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You Shouldn't Call Me Mommy by [Tsui, Susan]
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"A compelling narrator drives this strong, sympathetic tale that begets metaphysical soul-searching." ~ Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review And A BEST OF 2012)

About the Author

Susan Tsui was born in New York City, the third of four children born to Chinese immigrant parents, and the first to be born in the United States. Recognizing an interest on the effects of culture, society, and technology on the human condition Susan obtained a MFA from Goddard College. During her writing career she has published short stories in Expanded Horizons, Mind Flights, and the third annual Warrior WiseWomen anthology. She plans to follow up on the early achievements with the publication of full length novels. You Shouldn't Call Me Mommy is her first novel.

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  • File Size: 596 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Oneiros Press; 1 edition (June 17, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 17, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008CALNX8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,029 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Kathy Cunningham TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
We live in an increasingly technological age. Everywhere you look, people are glued to their laptops, tablets, iPods, and Smartphones. One can't help wonder whether all this technology is really making things easier for us. We're more connected, yes, but we're also less involved with each other on human levels. We're in constant touch, electronically, but there's a layer of distance between us that sometimes feels immense. Susan Tsui's YOU SHOULDN'T CALL ME MOMMY is set in a near-future America where technology has moved into a new phase. Government sponsored robots called "humaniforms" have taken over caregiving roles for most of the population. These humaniforms have silvery metallic "skin" and bald heads, but they seem to possess an uncanny ability to relate sympathetically with those in need, whether they be elderly parents in nursing homes or orphaned children needing someone to raise them. This system not only provides safe and dependable care for adults and children, but it frees up both family members and social service organizations from the duties and responsibilities of tiresome caregiving. Sounds good, right? Maybe . . . but Tsui's take on things is both eye-opening and thought provoking.

YOU SHOULDN'T CALL ME MOMMY is narrated by 32-year-old therapist Ray, who was raised by a humaniform "Mom" after the death of his parents in a car accident when he was six years old. Ray's older brother Ian, who was eighteen at the time of their parents' death, hasn't seen or spoken to Ray in fourteen years. Something happened when Ray turned eighteen that tore the brothers apart.
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By M on October 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
The concept of androids/robots replacing humans is nothing new, but I found the story in here unique enough that it did not feel like some boring rehash of the genre.

Humaniforms have become caregivers in this society, rather than workers or fighters as I would usually see in other stories in this genre. They are used as foster parents for orphaned children, caretakers for the disabled and elderly, and as babysitters for children. This system is supervised by humans called Guardians, who determine if or when people need humaniforms to take care of them, and Guardians can also require people to get therapy, this is a main point of the story as the protagonist's older brother, Ian, hates humaniforms, and was also the one who got rid of Jay's humaniform, who he had a deep emotional attachment to (hence the title of this book)

The problem is deeper than it seems, and as one reads along, one realizes that the system, despite it being designed to help people, has its flaws. This leads to a few surprising twists, one of which includes Jay's own wife, and another one which involves the Guardians. No, I'm not going to say what they are. But this is a good book, and if I can be surprised by a twist, the author has done a good job. Kudos! I'd be interested in seeing more books set in the universe this author has created.
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What price do we pay for convenience?
What makes a family?
What relationship do we have with machines? And is that relationship healthy?
Does government have the right to decide what's best for a child, or a family?
What is truly real? And how do our perceptions of reality affect us?

Susan Tsui brings up all these questions and more through her compelling novel, and deals with the answers from a variety of angles. Science fiction often affords us the best opportunity to examine current issues from a safe distance, and Tsui uses the genre very well here.

Jay Chen is forced to confront the various realities of his life, including his past, when his long-absent brother turns up to ask a favor. The world of the novel is not so different from our own (in fact, it's easy to see how we could get there in a few decades), and is fully realized, as are the characters and their relationships. The book is a fun read, but it you will find yourself asking all of these questions, both for yourself and for the society we're creating. There are no clear-cut answers, but that's the book's greatest strength: it allows you to come to your own conclusions after seeing situations from many sides. A truly thought-provoking book that's well worth your time.
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So few books ever pass the page one test (hook the reader from the first sentence, first page), I usually read two or three chapters before I give up. This novel drags. The premise sounds good, and if I hung in there to the end, it might be rewarding. But there's no freshness, wit or originality to make up for the ponderous pace. The narrator is a man but I'd have sworn a woman was telling this tale. The voice is simply not authentic. That's too bad; there might be a great story here, but I can't see past the stilted prose. I enjoy a lot of foreign authors whose English is terrible, in part because I love the *way* they mangle the language. For example, In POOR MAN'S WEALTH, a native-Spanish-speaker laments his village's situation in English that doesn't sound quite right, with hilarious and authentic results--but Rod Usher is a genius for nailing "voice" in fiction. YOU SHOULDN'T CALL ME MOMMY is written in correct English, but the lack of conviction and "voice" just doesn't allow me to invest more time reading. If I've missed a great story, tell me how wrong I am, but with thousands of titles in my Kindle, I can't read every one of them, and I don't have time to see if things get better by chapter 3. Sorry.
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