Guest Review: Techno Thrall by Storm Grant

Posted February 15, 2009 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 2 Comments

Guest Review: Techno Thrall by Storm GrantReviewer: Tracy
Techno Thrall by Storm Grant
Published by Lyrical Press
Publication Date: February 16, 2009
Genres: Science Fiction
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This man’s too hard, this man’s too soft, this man’s just…a robot? 

Detective Deyla Reckard lives in a time of communication implants and spray-on condoms. Robots are common as workers, soldiers, and pleasure-toys. And sometimes as criminals. A case of an e-companion attacking its owner makes Deyla question her firm belief that humans are good and robots are bad. Then she meets the man of her wet dreams and begins to fall in love, although who’s human and who’s robot, she’s not sure.
Deyla Reckard is lonely. She doesn’t have anyone at home to cuddle up to but when she stops to think about it, she doesn’t really want that. But she does want the skin to skin contact. So she picks up men and sleeps with them. Unfortunately she’s not getting the emotional feedback she needs.Eight years earlier Deyla was a Marine. She had been in a plane crash due to pilot error…the pilot was a robot. Since then she’s had a strange version of PTSD and her senses have been heightened. She hates technology because of what happened years earlier. During a confrontation with the pleasure robot that they’ve been looking for she kind of has a melt down. Heading to her cabin to decompress she meets a man who looks like the pleasure robot but he says he’s the original model that the robots are based on. Deyla starts to fall in love after a day and can’t wait to spend more time with this man. Unfortunately things take a little turn when not expected and she heads back to work and civilization.

Will she find the companionship she’s looking for…and will the man she loves turn out to be a robot or a human?

This book was very unusual. It flowed nicely up until the end but I never really got a sense of who Deyla was. She wanted the companionship, but she didn’t. She wanted human contact, but she didn’t. She was very at odds with herself and I just couldn’t connect with her on any level.

There is a huge twist at the end of the book that I more or less had figured out but was still mildly surprised by. Unfortunately right after the twist was revealed the book ended with nothing further happening. It was jolting to have it end that way and didn’t give me any sort of satisfaction. Although the book started off well it quickly went downhill for me.

Rating: 2 out of 5


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2 responses to “Guest Review: Techno Thrall by Storm Grant

  1. I’m not one to poke fun at covers..I’m NOT..really..but that is some twist of man titty.

    I’ve not read any Storm Grant. Is there one you rec?

  2. IDK – I’m kinda liking the man titty on this one. I know, it’s so rare we disagree. 🙂

    This was the first book I’d read of Storm Grant’s so I can’t say how the others are…sorry.

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