Mike Smith's life was crap, living all alone, years after his wife had died and his children had grown up and moved away. Then he saw the commercial for the Daffodil. Far more than other robots, the Daffodil could become anything and everything he wanted it to be. Mike's life is about to change.
to have? What clothing, if any, do you wish me to wear? What name would you like me to answer to?"
Mike looked at the clock on the wall. It was 3:20 PM. He counted off six hours on his fingers—9:20. He sat down on the white sofa that was almost never used and looked at the shapely nude robot. With a wry smile, he realized that he could sit and stare at it for the next six hours, or he could get up and do something. He went back to the family room, picked up the texTee, and flipped open Moby Dick, but he didn't read any more of it. Instead he turned the select dial to the bookstore and typed in "names". The titles of half a dozen books appeared including "The Name Book", "The Secret Universe of Names", and "The Baby Name Wizard". He selected the last book of the six: "Virtue Names". It took about twenty seconds for the book to download to the texTee. Looking back to the screen, Mike turned to the first page of the name book. The first name was Agape. Agape? The book said that it had something to
This is a truly disgusting book about sex and "love" with robots. Unfortunately, it reflects exactly where we're going as a society. I could only take so much before bailing.
I could not get into this book at all. It started out slow but I gave it a chance because other books start off slow and get better as you go. This was not the case. There was no literary interest at all. I find that there was no interesting characters. The story seems good on paper but its delivery has a lot to be desired.
I, as most men, would LOVE to have a robot girlfriend and this story makes me very jealous. I thought it was well done, easy reading, and a wonderful story. I think most guys would rate it high and women will rate it lower.
Liked it, I want a robot girlfriend. ok it didnt go far in its storyline, but still enjoyed it. I read it twice.
It was FREE. Did you really expect a great novel? It was good, not great, but worth the paper it wasn't printed on. Remember it was FREE, as in its only cost to you was time.
Author misses several opportunities to leading an interesting story line into a suspenseful plot. Author could have given more pages to developing main character\'s thoughts and feelings.
This novella is interesting. On the surface, the story is kind of simplistic. But I think there are some (probably)very sarcastic and disturbing undertones which speak to our nature. I won't openly analyze them, but a couple of hints are the protagonist's constant compulsively fixation to the penny with the cost of everything, and the anti-romantic ending, where he slips into total dependency.
Main character orders his dream woman, she does whatever he wants, he falls in love and marries her. Definitely, a lonely 50 year old man's fantasy.
Reads more like the author's personal fantasy than a novel. It had some good moments but there was way too much detail about how exactly the cute little robot girl was dressed every day. The ending was weak. There is a natural stopping point about two thirds of the way through the novel, but it continues past this for a lame happy-ever-after ending. Still, if you have the same fantasies (your own life size walking, talking doll to dress up and make love to), then this book might be for you.
Sexy, but sweetly romantic. A good read!
I love the story, I couldn't stop reading it till the end.
i wonder if this kind of robot will be invent. The one that could feel.
I really liked this book. Yes, the plot is a bit light on, but I still really enjoyed the read! Next time a bit more plot and you'll get 5 stars.
There are inklings of an interesting plot in here that never really come to fruition. There are hinted at possibilities and the world occasionally comes crashing in but that's where it ends. The title spells out what this entire book is about. Readers approaching this should bear that in mind. The relationship stars directly up front and the book suffers for it. The more plot minded will reach the final page and likely wonder what happened to the proper ending. It more stops than reaches a completion point, the byproduct of a tenuous plot.
This was seriously one of the worst books i have ever read. I felt like i was reading an extended fan fiction where the author inserted himself in a story and forgot what he was doing in it. Half the book is talking about the main character being pleasure by his robot, and then how he got to dress her up however he wanted. The other half was about how jealous everyone was of his robot. The plat was basically non-existent. What a waste.
Excellent story, I really enjoyed it. The first 2/3 was great, and then it stumbled a bit (from Star Trek experience onward).
One of the most questionable parts was the super cheap price of the companion bot ($3,000?). She is the equivalent of a Ferrari, with a scooter pricetag. The tremendous value she provides as a companion and homemaker would make everyone want to have one (I'd be first in line!), but I only see truly wealthy people being able to afford her model level.
I highly recommend this story to others, and I will be trying the author's other stories.
This was a fun read! This was a lovely story about a lonely man that little by little falls in love with his lovely and efficient lady robot.
It is for all technology believers out there wondering why there are no good women.
Man buys robot. Man falls in love with robot. They live happily ever after.
There are two types of books: character-driven and plot-driven. Allison's His Robot Girlfriend is an example of the former.
Much of nothing happens in the story. There is a hint of intrigue, an aroma of conflict, a lot of sensuality referred to but not, thank heaven, described blow-by-blow which would make this simply bad porn. Basically the first sentence of the review is the novella in its entirety.
The dialogue is written well, which is a plus for works put out into free domain. The character of Mike Smith is rather well fleshed out though Patience remains ... well, a robot and doesn't have much of a personality as she is basically a Gal Friday with sexual services attached. The settings are intriguing. It is interesting to see what of our culture the author believes will survive in the near future, and and as credit to the author's craft, I did read the novella in its entirety.
However, reviewers are as varied as wildflowers in a meadow. Personally, I like a strong, well-crafted plot with intriguing lines of conflict, no matter how subtle or blatant they may be. If you like just character vignettes and what people may do in the privacy of their homes with a novel toy, then this might just be your five-star story.
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