When Free Fall was released near the end of the summer, a number of reviews popped up (both here and on BGG). Golem was released almost two months ago, and it's been pretty quiet.
Has anyone read this? Any thoughts on it?
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Golem is pretty good. It is written entirely from a perspective of a bioroid, which gives it an unusual and unique style that is interesting (reminds me of "Flowers for Algernon"), but takes a bit of getting used to. It's much lighter on the science though than Freefall (I really enjoyed the quasi-technical expositions in Free Fall!) and psychologically darker. Themes and feel are rather similar to Robocop actually.
Thanks, Rus. I appreciated your thoughts on Free Fall from a few months back. I liked Odom's writing from his work in the Shadowrun universe, so I'm pretty excited about this.
I have read both Freefall and Golem and thought both were worthwhile, though I was surprised to find that I liked Golem better. Both books are written in a sort of workman-like style, but Freefall consisted largely of a noire detective novel that happened to have taken place many years in the future. Technology here was just a backdrop to what what otherwise a conventional story. Odem weaves the technology found in Golem into the main narrative as he takes the reader through what I gather will be an emergence of consciousness for the android (not a spoiler, as I think you reasonably gather as much from he blurb on the back cover). As above, I agree that Golem is essentially a Robocop, though done a bit better. Some of the conversations the android has (with other bots, for instance) are revelatory. There is more to do here and I am looking forward to where Odem takes the series.
I read Golem and have just started into Free Fall.
I was wondering when the Second and Third books for the Golem Series are comming out..
I felt Golem was pretty good, It reminded me of a Blade-Runner / Robocop hybred. The story was interesting to follow especialy form the perspective of a Cyborg. Although i would have found a way to yank them directives out.. Damn them..
Yeah, I just finally finished it recently and really enjoyed the novel. I appreciated Odom's attention to detail for some of the minor characters, and he took the story into some really interesting moral gray areas. I have the feeling the second and third books in the series won't be out any time soon, but hey - I can wait patiently.
I recently picked up and read both of the Android novels. I felt both had a blade runner / Total Recall 2070 vibe to them. I can't wait for the next volume in this trilogy to be released. I found I had a hard time putting this novel in particular down when I needed to get some sleep. I had to know what happened next!
Life shrinksexpands in porportion to one's courage. - Anais Nin
I feel the same way. It took me slightly longer to get into Golem (than Freefall) but once I did it was harder to put down. Both books are excellent in my opinion. I feel like there's been a dearth of good sci-fi detective novels and this series seems to be filling the niche nicely.
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