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It's a shame they don't give this to high-school students in the original language. It would sure create them a whole lot more interested in learning Latin than reading Caesar or Catullus ever could. (I'm guessing that the human-donkey scenes--narrated by the donkey--make it a tough to local school districts.)Which is too bad, because those scenes AREN'T gratuitous. The whole fast-moving adventure tale is actually a moral and spiritual allegory about the need for Man (and Woman) to transcend his animal, human nature in to get real wisdom and divine Love. (Yes, the pagans--or at least Apuleius--seemed to have a beautiful amazing idea that divine Love was/is,indeed, a "thing.") And the gender-neutrality of the notice is reinforced by the inclusion of the Cupid/Psyche story in the middle of our hero's (mis-)adventures. Where Lucius (the human-turned-animal narrator) is male, (the human) Psyche is female; where Lucius learns that he must submit himself to the amazing goddess (Isis) in to be saved from his animal fate, Psyche learns that she must submit herself to the punishments of Aphrodite (the goddess of Desire), including a trip to hell, before she can be reunited with Aphrodite's son, the god of Love, and become divine herself. And BOTH of them learn that you cannot gain knowledge of true, divine LOVE until you have a) been kind to others and b) bravely endured suffering first.Highly recommended.
You’ll search inspiration for everything from the transformation of Bottom in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream to the tub of Chaucer’s “The Miller’s Tale” and even the fate of the unfortunate Lampwick in Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio in the chapters of Apuleius’ The [email protected]#$%. It’s bawdy and beastly (although not as consistently so as some reviews may lead one to believe), imaginative, and unexpectedly romantic in its tale of Cupid and Psyche. And even if the late arrival of Isis plays like the driest deus ex machina—and we’re treated to a healthy helping of didacticism with our oats at the story’s close—The Golden Ass remains indispensable to any scholar seeking to study the evolution of the modern novel. The Penguin edition translated by E. J. Kenney is exemplary—by turns, lyrical and laugh-inducing. Buy it, then kick up your hooves, and enjoy.
It's a book written between 150 - 180 AD, and it holds up in its own way. For sure a few problems with how things are worded, since it is translated from what I assume would be either ancient Latin and/or Greek depending on where it was first published in ancient Rome. But the story follows an interesting tale of a man cursed with horrible luck until his poor luck ends. The ending is a bit flat, and there is a strange middle break where they go right into another Roman myth about cupid, where the author could have easily summed it up in a few paragraphs, but decided to do a chapter and a half of this secondary tale. Regardless of that, when the story hit it's high points, and there was at least one per chapter, it was very enjoyable. I also think it is funny since this book is an adaption of a Greek play. Just goes to present you that humans are always adapting another media into another media. Several hundred years ago, we did plays to books. Now we do books to movies.
Honestly, I'm not one to read texts for school. I really have to be into something for any info to stick with me. I thought to myself, "great.. another book I have to fake my method through because there is no method it will keep my attention." Surprisingly, I was wrong! I enjoyed this classical piece. If you're buying this for a class, give it a possibility - seriously. Sure, you will likely have work associated with reading this (unless you're reading it for pleasure which is completely fine!) but I honestly think it is a amazing story and there are much worse things you could be doing :)
A rippin’ quick read alternating between 1700’s Russia (the origin of the automat-automatons with a life force) and the show (where surving automat war to posses a relic that would change their future). June, archeologist and expert in automatons, has been thrust into this battle. Will her connection to and knowledge of the relic create her an ally or a target? For fans of sci-fi, historical fiction, and action/adventure. This one has something for every reader.
While I thoroughly enjoyed the writers previous books, he has simply eclipsed them with this masterful and greatly entertaining novel. Daniel has taken the best aspects of his writing and added the unbelievable body of characters that one can feel for and hope to meet again. This is the novel that should be created into a movie, but sadly no film could match the book. Thank you for a unbelievable book.
