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Made to Kill It was just another Tuesday morning when she walked into the office young as I suspected they all might be another dark brunette with some assistance and enough eye black to match up to Cleopatra An

  • Title: Made to Kill
  • Author: Adam Christopher
  • ISBN: 9780765379184
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It was just another Tuesday morning when she walked into the office young, as I suspected they all might be, another dark brunette with some assistance and enough eye black to match up to Cleopatra And who am I I m Ray, the world s last robot, famed and feared in equal measure, which suits me just fine after all, the last place you d expect to find Hollywood s best hitIt was just another Tuesday morning when she walked into the office young, as I suspected they all might be, another dark brunette with some assistance and enough eye black to match up to Cleopatra And who am I I m Ray, the world s last robot, famed and feared in equal measure, which suits me just fine after all, the last place you d expect to find Hollywood s best hit man is in the plain light of day.Raymond Electromatic is good at his job, as good as he ever was at being a true Private Investigator, the lone employee of the Electromatic Detective Agency except for Ada, office gal and super computer, the constant voice in Ray s inner ear Ray might have taken up a new line of work, but money is money, after all, and he was programmed to make a profit Besides, with his twenty four hour memory tape limits, he sure can keep a secret.When a familiar looking woman arrives at the agency wanting to hire Ray to find a missing movie star, he s inclined to tell her to take a hike But she had the cold hard cash, a demand for total anonymity, and tendency to vanish on her own.Plunged into a glittering world of fame, fortune, and secrecy, Ray uncovers a sinister plot that goes much deeper than the silver screen and this robot is at the wrong place, at the wrong time.Made to Kill is the thrilling new speculative noir from novelist and comic writer Adam Christopher.

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    1. Bradley on said:

      Definitely, a fun read, but I can't quite tell if this is going to be more fun for you straight mystery lovers or for those of you who just like a great rampaging robot private eye/assassin running about the streets of Hollywood.Me, I like both. It's very Chandler. And as I read it, I was reminded VERY pleasantly of A Lee Martinez's Automatic Detective which has a lot of the same elements.Still, let's be honest here. The Noir mystery field has a million imitators and what really makes each stand [...]

    2. Karl on said:

      Adam Christopher spends a bit of time thanking Raymond Chandler for inspiration in creating this book and strives for it to be the missing "Science Fiction" novel that has never been unearthed that Chandler may or may not have written. It is well documented that Chandler was not particularly fond of Science FictionHO I would liken it more to a Ron Goulart inspired venture though of course Chandler is a bigger name. Given Mr. Christopher's ambition my view is that he has done a pretty good job es [...]

    3. Brandon on said:

      Following a failed government-funded program that involved rolling out a fleet of robots to do dangerous jobs, Raymond Electronica is the last metal man standing. Fronting as a private detective, Raymond keeps himself busy working as a hitman. Up to now, all of his jobs have come through his companion computer Ada, a large boxy machine that takes up residence in his office. However, when a young woman approaches Ray with a request to track down and take out a Hollywood actor, his interest is piq [...]

    4. Stephanie on said:

      ********************************************Reviewed for Science Fiction Book Club.Reprinted with permission of Bookspan LLC. ********************************************Adam Christopher has a hit with this new book, combining 1940s-50s technology, early 1960s patriotism, all wrapped up in a noir-style mystery that had me laughing and wishing for high-capacity data storage. I will explain.Raymond Electromatic is the last robot remaining in the world. His creator has set Ray and his partner Ada u [...]

    5. Lata on said:

      I like the hardboiled detective noir stories, not sure why, but I do. And I like robot stories. Put them together, and I'm happy. I read the novella/short about Ray Electromatic, Brisk Money, earlier this month, and though it's not critical for enjoying this book, it certainly helps explain certain constraints Ray operates under, and the relationship between Ray and Ada, his 'secretary'. I like Ray and Ada's relationship. Ada is an AI who manages Ray's assignments. (By the way, thank you Lady Lo [...]

    6. Nikki on said:

      Received to review via NetgalleyYou might know from my reviews of another Angry Robot alumnus, Chris Holm, that I kind of love the hardboiled pulp mystery fiction by the likes of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. This is basically exactly that… except you add a robot and his equally electronic handler, Ada; the robot has a limited 24-hour memory because his memory’s on tapes; and the electronic handler has a prime directive of “profit” and nothing to keep her on the straight and nar [...]

