The Mad Scientist's Daughter [NOOK Book]

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?Cat, this is Finn. He?s going to be your tutor.?

Finn looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion? and more.

But when the government ...
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Overview

“Cat, this is Finn. He’s going to be your tutor.”

Finn looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion… and more.

But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.

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Science Fiction [ Constant Companion | Finn X | Sentient Rights | Hot Tin Roof ]
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/19/2014
Caterina Novak's life changes completely the day her roboticist father brings home Finn, a startlingly lifelike android. As Cat negotiates high school, university, marriage, and motherhood, Finn becomes her tutor, her best friend, and her first love. Of course, loving an android isn't simple in a near future where android rights are hotly debated, and Cat has much to learn about her and Finn's place in the world. Supporting characters are sometimes hazily sketched, and Cat's occasionally unsettling love for Finn is only questioned by characters clearly meant to be villains. However, Clarke's writing is elegant and often deeply moving, placing the reader's sympathies firmly with her star-crossed lovers. (Feb.)
From the Publisher

Nominated for the 2014 Phillip K. Dick Award.

Named a B&N Bloggers' Favorite Book of the Year, 2013.

“Cassandra Rose Clarke has delivered a novel that is brave enough to take on one of the largest issue’s confronting all of us today—just what exactly it means to be human in a time when the definition of such seems to alter almost daily in the face of whirlwind technological change. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is a haunting, memorable, and very original love story, told in an alluringly graceful prose.”
Peter LaSalle, author of Tell Borges If You See Him: Tales of Contemporary Somnambulism

"one of the most heart-clenching and gut-wrenching love stories I have ever read ... an instant favorite with fantastic re-readability."
-Vicki, Open Book Society

"Fantastic character building and a truly classic love story make The Mad Scientist’s Daughter a literary classic for lovers of both genre fiction and classic romance."
-Catherine Russell, Functional Nerds

"With this second book, Clarke has cemented her status as a must-read author. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is really something special."
-A Fantastical Librarian

“The characters are what drives this story, whether it’s Cat struggling through life, her mad yet grounded and caring father, the friends and lovers Cat meets throughout her life, or Finn, the android who doesn’t want to be human yet seems like the most perfect creation.”
Shades of Sentience

“I urge you to read this book, it will haunt you and stay with you for a long time. It is very hard to believe that this is only the author’s second novel – bravo Miss Clarke!”
Geek Syndicate

If you are looking for hearts, flowers and candle lit dinners you won’t find it here but if you are in the mood for a tear inducing, head shaking, heartbreaking, but ultimately uplifting love story, within an unusual setting and with a unique love interest, The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is for you.
-Caroline, Big Book Little Book

"The author captures the idea of lonely people circling around each other, coming together briefly and then separating again. I think it’s part of what makes this book so melancholy, but it also makes the times the characters do connect extra sweet."
- Tammy Sparks, Books, Bones & Buffy

"Even if you don’t consider yourself a science fiction fan READ THIS BOOK. It is gorgeous and thought provoking and fascinating. Even better – try and get someone else to read it at the same time. It’s a novel that demands to be talked about."
-More Than Just Magic

"Cat’s longing and desire for Finn is a force of nature, and the tragedy, and joy, of Cat and Finn’s romance will stay with you long after reading the last page."
-My Bookish Ways

"It's a neat premise and Clark examines the ramifications with the precision of a poet, eschewing the genre's typical preoccupation with science and opting instead for a dramatisation of the love affair. Hard SF aficionados be warned: this is SF for admirers of The Time Traveller's Wife."
-Eric Brown, The Guardian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857662668
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 84,583
  • File size: 372 KB

Meet the Author

Cassandra Rose Clarke is a speculative fiction writer and occasional teacher living amongst the beige stucco and overgrown pecan trees of Houston, Texas. She is a graduate of the 2010 Clarion West Writers Workshop and holds a Masters degree in creative writing from the University of Texas at Austin. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons. The author lives in Houston, TX.
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The Mad Scientist's Daughter


By Cassandra Rose Clarke

Angry Robot

Copyright © 2013 Cassandra Rose Clarke
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-85766-265-1


CHAPTER 1

Many years later Cat still remembered the damp twilight on her skin and the way the dewy grass prickled and snapped beneath her bare feet as she ran up to the edge of the forest that surrounded her childhood home. Her mother had let her stay out late that night so she could catch fireflies in a jar, and she lay amongst the tumbling honeysuckle and ropes of wild grapevines with the jar held aloft, holding still and waiting for the fireflies to buzz through the opening so she could trap them inside.

