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review 2018-10-22 18:41
Made to Kill / Adam Christopher
Made to Kill: A Novel (L.A. Trilogy) - Adam Christopher

Raymond Electromatic is good at his job, as good as he ever was at being a true Private Investigator, the lone employee of the Electromatic Detective Agency--except for Ada, office gal and super-computer, the constant voice in Ray's inner ear. Ray might have taken up a new line of work, but money is money, after all, and he was programmed to make a profit. Besides, with his twenty-four-hour memory-tape limits, he sure can keep a secret.

When a familiar-looking woman arrives at the agency wanting to hire Ray to find a missing movie star, he's inclined to tell her to take a hike. But she had the cold hard cash, a demand for total anonymity, and tendency to vanish on her own.

Plunged into a glittering world of fame, fortune, and secrecy, Ray uncovers a sinister plot that goes much deeper than the silver screen--and this robot is at the wrong place, at the wrong time.


I read this to fill the Modern Noir square of my 2018 Halloween Bingo card.

I became kinda fond of Raymond Electromatic by the end of this novel. He’s a robot with a heart for gold and limited short term memory. The author made it clear that he was a great admirer of Raymond Chandler and the noir detective genre, but that he was trying to write “Raymond Chandler’s lost science fiction novel.” Unfortunately for Mr. Christopher, it is extremely difficult to write as beautifully as Raymond Chandler. However, I can tell that he had a good time trying.

Things get a bit complex and confusing about 2/3 of the way through, but everything sorts itself out in the end. There are more books in the series if you’re a fan, but I think I know Mr. Electromatic well enough at this juncture. A fun Halloween read.

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text 2018-10-11 18:06
TBR Thursday
Made to Kill: A Novel (L.A. Trilogy) - Adam Christopher
Evil Librarian - Michelle Knudsen
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel - Matthew J. Sullivan
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - C.S. Lewis,Pauline Baynes


I'm currently working on The Mysteries of Udolpho, which pretty much demands that you take things slow and gentle.  I feel like I've been reading forever, and the girl isn't even an orphan yet.  And she must be an orphan for this to be gothic!  It's one of my Halloween Bingo choices, so I've got to persevere.


I've got two more Halloween Bingo books waiting.  I've read a few pages into Made to Kill, but I'm making myself wait to start Evil Librarian


And I've got two books from my planned reading list for the year, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  I've heard very mixed reviews on the former, but the latter should be a reliably good read.


Also on my schedule is a performance of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, which I'm attending on Sunday.  Our city's Shakespeare Company is doing a season centred on Hamlet, which this play kicks off.  Next up will be Hammered Hamlet, followed by Hamlet, a Ghost Story.  The fourth play is The Hamlet Frequency, but I've got my fingers crossed that I will be in France at that point.


I still need to get my Science Fiction & Fantasy books organized--maybe I can squeeze that task in as well.


Have a great weekend!




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review 2017-07-10 13:30
Made to Kill by Adam Christopher
Made to Kill: A Novel (L.A. Trilogy) - Adam Christopher

Series: Ray Electromatic Mysteries #1


In an alternate 1960s world, Raymondo Electromatic is the last robot and earns his money as a robot assassin but pretends to be a robot private investigator. He used to a PI for real, but his secretary/brains of the operation Ada decided they needed an alternate business plan. I picked this up because I quite liked the prequel short story Brisk Money. Unfortunately, what starts off as a movie star hiring Ray to kill her fellow actor doesn’t entirely work. Christopher gives reasons for all of his plot turns, but I didn’t find they held together coherently. The whole is meant to be a bit absurd, to be fair, but I wasn’t able to suspend my disbelief quite that much. I debated between 2.5 and 2 stars but felt it just didn’t rate above 2, which in my books means “okay” but not “average”.


I read this for booklikes-opoly square Tomorrowland 36 “Read a book where the author’s full name contains all of the letters in SPACE”: Adam Christopher. Since this is the second time that I’ve read a book for this square since the shake-up, the book’s 224 pages net me a whopping $9!


New bank balance: $205

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review 2017-05-05 16:49
My Review of Made to Kill
Made to Kill: A Novel (L.A. Trilogy) - Adam Christopher

Made to Kill by Adam Christopher is part of the Ray Electromatic Mysteries, but I am not certain what order the books follow. It's about Ray Electromatic and his business of killer for hire in disguise of a private detective company.


I absolutely loved this book! It reminded me of the '50s B rated sci-fi movies. This book brought back a lot of childhood memories of my mom and me watching B movies until all hours of the night.


This story has great characters and wonderful story telling. I can't wait to read more of the Ray Electromatic Mysteries.


I won this copy in a giveaway and all opinions are my own.

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text 2016-10-14 22:30
Yay, I scored a hardcover for $6
Made to Kill: A Novel (L.A. Trilogy) - Adam Christopher

Well, zero.   It was a gift, but it was fairly inexpensive!


I didn't  get too many leaves pictures.   Zero, actually.   We stopped by a small town and roamed around near the ski resort that doesn't quite have skiing yet.  (They're all year round, so they do summer and fall activities like mountain climbing and singing round bonfires and such.)


Anyway, it was fun, and I had the best maple latte - where they mix maple syrup into the espresso.   


I'm going to nap before writing my review for Splatterlands.

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