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Cassandra Rose Clarke , Kate Rudd
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29 Jan 2013
There's never been anyone - or anything - quite like Finn. He 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 is to tutor Cat. When the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (29 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469271265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469271262
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Special 4 Feb 2013
By W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Last year I read - and loved - Cassandra Rose Clarke's debut YA novel, The Assassin's Curse. Having been struck by her writing and powerful voice, I was already looking forward to The Mad Scientist's Daughter based on that alone, but the cover reveal and the cover copy sealed the deal. Because look at that cover; it's completely glorious. And Clarke didn't disappoint with her first novel for adults. The Mad Scientist's Daughter is stunning. A gorgeous exploration of love, the ability to feel it and other emotions, and the lies we tell ourselves in order to attain happiness that probes the border between human and AI to see how far they stretch. Perhaps it has a little too much romance in it for those who think all SF should be hard, but for me it was a perfect blend.

While this is as much Finn's story as it is Cat's, the narrative is told strictly from Cat's perspective. We follow her from the time she's five years old and Finn is brought into her home to tutor her until she's about thirty-six. During all this time Finn is an integral part of her life, even once she moves away from home and even when they don't speak for years. Her voice is distinctive and Clarke isn't afraid to let her be unsympathetic. Cat is very human, with very human flaws, and we see her making choices which are unwise and say and do things that are unkind out of self-interest or ignorance. Despite this, I never lost my connection to the character, even when she strives to confirm to what she believes her late mother would have wanted for her and tries to lead a `normal' life and she takes some tremendously stupid decisions. Even if I was sitting there, going `no, no, no, don't do it' at her, Clarke so skilfully built her character that her decisions are plausible and I understood why she made them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of Love, Loss and Robots 30 Jan 2013
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Copy received from [...] in exchange for an honest review

While I have a growing appreciation for YA fantasy and speculative fiction, particularly those liberally sprinkled with romance, I have to admit that I am more than a little intimidated by the thought of reading these genre's within the adult category. So while the synopsis for The Mad Scientists Daughter, sparked my interest with its originality, my main reason for request to review The Mad Scientist daughter was my love of the authors Debut novel The Assassins Curse (read my review here: [...]).

Commencing The Mad Scientists Daughter I had high expectations of the quality of the characterisation and storytelling and just a touch of apprehension of reading outside my comfort zone. The synopsis led me to expect a book about personal growth and character development, which dealt with discrimination within a futuristic (speculative fiction) setting. This is exactly what I got, but rather than, as the synopsis suggests, the focus on Finn struggling to find his place in the fast changing world, it was in fact Cat's (the afore mentioned Scientists daughter) third person perspective which guided the story.

While I found the synopsis misleading, it didn't effect my enjoyment. If anything the story, within the pages of The Mad Scientists Daughter, was much more my usual kind of read.

What I discovered with each compulsively turned page was a beautiful character driven, heart aching, love story. The books tag line: "a tale of love, loss and robots", rather than the synopsis is a much more accurate description of this gorgeous book.

In Clarke's post apocalyptic world, robotics and artificial intelligence has been utilized to rebuild and repopulate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love, Loss, and Robots. 1 Mar 2013
By Sarah
(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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mad About The Mad Scientist's Daughter
The strapline on the cover of this intriguing book is A Tale of Love, Loss and Robots. And that is exactly what it is about. Read more
Published 6 months ago by sjhigbee
4.0 out of 5 stars Finn has been given some extra special abilities..
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. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cheryl M-M
1.0 out of 5 stars really struggled
as the title. REALLY STRUGGLED. girl meets robot. girl shags robot. Well thats it. But it just goes on and on and on. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. N. J. Keighley
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I had no real preconceived ideas about this book when I sat down to read it. The blurb was intriguing, but I couldn’t quite imagine how the story was going to work. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jenni (Juniper's Jungle)
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
I discovered this book on iO9's list of sci-fi must-reads for 2013. I was hooked on the sample, couldn't put it down, and am still thinking about it weeks later! Read more
Published 17 months ago by jinx
2.0 out of 5 stars Sophie Kinsella meets Stephenie Meyer meets Brian Aldiss
What a disappointment. The cover promised a philosophically challenging love story set in a not so distant future where androids have become part of our daily lives. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Icelily
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story about the nature of love and sentience
One evening Cat's father brings Finn home. He is to be her tutor. But Finn is no normal tutor; he is a robot, and not just any robot but a billion dollar prototype; one of a kind. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Curiosity Killed The Bookworm
2.0 out of 5 stars The Mad Scientist's Daughter
When Cat gets a tutor she first thinks that Finn is a ghost as he acts strange and does not eat. However, Finn is a robot, and as Cat grows up she struggles to accept that Finn is... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amethyst Bookwyrm
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