As the night fell soft and sparkling all around her, Cat watched the fireflies climb up the sides of the glass, the glow of their abdomens transforming them into intermittent stars. Somewhere around the front of the house a car door slammed, once and then twice, but she ignored it, knowing her father to come home late from his meetings in the city.

But then the light came on in the screened-in back porch. Immediately, Cat slunk down into the shadows. She was at an age where she liked to spy, where she liked to note undetected the goings-on of adults. The round, familiar silhouette of her father stepped onto the porch, followed by another figure, tall and thin and angular, a figure Cat didn't recognize. She clutched the fireflies to her chest and crept around the perimeter of the yard to get a closer look. Those fireflies she hadn't caught blinked on and off in the darkness, and Cat's jar glimmered faintly from between her hands. On the porch, behind the gauzy screen, the unfamiliar silhouette sat down. Her father leaned over it, their shadows blurring together. Cat slid across the grass. She crept up to the porch, near the steps, to the place where the screen had been ripped away from the frame a few weeks ago by the old raccoon that came around the yard sometimes. She tucked the jar under her arm and stood on her tip-toes and peered through the screen's gap, and she saw her father's broad, expansive back, a narrow sweat stain tracing along his spine. Of the stranger she saw nothing but a pale, slender arm, hanging motionless off the side of the plastic chair, and a foot covered in a dirty old sneaker.

Her father straightened up and took a step back. He put his hands on his hips. He said something, too soft for Cat to discern over the sounds of cicadas whining in the trees and the ceiling fan clicking rhythmically inches from her father's head. He sighed. Then he walked across the porch to the wicker table in the corner and set down a thin metal tool that gleamed in the porch's yellow light.

There was a person sitting in the plastic chair, only he didn't seem like a person at all. His eyes focused on Cat, and she yelped and ducked into the crawl space beneath the stairs.

"Do we have a visitor?" said Cat's father, his voice booming out into the night. Cat huddled in the cool, moist dirt beneath the house, her jar pressed between her chest and her knees. It smelled of cut grass and old rainwater. The screen door slammed. Footsteps rattled Cat's hiding place. Then her father's face appeared, white and round as the moon. "What have you got there, Kitty-Cat?" He pointed at her jar of fireflies.

"It's my light-jar."

"I see," said her father. "And a lovely light-jar it is." He reached under the stairs and plucked her out, swinging her through the cool night air and bringing her to rest on his hip. "I have someone I want you to meet."

Cat buried her face in his soft shoulder.

He carried her into the screened-in porch. The light inside was weak and old-looking and buzzed like the cicadas outside. The man sitting in the plastic chair looked at Cat's father, then at Cat. His eyes moved before his head did. They were very dark, like two holes set into his face.

"Cat, this is Finn. He's come to stay with us."

Cat didn't say anything, just pulled the firefly jar to her chest and wiggled out of her father's grasp so she slid down the side of his leg. Finn nodded and then smiled at her.

"A child?" he said. Cat wanted to run back out into the darkness.

"Yes, Finn," said Cat's father. "That's right. My child. My daughter." His enormous hand ruffled Cat's hair. He knelt down beside her, and she looked at him. "Why don't you show Finn your light-jar?"

Cat didn't want to show Finn anything. He unnerved her. In certain ways Finn resembled the few adults Cat had seen in her short life – his height, his long torso and limbs, the solidity of the features of his face – but otherwise he was completely different from the boisterous scientists who came over some evenings for dinner parties. His eyes loomed steadily in the buzzing light of the porch. His skin was much too fair, sallow beneath the swath of black hair that flopped across his forehead.

