sci-fi," and I put The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood as the shining example of this genre I made up, with something like Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin and A Gift Upon the Shore by M.K. Wren to be lesser known but no less viable alternatives.
It is interesting/different in that the women are the ones in charge after the men blew up the world. And of course the men are still maligned and they just want to take over and have sex. There are also Christian fundamentalists out in the woods treating women like cattle (this is no surprise, this is a common theme.)
It never quite got there for me. Maybe because I'm not a mother, and a lot of the themes of the book have to do with losing one's sons. The "climax" of the book, so to speak, as I'm not really sure there was a climax, seemed like it was supposed to be heart-breaking, but...I didn't care much.
Sometimes I get really tired of the lady sci-fi genre thumping the reader over the head with the ideas. Men are bad, Christianity is bad, you can only rely on women, etc.
Also there was a supernatural element and I HATE that.
And how could I forget. There was one really bizarre passage about how the women had isolated the "gay gene" and managed to eradicate it so we could all be breeders.
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This book had a great premise, but the tag line is more exciting than anything that actually happens in the book. It was kind of boring, and while I'mThis book had a great premise, but the tag line is more exciting than anything that actually happens in the book. It was kind of boring, and while I'm fine without pages and pages of exposition, a LITTLE explanation wouldn't have gone astray.
Mostly just a police procedural, and there's a reason I don't read mystery. I like my sci fi. But the fantastical element in this story really didn't do or matter much. The whole book, while well written and a page turner, left me feeling unfulfilled....more
Wow, this one is an even BETTER cover. I am fainting with happiness.
Not nearly as good as the first one, and that one got pretty ridiculWow, this one is an even BETTER cover. I am fainting with happiness.
Not nearly as good as the first one, and that one got pretty ridiculous. Now the politics are even more insane. There's no single character and so it lacks a narrative. Oddly not much time spent on the actual story, or in the households of the Lines - it was more like a series of vignettes based around characters that would come on stage to demonstrate something and then fade back into the darkness.
Also a distinct lack of aliens tickling babies under their chin. WTH!...more
There were parts of this book that had me saying Yes, YES! More! I loved that sexuality was ambiI'm...not sure. More thoughts, later.
There were parts of this book that had me saying Yes, YES! More! I loved that sexuality was ambiguous and no one really cared who you were sleeping with. The main character's mother was in a heterosexual relationship but after her husband died, married a lady. Gotta love that. The love triangle is about a girl and a guy in love with the same guy for once, instead of two guys in love with the same girl.
Art and talking about art and how art is everything when you're an artist. Loved all the descriptions and that art was so important.
I loved that the characters all loved the city. So many dystopias are all about hating where you live, fuck the man, the machine of life will grind you down, etc. But here, even though it was deadly serious, there was also a lot of love and good feelings going around.
On the other hand...
The main character was whiny and privileged and also whiter than everyone else for some reason? Not sure why that was necessary.
The middle part got really boring. There was a lot of running around and introspection and general doldrums. Then (view spoiler)[when the main couple left the city (hide spoiler)], there was actually no purpose at all to that. It didn't accomplish anything except say to me the author was confused and didn't know where to go with her story.
The logic behind the "summer prince." It was pretty ridiculous and the holes in that kind of political system are obvious from a mile away.
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Just look at how amazing that cover is. HOW COULD I SAY NO.
The cover had disappointingly little to do with the book. I wantUpon buying:
Just look at how amazing that cover is. HOW COULD I SAY NO.
The cover had disappointingly little to do with the book. I wanted babies in giant test tubes presided over by gigantic happy aliens, ok?
I am torn as to what I should rate this book. I think it's a 3.5 but I'll round up. Parts of the feminism were so ridiculous that after a while I was like God I get it, women's lives suck in your future! Women are considered minors in this crappy future, and can't hold jobs or buy anything without their husband's say so. I mentioned this to my boyfriend and he shot back "Well women basically weren't citizens until the 1800s. They couldn't acquire much wealth or be landowners, they were basically slaves."
