Rabbit & Robot
This book was absolutely ridiculous.
It was like breeding the space opera genre with Beavis and Butt-Head to make some weird and funny book baby. Somehow that strange mashup worked extremely well.
"Tigers are dicks."
"... I knew we'd never see each other again, and never is a very long time to someone who isn't a machine and can't just squander ten thousand years here or there."
4 very solid stars for Rabbit and Robot, a hilarious and absurd look at what life would be like if you were to find yourself stranded with only a couple of other humans, and dozens of very human-like, yet entirely one-dimensional robots on an ultra-luxurious lunar cruise ship.
It took me a bit to get into this book because the narrat ...more
THANKFULLY, however, my husband did happen to run into Andrew Smith in the airport as we were waiting to fly home, and, being approximately a billion times less socially awkward than I am, he apparently actually managed to say coherent words in Smith’s presence and a ...more
Where Grasshopper Jungle felt weird in an ...more
Andrew Smith's realistic fiction books are among some of my favorites...Winger and Stand-Off, 100 Sideways Miles, Stick. I haven't read much of his science-fiction--other than Grasshopper Jungle, which was raunchy and hilarious and brilliant...reminiscent of Vonnegut, but with more horny teenagers--but I know it's usually out-there and not for everyone.
Rabbit & Robot is definitely out-there and not for everyone...but i ...more
Was it worth the wait? Very much yes.
It's...ridiculous, but please don't imagine that I mean that as a dig. It is, after all, a book about cannibalistic robots and talking giraffes and blue aliens and sex ...more
The ship is manned by Cogs, humanoid machines that each have one dominating emotion (extreme elation, outrage, horniness, depression, etc). Cager's personal attendant is ...more
Secondly, that's some pretty BA cover art.
Third, I'm going to say that this book is just Andrew Smith. It's wacky, it's full of teenagers being teenagers, has a talking giraffe, and even has some deep ideas about what makes humans human. :)
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First, another bit of recap because the summary really doesn't go into much. Rabbit & Robot takes place in ...more
The story here is more cohesive than The Alex Crow and the Marbury Lens duology, and it feels more meta-humorous than Grasshopper Jungle. That same meta-humor might get the book in trouble with certain online types because Smith has stated that a lot of the cannibalistic chaos of ...more
Also robot zombies in space that are easily triggered into fits of swearing and over the top threats of violence? Yes, please.
And honest is what I shall offer you.
Count em up, 19 “fucks” in the first 2 Chapters. Are you trying to be Andy Weir? Because if you are, you are coming off as FUCKING ANNOYING. Use profanity when it is necessary. Not because you want to sound ironic, cynical, and relatable. Ew. Absolute failure.
I never read Winger because it didn’t interest me in the slightest. Now I will officially avoid any work of Mr. Smith’s. “Forever and ever ...more
4.5 stars. There is always so much happening in Smith's books that I never really know where to begin. Cager is kidnapped by his best friend Billy and caretaker Rowan to his father's spaceship in an attempt to get him clean off of a drug called Woz. Just in time, too, as Earth has destroyed itself with its thirtieth world war. The Tennessee is full of robots of both humanoid and animal protoypes, & there's only a human count of five in the solar system. This absurdly uproarious space adventu...more
**Read via NetGalley
eARC provided by publisher.
And, Billy, if you’re out there, text me.
A silly story with not much meat on it. I could see this being turned into a regular show for Adult Swim on The Cartoon Network with all the erections, farting robots, drug use/abuse, and the suspension of belief in a spaceship not having some type of way to communicate with each other aboard ship, no spacesuits, and with all people of earth being either coders or bonks (besides Cager’s family and Billy’s family) wh ...more
"It took dominion everywhere.
The j ...more