Daniel H. Wilson has given us another unbelievable robot novel. The premise of “The Clockwork Dynasty” is that we humans have had robots (called “avtomat”) living among us for centuries. They are often the basis for myths such as vampires and other phenomena that are difficult for humans to e book starts as two storylines. The first concerns June, a woman who travels the globe at the expense of the Kunlun Foundation to examine automata. Most of the time she finds that the artifacts have been mysteriously spoiled by someone who came before e second storyline, set in Russia in 1709, is the most latest origin of the avtomat Pytor and his sister Elena who are assembled under the authority of Peter the Great. Pytor’s existence is ruled by a sense of truth and justice, “pravda.” Elena’s priority is “logic.”The two tales are told in alternating chapters that often end on a suspended note which makes for quick reading. The intertwining tales discover what it means to be human and how we let ideas to rule our Mr. Wilson’s “Robopocalypse,” this book is beautifully cinematic and bursting with action as well as ideas.
His is the first book I have read by Wilson and I'm now going to go back and read all of his earlier books. This is a quick paced fantasy/science fiction/ historical fiction pulp adventure story. Impossible to d scribe , its a story about automatons walking among us throughout all time, and their wars with each other and humans for ascendancy, sort of. Quick paced, smart and well written, it's just damn fun.
I almost never leave reviews because even if I really have fun a book I don't feel the need to share my thoughts. Although a mate recently told me that amazon uses reviews to push books to the top of the suggested reading list so I will create a plan to begin leaving reviews more often. But I digress...I just can't obtain over how much I enjoyed this book! I was looking for something original and unbelievable and this fit the bill. The blend of science, history and fantasy was perfect. The idea of ancient robots living among us and their own find for their meaning related to mans find for meaning was gripping. I read this in two days. Not to say it's simple, but I am a quick reader! There's still more mystery left to this story and I hope the author takes us deeper into their world. And I didn't even realize until the end that he's a fellow alumni which was nice to learn. Go Tartans! :)
I really loved this book. The characters personalities were believable and created you interested in their motivations which was strategically left a mystery for you to work out throughout the book. My only gripe is the ending, (***Very Minor Spoilers) which felt kind of Deus Ex Machina.
Interesting concept - a "race" of ancient highly smart robots made by a prehistoric advanced civilization live among us for millennia disguised as humans. The robots, or avtomats, improve their physical selves as human technology evolves (from ceramic to brass to carbon fiber), accumulate mass wealth and gain intelligence. The novel's human character learns of their existence and becomes involved in an intra-avtomat conflict. Generally, a amazing read as the plot alternates between history (Peter the Great's Russia, 18th Century London and India, and Stalingrad) and the present. Interesting hero development as the avtomats interact with each other over centuries. A few quibbles - in any novel like this, readers must suspend their disbelief to a degree. Here, one must accept the concept of the avtomats' existence - but it is a huge stretch that no human for 5000 years would have ever noticed them - particularly when pieces of them fall off in every fight. Also, I think Wilson is inconsistent in depicting the avtomats' emotions. Sometimes they are soulless automoton-killing machines (think Terminator), but other times their lips tremble, their eyes fill, they lose their temper. That said, I read A Clockwork Dynasty front to back and enjoyed it very much.
Thoroughly enjoyed Clockwork Dynasty. Can highly recommend it. Best Daniel H Wilson novel yet. Robopocolypse and Robogenesis are perfect reads and I can't wait for the Robopocolypse film (Spielberg directing), but you can see where Mr. Wilson has grown as a writer with Clockwork. Characters, pacing, creativity - all top notch. His ability to make fresh worlds is unparalleled. Can't go wrong with Mr. Wilsons novels. And Clockwork has already been optioned to 20th Century Fox, so I hope to see it create its method to the screen as well.
This is a subtle, but vast jump from his previous robot novels. He goes back and forth through time periods to describe how the "avtomat" came into existence and how its presence can, could and has impacted our world. What does this all mean? You will have to read this beautifully crafted novel to search out. Beware, it will shock and thrill you and send you for a loop emotionally.
I am so going to be in Good-book-hangover after this one!! You know that feeling when you've just finished abook that was so unbelievable that nothing will compare? This is that book!! It had action, history and robots!!! I won't give anything away just that if you like sci-fi with robots this is a must!!!!!
