His Robot Girlfriend
February 24, 2011 § 2 Comments
His Robot Girlfriend
by: Wesley Allison
Available at: Smashwords – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1864
Price: E-book is FREE
I can really see the tongue in cheek parody here of many robot stories. The purposeful use of brand name products, internet viewing and purchasing as well as directed advertising in the storyline makes for dry smiles. By itself, a man getting a robot to use as a girlfriend, would be a dry experience indeed if not for Wesley Allison’s sense of humor. The main character Mike leads such a very normal life that we can really relate to with typical problems and such typical thoughts. It seems so very unexciting just talking about it. No one area is dwelled upon for very long however, and so what you may expect to be unexciting becomes unusual and interesting. The visual descriptions are very nice and when Mike’s life starts to pick up, you really feel good for the guy. The robot itself does not do anything that invades our own personal mental space and becomes just as comfortable to us as it does to Mike.
Where does this story fall down? It really doesn’t. Not even when the story complications come into play and you say to yourself “Here it comes..” and you believe that this will be the spot where your mental comfort level with the robot is going to be broken. The story complications stay just that, story complications, and not character complications. This really keeps the reader in the story. With a maximum of 4 – 5 characters, the story never becomes belabored and each character retains their identity. When Mike does something spontaneous, it creates a pleasing atmosphere to the story.
Put very simply, Mike is a lonely guy. He needs companionship. Does he get it? You bet. Does he get what he expects? Not quite, it’s a bit better than he expects because his personality and the personality of the .. product?.. are so compatible. A nice mix of futuristic and humanity. Very worthy read and a well written author.
This may be one of his shorter writings, but I recommend this book, and others by this author. His E-book pricing is more than fair. I also recommend taking a look through his blog at http://amathar.blogspot.com where you will find links to his other books including the sequel to this story: His Robot Wife.