Damn, he's totally right. So this book is basically the shitty Dark Ages but in the future. Lots of alien languages are part of this future, coincidentally, but very few actual aliens.
The thesis put forth is basically - language is empowering. Feminism is empowering. What's more empowering than a language meant just for women?
Edit: OH MY GOD IT'S A TRILOGY. Time to acquire. Oh yes, my pretties....more
It was a really good 100 page novella. Then it dropped off a cliff and went on for another 200, what I felt to be, useless pages. The e2.5 stars
It was a really good 100 page novella. Then it dropped off a cliff and went on for another 200, what I felt to be, useless pages. The emotions did not get more intense for me, instead everything I felt in the first third gradually diminished to boredom and then annoyance.
The main character is definitely a mary sue. He's so nice and reads poetry and loves his dog and fishing and memories of his wife and only kills the bad men cause he has to. Blergh....more
I felt like this was very clinical. The setting meant little, the characters meant little. I DID enjoy getting a love story out of basically Uhura falI felt like this was very clinical. The setting meant little, the characters meant little. I DID enjoy getting a love story out of basically Uhura falling in love with Spock. It was plausible and it even made me a bit happy. The last 20 pages basically RUINED the love story, however.
It is important to note that about 200 pages of this book (i.e., most of it) is a scientific expedition. That's about as sexy as any anthropology expedition would be.
Over all, this book left me lukewarm and wanting something that was straight up Star Trek, rather than pretending not to be....more
What a crazy book. Really really liked it, though. Strange to see the ideas that were lifted for the movie, and what was left behind. One of the few iWhat a crazy book. Really really liked it, though. Strange to see the ideas that were lifted for the movie, and what was left behind. One of the few instances where both the movie and the book deserve a 5 star rating.
Also the only book I ever plan on reading that made me feel sorry for a spider. :(...more
Well that was a ton of fun. The narrator gets 5 out of 5 stars. There were a few things that weren't in the book that the narrator did that were justWell that was a ton of fun. The narrator gets 5 out of 5 stars. There were a few things that weren't in the book that the narrator did that were just genius and made me laugh out loud. His lady voice could be improved.
For the book itself, it was a short, fast-paced sci fi caper novel. It definitely shows the era it was written in (1961), but still a lot of fun....more
The back of this book sounds SO COOL. It's rather misleading. Even the title is misleading. This book isn't really about Osama bin Laden. It's kind ofThe back of this book sounds SO COOL. It's rather misleading. Even the title is misleading. This book isn't really about Osama bin Laden. It's kind of about terrorism, but only peripherally. Mostly it's about describing what the narrator is seeing ad nauseum. For example, this is from the first chapter:
Joe put down the book on the low bamboo table and sighed. The small china cup before him contained strong Lao mountain coffee, sweet with the two sugars he likes to use, which was overdoing it, he knew, but that was the way he liked it. Besides him was an ashtray containing two cigarette stubs. Also on the table was a soft packet of cigarettes and a Zippo lighter, a plain one, which sat on top of the cigarettes. He sat, as he did every morning, in the small coffee shop facing the car park of Talat Sao in downtown Vientiane. Through the glass windows he could watch the girls walk past.
I hope you really like getting descriptions of who's walking by because there is a lot of that. Also complete descriptions of the minutiae in every room Joe walks into.
It was really boring.
Worse than that, it was SUCH a great idea, that was completely wasted, and I'm a little bit angry about it. I want to read the book that was promised from the description.
I don't get the comparisons to PKD AT ALL. I extra don't get how this won the World Fantasy award in 2011, given what it was up against.
What an interesting book! Although fantasy will always be my first love, I'm trying to become more familiar with sci-fi theAs seen on Stumptown Books.
What an interesting book! Although fantasy will always be my first love, I'm trying to become more familiar with sci-fi themes.
For example, I had never heard of a von Neumann machine. It's an important point to know about before going into this book as it's never really stated. Von Neumann machines are a sci-fi idea that originated in lectures from the late 1940s, given by John von Neumann, where he postulates about a robot that self-replicates with materials taken from its environment. Cylons are considered a form of von Neumann machines, for example. A lot of the time, von Neumanns are referred to as enemies, sent off into space because humans thought it would be cool to send out self-replicating space probes, but they come back smarter, bigger, and angrier, within a few years.