She decided he must be a ghost. He was an adult who died. Her father brought him here to study him. This was the only logical explanation.

Cat hugged the jar tight against her chest. Finn didn't move, didn't even twitch the muscles in his face.

"Don't be rude," her father said gently. "We need to welcome Finn into our home." He straightened up, and Cat took a deep, shaking breath and stepped forward, feet rasping across the porch's painted wooden floor. She held the firefly jar out at arm's length and looked over her shoulder at the porch screen dark with nighttime. When the weight of the jar lifted out of her hands, she scurried back behind her father.

"Photuris pennsylvanicus," said Finn. "The woods firefly."

Cat's father laughed. "Latin names," he said. "Good to know that scholarly upgrade is working nicely."

Finn held the jar up to eye level but in the light, Cat noticed, the fireflies looked like ugly brown beetles.

Cat tugged on her father's sleeve. "It's only outside," she whispered when he glanced down at her. "It's only a light-jar outside." She wondered what would happen if Finn stepped beyond the boundaries of the porch, if the yellow light made him visible, if his true nature would cause him to melt back into the shadows.

Finn ignored them, turning the jar over in his hands, gazing at it with his peculiar, dispassionate expression.

"Oh, of course!" said her father. "Finn–" Finn's head jerked up. "Let's go outside. Come along."

Finn stood, his narrow body unhinging at the waist. He handed the jar to Cat and smiled, but Cat grabbed the jar and pushed through the door, out into the cool, dampening night. The fireflies glowed again. She could hear them knocking against the glass.

"How lovely," said Cat's father.

"Lovely," repeated Finn, as though the meaning of the word eluded him.

For a moment Cat stood in the darkness, her back to Finn and her father. She wasn't ready yet to see what Finn had become in the darkness. The surrounding forest rustled and shimmered against the starry sky. The glass from the jar was warm beneath her hands. She wondered if fireflies could protect you from ghosts. Probably not if they were trapped in a jar. Cat bit down on her lower lip, and then she unscrewed the lid and the fireflies streamed out, leaving streaks of light in their wake. Cat dropped the jar to her side. She took a deep breath. She turned around and gasped.

Finn had blended into the darkness, just as she predicted, but his eyes, gazing levelly out at the forest, shone as silver as starlight.


That night, Cat couldn't sleep. Whenever she closed her eyes, she saw two flat discs of silver, and her heart pounded violently up near her throat. She pulled her reading tablet out of its drawer and turned it on. She tapped the little ghost icon to bring up all the ghost stories contained in the database of the house's main computer, and she began to read, looking for clues as to how to protect herself from Finn.

She was beginning to grow drowsy in spite of her need to feel afraid when she heard her parents' voices seeping through the walls of the house. She slipped the reading tablet under her pillow and climbed out of bed and padded softly into the hallway. A sliver of light arced out from beneath her parents' door.

"A perfect tutor," her father was saying. "You said you didn't want to send her to that school in town–"

"This is not what I meant, Daniel. He ... It ... It's unsettling."

"He's not an it, darling."

Cat curled herself up beneath the empty telephone alcove and set her chin on her knees. She wondered if Finn could hear them arguing too. She wanted to knock on the door and tell them to keep their voices down, since it was potentially dangerous for a ghost to hear any discussion of itself. And she knew Finn wasn't far away, either: earlier her mother had set him up in the attic bedroom, where the walls slanted down at an awkward angle and the air was always warm no matter the outside temperature. Cat had helped, carrying the heavy metal fan up the creaking stairs, its cord snaking down behind her, while her mother opened the windows, stirring up clouds of golden dust.

"It's hot up here," Cat said, rubbing the sticky, itchy dust out of her eyes.

"Won't matter." Her mother sighed. "Your father insisted we bring the fan." She turned toward Cat. "Come along, it's past your bedtime."

