- Series: Android
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games (November 29, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616610999
- ISBN-13: 978-1616610999
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,793,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Android: Golem Paperback – November 29, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
I have this and "Freefall", the only other Android book released at the time, and this novel stands far above the other one, despite the other author's standing as a Best Selling Author.
If you enjoy a cyberpunk/Blade runner type setting along with deep plot, you will enjoy this book!
Odem builds his main character (bioroid) into a lovable character. His progression as a character is so fun to watch develop. I really like the mystery surrounding his development.
The first book's setting is on the Earth, the second the Moon, and the final book will be on Mars. It is really cool to have a series which have different locations like this. You can feel the tensions really building between the three.
Through the first and second books the plot continues to thicken and unravel making Drake's life and flashbacks at the center of a much larger conspiracy. I am really excited for book three!
Mel Odom created an ultra-authentic android Drake that had to follow Asimov's three directives. Drake was consistent in all his (I should probably use "its") actions. He lacked human emotions even to the point of irritating me at times. But who said that sentient androids, lacking human emotions, wouldn't irritate us human observers? Mel risked making Drake unrelateable. But the risk paid off. Instead I feel like I've glimpsed what it's like to interact with an android and I found it fascinating!
The story is engrossing and mysterious. Events unfold on Earth, the moon, and Mars. I never felt like Mel was hitting me over the head with clues. On the contrary, there are more questions than answers. I'm hooked and I'll be purchasing the next installment.
If you're wanting a point of reference to determine if my opinion of good writing is compatible with yours - I'll gladly share my favorite author. Patrick Rothfuss! True he is a fantasy writer. If you haven't read him yet, I envy your future discovery.
The story moves well and is interesting to follow. It's easy to get into the mindset of Drake, seeing things in a very non-human way. For me, as someone familiar with the Android universe, it's fun to see the names and places pop up that you already know if you'd played Android or Android: Netrunner.
There is one odd thing about the story, it didn't hurt my enjoyment but some people may find it off putting. The story very much tries to present itself as a Detective Noir novel when it's more of an adventure novel.It hits the beats of an unknown lady coming to him for help, a cop who is disconnected from the world and so on but noirs resolve in a pretty specific way and you shouldn't expect that here.
I enjoyed Golem. If you like Android, you really should read this. If you like Sci Fi I'd still recommend that you give this a read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't normally do this, write a review for a book I found in a store, but this one really took me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kurt Hardman
A well written smart sci fi adventure. You dont need to be a fan of the Android universe to enjoy this one. Recomended.Published 3 months ago by Aleks
Detective Drake is a refreshing lead in a solid piece of licensed fiction. I wasn't utterly blown away, but I enjoyed the book from start to finish. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Edward C Liddell
Well written blend of philosophical android sci-fi, action thriller, and believe it or not private eye noir. Fast paced plot from a skillful author. A great ride.Published 13 months ago by golfhobo
The main character dies 1/3 way through the book. I stopped reading.Published 13 months ago by B. Anderson
Apparently the subtitle (the identity trilogy) means that this book only covers one third of the story, since a lot of questions are left unanswered. Read morePublished 19 months ago by M. Grubert
Good hard science fiction read. Told from a perspective I haven't see before. Deepens the world of Android nicely. I picked up the next two books as soon as I finished this one.Published 21 months ago by Sgt D
Not as awesome, as, say, Injustice comics vs the game, but quite nice. A lot of plausible technologies mentioned. Makes that much easier to roleplay in this 'verse.Published 21 months ago by guns_n_droids
I have to say that the noir detective story going on almost takes a back seat to the development of the Haas bioroid, Detctive Blake. Read morePublished on January 31, 2014 by Etherrider