I read Dynasty primarily because I am a fan of the Boston Celtics and given their latest championship thought this might create for a timely if somewhat self serving book trying to time the shop right. Allow me say that this is an perfect all around sports book that all fans of sports and people who think sports doesn't matter in our society should e Celtics during their awesome dynasty of the 1960's took the old sports adage that they were a squad and place it to truth. It didn't matter where you sat on the bench you were as equal to the success of the squad as if your name were Cousy or Russell. The Celtics players did not see black vs white and socialized with each other because the guy next to them was a teammate nothing more. Dynasty shows that the squad did exist in a bubble during this period but chose to war their wars on the court and prove that blacks and whites can exist together at a time when the country wasn't sure they could.I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to see how you succeed as a squad and how ultimately the matters we can't control matter small next to those we can.
I got the Duck Dynasty series for my hubby for Christmas! He loves the series, but sadly was unable to hold up with the present while it was on tv. It is the complete series, including John Luke’s wedding! It’s a beautifully packaged dvd set. You will not be disappointed Purchasing it!
Finished this bizarre, harrowing ride of a book. It is based on feminist cyborg theory. And that is not meant to create you chuckle. Serious stuff. The writer (a woman) has a Masters that involves Cyborg Theory.Writing effect: I loved how the book went from point of view of the organic human dad, to within a few chapters humans where just chimps, and the true android game was amongst the sac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics. I've read Asimov's expressions in fiction of those laws, and I thought the scenarios were kind of lightweight. But this feminist cyborg theory takes those three laws to a put that is very likely...the cyborgs being victims of abuse and without any legal of internal response recourse. Assuming we obtain to the point of humanoid robots, this book fleshes out the method the sexually exploited cyborgs might war their method out of being taken advantage of.And there has never been such a scary, witty, hyper-violent to the point of THE WHOLE EARTH being afraid you villain than grandmother nnabalism...lots of it. With e book gets its kink on with these cyborg women eating one another, tearing each other apart with smiles on their faces. I say this as a mere male and organic, it not "kinky" in the cyborg context. Then there is a substory in the latest chapter where these mother-daughters and a human woman lover is just too not-male for me to understand, they break up with the organic woman by tying her to a basement wall and filling the house with stove gas and exploding it.I'm writing this review without weighing every word, but I should add I'm a sci-fi snob that usually only read Neal Stephenson, David Brin for fiction and Kevin Kelly and Freeman Dyson non-fiction for predictive future material. Madeline Ashby posits something every bit as necessary as those giants.
Robots designed to be provide various services for humanity. Things go wonky when eventually some of the A.I. develop in an unanticipated way.A various take on an old caution about what could happen if mankind allows unbridled development of advanced e story slowly reveals itself over much of the book. Created me wonder if Asimov would be spinning in his grave.His 3 (oh yeah, the series ended up adding a 4th) laws could have saved a lot of misery for the some of the characters.Will man EVER grow up?!?
When threatened, a lady tries to take matter in hand but must do with her assigned bodyguard, a man who stirs sensations she does not wish to feel ...I do not know if it plays the same for other readers but each time I read a Sabrina Jeffries book, I feel like I hear a various voice from the other historical romances ere are few that have this result on me and she n’t obtain me wrong, I love it but still I need a few pages to adjust, so despite the time setting and the characters and their circumstances, they feel more modern than in most reads.I enjoyed the first glimpse I was offered latest fall, why I was eager to read the full novel.And entertaining it ween the barbs and quips the heroes and siblings throw at each other, the hunt for the villain and the up and down in the romance, I spend quite enjoyable yn is haunted by a mistake she created as a young woman, while it is not openly told until later in the story, it is easily guessed. This lapse of judgement in her past suitor’s hero is the cause of herself refusing to marry. It keep her back to accept anyone, why she readily dismisses even Joshua because she sees herself as not worthy.While she is no usual debutante, at thirty, she is well past the age, yet as a Duke’s sister and with the incentive dowry, she enters the marriage mart well provided, but she will have nothing to do with the peers courting herself and her dowry, first her former suitor is lurking in the shadows ready to blackmail her or reveal her past indiscretion if she does not concede to his demands. Plus she is attracted to Joshua but she is very sure he will never be able to forgive her youth shua suffers from PTSD, crippled during a naval ambush, he came close to loose more than his leg, after months of war for his life, he retired in the countryside, seing himself as worthless because now he needs a walking stick to hold him upright. So even if he is attracted to Gwyn, he can’t see how they might have a future together, he a soldier on half and she a Duke’s daughter and eir romance is one of winning each other trust, and there lies the main problem, they are wary of others and they not easily confide in t trusting the other will have to be followed by having faith in their own value to believe in a future together.4.5 stars for this fun fast-paced read, I just would have loved the background plot to have a more prominent put in the story, to see Joshua at work.I was granted an advance copy through Netgalley by the publisher Kensington, I had already preordered my is my real and unbiased opinion.
