His Robot Girlfriend

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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.
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Published: May 11, 2009
Words: 40,490
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452306452
About Wesley Allison

Wesley Allison is an author of science fiction and fantasy books including the popular His Robot Girlfriend. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Master of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He has taught English and American History for twenty years in southern Nevada where he lives with his lovely wife Victoria, his two grown children Rebecca and John, and a large iguana named Cissy.

For more information about the author and upcoming books, visit http://amathar.blogspot.com.

Books by Wesley Allison:

Princess of Amathar

His Robot Girlfriend
His Robot Wife
His Robot Wife: Patience is a Virtue

Eaglethorpe Buxton and the Elven Princess
Eaglethorpe Buxton and the Sorceress
The Many Adventures of Eaglethorpe Buxton

Senta and the Steel Dragon Book 0: Brechalon
Senta and the Steel Dragon Book 1: The Voyage of the Minotaur
Senta and the Steel Dragon Book 2: The Dark and Forbidding Land
Senta and the Steel Dragon Book 3: The Drache Girl
Senta and the Steel Dragon Book 4: The Young Sorceress
Senta and the Steel Dragon Book 5: The Two Dragons

Tesla’s Stepdaughters

Women of Power

Blood Trade

Astrid Maxxim and her Amazing Hoverbike
Astrid Maxxim and her Undersea Dome

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Reviews

Review by: N JU on Sep. 05, 2013 : star star star star
I liked it.
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Review by: Justin Villanueva on Feb. 26, 2013 : star star star
Not epic, but a good read nonetheless. Instead of one major conflict or arc, the story drags on several mini arcs and doesn't really build up into anything big or climatic. But still, I honestly loved this book. Reading it is so relaxing and actually makes me imagine if such a technology would ever become available. I finished it in 2 days.

My only concern is the pacing might be a little too quick. Some scenes may have been better if they were more detailed instead of just summarizing along. But hey, it's anyone's style so it's still good. :)
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Review by: Hough Rodgers on Dec. 15, 2012 : star star star star star
I really enjoyed this book. I recommend it to others, plus it seems to be free!
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Review by: Sarah O'Hara on May 07, 2012 : star star star
A life story, comfortable but with a touch of drama in all the right places. I was expecting a little more erotica that it gives, but I'm glad it's not there. It would have been out of place with the pacing I think. Also, it's what kept me from reading the book in the first place.

All in all it's worth a read, but I don't think I'll be reading the sequels.
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Review by: J.R. Martin on Jan. 09, 2012 : star star star star star
It's nice to have a GOOD robot story for a change, instead of always having the robots wanting to wipe out humanity. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes Isaac Asimov type stories, where the robots are the GOOD GUYS!
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Review by: JackieW on Oct. 24, 2011 : star
The story line and dialogue is rather juvenile; not well formed and rather on the bland side of the master/slave relationship. As a sex slave she had the words correct, but as a master he was rather uninspired and boring…kind of like watching paint dry. The story isn’t bad, per se, just plodding and unimaginative. I finished the book, but can’t see myself seeking out this particular author again.
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Review by: Margarete Schulz on Sep. 19, 2011 : star star star star
An interesting concept. Overall, I thought it was alright.
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Review by: Carol on Aug. 15, 2011 : star star star star
An engaging story about the near future and robots' place in society. The ending isn't feel conclusive enough for my taste.
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Review by: kimmi on Aug. 02, 2011 : star star star star star
What a great story!!! Another book I will be buying for my 'personal' collection.
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Review by: Warwick Allison on March 22, 2011 : star star
The quality of the prose improves greatly throughout the story, from grating on the first pages to flowing and readable deeper in. By the end though, I felt like I'd just woken up after having a 50 year old misogynist Trekkie's muddled wet dream (Mike's, not the author's). Even the many little climaxes in the story (except the Star Trek chapter) are rushed and over before you've gotten any satisfaction. I'd recommend reading the title and having your own wet dream, or just getting a little extra sleep.
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Review by: Linda Horne on Feb. 24, 2011 : star star star star
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.
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Review by: Savage 23X on Feb. 13, 2011 : star star star star
His Robot Girlfriend by Wesley Allison is a great read. This was my first ebook I read on my new KOBO. I love em' both what is happening in sci-fi is the real world has caught up. I am reading about a robot girlfriend, a self published title I got for free, from a huge book store reading it on a light tiny computer. This is nerd X 1000000. My first sci-fi books I bought as a kid was from tiny used book store with a cat and grumpy pipe smoking old guy who ran it. That what I most love about this “book” it is mostly now. It is such a sweet tale and not just for the super nerd (me). It is one the the most believable robot stories I have read. That's because if you are reading this you are in love or at least dependent upon a lot of computers of all shapes and sizes. What will happen to us when the computers get real smart? I mean even if they never get “god” smart we already like them, need them more than say that dumb guy at the office party. What happens when the machines are just better than they are right now “She didn't feel cold or plastic. She felt squishy in all the right spots – firm in the right spots too.” I await His Robot Wife coming soon.
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Review by: A.M. Harte on Jan. 06, 2011 : star star star
Middle-aged widower Mike Smith teaches by day and vegetates in front of the TV by night. His life is dull, uneventful. But the humdrum routine is broken when he sees an ad for a Daffodil robot and, on impulse, he splurges on a sexy female robot that can be anything and everything he wants it to be. Mike’s life will never be the same again.