So it was entirely possible that Finn had his phantom ear pressed to the attic room's wooden walls, listening in on everything her parents said. Assuming he hadn't slipped out already, in the form of cold damp mist, or possibly a cockroach. Cat gnawed on the hem of her nightgown. Surely her father, who was a brilliant scientist, knew how to contain him.

Inside the bedroom, Cat's father said, "Let's talk about this in the morning."

The rim of light disappeared. Cat's eyes widened. It would be dangerous if Finn caught her unaware in the dark. She crawled out of the alcove and crept back along the hallway, making sure always to step at the place where the floor met the wall so the boards wouldn't squeak. When she came to her bedroom she stopped and peered down the hall, at the door leading to the attic stairs. The air conditioning kicked on and that familiar roar gave her a sudden burst of courage. Cat skittered up to the attic door. She pressed her ear against the smooth cool wood, holding her breath in tight: but there was nothing, no sound, no movement. No light under the door.

Cat went back to bed. Exhausted, she fell asleep.


Over the next few weeks, it became apparent that her mother had lost the fight Cat overheard that first night: Finn stayed. In the mornings he came down from the attic bedroom and sat with the family as they ate breakfast, although he ate nothing, only kept his hands folded on top of the table. Cat always watched him with caution, hoping she could find some clue as to his nighttime activities. One morning he returned her gaze with a weird smile, and she yelped and kicked her heels against the legs of the table so the whole thing wobbled.

"Cat, stop it," said her mother, reading the news on her comm slate.

Cat paused for a few seconds. Finn had turned away from her. He knows I know! she thought, and immediately kicked the table leg again.

"Caterina Novak! What did I tell you!"

Cat drank the last of her orange juice and then slid off the chair so that she pooled on the floor underneath the table. She considered the three pairs of feet: her father's, in his wooly slippers, her mother's, bare, with chipped pink polish on the toes, and Finn's, in heavy black boots. She crawled beside her father's chair.

"I'm going outside," she told him.

"Oh?" He smiled down at her. "Why don't you take Finn with you? And show him the garden?"

Cat's heart began to race. She didn't look over at Finn.


She willed herself to stay calm.

"Do I have to?"

"Don't be rude," her mother said without looking up.

"I would like to see the garden," said Finn.

"See?" said Cat's father. "I think that settles it. Show him your citrus tree."

Cat stood up and so did Finn, pushing his chair back neatly. He smiled at her again. He seemed exceptionally polite for a ghost, although it was possible that was how ghosts tricked their victims. She clomped over to the door and stepped outside. The light was pale and hazy. "It's this way," she said, leading him around the side of the house. She heard his feet rustling the overgrown grass.

When the garden came into view, small and neat and boxed in by its black fence, Cat broke into a run, stopping only to unlatch the gate. The garden hadn't yet completely unfurled itself, and most of the blossoms were only tiny fists pushing out of their stalks. The climbing roses had been pruned back a few weeks ago; the hyacinth poked unscented out of a stretch of black soil. Cat ran over to her citrus tree and leaned against it, watching as Finn stepped through the gate, and stopped, and looked around the garden as though he'd never been outside.

"This is remarkable." Finn pointed at the Texas wisteria. "Wisteria frutescens. I have never seen it before."

"It grows all over the place," Cat said. "It grows in the woods."

Finn turned toward her citrus tree. "Citrus limo," he said. "Lemon tree."

"Yeah, I guess," said Cat. "It's mine." Her citrus tree was the same height as her and covered with flat waxy leaves, although no lemons yet. She had planted it with her mother last year, digging up the soil with a plastic shovel, watering it dutifully during the summer drought.

"I understand." Finn walked over to the tree and reached up to rub one of the leaves between his thumb and forefinger. He was close enough to Cat that she could see the fibers in the fabric of his T-shirt, thin and faintly worn. It looked like the T-shirts her mother kept folded up in a drawer to wear when she worked in the garden. It didn't look like the T-shirt of a ghost.

Cat had a sudden idea. "Hey, do you want to see the cemetery?"