Predictable but fun. Two interesting main characters, each with secrets and each not at all looking for love. Other characters are also fun to watch. One mystery solved in this one but there is a much bigger issue on the horizon. Second in series it does stand alone.
How do you end the dvd complete series of Duck Dynasty with Melissa McCarthy film "Spy" labeled Duck Dynasty?That is what happened with our complete series. How does this happen??? And now we can do nothing about it. Ordered as a Christmas bonus in October and now, when we finally obtain to the end of the series, where the problem is, there is not one thing we can do about it.
If you like teenage stress crossed with some dystopian sci-fi this might be for you. I could not [email protected]#$%!. I teach high school and obtain enough overboard emotional silliness all the time. Well written but for the imature in body or spirit. Would recommend for a young person, or my mates who like YA fiction.
Lady Gwyn Drake has a history with Lionel Malet that goes back much further than their latest encounter when he tried to abduct a heiress. He is blackmailing her and if she doesn't pay, he says he will tell the press about the affair they had ten years ago and ruin her. Gwyn never told anyone about the one night she spent in his bed or the consequences and will do anything to hold her secrets. Thinking she can intimidate him, she pulls a gun, but is quickly disarmed and would have been in problem if she wasn't saved from him by Major Joshua Wolfe. A man she has long been attracted to and who clearly doesn't feel the same, or so she shua is the current Duke of Armitage's cousin and acting estate gamekeeper. Joshua was gravely wounded in war years ago and is desperate to return to active duty. His letters to the Battle Office have been ignored, so when Gwyn's brother the Duke of Thornstock asks him to act as her bodyguard in London, he agrees and hopes that he can finally obtain some answers from the Battle Office and hold his attraction to Gwyn a secret. He feels unworthy of her, even though he is the grandson of a duke and a battle hero.He is not sure what is going on with Gwyn and Malet, but he thinks there is more than what Thorn and Gwyn have told him and when there is an attempt to sabotage their coach, he is sure of it. He is determined to obtain answers and hold Gwyn at arm's length - but she won't create it easy!I thought this was a amazing addition to the series. Gwyn and Joshua are both a small broken and both have trust issues, they are clearly excellent for each other, but neither is going to create the journey to HEA a smooth ride! The book has some amusing dialogue, a lot of secrets, a bit of intrigue, some steamyish love scenes, a amazing supporting cast of characters, a nasty villain and finally HEA. I did feel like the book dragged a bit towards the end and I was disappointed that Gwyn never actually says "I love you" to Joshua - it is implied, but for me - it's not the same. This is the second book in the series, but there is also a linked novella in the anthology Seduction on a Snowy Night that is Heywood and Cass's story and the happenings in that book are closely linked to this story - so while this book is easily read as a standalone, I would recommend reading the novella "A Excellent Match" if you wish a bit more backstory. Overall, I am satisfied to recommend this book and I look forward to the next installment.*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher.*
Sherryl Woods books never disappoint! This book is two stories of the Adams family in Texas. Both stories are about the Adams women stubbornly holding out to the men that love them. The Adams men particularly Grampa are throwing there options in.
I really like the idea of being able to the completed seasons of Duck Dynasty all in packaging! It keeps my whole collection all together and is packaged very nicely with each season in chronological order! The DVDs all come nicely packaged in a sturdy collectors case and can be nicely stored with my other DVD collections. The films are able to be viewed nicely with amazing editing. I am very happy with my Duck Dynasty DVD collection!
