Set in a near-future LA, a man falls in love with a beautiful android - but when she is kidnapped and sold piecemeal on the black market, he must track down her parts to put her back together.
Bad luck for Eliot Lazar, he fell in love with an android, a beautiful C-900 named Iris Matsuo. That's the kind of thing that can get you killed in late 21th century Los Angeles, or anywhere else for that matter - anywhere except the man-made island of Avernus, far out in the Pacific, which is where Eliot and Iris are headed once they get their hands on a boat. But then one night Eliot knocks on Iris's door only to find she was kidnapped, chopped up, sold for parts. Unable to move on and unwilling to settle for a woman with a heartbeat, Eliot vows to find the parts to put Iris back together again - and to find the sonofabitch who did this to her and get his revenge.
With a determined LAPD detective on his trail and time running out in a city where machines and men battle for control, Eliot Lazar embarks on a bloody journey that will take him to the edge of a moral precipice from which he can never return, from which mankind can never return.
Judd Trichter's Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is a science fiction love story that asks the question, how far will you go to save someone you love?
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"Luke Daniels does a great nattation job..."
of this mediocre sci-fi novel. There are some, really very few, funny incidents. Humanity has made the mistake of manufacturing androids that are too similar to humans.
Looked forward to this as either a funny novel or a serious philosophical SF, but unfortunately the author decides to go for the Hollywood cliche extended chase scene through several related episodes.
It is not all that funny though it has moments, and I was surprised at some rather offensive moments. Not that I'm a prude, but there is some really poor taste that caught me off guard and felt totally unnecessary.
The story started well, and seemed like a good set-up and I liked throughout the novel different aspects of the world revolving around the characters, but I think too much is lost by taking her out of the novel so early and returning her so late, basically last page. I think the more interesting take would have been to reconstruct her more quickly (you're not surprised he succeeds are you?) and then show them living in the world of the novel.
And the end is rather hack.
Many nods to Bladerunner etc. but golden opportunity lost and rather run of the mill story produced. Got bored with the obligatory chase/race against time/quirky characters/strange episodes etc, and there's even a showdown on a train. Very few cliches missed by the end.
"Do Androids Feel Love?"
This story does something that Science Fiction has been doing for a long time. It uses a futuristic setting as a social commentary on some of the issues we are facing today and it mostly does a good job.
The story is compelling and it moves along nicely. The protagonist is a somewhat morally ambiguous person with some rather dark shades of gray but his quest is still noble even if he isn't. My only real issue is that the androids are too human which could be a side effect of the author trying to make them relatable and their motives understandable even if we might not agree with them.
Luke Daniels puts in another quality performance and if you enjoy his other work then you will probably find little fault with his narration here.
Overall I'd say the story is probably not for everyone. The ending might be unfulfilling for some and the protagonist might be too unlikable for others. If you enjoy gritty, near future science fiction with a bit of a cyberpunk feel then you will probably find something to enjoy.
"Excellent Sci-Fi Noir"
It's Chinatown crossed with Bladerunner, Laura, & DOA. Cagey & plausible analysis of how capitalism would shape a world teeming with credible humanoid androids, whose enhanced work abilities & need for power becomes the foundation of their exploitation. The ensuing nightmare love/hate conflict between "Heartbeats"(human) & "Spinners"(robots) is extremely well-rendered aided mightily by the wonderful narration of Luke Daniels who handles the entire cast with talent & aplomb.
"Original, Provocative, & Fast Paced"
This thought provoking and rather original story is superbly narrated by Luke Daniels. He does the 'noir' themes in this book so very well. This is audiobook narration at its finest.
This is not an uplifting or feel good novel. Sometimes the future described seems all too possible. This is really well told, well written, fast paced, and fascinating. I had a hard time putting this one down. It reminds me a little of Nick Harkaway's Tigerman.
On the other hand it isn't overly depressing or sad per se. Just gritty and hard boiled and set in a tough time without a lot of glamour or glitz or sunshine.
this book was nothing like what I thought it would be. in many ways it was much better. Think of a modern version of a Greek love story where the question of who or what might have a soul i determines the goodness or evil of the main character
well worth the time.
"A Civil Rights Moral Philosophy Tale"
What started off as a simple science fiction novel turned into a thriller with unexpected plot twists, a sense of humor, and an unexpected thought experiment regarding civil rights now and in the future. A pleasant listen while I was on a few long road trips, but then at Chapter 21, the book hit its stride and it was off to the races. The feel seemed very suitable for a SciFi channel miniseries. I believe this is Trichter's first book, I look forward to seeing what he has in store.
"Interesting, engaging, entertaining"
This was really well done, the story kept moving at a good place, was believable and even a plausible window into a potential future of humans and our relationship with robots.
I found the accents of some of the females to be a bit quirky, but aside from that minor nuance, and some cursing, I enjoyed this audio book.
"Fantastic great amazing."
Um wow. Based on the title and the cover art I was kind of expecting a romancy I Robot type story. Not true at all. This is easily one of the best books I've read in quite some time. I've read too much Dune, Asimov, and Terminator type stories to ever really feel compassion for AI, but this was close. There is something about a man at rock bottom struggling to make sense of a messed up world that everyone can relate too. Check this one out if you've got the time folks. The performance by the narrator was absolutely top notch, high quality audio drama.
Any of the moments with the detective. He had such a great way of thinking and speaking. This book is worth the read just to hear his thoughts.
In the age of mankind's rage, love will prevail.
"Great plot and great writing"
High on my list. I'm normally into mystery thrillers, sci-fi, and the occasional romance. This book had all three categories in one plot!
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