I have mentioned before what some of my “literary turn offs” are. It was back in my review on Red Rising, but if you missed that it’s okay, I will reiterate 😉
I’m a huge fantasy nerd. Give me wizards, dragons, elves, drow, orcs, elementals, magic, sword fighting, pirates, fey, et cetera any day and I will gobble them up. (Figuratively of course, I think I stopped eating paper sometime in elementary…). I’m also a lover of historical fiction, fairy tales, mythology, and I’ve been known to sit down and enjoy a good, old-fashioned piece of regular fiction every now and again. Really, I’ll almost read anything.
However, there are (so far) two styles I tend to stay away from. The first is any book I can tell is going to be just plain sad (examples: The Fault in Our Stars, Marley & Me). I know how those books are going to end, thank you!
The other style is those futuristic/post apocalyptic books with a lot of robots and that sort of thing. I just don’t really like robots and all that jazz. This got to where my friends would get annoyed because while I love Warhammer, I thought 40k was crap. They can have their robots, I’ll take my elves and dwarves. (Interestingly enough, I wonder if this reflects a deeper level of our subconsciousness. I think of it as a science vs magic sort of thing, or even science vs faith. Thinking on it, many of the people I know who loved 40k were borderline atheists. Or maybe I’m looking too far in….lol )
So Shiv Ramdas’ Domechild was a bit of a stretch for me. It’s a futuristic book that has robots doing everything and a lot of history in the book deals with the nanotechnology sort of stuff. Not up my alley in the least. Many people in the NaNoWriMo group I am in however (which includes the author) highly recommended it, and I needed a book with a one word title. So I sighed and wrote it down and took my leap of faith.
I couldn’t put it down.
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