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But Whether Men Do Paperback – Large Print, June 6, 2010
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You have just discovered an author who doesn't pull punches. Who doesn't shy away from sheerness of genre or difficult subjects. Who has achieved mastery over the creation of lifelike characters; synthetic humanoids with plausible personalities, behavior, and dialog (pleasant but bad at empathy); and a coherent, disturbing vision of the future.
Mahan takes the reader forward at just the right pace; the plot is also very solid, and gets rapidly better/more engrossing as it unfolds. But what I felt were far more interesting were the small dramatic subplots that exposed the complex, subtle relationships between the synthetic and human characters. These really made the book.
I also enjoyed how the author avoids that sort of fake, hyperbolic, over-descriptive prose employed by most genre writers. He lets the real meat of the story carry it rather than relying on fluff. But his prose is excellent and fluid, and you do still get a very accurate image of what's going on.
Give this diamond in the rough a good, thorough read. It carries the rare distinction of being great genre fiction and solid literature, and like most good books is worth far more than its price.
Although, if I were less personally biased, I might give it a 4 because sometimes the perspective jumps, and needs to be more clearly delineated. Some form of bracketing should be used to separate shifts in points of view and location. If I were a total tight-ass editor, I might complain about that.
Also, I think there's really no reason for some of the humans to worry about the chastity of the lifelike, female robots. No disease, no pregnancy, and clearly no hurt feelings.