A pedophile preacher successfully develops a race of sentient humanoid robots, ostensibly built in to aid and comfort the wicked people left behind after the coming Rapture. What could possibly go wrong?Robots in Madeline Ashby's near-future globe are called "vN" after John von Neumann, the Jewish-Hungarian-American mathematician, physicist, and all-around genius who, among other things, laid the groundwork for virtually all computers in use today (they're called "von Neumann machines" for a reason) and also developed a theory of self-replicating machines, which, by the way, the vN are. Self-replicating, that is. Given enough "food" -- plastic, iron, and other minerals -- they not only grow like organic beings, they also reproduce through a form of asexual budding. It's a cool idea, though Ashby never explains how or whether the vN's self-replication mechanism is based on von Neumann's theory.Once the vN technology goes to market, vNs appear everywhere in roles such as laborer, servitor, and, inevitably, prostitute. But vNs are smart, self-aware, learning machines with the capacity to detect, understand, and even feel -- or at least simulate -- human emotion. They become girlfriends and boyfriends and husbands and wives of humans, and, when vNs "iterate" (reproduce), their "children" become family members. The kids can even look like human kids as long as they're kept on a near-starvation diet. One of those kids is Amy, a kindergartner whose vN mother and human father struggle to give a normal, suburban, middle-class, human is does not turn out as well as hoped. Something does go very wrong when an out-of-control robot kills a human child. All vN are equipped with a "failsafe" that prevents them from harming humans and, consistent with Asimov's popular three laws (I, Robot), requires them to protect humans from harm. When this assassin robot turns out to be Amy's grandmother, and when humans start to suspect that Amy and her mother may share grandma's flaw, things do not look amazing for Amy.But, as Ashby continually reminds us -- without directly saying so -- what's really wrong is not that there's a robot -- or even a few robots -- out there who can defy humans, it's rather that humans are so *inhumane* in their views and their treatment of these sentient beings that live and work among them. Some reviewers have suggested that Asby uses vN as a stand-in for racial/ethnic minorities or other marginalized groups. I don't think that's the case; the kind of exploitation and maltreatment that concerns Ashby is ... This is not a book for kids; there's too much ugly violence, especially (implied) violence. It's not laugh-out-loud funny. It's not really a thriller, although there are some chases, escapes, and close encounters with death. Perhaps it's a mystery, but the mystery is mostly whether or not humans can love robots, robots can love humans, robots can love robots, or anybody can love themselves (in a non-narcissistic way), whether is (only) about selfish pleasure, and whether we can have non-exploitative relationships with others, especially those who are not quite like us.Others have complained about deficiencies in the novel -- which is, after all, a first novel. There are some puzzling moments, and when you step back you have to ask "But why did it happen this way?" or "Why didn't that happen?" It's also a bit annoying that Ashby makes so a lot of references that will be obscure to a lot of readers; e.g., if you haven't read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? you're going to be clueless about why the vN restaurant chain is called "Electric Sheep," and if you haven't seen Blade Runner, you're not going to know why it features a drink called "Tears in Rain." I think these are minor problems, and while they bugged me a small during my read, I found reading vN well worth the time and effort. Recommended.
Synopsis: vN is a science fiction novel written by Madeline Ashby and is the first book in her series The Machine Dynasty. I initially received a copy of this book for review purposes through the Mad Robot Troops but eventually bought a copy even before reading the review this near future world, self-replicating, smart robots known as von Neumann machines are a regular part of life. They were the weird effect of a religious group's preparations for the Rapture and now they're everywhere. But they aren't out to take over the globe since each is programmed with the Fail Safe that prevents them from even just witnessing a human coming into bodily y Peterson is a young robot who is fed very small in to hold her growth at the same pace of a normal kid as part of a satisfied small family. Her father is human while her mother is another android device of the same Clade or model and they obtain along well enough. But things change drastically when her grandmother re-enters their life in a most violent method and Amy ends up consuming her completely in to protect her mother. Now her grandmother's personality has been absorbed into her own thoughts and she has also discovered that the Fail Safe does not seem to work for her.What I Liked: Like a lot of hard science fiction books out there, the novel tackles a lot of complex ideas starting with these beautiful much sentient robots and all the usual questions of self, identity and other amazing stuff. As much as we have a hero on the run for her life, we often have her examining her own thoughts and trying to understand her put in the world. And some characters that she meets along the way, particularly Javier, have related issues as fellow machines trying to figure out if they deserve lives apart from the humans they were programmed to respect and need to takes a while to obtain all the ideas on the table so one can truly understand what's going on and how things generally work. But once you obtain all those ideas covered, things can be beautiful fulfilling as we obtain through the rest of the story. The ending was a small unexpected but I think the outcome still makes sense and nicely sets the scene for the future.What Could Have Been Better: Pacing is awkward at times and there are a lot of starts and stops in the feeling of progressing through the plot depending on where you are in the book. We have blissful moments when Amy and Javier are clear of all human interference and then you have faster, more stressful periods when they're being pursued or have once again been captured. And that adds to some of the difficulty of reading the book on top of needing to learn things on your feet about how things work in this ver of the near future.And as much as Amy was raised by a human father and is programmed to emulate humanity, the story being told from her perspective felt very human indeed. Not that I know how the story could have sounded were it more machine-like as it was still written by a person and I can only interpret it as a human being as well. Minor ;DR: vN is a surprisingly ambitious title with some huge ideas about machine life that it tries to tackle. This all largely sets up the scene for things and it's clear there are even bigger ideas that the author wants to tackle in the next few books and I look forward to reading what she has to say.