His Robot Girlfriend is set in a not-too-distant future where androids are commonplace, working as waiters, cleaners, gardeners, and more besides. The world is interesting and realistic; the author has put careful thought into the small details, which makes it all the more believable. While I found a few of those details niggling — such as TVs being called vueTees — for the most part the setting of the novel is very immersive.

It certainly helps that the characters are likable: it isn’t so difficult to empathize with Mike’s life as a middle school teacher, and Patience (the android) has an endearing, quirky personality — although I must admit a large part of her charm comes from the fact that she’s not human.

But perhaps the characters are too likeable. Far from being an exploration of the moral issues behind androids and human/robot love, His Robot Girlfriend is a light-hearted romance about two nice individuals whose only wish is to please the other. Of course, given the differences between them (and Mike’s stereotypical maleness), making each other happy is no easy task.

I have to confess that I wasn’t expecting a romance, which somewhat coloured my impression of the book. I was a little disappointed that the novel did not cover any of the expected android themes in any depth, besides in small scenes such as Patience being offended when a waiter calls her an ‘it’, and her not being allowed to gamble in Las Vegas. The concept of the story is interesting, but there is so much more it could offer.

I suppose the main critique I would have of His Robot Girlfriend is that there wasn’t much substance to the plot. While I enjoyed Allison’s vision of a possible future, the story lacks conflict; the two potential challenges Mike would have had to overcome were quickly resolved, and my expectations that the story would develop into something fuller were not met.

Allison’s writing style is perhaps a little choppy, and takes some getting used to, but overall I was impressed by the quality of this ebook. For something free, Wesley Allison has produced a respectable book, and I would be curious to check out his future releases.

In sum, I enjoyed reading His Robot Girlfriend for its unusual vision of the future, although the plot itself is a little thin on the ground. It’s a light-hearted, quick read (I raced through it in one sitting), and I’d recommend it to fans of fluffy HEA science fiction romance.
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Review by: Miss Kay on Nov. 17, 2010 : star star star star
For being free, this is definitely worth checking out. I wouldn't call it downright amazing, but it's still a good book that's easily worth the read. There isn't much of a plot which was one of my biggest complaints. We do get to look into Mike's life, but unlike most stories, there's really no *point* to any of this. None of the action comes to a climax, and there's really no "problem" throughout the book - which is what makes a book worth reading. It gives you a nice look into an alternate reality, but you'll find yourself wondering if you just wasted your time since there was really no point to reading it.

My other complaint is how the human/robot relationship is so closely compared to the current debate about homosexuality. Humans and robots are only allowed to get married in Massachusetts, and I felt it was a little insulting since homosexuals are both human while robot/human is obviously a robot. However, that might be where technology takes us, so it wasn't bad. I just felt it was a bit insulting.

The writing was a bit choppy as well. It wasn't as fluid as you'd expect from heavily editted writing, but it was still nicely edited - it just didn't flow as well as I'd expect.

Again, though, for being free, my complaints are minor. I'd be more upset about the lack of a plot if I'd paid for it, but since I haven't, I did find myself enjoying the alternative sci-fi reality that Allison presented. If you have some free time on your hands and wonder about the future of "sex robots", it's easily worth the read.
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Review by: Kevin Lewis on Nov. 12, 2010 : star star star star star
This book is very well written, with likable characters. It's a quick fun read for when you are pressed for time. It could use a bit more rounding out, to make the story a little fuller, but still very enjoyable. Thank you for sharing your work with us, and keep up the good work!!
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Review by: Talisman on Nov. 11, 2010 : star star star star star
This book is the first book that i read on my new kobo e-reader. I have to admit the story was real engaging from the very beginning. And I am glad that the story did not follow standard android type plots and moral dilemma's (Ok maybe the main character had a little guilt about her but not much) With that said the ending was great but very fast, I am with a few questions at the end- Perhaps intended by the author - the basic question i think is it different to fall in love with a "hive" robot- or one with individual quirks and free-will?
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Review by: Charles Brentner on Oct. 11, 2010 : star star star star star
I enjoyed this story. What man hasn't wanted to have the perfect fantasy woman at one time or another. I agree that a sequel would be nice. The characters are well established in "His Robot Girlfriend" and it would be interesting to explore more of what could happen in the world that Mr. Allison has created in this book.
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Review by: S. K. on Sep. 19, 2010 : star star star star star
i loved this book! i downloaded it to my phone to read when i had time to kill, and some times it would be a month span before i picked it up again but it was so well written that i had no trouble getting right back into it again. i am honestly excited to read another book from this author. and hope that he puts out a second to this one.
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Review by: johnf on June 02, 2010 : star star star star
An enjoyable read. I agree with the comments about needing more of story, but it was still well worth reading.
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Review by: GraceKrispy on May 29, 2010 : star star star star
This was a fun story. I found the writing to be entertaining, and the concept unique and engaging. I wish there had been more of a plot; it seemed to really get going at one point, and I thought it was reaching its main "point," but then it turned out to be a minor blip in the road. All in all, a fun read and I look forward to sampling more of this author's work.
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Review by: Nelson on Jan. 30, 2010 : star star star
Great concept, but never went anywhere.
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Review by: WT Sharpe on Sep. 15, 2009 : star star star star
This book is sexy sci-fi fun from start to finish with an ending I didn't see coming. It has some of that same off-center flavor that made the old X Minus 1 radio show so enjoyable. I highly recommend it.
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