The vN (as I shall refer to them from here on out) in this book are completely humanoid robots. They eat all sorts of materials just to keep themselves running, like plastics and metals. At a certain point, if they eat enough, they will "iterate," that is, replicate, a baby form of themselves, which then goes out in the world to do the same thing. It seemed like this had been going on long enough that there should have been some sort of global crisis at the lack of materials, but that's not really what the book is about. Although there are a lot of unemployed humans because vN come in and do the same job for cheaper, the main focus of the novel is about Amy evolving into a different kind of vN.
It was interesting to read the decisions the author made when it came to her evolving. For example, Amy is considered a "Portia" model, as Portia was the first vN of her line. There are now hundreds of Portias running around, as they iterate and spread around. All sorts of crazy ideas are thrown at us - if Amy eats a piece of another model, she gains some of their special quirks. This was an especially questionable idea when she realized that eating her granny - the original Portia - made her a part of Amy's mainframe. Oops.
I'm a huge fan of the Three Laws of Robotics and all the crap that can go wrong with them, and they are employed with gusto here. A question that was raised for me is that the robots in this case are as intelligent as any human - so the three laws severely limit them. It felt inhumane. It felt like the robots needed more human rights, really, and that's a big deal to make your reader feel that way. The vN will always want to help a human, for example. Even if that human is a pedophile. I wish this concept had been explored a little more, it was really intriguing to see how Amy reacted to these ideas.
Amy is a great character. She's an adult, with all the privileges and responsibility that go along with that, but she was a kindergartner literally last week, with all the wide-eyed innocence and inherent trust that goes along with that. It was interesting to see her thrust into the world, but we get the chance to learn it along with her, since she started so young. Nice use of a plot device there, it worked quite well.
Javier was probably my favorite character, as he showed us all the ways vN aren't human. His morals are askew compared to Amy's, but it sounds like he's more the norm than she is. It was nice to be able to contrast two different vN models, and I would have liked getting to know some of the other models as well. Maybe the next book!
The world-building was also well done. It had a lot of elements of our world, just slightly different, so it was easy to identify with and imagine. It takes place in the year...2060 or so I think, and besides having a million vN running around, the world hasn't changed that much.
So why only three stars?
I did enjoy it, obviously. I liked the characters and the setting. It was shaping up to be a solid 4-star book - not my absolute favorite of the year, but a book that I would recommend without hesitation. Unfortunately, the ending completely lost me. Amy stops being the character we've come to empathize with over the course of the novel. There's a random digression into something that was only hinted at once or twice throughout the whole book, so I just didn't care all that much. The ending was a big disappointment, and it colored my enjoyment.
Overall, a book that explores a lot of interesting robot concepts while keeping it completely human. I will be reading the sequel when it is released.
A note on the physical copy - the typeset was crazy huge for some reason, and every time I opened it up to read, it was jarring. It looks like a middle grade novel, all the letters are that large. And this is sooo not meant for young adults. It seems an odd choice for a sci-fi novel....more
Hard to pinpoint the genre on this one. Definitely sci fi, but that's not really important. There were murders, but we were told in advance t2.5 stars
Hard to pinpoint the genre on this one. Definitely sci fi, but that's not really important. There were murders, but we were told in advance that the murderer will always be Jack Glass; the mystery is only how he managed to pull it off. So the science isn't important, and it's not really a whodunnit...so, what is it?
That might be part of the reason why this book didn't get more press. No one was sure who to market it to.
For myself, the first 100 pages really turned me off. It was bloody and icky and altogether not what I wanted to read. I know, I picked up a book about murders, I should have expected it right? I guess I was hoping the sci fi would be more important, and it just wasn't.
Then the narrator changed for the rest of the book, which only served to make the whole thing feel disjointed and I wasn't sure who I should be caring about. No characters were fleshed out enough, most of all Jack Glass himself.
I have a love/hate relationship with short stories.
