Review: Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff |Cyborg girl find her true self. #Robot #Scifi

Lifel1k3 (Lifelike, #1)Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of those 6 star books, it transports you to another world rivets you the seat and hits the overdrive.  98 thousand words, or a 6.5 hour read at 250wpm.
It’s got cyborgs, androids, robots, gladiators, GMO, romance, philosophy, action all rolled into one mind bending psychedelic blunt that leaves you smoking out the ears as this dystopic narrative banks hard at every turn.
With a fabulous ending just putting the cherry on top.

The most advanced robots are some kind of advanced non-replicating nano-machine based androids taking the human form, though they don’t shape shift it is one of the few things that could explain their rapid healing abilities.  There is a lack of discussion about what the energy source and protein (building block) source is for the regeneration of these advanced robots.  Their regenerative abilities are so fantastical that really they don’t seem to be bound by the laws of physics, even though they have a weakness to fire.
I’d have to say they remind me more of magical light beings than robots.

There are also genuine robots, one of which is the protagonists pet. Sadly the robots follow Asimov’s three laws of robotics. Though the advanced robots do find a cure for the unfair restrictions on them, so the robots which are allied with the advanced androids are not limited by the first law.

The cyborg parts of the protagonist is mostly limited to giving her better eyesight in that eye, and giving her some information regarding mechanics. Which is much like Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles, I wonder if it was independently written or perhaps partially inspired by that character.

The GMO people were somewhat interesting, in that they formed a hive organism with a large octopus or Kraken in which they lived.  Though they aren’t really robots they are similar to the advanced androids, except without the rapid regenerative abilities.

All in all it is a great milieu book that is expertly written giving a wonderfully intimate first person feel for the primary protagonist Eve. It also has it’s own interesting dialect of English.  I definitely recommend it and am looking forward to the sequel.

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Review: Snow Crash #Robot #Scifi

Snow CrashSnow Crash by Neal Stephenson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very forward thinking for an early 90’s book, includes VR, AR, Seasteading and NLP. Kinda foresaw Wikipedia via the librarian.
Was overly violent but I guess that is part of the dystopic nature of this future projection.
Also it foresaw some things which may yet come to pass like micropolities, and language based mind viruses.

It didn’t have any memorable robots, though there was a type of cyborg dog that was nuclear powered and could break the sound barrier in terms of speed. All the humans seemed fairly natural, with most of the augmentation being wearable.

Lunar Chronicles 1-4 by Marissa Meyer #Review #Cyborg #scifi

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Honestly, this was one gruesome “joy” ride, I shudder just thinking about it.
I think someone should put this in the “gore” subcategory of “horror” or something.
The first book was pretty tame, but they got increasingly gorey as the series progressed.

If it wasn’t for the Cyborg and Romance week I honestly wouldn’t have
bothered reading it. I relish mostly the Cyborg/Android point of view parts of the story. And I do very much like that Iko had several point of view chapters, though they were generally much more shallow than the Cyborg ones with the internal net screens and such.

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#Novel: Naked Came the Robot by Barry B. Longyear| Psychedelic dream to full #automation #RobotsForTheWin #robot #scifi

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A psychedelic dream of the singularity from the 1980’s. Zoom to the 2040’s when most are basic income unarmed “soldiers”, and the economy and government is wholly operated by Robots on behalf of humans. Watch the final moments of humanity as they all evolve into machines. About 75,000 words or a 7 hour read.

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