Ungirls (Disorder collection)
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...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 ...more
I really liked the audible version and ...more
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 ...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 ...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.
A new tech company is making human-like synthetics with AI into female companionship for willing buyers. A group of sex workers are adapting to the new frontier where their competition is artificially created. One of the women in the group agrees to lend her voice to the tech project. But when she's found out by the public, everything falls apart. The story jumped back and forth between the men who purchased the AI and the group surrounding the voice actor, which made it feel ...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