I love how much originality it requires to write a really good short stAs seen on Stumptown Books.
I have a love/hate relationship with short stories.
I love how much originality it requires to write a really good short story. Character development, scene development, all of it has to take place so quickly, and just when you get comfortable, the story is over. Unfortunately, that is also why I hate short stories. To me, the sign of a good short story is that I would drop everything to read a novel that takes place inside the story. That is exactly what happens in After the Apocalypse - I wanted more than the stories gave me.
Each story was rife with promise. Any one of them could have been the pitch for novels, and I would have read all of them. It is frustrating that they are only in short story format, but that's all we're given, so we might as well enjoy what we can. Each story was incredibly vivid by the end, every character and setting clearly defined.
I went into it thinking that every story would be about an apocalypse of some sort, and that was the wrong way to look at it. It's just what the title made me think. Even so, the stories still have traces of strange futures, or some sort of apocalyptic feature. For example, in one story, the one feature is bird flu. In another, it's zombies. There may not be a nuclear bomb going off in every story, but the account of a woman surviving on her farm through an economic downturn is applicable not only to the near future, but also today.
Of the collection, my favorite stories were the first and last - which were both straight up apocalypse stories. The first, "The Naturalist," was an intriguing take on zombies. I am SO curious about the zombies in that little universe now. I really wish I could have a novel set there, it was so interesting! The last, "After the Apocalypse," is horrifying in a completely personal way. Very little of the horror is because of the apocalypse, but what happens AFTER.
And that is what this entire book is about. Not just what happens after the apocalypse, but what we do after we're done reading. For me, it's to not stop thinking about these extremely poignant stories....more
Don't throw anything when I tell you this was my first Le Guin novel.
I know I know, for someone who has loved fantasy and sci fi literally MY ENTIRE LIFE, I only just this month sat down and read something by Le Guin. How did I even manage that?
Well suffice it to say, I know I really need to read more of her stuff. The Lathe of Heaven was good. Like, really good. As in I couldn't put it down and I talked about it to all my friends and family, including my mom who said "Oh yeah! Le Guin! She's great!" My mom has never mentioned the name Le Guin in my presence before this, how did I never know she had even heard of her, let alone liked her?
It helps immensely that Lathe takes place in Portland. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy when I read things about my hometown, and here is a giant of the genre deigning to write a book where all the action occurs in its hallowed valley. I had no idea this was the case when I picked up the book, and so it was a thoroughly pleasant surprise. Actually, I didn't know ANYTHING about this book, and that's probably part of what made it so good. In the same way it was best to know absolutely nothing about Inception before going into the theater (I remember convincing my family to go and saying, "it's about dreams...or something?"), the same principle holds true for this. So I'm going to try to not write too much about the story.
Given, the actual writing wasn't all that great. I would almost classify this as an "experimental" novel. She was more interested in getting the ideas and then the subsequent morality down than writing a book with amazing characters. It's just not that much about the characters in the story, as what they do with the powers they have. I LOVE stuff like this. If you're a fan of comic books at all, this should be a must read for you, because it explores the morality of trying to do the "right" thing with superpowers.
I love the idea of the butterfly effect. Movies like Run, Lola, Run get my jollies going because I think about that sort of stuff all the time. And here it is, very eloquently packaged in a short, simple novel. Unfortunately, this one can be seen as incredibly depressing. Woe to the person who thinks they can improve the world; there is too much world to improve, and you're just gonna mess it up. Every time.
P.S. This book was originally published in 1971, but takes place in the year 2000-ish. The setting is Portland, and she talks about seeing "the perfect cone of Mt. St. Helens." That mountain, of course, erupted in 1980, before I was born, and I had never seen a picture of it. I'm going to include a picture here because DAMN, that was a beautiful mountain.
You know how we all thought Wall-E was pretty hamfisted with its environmental message, but the robots were so cute even though they never said ANYTHIYou know how we all thought Wall-E was pretty hamfisted with its environmental message, but the robots were so cute even though they never said ANYTHING except names and so we all liked the movie anyway?
