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Murder In Skin City by Bryan Lamb

 

Murder In Skin City is a noir murder mystery set in the near future. The interesting thing is, the protagonist is a robot. In fact, most of the main characters are robots. Imagine a hard-boiled detective tale mixed with an exploration of the evolution of Artificial Intelligence.

There will be plenty of action, suspense, a mystery, and a sprinkling of humor as well. Join Zed, a no-nonsense security ‘bot who is responsible for the safety of robots and humans alike in a city unlike any other, as he unravels a sinister plot that will forever alter the future of both races.

Note: Murder In Skin City is unfinished, and will likely remain so.  It contains some harsh language.


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Listed: Sep 19, 2010

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By Linda Schoales, editor

Sep 19, 2010: The first chapter is well-written, giving the backstory in a voice that does remind me of Decker narrating "Blade Runner". A hard-boiled ‘bot detective should make for some interesting twists on the noir genre.

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Target Audience Acquired.

By Sayer, member

Oct 27, 2010: Well, I’ll start by saying that as a "robot and humans" story told from the robot’s point of view, I was already on board with Murder In Skin City.

There isn’t really a whole lot to review, but the first few installments do a good job of establishing the backstory and the general persona of the narrator (who is also the main character). My favorite parts here were his "uncanny valley" revulsion to synthetic faces and the fact that the robots "took a third option" when faced with the choice of aiding in mankind’s war or wiping them out. (I also liked the avoidance of the running amok cliche)

Thus far, it’s been hinted that the narrator has a somewhat dark and possibly violent past, specifically centering around a single incident. At the point of the last update, we’re introduced to the human apparently responsible, and he barely makes it through the chapter alive.

A couple of complaints:

My first quibble is that the narration at the beginning seemed a bit stilted and clinical (which may be explained by the robotic nature of the narrator)

Quibble the second is that it’s a bit infodump heavy. It semed that the writer had this great, big, complex world created for the characters and just couldn’t wait to tell us all about it. It’s an understandable tendency though, since there are quite a few skittish readers who jump ship immediately if they aren’t given all the backstory up front.

Either way though, I’d still be reading it if I hadn’t run out of posts 😉

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