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04:54 pm: Saturn's Children by Charles Stross
He says this is a Heinlein pastiche and it is, but there's lots of references to other books and movies as well as quips and wordplay.

Freya is an obsolete humaniform sex robot. Not only have the Creators she was made to serve died out, but robot body fashion has moved to "chibi-form" -- small, stout, and big big eyes. She comes from a long incestuous lineage of female humaniform sex robots and ends up working for another long lineage of male humaniform butler robots. The deals and conspiracies become more and more confusing, and Freya has to work out what's happening to survive.

I thought this was a great book -- a lot of fun to read (except one specific area of robot rape where I cringed) and a great story. Those who read SF and are familar with fandom will find even more rewards. Highly recommended.

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From:fledgist
Date:August 8th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Well, there's Heinlein tribute, Asimov tribute, Wodehouse tribute (Jeeves, after all), robot sex, and, I swear a bit of Delany as well.
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From:mjlayman
Date:August 8th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
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Yep. I think things must have just flocked to his brain while he was writing this! Tolkien -- Bilbo, the miner who had the same kind of brain damage I do -- for example.
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From:fledgist
Date:August 9th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
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Yup! Forgot about that one.
From:nancylebov
Date:August 8th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
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The book sounds at least interesting, but if Freya is tall and thin, and has large breasts, she's part of the tiresome lineage of "the main character is conventionally beautiful by the standards of the reader, but the other characters just can't see it". I'm thinking of Clan of the Cave Bear and to a lesser extent, The Silver Metal Lover.
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From:mjlayman
Date:August 8th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
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Well, she *can* be tall and thin and large breasted. Most of the other characters don't even have Human 1.0 interface (no penis-type part) -- remember, these are all robots -- so don't care about her that way. She's beautiful, of course, since she's a sex robot, but it doesn't have much to do with her relations with most other robots.
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From:fledgist
Date:August 9th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
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Well, she is conventionally beautiful by certain human norms -- and all of them are problematic for her. She is, in fact, generally a victim of prejudice (though not for the reasons you might think). Read the book -- you'll be amazed.
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From:skylarker
Date:August 9th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
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I just read this one, too. I enjoyed it overall, though the plot got a bit too convoluted for me. I'd have liked a recap, with diagrams, at the end, to sort it all out. :)
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