This is like the American Consumerism version of Wall-E, but without the cute robot noises and the love story, but with several more helpings of heavy handedness.
It is told in this "future speak" a la Newspeak from 1984, but oh my god I was so sick of it after 50 pages. When I finished the book this morning I felt like brain cells had committed suicide.
I don't feel qualified to write a review for this. It's a real book - it transcends being labeled as "fantasy." And that maAs seen on Stumptown Books.
I don't feel qualified to write a review for this. It's a real book - it transcends being labeled as "fantasy." And that makes me throw up my hands soothingly and say, "I didn't mean it, you know better, trust what they say over there!" I'm going to try to put down how I felt about it but I find it very hard.
First thing, both covers are gorgeous, and the one I had (the yellow and black) helped me understand what the hell he was talking about when it came to describing the "clock work book."
Angelmaker is written beautifully. The language is emotive and evocative. A few times I found myself wanting to read aloud certain paragraphs to whomever was in the room at the time, exclaiming over how pretty it was. The language and structure is so advanced, in fact, that anytime I actually got a reference I would be so proud of myself for understanding what he was talking about. I would then immediately feel stupid because that meant there were dozens of other references going right over my head. I also never understood "the apprehension engine" nor how it was transmitted by bees. Say what? How do you make someone an angel with bees again? I think I'm missing something here.
I actually didn't mind the shifting narratives, and I quite enjoyed Edie's sordid past. I think I liked the flashbacks more than the current events actually. You give me one big baddie with the awesome name "The Opium Khan," and I can picture him and know he is evil, and that is that. But the main story got so convoluted with bad guys and good guys and then THE BIG REVEAL at the end had me shrugging my shoulders with apathy. The best words I've heard applied to the characters is "Dickensian plotting." Which is really just perfect, because every character that you meet in the first 400 pages is guaranteed to show up for the big finish. Every side story is wrapped up conveniently in the denouement.
Unfortunately, I didn't think it was funny. At all. Like, I never even cracked a smile. Maybe it was because of all those references going over my head, or maybe it's because I don't really understand British humor, but I didn't even know it was considered a comedy until I read through some other reviews upon finishing it.
As a nerd, I find it my duty to watch through nerd shows. If you name any Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, I can probably rattle off a quick synopsis, or vice versa. So last year I decided I really need to see what all this hoop-la about Dr. Who is about. It is now a year later and I am only now finishing up season 2, because I find the show completely unbearable. No matter what happens, it is always, as I have come to call it, Dr.Who-ex-machina, or Deus-ex-Dr.Who, depending on my mood. A wave of the sonic screwdriver and all is fixed. Not to mention that all he has to do is show up and every woman for 10 miles around swoons and wishes she were as lucky as Rose Tyler.
Ok, I know, this isn't a review of Dr. Who, and yes, I am going to continue watching the series because I really REALLY want to understand why people like it so much. But if you, like me, are perhaps not the biggest Dr. Who fan, then you will understand why I didn't like Angelmaker. It also probably works the other way I'm guessing, in that if you love Dr. Who, you would probably love Angelmaker. The same tropes appear, and that is why I have begun to suspect I just don't get it because it's British. Joe Spork magically saves us with some sort of mechanical miracle that I still don't completely understand. He's a clueless nobody with nothing but good intentions, but he manages to bag the hottest girl around, with very little preamble except, "Amazing sex, you are now my life partner."
Man oh man, Polly Cradle: the love interest. She was so perfect, she became a caricature of herself. How convenient that she falls in love with our reluctant hero when neither one of them does anything the least bit romantic. She is basically around to convince us, the readers, that Joe Spork is in fact turning into a man. I'm not convinced, and Polly telling me it is so does not make it so.
This book will speak to the right person. I, however, just didn't get it....more
This is a quick read, clocking in at only 70 pages - although that's an estimation my Kindle gave me, as this is only availAs seen on Stumptown Books.
This is a quick read, clocking in at only 70 pages - although that's an estimation my Kindle gave me, as this is only available in e-book format. I don't normally spring for indie or self published works, because it is so hard to find the diamond in the rough. However, this author is very congenial and decided to exchange a few copies for reviews. I decided to go ahead and grab one since the premise sounded right up my alley.
