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The Mad Scientist's Daughter

by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Osprey Publishing | January 29, 2013 | Trade Paperback

The Mad Scientist's Daughter is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
“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.

File Under
Science Fiction [ Constant Companion | Finn X | Sentient Rights | Hot Tin Roof ]

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.4 × 5.5 × 1.03 in

Published: January 29, 2013

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0857662651

ISBN - 13: 9780857662651

Found in: Romance

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Science Fiction and Romance - and it works! The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is a beautiful book. Even if you’re not a science fiction fan and don’t care for stories about robots (side note: Robots are cool! What’s wrong with you?) this book has definite cross genre appeal. There is just SO much to this story. We follow Cat from childhood to adulthood and experience everything in between. Her first boyfriend, bullies at school, university, marriage, the death of her mother. All the highs and lows of her life. I think this grand overview worked in the context of this story – though at the expense of some secondary character development – because we got to see the relationship between her and Finn develop, adapt and change over time. Sometimes it was sweet, other times it was pushed to the limits. There were no easy so solutions or fade-to-black happily ever afters. All actions had consequences – both positive and negative and their relationship didn’t exist frozen in time. I really appreciated the authenticity and honest of it all. In addition what made this book so heart warming for me was the way if raised questions about the nature of love. What does it mean to love someone and be loved in return? Can love conquer all? What lengths should you go to be with the one you love. The list goes on. I thought the constantly evolving relationship between Cat and Finn (from tutor-student to potentially more) was beautifully constructed and more romantic than I would have ever expected. Now before you begin worrying that this book is all about love, I think The Mad Scientist’s Daughter also raised some fascinating questions about the nature of human consciousness. Specially, what makes someone human and when does “sentience” become human thought and intelligence. Where is the line and how will we know when we’ve crossed it. I think these are interesting questions to be asking ourselves in an age of constantly evolving technology and ideas of Artificial Intelligence. There was one particular scene that reminded me A LOT of Hal in 2001: A Space Odyessy and I think Cassandra Rose Clarke drew some interesting parallels. So though, The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is science fiction, it is also a romance. And it is an interesting blending of the two. There are no heroes or heroines. It is simply the story of their lives over time. I think some amazing conversations can spring from the reading of this novel and it will definitely have a home on my shelf for years to come. Recommendation: 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. This and other reviews at More Than Just Magic (http://morethanjustmagic.org)
Date published: 2013-10-25

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The Mad Scientist's Daughter

by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.4 × 5.5 × 1.03 in

Published: January 29, 2013

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0857662651

ISBN - 13: 9780857662651

From the Publisher

“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.

File Under
: Science Fiction [ Constant Companion | Finn X | Sentient Rights | Hot Tin Roof ]

About 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.

Editorial Reviews

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.” &ndas
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