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iD (Machine Dynasty) [Kindle Edition]

Madeline Ashby
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Book Description


Javier is a self-replicating humanoid on a journey of redemption.

Javier's quest takes him from Amy's island, where his actions have devastating consequences for his friend, toward Mecha where he will find either salvation... or death.

File Under: Science Fiction [ vN2 | Island in the Streams | Failsafe No More | The Stepford Solution ]

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About the Author

Madeline Ashby grew up in a household populated by science fiction fans. She graduated from a Jesuit university in 2005, after having written a departmental honors thesis on science fiction. After meeting Ursula K. LeGuin in the basement of the Elliott Bay Book Company that year, she decided to start writing science fiction stories. She has been published in Tesseracts, Flurb, Nature, Escape Pod and elsewhere. Currently, she works as a strategic foresight consultant in Toronto.

Product Details

  • File Size: 428 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (July 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,375 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This series started with vN which followed Amy, a robot made for the pleasure of humans. In Amy's case, her owner treated her as a person and kept her innocent like a child as long as he could. We are presented with the idyllic setting of a human caring for a vN as if it were a human child and teaching it while it aged but didn't grow, but Amy was an unusual case. Most vN were created to do work for us, to be there for us in any and every way imaginable, and with a built-in failsafe preventing them from ever harming us. And when I say 'every way imaginable' that is the truth. Most of the vN have been used by humans for their sexual pleasure and do not know that not everyone wants to have sex with them. In a way, even the 'adult' vN are like children.

iD picks up where vN leaves off with Amy and Javier on the oasis Amy has created as a sanctuary for vN. But soon the seclusion they have fought so hard for is destroyed and Javier is on his own searching for Amy. Javier, unlike Amy, was not raised as a child loved by parents. His father abandons him soon after Javier is iterated (how the vN reproduce) and Javier finds himself in jail. From there he makes his way through life, iterating his sons, and struggling to provide for himself. He learns that humans want him in sexual ways, and he uses that to his advantage.

After reading other reviews, I thought perhaps I was missing something while reading this book. However, I think it's that I am not as sensitive as others to certain topics. The sex scenes depicted were not overly detailed or offensive and they served the purpose that the author intended by including them.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars the only thing humans want from robots is gay sex? October 16, 2013
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I have read the two books in this series. They provide interesting ideas which i liked, i liked the robot psychology and playing out of scenarios of how humans and robots would interact. I have a problem with it in that the only goal of i think just about every human character is to have sex with robots, usually gay sex or sex with robots that simulate children. This was not as bad in the first book which i would rate four stars for interesting ideas. However, in the second book the whole book is about the main character trying to avoid humans having gay sex; getting raped in the beginning and getting into a sugar daddy relationship later. I can somewhat excuse this in that while it may not be true in a big picture, perhaps this can be true in a single individual's narrative. I still did not find it believable. I also did not find the world so believable as you have these machines made from self replicating nanobots but nothing else is, how can you have this fantastic technology and all it is used for is these robots? It should have effects on all technology. Also lots of Deus Ex Machina, he is constantly being rescued by powerful AI beings manipulating and pulling him out of trouble.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so good October 30, 2013
By Randall
Format:Kindle Edition
This book has potential but there are chunks of the story missing. Its hard to follow and the sexual content is just gross. Like scifi nerd porn gross. Shame since the idea is sound.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars meh December 10, 2013
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I thought the plot was pretty meandering and disconnected. This book frustrated me in a way I don't remember vN doing. Sounds like there's another sequel coming. Hopefully it'll flow a little better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A male sidekick who's AI and can also get pregnant July 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I was really excited for the second book in this series about ai written by a woman author. I love getting to see scifi topics like ai explored from a woman's perspective. So I was a bit disappointed to have the story shift focus from a woman in the first book (Amy) to a man in the second (Javier).

Ripping Amy out from under us is an interesting choice. On the one hand, I appreciate series that switch perspectives like this because we get to see more of the world of the novel and gain a clearer understanding of it. On the other hand, part of why I liked the series to begin with was that we were seeing a powerful female robot for once. So I was skeptical about this choice at first. Ultimately, however, the perspective switch worked for me because it basically is following the hero's sidekick when the hero is decommissioned. It's still interesting to see the gender swap happening in the sidekick. It's also interesting because although Javier is male, he's also a robot with a failsafe, so he is more akin to an enslaved person than to a humanoid free male. It's interesting but it saddens me that this perspective makes it seem like things like trading sex for travel are the only options for people in that situation. Sex is power, yes, but it's not the only tool women have available to them. I'm not sure how I feel about the fact that the book seems to be saying that anyone in that situation, regardless of gender, would use these resources because they have to. I can see not having a lot of choices. And I can understand having to choose to do something you don't morally want to do because the end result is so needed. But I would expect to see a lot of soul searching and thought process behind that choice because it is still a choice.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I'll wait and see what the summary of the plot sounds like.
I don't remember how long ago I read this, but it was around the time it came out. Anyway, More of the same from the first book, for the most part. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Patrick Harden
5.0 out of 5 stars First chapter "Prologue: Satisfaction Guaranteed" may be scariest,...
Odd review here.

By the third chapter I got disinterested in reading further. I still believe the book is worth buying and reading. Why? Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
no good
Published 6 months ago by tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Science Fiction
I liked Miss Ashby's first book in this series, Vn, very much. This book carried on where Vn left off, the two books could almost be combined as one so starting with iD might... Read more
Published 10 months ago by MSZRXrider
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read about AI in humaniod form.
I found that I did not want to put the book down once I started (which is a good sign of a gripping plot). Read more
Published 10 months ago by Andrew Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars good sequel
The first novel in this pair, VN (The First Machine Dynasty), has the advantage of novelty over this second part of the saga, but Ms Ashby can write, and it's an interesting saga.
Published 11 months ago by J. Aldrich
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative world
Ashby was able to meld a world where the synthetic was able to seem more than human. It gave hope in the bleak.
Published 12 months ago by Nelson Barringer
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it a lot
I thought this book was a lot easier to follow than vN (the first book in Machine Dynasty). Overall, I thought the story was very unique and I can't wait for the next book.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
I really enjoyed this and her fist book. It's very blade runner but with more heart. I recommend it very much.
Published 13 months ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars very good sequel
Very enjoyable 2nd book in the series. Highly recommended. I hope there are more to come as these two were great.
Published 14 months ago by AndyT13
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Madeline Ashby was born in Panorama City, California in 1983. She is now a science fiction writer and strategic foresight consultant living in Toronto. Her short fiction has appeared in Nature, FLURB, Escape Pod, and multiple anthologies. Her non-fiction has appeared at BoingBoing, WorldChanging, Creators Project, and As a futurist, she has worked for Intel, the Ontario government, and design and communications firms in Toronto. She loves anime, avocados, cats, Nine Inch Nails, and staying in.

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