For some reason, based upon the cover and the title, I was convinced it was a book of short stories, maybe set in the 1700 or 1800s. I was so far off the mark it's incredible! It is actually set in a slightly different modern day world, with two main characters who get up to hilarious illegal and death defying shenanigans. It's also definitely classified as a "novella" and there are no short stories involved.
I loved the first 3/4 of this novella. It started off a little slow, but rapidly picked up the pace and I couldn't wait for the other shoe to drop. The unrepentant protagonists, whom no one would define as the "good guys," had me smiling at their violent antics. I wanted them to be punished but I also wanted them to continue their crime spree.
Unfortunately, at about 75% in, the "twist" completely lost me. A lot of stuff was thrown at us that we had no reason to care about. It also finally became clear at this point that the story doesn't take place in our world, but some sort of parallel, where Chicago has been nuked. I'm not sure why this was necessary, nor why Christianity came into it, nor why we're suddenly supposed to care about Cranston's depressing past, which is only briefly mentioned in italics at the top of chapters. It ended up feeling like it needed another rewrite.
There were also a number of typos, which was frustrating. It made the entire book feel unpolished, and the rushed ending reflected that. There is an extended ending available at the author's site, but I don't recommend it, as it doesn't fit with the rest of the story at all.
Overall, brilliant premise, with great word play and characterization, but the story got lost in the details. The price tag of $2.99 for a 70 page novella that's not even properly edited is a bit steep. I'm definitely interested in what else this author might publish in the future though, as he obviously has a wonderfully twisted mind....more
I stumbled across this online novel last month and didn't read anything about it, but just hopped right in. It is availableAs seen on Stumptown Books.
I stumbled across this online novel last month and didn't read anything about it, but just hopped right in. It is available for free here, although I recommend transferring it to an e-reader device if you can as it is rather long. You can also support the author through Amazon, which offers both a Kindle and paperback edition.
There is a disclaimer at the top that proclaims: "This online novel contains strong language and extreme depictions of acts of sex and violence. Readers who are sensitive to such things should exercise discretion." I really should have paid more attention to it. This novel begins with an extremely graphic and disturbing sequence, and although it then gets down into the meat of the story, the last chapter brings back all the disgustingness again. All the weird sex and deaths were completely gratuitous, and it colored my enjoyment.
Much of the story reflects Asimov's The Last Question (which I highly recommend and is available for free here), but in a much darker and depressing way. I love Artificial Intelligence stories and the ideas in The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect were not only different and interesting, but had me questioning my own hope for the future. What if an A.I. is capable of creating a perfect Utopia where you can do anything, you never die, but you also never truly live? Is it worth it? I hate having the scales fall from my eyes but this book did a great job of questioning whether an A.I. is a good thing. I just wish it could have been done with less guts, incest, and zombie sex along the way.
I thought about Asimov a lot while reading this book, as it not only reminds me of the short story mentioned above but also echos Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics as put forward in I, Robot. I love the Three Laws and love books interpreting them to the best of their ability. In this case however, I felt that the laws were manipulated to create the problem. One of the most brilliant aspects of I, Robot is that at the end the robots have completely taken over but humanity is unaware of it. I found this to be so terrifying and awe-inspiring at the same time. In the case of Metamorphosis, a robot takes over and lords it over humanity every chance it gets. I didn't enjoy this interpretation of the Laws, as humanity being unaware is what makes the whole A.I. taking over thing pack a huge punch. I wanted Prime Intellect (the name of the A.I.) to be...I don't know, MORE. (view spoiler)[Instead it is capable of being caught in a logic loop. With all of humanity riding on your back, the last thing I want is for the computer to get stuck in a logic loop. (hide spoiler)]
Would I recommend it? I would say yes, with a grain of salt. The imagery really is very disturbing. You need to be very aware of that before embarking on this novel. Otherwise, it raised some valid questions and was also well written, in edition to being a self-published work, which I always like to applaud!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more