    7. Milo (BOK) on said:

      THE REVIEW CAN ALSO BE FOUND HERE!“What if Raymond Chandler wrote science-fiction?” That’s the Elevator Pitch for Made to Kill, a sci-fi period noir thriller set in an alternate version of Los Angeles, where Raymond Electromatic is a robot, P.I. who works in the Electrometric Detective Agency. He finds himself handed an assignment to find a missing movie star by a mysterious woman, but money talks and Raymond takes up the case, not expecting to be plunged in a greater conspiracy that goes [...]

    8. The Shayne-Train on said:

      I am such a sucker for neo-noir detective stories with a robotic protagonist. Such a damned SUCKER.And you might not think there could be many books with such an awesome description. But I've been having some good luck finding them. (See: The Automatic Detective, Machines of Easy Virtue.)And this one is great. The last robot in the world moonlights (behind his own magnetic memory's back) as a hitman, and gets hired by a beautiful Hollywood starlet to kill her co-star. And that's just the tip of [...]

    9. Megan Leigh on said:

      This review originally appeared on Pop Verse.From the blurb, Made to Kill sounded like it was 100% made for me. A science fiction noir with robots? Sign me up! My love affair of the noir genre began in childhood after discovering Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep and it has only grown since then. Perhaps Made to Kill would work better for tourists to the genre, readers who won’t be disappointed with the superficial nods to tropes. Ultimately, Made to Kill is let down by the prose as well as sev [...]

    10. Dave on said:

      When you mix robots with hardboiled detectives and set it in 1960’s Hollywood what you get is really a whole lot of fun. Adam Christopher, fascinated by Raymond Chandler’s dislike of science fiction, pays homage to Chandler by writing what could loosely be called Chandler-esque sci-fi. Narrated by the world’s last living (?) robot, who has such limited memory capacity that his memory deck is wiped out each night, we are treated to a fun, kitschy adventure. Raymond Electromatic, of course, [...]

    11. Frank Errington on said:

      Review copyAdam Christopher is a novelist and comic writer, and award-winning editor. He's the author of The Burning Dark, The Machine Awakes, and Made to Kill, and Adam has also written novels based on the hit CBS television show Elementary. His debut novel, Empire State, was SciFiNow's Book of the Year and a Financial Times Book of the Year for 2012.Born in New Zealand, Adam has lived in Great Britain since 2006.I spend much of my spare time reading and reviewing Horror. I can't seem to get en [...]

    12. Melliane on said:

      Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewI’m not a big fan of robots and usually it’s true that I avoid most of the books incorporating them. But this time, I admit that I was intrigued by the synopsis. It must be said that this is not necessarily something hard science fiction, but rather a story that could just as well have staged a very different character. Moreover, the fact that it is a robot brings a big twist here. Yes, it is a strong point of the story with a different atmosphere, Holly [...]

    13. Paul on said:

      Ray is the last robot on Earth, following a period when robots were briefly en vogue & used to perform menial tasks , formerly carried out by humans. Problem was, by performing menial jobs, many unskilled humans soon found themselves unemployed. Resentment toward robots mounted & the government succumbed to public resentment & scrapped all but Ray. Ray's creator instilled many of his own personality traits in Ray's OS, but at the end of 24 hours, Ada, his computer overseer, wipes his [...]

    14. Arlene on said:

      Okay, so I wanted to like this, I thought the concept was right up my alley, but to be honest, it was just meh. It felt like and read like your standard old-school detective book. A woman walks into Raymond Electromatic's detective office and hires him to find a missing Hollywood actor. And what Ray stumbles up upon is something he and his partner Ada weren't expecting. Radiation, Russians, body swapping? It has some crazy additions that I wasn't ready for, but the execution of the whole things [...]

    15. Jules on said:

      "I like a dead guy with ambition."On the other hand I don't like a dead book with ambition. The plot is ridiculous, not even trying to make it believable, at some point I thought it was a parody. What you get from this book is the overused cold war pill and crime theme "all inclusive" (street smart language, inside jokes, slow and boring urban scenes, trail sniffing, you name it), this is the decent part of it. There is no mystery, not once I felt the need to discover who is behind some crime, t [...]

    16. Cheryl on said:

      I liked this book. The concept of it and Raymond. Raymond may have some human like aspects about him but it is his quirky robotic mannerisms that really make him fun, personable, unique, and Raymond. Oh and I can't forget Ada. She is the perfect girl Friday. Together they make a good working match. So why do you say then did I only give this book four stars? Well it is because of the rest of the story itself. If this book had just been about Raymond then my rating might have been different but t [...]

