In the near future, lab-grown sex dolls are the pleasure toy of choice in this disturbing and provocative short story from Lauren Beukes, the bestselling author of The Shining Girls.
Actor and sex worker Nats is experienced at putting on a show. However, her new gig supplying intimate whispers for growgirls takes her to a place darker and lonelier than she could have ever i...more
Its gritty, ugly and very bizarre.
This book is part of the Discord collection and although I am not planning to read all of them 3 are from authors whose books l really enjoyed.
Lauren Beukes may have become famous for The Shining Girls but my first encounter with her was Zoo City. This short is definitely more like her earlier work.
The story is set in a futuristic world where lab grown sex dolls, also known as growgirls are all the rage. The narrator of the story Nats, basically breathe ...more
But 'Ungirls' feels lik ...more
I really liked the audible version and th ...more
Set wonderfully in South Africa it throws colour and gender politics into the mix and has fun with humour bubbling beneath this challenging subject.
The story is multilayered set around a group of friends whose lives are disadvantaged in a society that still calibrates on ...more
Review of the Amazon Original Kindle eBook edition (July 2019)
If sexbots weren't enough of a turnoff already this futuristic tale of growbots with organically grown parts will definitely do the trick. This seems like a sketch for a future novel as there are so many subplots and side characters that the material is spread very thin. There are sex workers sidelining as growbot voice artists, sex crazed incels on a reddit thread, an incel motivational speaker/grifter, doxxers, innocent f ...more
Not my taste but an interesting perspective on this subject area. The author unsuccessfully tried to present several times and places without a seamless transition for the reader to follow and be able to arrive at the desired ending which in itself was vague. There multiple "shock" items inserted that only seemed to serve the purpose of adding bulk to a thin story line. ...more
For this story, I’d say the setting and atmosphere are stronger than the actual plot. There really isn’t much of a plot. Things do happen, but that’s not really the main point of this story.
I’d recommend this to fans of odd stories that have more to say than is obv ...more
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To make the nearly-human more like a real woman, the users can buy heads to attach to the bodies where sex workers have narrated variou ...more
Her awards include the Arthur C Clarke Award, the prestigious University of Johannesburg prize, the August Derleth Prize, the Strand Critics Choice Award and the RT Thriller of the Year. She’s ...more