Finn dropped his hand and turned toward her. "The cemetery?" His voice sounded different, higher pitched, like a child's, like a girl's. When he spoke again, it had returned to normal. "I've never seen a cemetery."

Cat nearly clapped her hands together in her excitement. Her hypothesis was correct. (Her father had taught her about the importance of hypotheses.) Finn had forgotten that he was dead. He had forgotten the place where he was buried. Maybe he wasn't the bad kind of ghost at all, just the lost kind. Cat ran out of the garden, back toward the house. "Come on!" she shouted. Inside, she plopped down on the kitchen's cold tile and put on her shoes. Finn walked in, looked down at her, then back up at her parents, still sitting at the kitchen table.

"We are going to the cemetery," he said.

Cat's father took a long drink from his mug of coffee. "Well, that's wonderful," he said. "I knew you two would get along if you had the chance."

Cat's mother didn't say anything.

Cat jumped to her feet and went into the living room to grab her sketch pad. Then she ran back outside, letting the screen door slam behind her. Finn followed. She led him down to the woods, still dark and fragrant with the last vestiges of night.

"You can take the road," said Cat. "It's quicker. But the cars go really fast. Which I guess wouldn't be a problem for you but it would be for me."

"I prefer the woods."

They walked along without saying anything. Broken branches and empty pecan shells snapped beneath their feet. At one point Cat glanced up at Finn and the sunlight filtering through the tree leaves had covered him with dark, shadowy spots, like a leopard. He even had a leopard's bright, fluorescent eyes.

Eventually, the woods opened up into the clearing that housed the cemetery. Cat climbed over the sagging, rusted metal fence. The lemony sunlight made her eyes water. It was the right time of year and the cemetery was covered with a thick blanket of wildflowers: bluebonnets and coreopsis, black-eyed Susan and phlox. She knew most of the names from picking bouquets here with her mother. That year the wildflowers were so numerous Cat could only make out the very tops of the gravestones, most of which didn't even have names on them, only initials and dates from two centuries ago.

Cat turned around, half-expecting Finn to be disappearing in a cloud of light or steam. But instead he stood at the edge of the cemetery, wildflowers rustling around his ankles.

"It is ... lovely," he said.

"That's what my mom always says." Cat frowned. This must not be the right cemetery. Finn took a few steps away from the fence, toward the center of the cemetery where the old oak tree twisted up against the cloudless blue sky. Cat trailed behind him. The sun reflected off his dark hair. He stopped, tilted his head toward the swaying, rippling flowers. Cat froze. Maybe he had found his grave.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke. Copyright © 2013 Cassandra Rose Clarke. Excerpted by permission of Angry Robot.
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  • Posted November 17, 2013

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    Cat Novak is the daughter of two cyberneticists.  She grew up wi

    Cat Novak is the daughter of two cyberneticists.  She grew up without much interaction with them or the outside world.  One day her father brought home an android named Finn.  Finn is unlike other “robots,” one of a kind, and he becomes Cat’s best (and really, only) friend.  Eventually, she falls in love with him, and while on some level she understands that he can feel emotions, she convinces herself that he does not have the capacity for love.  As Cat goes to school, then college, she encounters other people and has relationships with various men, but she always keeps drifting back to Finn.  She finally decides to marry a wealthy man that she does not love, yet she expects to be able to carry on with Finn as before.  However, Finn has other ideas.  As Cat’s life falls apart, she realizes that she has done Finn wrong, but is it too late for any kind of redemption?

    This book was set in an alternative America, after the “Disasters.”  Somehow the human population was greatly reduced, and humans began depending upon automatons and robots to help them rebuild society.   Quite a few social issues are brought out as, on the one hand, people consider androids like Finn “an abomination,” and on the other hand, people begin fighting for robot rights.  It does get a little creepy with the physical relationship between Finn and Cat.  In many respects, Cat is not a very likable character and essentially uses everyone to suit her own purposes.  However, you have to wonder how much of this was due to what was basically emotional neglect as a child.  Overall, this was an interesting exercise in the “what-ifs” of life with artificial intelligence.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2013

    Engrossing, touching, heartbreaking - a story that cements the a

    Engrossing, touching, heartbreaking - a story that cements the adage 'Love knows no boundaries'.

