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Rated 4.44/5 based on 16 reviews
Searching for the answers to true artificial intelligence, Mira McAllister comes across a strange android named Eo who proves to hold more questions than answers. More

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About Rick Griffin

Rick Griffin is a writer and artist, winner of the 2009 and 2010 Ursa Major awards for best anthropomorphic comic strip (http://www.housepetscomic.com), and has won 2008-2010 NaNoWriMo. He owns six hundred and eleven cats and has trained each one to say "Simon Says" at inopportune times in order to confuse small children.

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Review by: Dione Basseri on April 14, 2015 :
A sci-fi novel with a suitable mind-fuck ending. Mira is a creator of ani-droids, robot servants made to look like animals. At first, the presence of animal creatures seems rather arbitrary, a quirk of a furry author, but reasons are eventually given: human-like androids had once been made, but their ability to blend in with humanity was deemed dangerous, and all androids were required to be non-human, to protect their creators. When we learn this, it's obvious that a human-droid will feature in the story, but by the time it appeared, I hadn't guessed its form in the slightest.

Perhaps not a draw for most sci-fi readers, but fans of Griffin's Housepets would be well-served to add this to their collection.
(reviewed 4 years after purchase)
Review by: ZarosTenjin on Jan. 10, 2015 :
This was a wonderful read and is in my opinion worth way more than what it is asked for. I'm no expert in grammar and such since english is not my native tongue. All i can say is that it was wonderfully paced and i was compelled to read it in one session without pause or regard to my other needs, which is something only my most favourite books have archieved so far.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: JamesTheFox on Nov. 5, 2014 :
Loved it
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Voice Spider on Jan. 27, 2014 :
This was a wonderful read with a nice blend of science fiction and the furry fandom.

Griffin has composed a story that, if you read the other reviews, seems to have surprised a lot of readers into thinking they were going to read another story when they picked this story up. He has done a masterful job of composing a story where you don't know what's going to happen around the corner and where the build of suspense is going to lead.

But man, what an ending!

I have to say the only reason I had any kind of inkling about what was going to happen was from all the reviews saying that this wasn't the story they thought it was. It got me looking deeper into the storyline than perhaps I should have and thus when the big twists hit I was prepared and already suspecting them. (that said, I only suspected one of the twists, not the others)

This is a book I highly recommend to anyone interested in science fiction or furry fiction. Wonderfully done, the perfect length and a very smooth Twilight Zone feel to the story. Well worth the price.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Review by: Chaos B. on June 4, 2013 :
As others have mentioned, the story starts out with a nice sci-fi feel to it, but ends on a very 'Twilight Zone' footing, leaving the reader to look back on the the events and characters in the story in an entirely different light.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
Review by: Dennis Falk on Jan. 15, 2012 :
While no single element is all that new (much of what has been tackled over the years, from Lang & von Harbou's "Metropolis" to Asimov's "Bicentennial Man" (and other "I, Robot" stories), to Kubrik & Spielberg's "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence" and Dick's "Do Robots Dream of Electronic Sheep" (on film as "Blade Runner"), to even an episode of the 1950s radio series "Dimension X"), this short tale indeed is well-written (well above the majority of SF written particularly in the furry community), with likable characters. Without giving away the ending, it is indeed "Twilight Zone"-ish, with a hint of "The Matrix", in a way that's typical in literary hard-SF.

....And I think I'm in love with the mouse ani-droid, Eo... :)

Worth the buck twentynine. :)
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: Elizabeth McCoy on Oct. 14, 2011 :
I'll be honest; this wasn't the story I was expecting and it may well be suffering by half a star to a star because of it. The protagonist, Mira, isn't allowed to find out things that the readers get to find out and isn't allowed to change the world she's in. So as the fluffy short story I was wanting... It disappointed.

As a Twilight Zone experience? It's perfect. It sets up a world, it sets up some spooky contradictions, and then it rips the rug out from under everything, leaving the *reader* viewing everything differently. Read it in that mindset, of not-quite-horror-but-disquieting, and you'll probably find it pretty darn enjoyable.

Typos/Grammar issues: Minimal. I think I found one or two awkward bits that stood out, but I find those in everything because I'm a pedant. Fellow pedants should breathe relatively easy on that front.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: Elizabeth McCoy on Oct. 14, 2011 :
I'll be honest; this wasn't the story I was expecting and it may well be suffering by half a star to a star because of it. The protagonist, Mira, isn't allowed to find out things that the readers are and isn't allowed to change the world she's in. So as the fluffy short story I was wanting... It disappointed.

As a Twilight Zone experience? It's perfect. It sets up a world, it sets up some spooky contradictions, and then it rips the rug out from under everything, leaving the *reader* viewing everything differently. Read it in that mindset, of not-quite-horror-but-disquieting, and you'll probably find it pretty darn enjoyable.

Typos/Grammar issues: Minimal. I think I found one or two awkward bits that stood out, but I find those in everything because I'm a pedant. Fellow pedants should breathe relatively easy on that front.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: David Goldie on July 30, 2011 :
What we have here is a great little short story by writer/artist Rick Griffin. While the stories plot is perhaps a bit Cliche, its still well written and quite enjoyable.

The world it's self is very interesting (as usual for Rick) and I would like to see more of it if Rick wishes to write more. The main characters are very likeable (again as usual for Rick, see his Webcomic Housepets! for a much longer example.), especially the two Ani-droids. For the price you pay for it its well worth your time to grab and read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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