The Other Kind of Life
Fresh out of jail, Max finds himself drawn into the mystery of what's gone wrong with the robots in his city. He's forced to rely on the help of Jennifer/Andrew, a body hopping robot driven to solve the case before her product line is recalled.
They need to figure out what went wrong while staying one step ahead of the c...more
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The overall scenario played out in a way that I was almost waiting for one more plot twist, because much was made of how certain things were difficult to ...more
This is an amazing book. It has the sensibilities of old-school hard sci-fi, while keeping it interesting for a modern audience. It manages to explore serious and very technical questions in such an engaging and approachable way, that it's hard to put the book down. Questions like the nature of AI, how it interacts with us, what intelligence is, the nature of crime, and many others, are all explored in a very understandable way.
A noir cyberpunk aesthetic is ...more
Usually, when robots are involved in literature, it's the same old story retold with updated technology. This book approaches machine intelligence with actual intelligence, leaving you with believable characters, intriguing actions, and a remarkably engaging setting. The story is also a great blend of detective mystery and crime drama. ...more
A really intesting book that I couldn't put down. A bit self-indulgent in but in all the right ways, going off on interesting tangents and explaining the setting in a little more detail than you'd expect. It was actually a little disappointing when things got a bit more linear and quickly resolved towards the end, but it was still a great book! ...more
On the one hand, I enjoyed the setting and the characters and the plot and a lot of the little touches that fleshed out the world this book was set in.
On the other hand, I absolutely fucking hated that the book was written in the third person present tense. It was so jarring, and so weird that it constantly kept breaking me out of the story.
As I hoped and expected, the world of the book is consistent and believable, the characters are full dimensional with relatable motivations and actions. I would very much like to see a sequel or related story from this setting.