    I'm not usually one to sound sappy and melodramatic. In real life, I'd be the kind of person in your group of friends that you'd least expect to ever sound emotional. Hysteria and feelings are just not my turf, but this story - oh, this story brought out all the feels in me that I just don't know where to start!

    I suppose a fair warning is in order. I feel that whatever words I come up with cannot truly describe just what a gem this story is. This review is a mesh of the many things I felt in this roller coaster of a story. If some things don't make sense, I shoulder all the blame for my insufficiency in describing the many eloquent emotions this story has brought me.

    Now then, for the review.

    The story starts with an ordinary girl who lives a very extraordinary life. Being the daughter of two very smart scientists gave her an inquisitive mind, and being a child gave her boundless energy. Cat's parents chose not to enroll her in the usual educational facility for her age. This made Cat's early childhood enviable but very different than that of the other children.

    Cat's world became a little more colorful upon the arrival of Finn, a humanoid robot. He became her tutor and constant companion to the point that Cat never thought of him as being any different from her or her parents.

    Through the pages of this book, the reader gradually witnesses Cat's transition into her teenage years and finally, her adulthood. She struggles through life as any normal person do, the main difference is her deep relationship with Finn.

    While it's clear at the onset that Cat and Finn had grown very fond of each other, it's also true that a romantic relationship between a human and an android was simply abnormal. It's ridiculous, completely illogical and taboo, especially since androids were treated more as machines. This was something Cat struggled for years, even until she was married. But of course, she couldn't deny the fact that she was head over heels in love with Finn.

    Just to bring up a logical perspective into the story, yes, an android is technically a machine. It's made of wires, screws and metal parts. No matter how humane it looks, it will never be a human. It's behavior and actions were all programmed and created by man, so it can never be human. In short, an android can't possibly feel any emotion at all, much less love. But in this story, Finn wasn't just an android. He's so much more!

    If I were to describe Finn, I'd say that Finn is an android. He's an android who can lie, an android who can love, and an android who can feel passion.

    “There is nothing else like me in the entire world, said Finn. "That's what you wrote. I'm the only one. I can't tell you what it means to be the only one of my kind," he said. "I can't...There is a lack in myself. But your thesis almost filled it in. It was...a start.” - Finn, The Mad Scientist's Daughter

    Personally, when I began reading the story, I came to loathe it. I loathed it for the simple fact that at the back of my mind, I knew it was going to make me shed tears. And I was right. It made me cry, and I hate crying. But I couldn't stop reading it despite the fact the I loathed it because I simply have to know the ending to Cat and Finn's love story.

    Then came the parts in the story where I felt my heart breaking bit by painful bit. I felt my heart reach out to Cat, but I also couldn't help but mourn for Finn. They are two characters which really hit me straight to the heart! And the odd thing is, if I were to re-live reading the book, I would no doubt, say yes.

    Had I known in the first place just how heartbreaking and angsty this story was, I wouldn't have picked it up. But now that I'm through reading it, I'm glad I did. It's definitely a story that I would carry with me in my favorite list for the rest of my life.

    Just to set the record straight, this isn't the first story I've read about a human girl and an android. The first one was a manga (Japanese comics) by Yuu Watase entitled Zettai Kareshi and premiered in Japan way back in March 2003. I became such a huge fan of the manga that I also watched the live Japanese series (with subs, of course), and even the Taiwanese live series remake. It would suffice to say that in both the manga and the live remakes, I cried buckets of tears. So I wasn't in the least bit surprised when this story made me tear up, too.

    All in all, this story is very engrossing. It's the kind that draws you in with its quiet charm, breaks your heart into pieces, and when everything comes full circle, you'd still love it!