    17. Karin on said:

      Made to Kill is a pulpy detective novel with magnetic-tape-memory, communist spies, radiation, and Hollywood. There are moments where you wish it would let you out from under all of the similes to breathe and other moments where it's amazing for sticking to it. If the idea of human-template computers constantly simulating frowns and making the sounds of taking a drag on a cigarette bother you, this book won't be for you. Personally, I liked that even in a robot body, Raymond and Ada can't stop b [...]

    18. Rana on said:

      I fucking love detective noir and guess what? I really fucking love robot detective noir.

    19. LAPL Reads on said:

      Raymond Chandler HATED science fiction and he made no bones about it. In a letter to his editor written in 1953, while working on what would ultimately be his last novel, Chandler wrote this:"Did you ever read what they call Science Fiction? It's a scream. It is written like this: 'I checked out with K19 on Aldabaran III, and stepped out through the crummalite hatch on my 22 Model Sirus Hardtop. I cocked the timejector in secondary and waded through the bright blue manda grass. My breath froze i [...]

    20. Josh on said:

      Ray is a robot detective and assassin, who, along with his computer-based AI handler, Ada, may have played a part of removing their maker from the picture to pursue independence and wealth. Forming the key cogs in the Electromatic Detective Agency, the robot and super computer switched to murder for hire to boost their revenue stream. However, MADE TO KILL doesn’t really touch on this element all that much, rather, the pulp detective noir homage is in full flight with a Spillane-like story ful [...]

    21. Kate on said:

      I got a copy of this book through Netgalley.This book was a quintessential private eye mystery novel with an old-fashioned sci-fi twist, and it was very enjoyable. The main character had many of the mannerisms of a "private dick" but he was better, because he was a robot.I really enjoyed how Ray Electromatic-- the main character-- was obviously technology that did not exist during the 60's in real life, but it was somehow more realistic in the story. For example, Ray could take pictures with his [...]

    22. James Hill on said:

      This book was awesome, absolutely fantastic! in fact a book that I could read over and over and over.his smartly written, thought-provoking novel is a must read for any fan of fiction. A unique blend of all my favorite literary genres it's no wonder I loved it. Very highly recommended.5/5Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!

    23. j on said:

      Everything I wanted (and didn't get) from The Automatic Detective is here in spades (Sam Spades?). It's lovely when a book totally lives up to its concept and cover.

    24. Lynn Williams on said:

      4.5 of 5 lovely stars to this pulp fiction extravaganza.Review to follow

    25. Ryan Hale on said:

      Oh boy, where to start. I wanted to like this book so much. In fact I forced myself through the story because the plot and mystery through the first half was at least intriguing enough for me to want to see what happens at the end. But when I got to that end, I regretted it. In fact you could say I regretted it like a dog who decided to jump just a bit too far into the lake to chase a ball. I'm sitting here writing this review both simultaneously thankful I didn't buy this book and trying to dec [...]

    26. Yvette Gomez on said:

      I need to stop reading books with blurbs that say 'this book is blank meets blank.'

    27. Keith on said:

      Ray Electromatic, the last robot in the world. Saved from the scrapyard by his inventor, Ray now makes his living as a private detective in 1960s LA. Working out of a grotty office with his name on the pebble stained glass door and assisted by Ada, who's just a smartalec voice but who also might be a computer the size of the building. Although the federal government keeps an eye on Raymond, it's a real loose hold and so Ada and Raymond, in order to make ends meet, kill people for money.Whacky, r [...]

    28. Barton Hacker on said:

      (Audio book)I would place this in a category I refer to as "Airport Material." A perfect, yet mindless read while traveling for those of us that need a simple distraction from a 5-7 hour ordeal.These books will never garner more than a three star rating from me; however the fact that this one did, is a positive reflection on Christopher's ability to provide an entertaining escape.

    29. Chris on said:

      *copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*Made To Kill is the first in a new trilogy by Adam Christopher. It’s set in an alternate Los Angeles in the 1960’s, and follows Ray Electromatic, the last robot and licensed private eye, as he investigates a case of murder and intrigue.As alluded to above, theLos Angeles we see in Made To Kill seems to be a slight divergence from our own. For example, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre exists in both worlds. But in Made To Kill, humanoid and non-humanoi [...]

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