Take a fast look at m. Ashby's bio. She has masters degrees in "anime, cyborg theory, fan culture, strategic foresight and innovation." First off, who even knew those were legitimate fields of study, much less that you could keep a masters in any of them? Secondly, she points out that she has met Ursula K LeGuin . Is she a strange lady? Possibly. Is her prose surprising and dark and complex and bursting with challenging ideas? Undoubtedly. Don't miss her.
Gwyn is a twin to a duke, Thorn. She is half sister to two other dukes and the daughter of a duke. In the ton, she is a hot property. And that does not count the fact,she has a huge dowry for whoever she marries.But, she is 30 years old, unmarried and not expecting to marry at e has a past. To Gwyn her past will prevent her from ever accepting an of marriage. Now, she is on her method to making her debut in London. This is not her yn is being blackmailed by a villain who took advantage of her. His reputation is not good because of his history with women. He has been cashiered out of the army. All in all, he is a true jerk. And he can be very cause of the threats to Gwyn, her twin brother has hired Joshua to be her body guard during her time in shua is a distant cousin and he works for Thorn as a gamekeeper. He is a Major in the Marines who is on half because he was severely injured in the Napoleonic war. He considers himself less than he should be because of his injuries and he must walk with a cane. He also has what today is called PTSD. And he has been attracted to Gwyn almost since he first met shua is a terrific hero. He is intelligent, handsome, brave, modest and loyal. He is also very brave. Even though he has been severely injured, he has a powerful desire to serve his country by going back into full time military yn is not so simple to like. She has built a shell around herself and is superficial even with her family. She has a belief that her life will never be what she truly wants for herself. She is interested in architecture, but of course that is not acceptable for a young lady. Hiding who she is has become a natural thing for her. She is beautiful, intelligent, humorous, kind and has been attracted to Joshua for quite some ese two people have a lot of ups and shua does not believe any woman could desire him. Gwyn does not believe she will ever have a possibility to search r me, I would have liked some more tenderness between the two of them. What I felt for a long time was they both felt a lot of lust. Slowly but surely, Gwyn and Joshua began to like one another as human beings. They also began to realize the amazing qualities and strengths in one another.I enjoyed this book. I fell in love with Joshua. He was not overbearing until he had to be powerful in to hold Gwyn or his country safe. Gwyn’s deep desires made an awareness of Joshua and who he was and what he had faced in his Jeffries is an awesome author who develops characters who are always simple to like.
We really liked the show. The family is entertaining and we enjoyed getting to go along on the journey with e DVD packaging could have worked well, but they ultimately did not do a amazing job with it. For some reason they decided to do Season 8 as a double-sided disk rather than single sided like every other disk. Also, they said that John Luke's wedding episode in season 8 was included, but it was not. We have checked a lot of times, but it's nowhere to be found. Lastly, they didn't contain the follow-up unique after the normal series ended. If it's a complete series, contain all the ;dr Love the show. This "complete series" was lacking and missing episodes.