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Plot spoilers

    Too many plot spoilers revealing every detail of the book then bragging how they got their book for free. Well guess whatk we dont get our book for free and you rude plot spoilers ruin it by revealing everything after you get yours for free. Stop doing that. You do not have to regurgitate the entire book. Bn, please put a stop to these plot spoilers. Ban them, fine them but please put a stop to them.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    So so

    All those people that rate it above four star recieved a free copy for their review, and the book just is not all that good, sorry.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    This was kind of a strange one. I wasn't overly keen on the writ

    This was kind of a strange one. I wasn't overly keen on the writing style and the way info was imparted. It was very cold, clinical and minimalistic.
    It had elements of AI and Bicentennial Man now and again. The emotional attachment from machine to human, the human connecting with the machine on a personal level and the machine wanting to be more than what it is.
    The relationship between Cat and Finn didn't sit right with me. 
    It wasn't because of the human and robot issue though. What I found slightly dodgy was the fact Finn had been around as a friend, confidante and carer since Cat was a small child. That gave their subsequent romantic relationship a tinge of incest. If Finn had been a male human carer/friend living in the house whilst Cat was growing up, who decides to have a romantic  relationship with the child he has helped to raise, then it would also be considered more than odd. Had the author had Finn join household as an adult male after Cat turns 18 then it wouldn't have that inkling of wrong. Finn acts like a fully grown male in every way. I also felt the whole enjoying the physical aspect via special tap and slap function a little bizarre. 
    Other than that the story actually became more interesting as it went on. Cat and her emotions towards the TinMan are a work in progress. 
    Of course inevitably the issue of whether a robot with human elements is just a new type of human and possibly our future popped up. Can society treat them like tin cans if they are given the ability to can feel emotions like humans do and act upon  those emotions? Or will society always treat them like an advanced microwave with the ability to think independently. 
    I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

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    What an amazing read! Before I purchased this book I was already

    What an amazing read!
    Before I purchased this book I was already a fan of Cassandra Rose Clarke because of her book "The Assassins Curse." When I  looked to see if Clarke had any other books out I ran into this one. At first I was a little skeptical about it; androids aren't really my thing, I don't regret buying this book. I say this a lot, but this time I mean it: This is my favorite book.
    This book is a look through Cat's life-- the scientists daughter. Finn is her tutor and enters her home when she is but a child. The book continues on from there with Cat fearing Finn to learning to love him. This book made me cry from happiness, loss, fear, and love. There were parts where I couldn't put the book down and parts where I set it down in fear of what would happen next. My curiosity would always win out and I would pick the book back up and continue on. 
    "The Mad Scientists Daughter" is 100% worth the time and money. Congrats Cassandra Rose Clarke on creating a masterpiece I will never forget!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    (I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-re

    (I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Angry Robot and Netgalley.)
    Cat is 5 years old when she first meets Finn. He’s an android, he doesn’t eat, he doesn’t sleep, and he helps her scientist father with his work. He also tutors Cat instead of her going to school, and he’s her best friend in all the world. As she grows up, she comes to rely on him more than anyone, and misses him when she goes away to college.

    Cat loves Finn, it’s obvious, but as he is ‘incapable of love’ she knows that nothing can ever become of her feelings, and she tries to keep them hidden. One day after the death of her mother however, her feelings escape, and she kisses Finn. Things escalate, and it seems that Finn is more human than she ever considered, and they have sex.

    Cat and Finn can’t really be together though, it’s illegal and immoral, and so she goes back to her normal life. Certain events change things though, and suddenly Finn announces that he is leaving – he’s a machine, not a man, and so he has sold himself to the highest bidder.

    This book tells the tale of Cat’s life, and her love for Finn, even though he is a ‘robot’ rather than a man. Can Cat live without the love of her life though? And if robots are sentient, should they have rights?


    This book was so rich and so emotional; it made me cry on more than one occasion. I really felt for Cat, who loved Finn but kept talking herself out of admitting it, all because she believed that he was incapable of love. She tried to hide her feelings even from herself at times which I found really sad.

