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Jerry Is Not a Robot: A Novelette Kindle Edition
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There are only two characters in the book and they are poorly drawn. The dialogue of each character sounds identical. They author made no attempt to make them different people. The cliché of the "cardboard character" certainly fits this book.
The writing is amateurish. It is full of tense changes, even in the same paragraph. There are numerous POV shifts as well. Apparently the author edited the book himself, if he even edited it. He should have at least had some friends read it and provide him an honest appraisal of the writing and then revised the story a few times. No wonder it is SELF PUBLISHED!
The story might appeal to a teen-age audience, but it certainly does not qualify for a serious science fiction genre label. I would skip the book and read something else. After I read a book I typically give it away to a friend. I threw this one in the trash.
But is Jerry a robot?
The title of the novella claims that Jerry is not, but the reader will need to make his or her own decision based on the facts of the story. Tying Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics to human decency - and perhaps even a little revenge - this short story is sure to please most lovers of science fiction, and shows that a tale can pack a surprising amount of information and wonder into just fifty pages.
I gave this unusual & interesting book five stars.
Joel is a student looking for a job to fulfill a university contract.
"I had already been released early from two others. The university had a staunch limit of four, but no one wanted to take on a risky student who was 'reluctant to adhere to conventional protocol.' I had considered framing that review."
He had to sign a contract before the old man, Levi would tell him what the job was. They went to an old wooden barn that was locked. He wondered why the fellow was locked in. Then Jerry, who was a massive five meter tall metal monster emerged from a stack of hay. I had to look up meter conversion since I still think in feet. That's almost 16 and a half feet, an impressive size.
"But locks work both ways, I thought. They keep things in & keep things out. Maybe he was just protecting Jerry not keeping him locked up."
Jerry Is Not a Robot was an intriguing story that blended science fiction & a dystopian future. It was a pleasure to read & I will look for more of Gregory Marlow's writing.
Link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013VQF44Q
[Barb's husband Greg]