You could fill a library with all the science fiction about robots. From Asimov's thoughtful three laws to Phillip K. @#$%'s human impersonators to George Lucas' comic relief it seems like everything possible has been said on the subject. Not so! Madeline Ashby has found a method to create automatons fresh the novel of the same name, a vN (short for von Neumann) is a synthetic person. They look like humans, they eat meal to sustain themselves, they grow, and they reproduce. They even have human-like emotional responses. At least, they appear to. Maybe they're just programmed that way? Much of the drama of the book hinges on that a lot of ways, a vN is more like an alternative life form than a machine. From the very first page we see a vN in a "romantic" relationship with a human. In a family, in fact. What an idea! The line between organic and synthetic life is often blurred in fiction, but Ashby's amazing innovation was to nearly obliterated it.A vN is not completely from their machine heritage, however. To create them safe companions for humanity, their creators included a "failsafe." If a vN sees a human in pain, their systems will start to shut down. This is such common knowledge that violent movies even have vN warnings.But not so fast! The novel's main character, a vN named Amy, seems to lack this failsafe feature. Is it a glitch? A design hack? Whatever the reason, Amy is of intense interest to all sides. Breakneck adventure e plot moves quick and keeps you turning the pages. The globe of the vN is nicely described and detailed. You really feel like you've lived there by the end of the at ending, though, was a issue for me. It just came out of nowhere, resolving several running conflicts in one fell swoop. I don't wish to give it away, but I think it's fair to call it a Deus ex Machina. Altogether, though, it's a little complaint for such an original and innovative science fiction adventure.Rating: 4.25 starsLength: 100,000 wordsViolence: Some. Not enough to create you failsafeSex: ImpliedDrugs: No
Madeline Ashby's first novel is the best kind of speculative fiction. Thought-provoking, entertaining, and even shocking at times--I read it in one sitting. Set some decades from now in a recognizable American semi-dystopia, von Neumann (vN) self-replicating artificial beings are commonplace, in the early stages of moving from servant to equal partner. The protagonist is Amy, a young artificial Vn woman from a "blended" organic/vN family, whose life is disrupted by the appearance of her grandmother--a machine ver of a sociopath. Amy goes on the run, and in the course of her journey she meets allies and confronts opponents in an globe of humans, most of whom are terrified of the beings they have been exploiting. Not all organics are bad, and not all vN's are good. And the characters are realistically conflicted internally, as well--in certain cases the internal conflict is disturbingly ere are echoes of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein--and even more clearly the author is influenced by the anthropological genius of the amazing Ursula K Leguin. Like LeGuin, relationships matter. And like LeGuin at her best, there is suspense and action to bring the philosophy to life.Any fan of of good, hard science fiction should this book. And I hope that Ms. Ashby is hard at work on her second novel. She's got a shot at joining the pantheon of amazing sci-fi writers.
Another favorite author bites the dust. The hero, who has no money, gives guineas to urchins as a tip. The characters walk to Bond road because it is only two e language and behaviors are not consistent with the regency period. I found the writing very choppy and the scenes were not appealing. Either my understanding of what a amazing book reads like, or this really is as poor as I think it is.
Ten years ago, a young Gwyn Drake created the mistake of falling for the wrong man. Now, he has come back to blackmail her for it. Her brother hires the battle veteran, Wolfe, to hold her safe, but the latest thing Gwyn wants is a stranger pawing into her past. Especially a handsome stranger that she can't support but be drawn e Bachelor is a follow up to Project Duchess (it took me method too long to pick up on the reality TV naming theme) and is just as engrossing. Gwyn and Wolfe are both people with secrets in their pasts, and I really enjoyed watching them grow closer and learning to trust each other over the course of the book. There were some times when plot points felt a small too related to Project Duchess (and the murder mystery remains unsolved!), but I was still satisfied with the results.I flew through The Bachelor, and you might too!
The bachelor of this novel is a Major Joshua Wolfe, a Marine officer on half pay, who is working as a gatekeeper on the grounds of Armirtage, the family country home of the Duke,whose sister, Gywm, is scheduled to have her debut to choose a husband at age thirty. She really doesn't wish to marry because of what happened when she was twenty with a suitor, who tried to ruin her, so he could obtain control of her inheritance. Luckily, her twin brother Thorn, saw through the man's adverse nature and got him to leave her by paying him. But she never forgave her brother, because he never discussed the problem with her. Plus she hid a secret from her brother of a miscarriage, which also a reason why she didn't wish to marry. This same suitor shows up 10 years later and demands a ransom from her, claiming he will announce their discretion from years ago and ruin her character. He is caught threatening her by the Major, who chases him off and then marches her to tell the situation to her brother,Thorn. Because of the threat, the Major is hired to be her bodyguard while she is in London for the Season, where they explore that they, Gywm and Joshua, have mutual feelings towards each other and fall in love and many. Another satisfying book by this author.