    I have to say that even with the story, when Cat and Finn actually had sex for the first time I found it weird. I know that they did have feelings for each other, but she’s asks to have sex with him and he tells her he is capable of it, although obviously he doesn’t get any feeling from it the way she does, and it’s really weird how one-sided the sex was, like, well…. Having sex with a robot!

    I liked Finn strangely enough. He was sweet to Cat, and he did seem to have sentience, and he did seem to have feelings for her, even when he told her that he was incapable of feelings. I also thought that the way he behaved when she was with someone else spoke volumes about how he felt, even if he couldn’t put the feelings into words himself.

    This story covers a large period of time, from when Cat first meets Finn when she is 5, to the end where she is in her 30’s. Parts of the story I liked more than other parts, but the writing throughout was just so captivating, that I wanted to keep reading, even when I wasn’t loving that part of the story.

    The tagline for this book is ‘A tale of love, loss and robots’, and I think that it fits the story really well. The story basically follows Cat’s life from quite a young age, and her background and her love for Finn are a constant background noise within her life, so much so that no matter where she is, she never stops missing him. There is also a lot of loss in this book. I cried on more than one occasion, the story was just so sad in places, but it was so beautifully written that even the sad parts were heartbreakingly good. I actually find it really difficult to tell you how emotionally taxing this book was, and still I loved it, and I’m not going to forget this one in a long time.

    Overall; a beautiful and heartbreaking tale of a girl and a robot.
    8.5 out of 10.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Loved it

    I was not paid to review this book, and I thought it was awesome! Could not put it down to go to sleep awesome....please,please let there be a sequel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Odd but endearing

    Different than I expected. Nicely emotional and presents many questions about the nature of being human, without getting over dramatic or too achademic. Enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    A Fantasy Book

    This writer is more descriptive than I would like. She goes overboard in details.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Red Dragon: Terrifying and Thrilling

    Harris's novel is an amazing, dark journey through the minds of Will Graham, Hannibal Lecter, and a mad psychologically-wounded killer. Not for the faint of heart (there are graphic scenes involving murder, obviously), Harris penned a novel that gets you into the minds of damaged people, broken and greedy souls and manipulative bastards. Readers will find themselves rooting for Graham, an honest man who is called back to work for the FBI after two families are killed. Will faces his demons in the form of guilt, blood and Lecter himself and though the dialogue in the story can be chilling, it can easily capture your attention. Lecter, though not the main antagonist in this story, is downright scary, and his taunting of both Graham and the reader will leave you with shivers. Harris' writing style is unique but easy to follow and is very enjoyable and addicting. There is a cast of characters that one just can not love, too. The ending may shock you, as it came as a surprise to me, but the book itself is built up on twists and turns. In other words, get ready for a horror, dry-humor filled ride if you read this amazing tale!

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  • Posted February 1, 2014

    A little clunky storyline sometimes

    But an enjoyable read overall.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Recommended..

    Clarke's book was different. Not what I expected. I'm an old lady but it held my interest and and I enjoyed it.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Loved it!!!

    This was a very thought-provoking book, and not just because of the AI factor. As a parent, it made me think about the choices we make for our kids to "help" them fit in, and what our approval means to them. I'm an avid reader and have finished at least five other books since I read this, but this is the one I keep thinking about. I don't think there's any higher praise than that!

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Emotionally charged

    It's a romance, but an uncommon one. It is well written and thought-provoking, and it is relevant to what may become political and humanitarian issues in the not-too-distant future. Turn up your empathy meter and have a wonderful reading experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Wonderful book

    Loved everything about it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Excellent

    Good read.

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  • Posted January 15, 2014

    I'm a sucker for "girl falls for robot boy" stories, a

    I'm a sucker for "girl falls for robot boy" stories, and this one was just so beautiful and heartbreaking. It was the kind of book that hurts in a good way to read, the kind that rips you apart and puts you back together again, and I loved every moment of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Nice

    I liked this 282 page book. It is very much worth reading. To me, it was a simple, clean, story. Not elaborate, just,simple. This may sound like a strange review but it's an honest one. Enjoy it. I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Read it in an afternoon!

    Really enjoyed this. A love story with a twist!

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