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A Heaven For Toasters

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  18 reviews

Detective Mika Pensive has a new partner. He's hot. Smart. Funny. And an android.

Set in the near future, A Heaven for Toasters is more than a sci-fi crime adventure with plenty of romance and wit. It's the book that will make you look at your toaster in a whole new way.

Kindle Edition, 229 pages
Published August 13th 2018
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Willow Croft
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ah, Greece.

Classical architecture, timeless culture, glistening seas, golden beaches, and...the latest in cutting-edge AI technology.

This opens Nicholas Rossis' suspenseful romance, A Heaven for Toasters.

     Sadly, I have never been to Greece, but that made it even easier to immerse myself into this futuristic romance. Although I don't have a toaster of my own to fall in love with, the ones I dream over in the Victorian Trading Company catalog are a very alluring alternative.
     As you probabl
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf, romance
Detective Mika Pensive’s looking forward to her date - a chance to get away for a break from work and the unsavoury prospect of the new partner the police force is landing her with: an android called Leo. A distractingly good-looking android.
Sure, the beautiful Greek island has its attractions, but things don’t go the way she’d hoped. Not only is her date a complete boor, his idea of a good time is a daring – and frankly, hideous – art show involving non-sentient clones.
Pretty soon, Mika finds
Emily Lo
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
I just finished this book today. It's really simple, short, and sweet.
First of all, let me say I thought the protagonist was so cool. Mika is an Asian female detective with a stubborn streak. I really loved her, and it was so refreshing to have a protagonist who happily uses Chinese cuss words.

The android love interest, Leo, is charmingly sweet and adorable. He's not simply a love interest; he's there discovering himself and Mika, and learning what love is.

The plot was pretty simple, but not too
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Marina Costa
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read Nicholas' short stories before and I have enjoyed them thoroughly. Despite not being a fan of SF, I loved this original and fresh novel, with a fine mystery and crime flavour, paralelling the subtly built love story. I also enjoyed the perspective of a futuristic Greece based on some present day images extrapolation and the writer's talent, oozing in every phrase.

I highly recommend it, not only as a summer reading, for all readers, be they fans of SF, of light mystery and crime, of r
D.L. Finn
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I admit the quirky book title drew me in, but it’s the story that quickly made this a page-turner. Mika is a detective in the future and on a date in the Greek Islands. She runs into her new partner a handsome “AI” named Leo at an art exhibit. After a fight with her date, he leaves, and things go downhill quickly from there. I loved Leo “the Toaster” and his developing relationship with Mika. Not only is there action and a mystery to solve, but there are also questions brought up about what defi ...more
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reedsy, sci-fi
It's another day at the office for Detective Mika Pensive - until Mary, the precinct's artificial intelligence, or AI, tells her that there's an android, or "toaster," in the building. Not only that, but the toaster is being brought in as Mika's new partner. To say she's unenthused is putting it mildly. Mary as the eyes and ears and brains of the department is fine, but Mika believes cops and androids don't need to partner up. She'd rather go on a date with boorish Richard than get to know the a ...more
Geoff Le
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting sci-fi

There’s a woman and a man who has black ears and... wait he’s not a man and things get a bit crazy. Mika Pensive is tough but how tough? She’s a cop out of her jurisdiction and her league but she has help with her new partner Leo. There’s a super baddy, hololens, clones, zoomers and all sorts. It’s fast paced and often furious... well Mika anyway.
Rossi has created a future world where the future bits meld neatly with the human condition - we’re still flesh and blood, we sti
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sci-fi is not my usual go-to read, but the description of this book caught the eye of this mystery lover. The well-written story is told in a conversational tone by Mika, a cop whose partner is a “toaster” – an AI-enhanced robot with a human appearance. Mika and her partner are soon caught up in a murder investigation in a futuristic world, complete with robots, clones, and various forms of AI. The main characters, Mika and Leo are both well developed (so what if Leo is an Android) and the plot ...more
Mark Lucas-Taylor
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a sci-fi, police mystery set maybe 100yrs in our future with a human detective and her android partner. The setting is a small Greek island that houses a clone community and the estate of their creator as well as the usual (not quite) ubiquitous artistic enclave. When an unusual accident turns out to be in fact murder the pair are drawn in to a complex conspiracy.
“A Heaven For Toasters” is as clever a title and a story as “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep” and asks the same questions
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very entertaining story that grabbed my attention from the first chapter and kept me reading to see what would happen next. I loved Mika ans thought she was very funny. Even though this is set in the future, it is not bogged down with a lot of techno stuff but focuses on the funny characters and story line. I thought the twist at the end was a blast and so fit the story. I ended up laughing through most of it and thought it made a great start to a series. I liked that it was a light hearted re ...more
DarkRaven Reviews
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a bit of an odd read if I'm honest, there's sci-fi and there's just plain weird. But it's a fun and very creative world I'll give the author that. Not necessarily my cup of tea but it will be to others. For what it's worth it's written really well with a few tiny plotholes that are hardly noticeable. ...more
P. Upshaw
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interesting take on clones

Interesting take on clones and how they might fit in the human way of life. Also shows some gadgets of a possible future.
Flamingcrystal Flamingcrystal
Wish I had a toaster like that...

I would recommend this book to readers that love their stories to have a great blend of supernatural with a huge dash of sci-fi fantasy.
Cathy Cade
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can androids fall in love? What next? An interesting concept, well developed over a sci-fi crime adventure.
Oct 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cyborg, future
This had so much promise!! But it quickly went sideways and I couldn't connect with the characters nor really get interested in the plot line. ...more
stephanie huntington
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting and entertaining. Would like to read more in this world
Jemima Pett
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After some initial bewilderment, I settled into this story with a grin and a hot Kindle. So hot I only stopped because it needed recharging.

Nicholas Rossis takes us from a futuristic US crime scene to a sort of conserved Greek island, only it isn’t really. A large part of the island is made over to the guy who owns it, who made his millions through cloning. Yes, cloning is big business in the future, so much that the powers that be banned it, or set such rigorous rules about it that it might as
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Nicholas C. Rossis lives to write and does so from his cottage on the edge of a magical forest in Athens, Greece. When not composing epic fantasies or short sci-fi stories, he chats with fans and colleagues, writes blog posts, and enjoys the antics of two silly cats and his baby daughter, all of whom claim his lap as home. His books have won numerous awards, including the Gelett Burgess Children's ...more

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