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review 2017-08-10 08:00
How To Survive A Robot Uprising
How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion - Daniel H. Wilson

I was expecting something slightly more funny and less serious, but How to Survive a Robot Uprising tackles the upcoming robot-apocalypse describing different types of robots that will bring our demise. It is easily portable and fits in a pocket, gives tips about escaping a smart house and if anything, made me aware of all the possible thing that can kill me.

Quick read, not as funny as I expected it to be though, and I'm afraid that in the event of a robot-apocalypse most of the information might be out-dated.

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review 2017-07-20 18:38
I don't know, you guys
Jumping Barrel (Cyborg Sizzle Book 7) - Cynthia Sax

This is the kind of thing that I both love and hate.  Like some of this was eye rolling worthy, and some of it was like, 'alright, i got ya, I like it.'   I disliked it as much as I liked, and I did so equally.   Not like I liked half, but so much more than the rest.   So two and a half stars, I guess. 

 

The world building wasn't good enough for this to be a stand alone, and even some of that made me raise my eyebrow.   Like the whole cybernetics allowing them to really only breed with one female.   How do they know?   How does Barrel know when the only thing he does is talk to her and see her over a screen?  I'd assume the whole breeding thing would be genetics, and as a cyborg, he might be able to scan her in some way - but over a screen?

 

I do have a thing for how much Barrel loves Nola.   (But some of the names.   Like Barrel?   Why?)

 

"His Nola would breed with him, would eventually grow to love him."

 

The 'breed with her then she'll slowly fall in love with him' makes no sense.  Keep in mind, the cyborgs in this tend to use breeding instead of fucking or sexing her up.   Or whatever you want to call it.  

 

I mean, if she doesn't like fucking you the first time, will she really agree to do it over and over again until she loves you?

 

Shouldn't you try to win her over before you fuck her?

 

"A huge knife was rucked in the waistband of his ass covering."

 

I'm not quite sure if that should read as pocked in the back of his jeans, or if he has a special piece of clothing called an 'ass covering.'

 

"A leather strap slipped between her lips, muffling her question.   The male had gagged her."

 

First of all, I wanted to bash something when they called each other the male and the female.   Just why?

 

Secondly, he's gong to fuck her, then she'll 'eventually' fall in love with her, but first he'll start off with a non-consensual gagging.   I was like 'OH SHIT WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN HERE?????'

 

Nothing like what I was thinking, but yeah, I don't care if he says it's a precaution or not, the fact that he doesn't want me screaming doesn't equal love.   It equals a good, hard kick in the balls. 

 

"She's been on her own since she had four solar cycles."

 

I'm not sure if 'solar cycles' is years or not?

 

"He tasted like metal and male..."

 

Keep going, please!

 

"...her rapidly expanding hair."

 

 

"Barrel slid his shaft along her folds, breeding without entry."

 

...

 

That just sounds wrong.  I mean, I know what he's doing, but breeding might not be the word you want there. 

 

"She was hot, slick, snug, her inner walls hugging his tip, her purely female fragrance surrounding him."

I find this ridiculously not hot.   Am I the only one?

 

"He licked every droplet within reach, tasting salt and aroused female."

 

...

 

Show, don't tell.   Aroused female gives me nothing.   Is that in her sweat, so not her other bodily fluids?   Because other than that, how would you tell what aroused female tastes like?   This is part of the lazy world building, though.   Really, a microcosm of that. 

 

"...her curves absorbing the race of his breeding, a buffer of softness, of caring."

 

The next time someone tells me I've gotten fat, or look pregnant, I'm going to gently chide them with 'that's just a bugger of softness, of caring.'

 

"His essence made contact with her flesh and she screamed, her form convulsing under his, her pussy squeezing his shaft harder."

 

Man, I almost laughed out loud so many times, but then I"d have to explain why and I didn't want to read this thing aloud. 

 

So, yeah, not a great book - at all. 

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review 2017-06-24 04:34
When Technology and Nature collide...
The Wild Robot - Peter Brown

 

We are geese,

And geese keep going.

 

We're a strange family.

But I kind of like it that way.

 

Ahh, this book. I didn't think I was going to like this one. I read it because it's a Sunshine State nominated book for the 2017-18 school year, and it fit the talking animals BLopoly space that I landed on.

 

The name of the robot is Roz and she has a lot of knowledge, but she doesn't know how to survive on this island. Roz is having difficulties until she realizes that she can learn from the animals. Once Roz realizes the animals are talking, she also realizes she can communicate with them. One day, Roz accidentally destroys a goose nest and can save only one egg. This leads to some pretty amazing and heart-warming moments that I really enjoyed. The ending is a bit sad but hints at the sequel which is coming out later this year.

 

The story is more than a bit quirky, but that's what makes it so much fun. I think it will be a big hit with our 3rd - 5th graders this coming school year. Though I'm sure it will appeal to older kids and adults as well.

 

Oh, and the illustrations really bring it all together.

 

 

 

I read this book for the Fantasyland 7 space, and this is my first book after the big shakeup. At 277 pages it is worth: $6.00

 

 

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text 2017-06-19 04:08
Booklikes-opoly Fantasyland 7 Read
The Wild Robot - Peter Brown

 

 

The main character is a robot, but she interacts and talks to the animals on the island. So, talking animals (check) and a sunshine state 17-18 book (check). Perfect!!

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review 2017-06-17 00:45
Am I no longer afraid of robots?
The Wild Robot - Peter Brown

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown has both fascinated me and frightened me for at least 2 months now. I kept seeing the cover when I was shelving or visiting other branches and the image of the single robot standing on top of a pile of rocks kept leaping out at me. I finally gave up the fight when I decided that middle grade fiction was the way to cure my book reading blues. I'm glad that I did because The Wild Robot was a lot of fun to read (and it turns out it's the start of a series!) made even more amazing by the superb illustrations supplied by the author. [A/N Peter Brown is no stranger to creating books as he's a well-known children's picture book author/illustrator but this is his first attempt at middle grade fiction.] This isn't your standard 'robot story' but instead it's a look at climate change, the ever-evolving landscape of our world with the advent of technology, and what it means to be truly alive. In short, it's beautiful, thought-provoking literature. The illustrations peppered throughout enhance the story by adding depth to the characters (I love that they're black and white.). Roz is doing the best she can given her circumstances which is really all that anyone can do. The only difference is that she's an artificial lifeform living on an island without any humans. How will this shape her? Will her presence have any effect on the local fauna and flora? Brown's commentary on our world is perfectly geared for a younger audience but it wouldn't go amiss for the adult crowd either. ;-) I can't wait to see how this story continues to develop as Peter carries on with the series. 10/10

 

For a look at the book from the author's perspective check out this awesome post written by Peter about his process of getting his book published: "The Wild Robot lives!".

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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