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Frankensteel (Just Hunter Book 1) Kindle Edition
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With that out of the way, the story's premise and plot engaged me well enough to see it through. The pacing, though a little uneven, is reasonable for the length. You'll find interesting ideas sprinkled throughout, and Craig demonstrates moments of artistry in observation. The science is good. The book's theme is a familiar one that we are going to see a lot more of in the next few decades as the fiction becomes science. The twist at the end is interesting but at the same time puzzling for what it leaves unanswered after so much blunt prose.
I was not impressed. I did feel sorry for the robot because of the narrow-mindedness of people but felt nothing for the other characters. I plodded through the first half and then, yawning loudly, skimmed through the second half just so I could finish it. The sex thing made no sense to me - very unethical for the detective to have a relationship with the person whose creation she's trying to destroy. At least she finally realized she had to put a stop to their "friendship".
No suspense, no character development, hard to track the story, and much puzzlement over the 4 and 5 star ratings. However, I have read worse and I've read much, much better....
This story explores the concept of artificial intelligence as it relates to humanity and our individual identities. (Readers interested in this concept should check out "Turing Evolved.") I do appreciate how the author uses a updated rendition of Frankenstein's monster to explore the theme of AI.
Decent Sci-Fi, although it lacked excitement for this reader I suspect others might find something to like here.
It is the indirect route to a science fiction - robot story, which goal is not the "story" but rather to challenge the reader to explore the rights of those without rights, in this case the artificial life AKA robot. (Yes, that was a long twisted sentence but it's done to make my point.)
If you take on the challenge to this read (the seemingly off topic jaunts and side stories) you end up staring at the core reasoning behind Asimov's laws of robotics.
I feel that Science fiction readers may enjoy this short story.
The story has warmth, humor, tension and well-sculpted characters, whom we are left wanting to know better at the end.
It doesn't feel like science fiction although the science is certainly in assured and masterful hands here; what is most surprising is the beautifully flowing prose which makes this novella, for me at least, equally a work of literary fiction.
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