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The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez
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The Automatic Detective (original 2008; edition 2009)

by A. Lee Martinez

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"Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it's hard for a robot to make his way. It's even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack's not interested in world domination. He's just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn't just an automated smashing machine and earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just can't catch a break." "When Mack's neighbors are kidnapped, Mack sets off on a journey through the dark alleys and gleaming skyscrapers of Empire City. Along the way, he runs afoul of a talking gorilla, a brainy dame, a mutant lowlife, a little green mob boss, and the secret conspiracy at the heart of Empire's founders - not to mention more trouble than he bargained for. What started out as one missing family becomes a battle for the future of Empire and every citizen that calls her home."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)
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Title:The Automatic Detective
Authors:A. Lee Martinez
Info:Tor Books (2009), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
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The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez (2008)

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An altogether excellent gumshoe robot crime alien monster dystopian future madness thing. It's even got a bit of strange but touching romance.

Fry up a slab of Martha Wells' Murderbot with a dash of Ghostbusters and you'd have something not entirely unlike this book.

Many a humorous story has been spoiled for me by excessive silliness but Martinez manages just enough restraint to push all my buttons for all five stars.

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"Whatever I didn’t say must’ve struck something in Sanchez’s finely honed cop instincts. He could always read me like a technical manual. His expression didn’t change, and he didn’t say anything. But there was something about the way he didn’t say it." ( )
  ZootAllures | Jun 26, 2021 |
"The Automatic Detective" is a funny, creative, relentlessly entertaining take on the hard-boiled detective story. I liked it even more than I expected to.

When this story begins the titular character, Mac, isn't a detective. Mac was designed by a mad scientist to be a killing machine, but he bucked his programming. Now he's a taxi driver trying to keep his nose clean while he's on probation, hoping to be recognized as a fully sentient citizen of Empire City. Mac is a meticulous, dull, self-obsessed loner, but he has managed to accumulate a few friends in spite of himself. When his next-door neighbors go missing Mac is the only one who gives a damn. Forced out of his comfort zone, he finds a new purpose in life.
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  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
I went into reading this book with no expectations. The summary seemed interesting enough, but had never heard of this book/author. I was pleasantly surprised. The book's humor, while dry, is very clever. There were several "laugh out loud" moments.

The book started slow, but because the main character is a robot, it took some time to get used to the nuances. This book is a good combination of science fiction/detective story, but it does get a bit odd during some parts. If there is a sequel to this book, I'd definitely be interested. I found myself really caring about the robot and immersed in parts of the story.

The overall story was okay, and there were a few unanswered questions, which I hope will be addressed in a sequel. ( )
  cgfaulknerog | May 28, 2020 |
Audio book. Excellent. ( )
  captc2000 | Mar 22, 2020 |
I'd read more in this series, based on this one. ( )
  bookczuk | Jun 30, 2019 |
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Orbik, GlenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Mom, thanks for helping bring my genius to the world

For the writers of the DFWWW, for always recognizing
my astounding talent, criticizing my lousy writing,
and just generally putting up with me

And for Zarkorr the Invader ...
CITIZENS OF EARTH, BEWARE!
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"Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it's hard for a robot to make his way. It's even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack's not interested in world domination. He's just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn't just an automated smashing machine and earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just can't catch a break." "When Mack's neighbors are kidnapped, Mack sets off on a journey through the dark alleys and gleaming skyscrapers of Empire City. Along the way, he runs afoul of a talking gorilla, a brainy dame, a mutant lowlife, a little green mob boss, and the secret conspiracy at the heart of Empire's founders - not to mention more trouble than he bargained for. What started out as one missing family becomes a battle for the future of Empire and every citizen that calls her home."--BOOK JACKET.

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