This debut novel by Madeline Ashby asks some interesting questions about what the motivations and desires of humanoid AIs would be, and the surprising respond is remarkably related to what their human creators seek. Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of robo-happiness looks much the same as the familiar goals, with some cosmetic differences in the health & diet departments. Ashby’s von Neumann robots are lot like the vampires making the rounds in a lot of YA fiction these days: Super-powered, attractive versions of people who happen to eat something unusual, but share all our emotions and dramas. Here, I was a bit disappointed, and saw potential for some wildly interesting outlook that superimposes inarguable machine logic on top of daily life. The closest thing here was the universally in-built “failsafe” directive that the vN possess which compels them to obey and cherish humans, (their garlic/sunlight/stake/holy water Achilles’ heel). The central conflict of the story arrises from, naturally, the appearance of a vN who can willfully ignore her failsafe. Like a lot of of those YA ‘paranormal romance’ stories, there is a blossoming romance in the works, and an authoritarian regime eager to snuff it all out. The first person perspective brought to mind Charles Stross’ “Saturn’s Children”, which also featured a female humanoid robot protagonist, and a parallel mechanism to the failsafe whereby robots are compelled to obey all humans completely and lovingly.
I enjoyed this. From the get, it jumped right into the happenings. The background stories or setting were mentioned as off-handed comments, and I enjoyed this: I really didn't think it was confusing in the lease. More on the the original side of the android/cyborg/artificial intelligence being stories I've recently read. The reason for the 3 and not 4 star rating: the vN and humans seemed (to me!) to think and act the same. I think if the author could have picked something, seriously, anything, other than (what seems to me) the usual: failsafe, don't damage humans, but the failsafe fails trope it would have created a amazing read. Very enjoyable, nonetheless!
This box set is awesome! Not only does it have all the episodes it also has a bunch of extras AND is packaged very well. I saw a couple comments that John Luke's wedding isn't in this. IT IS! its on a double sided disc, one side is a wedding unique and the other is a Christmas special! my boyfriend is LOVING all the additional content as well.
I have read so a lot of HR that I know what writers I enjoy. There are occasional disappointments but not many. I test to avoid fresh writers because I feel it’s like rolling the dice and I usually lose. I test not to be influenced by the book bloggers. I find the blogs so I can see what fresh books have been released. This is one time I took a possibility on a bloggers positive review. The story sounded interesting. Huge loser for me. Didn’t feel the romance. Too a lot of characters. Maybe this isn’t a standalone? I describe these types of books as a slow train to nowhere. I was so bored I quit at 2/3. This writer will be a one and done for me.
The second story in this series is as fascinating as the first. Sabrina Jeffries write about powerful women who knows their minds and pursues their goals relentlessly. Gwyn knows what she wants is Major Wolfe and sets out to snag danger lurks he comes to her rescue and search she suits him just fine.
This all starts with the death of the man Andi and her sisters have called Grandfather since their parents died. She is devastated by his death. She and her sisters are waiting to hear from someone concerning his will. A will not spelled out in the traditional way.Andi is apparently the lucky one who gets to go first. The news brought to her by the ludicrously hot guy whe just met at the vending machines. Landon, who says he was his business on, who we explore has an even bigger secret than the elite BDSM club he introduces Andi to hidden beneath her Grandfather's hotel. A club he owned but the girls never knew about. A club that has a secret entrance unlocked with a golden [email protected] 'key'.Dark and broody Landon who is also a bit of a kward, sarcastic, cute, independent ey have instant chemistry and despite the circumstances of how they meet and have to interact, they search happiness with each nelope does it again. She mixes the hilarious, ludicrous, sweet, steamy, tender, mysterious all in one read you won't be able to set down until you ease, please give us the next sister's story!!I received a copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review