Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Kensington Gore's Twisted Tales: Robot Love by Leesa Wallace and Graeme Parker Review

Review By Patrick Challis

Written By Leesa Wallace and Graeme Parker

Genre
Science Fiction, Short Story

Synopsis

It's the year 3000, men are obsolete and women are in full control.

Women are now waited on hand and foot, day and night by fully functional robot men. That must serve them, please them and pleasure them.

But then something changes, love comes off the production line.

Will love conquer all? Will man survive?

This dark, romantic, trip into science fiction is a classic Kensington Gore twisted tale. An Orwellian style story of horror, love, desire and Robot Love.

"This is not a feminist story. This is a love story about the death of men, real men." Kensington Gore

WARNING: Contains adult themes and content.

Review

I've always been a fan of the Kensington Gore series of short stories called 'Twisted Tales' and they have never failed to impress and entertain me.

That's most definitely the case here with this, the first foray in to science fiction for the Gore and Wallace partnership.

In an interesting take on the worlds obsession with technology, love has all but been pushed in to extinction by the advent of robot men who will cater to every possible whim and need.

This story picks up that theme and really runs with it in an interesting way.  In amidst the subtle humor and knowing nods, is a story that asks the important question of if you could get away with something like this thanks to the constantly advancement of technology, would you do it?

The characters here are superbly written and come across as people you would want to sit down and have a drink  with for the most part.  I especially liked how the relationships between the characters evolve in such an organic way that  the story really didn't seem like a short story at all.  Wallace and Gore have really crammed  a lot in to a short space without it being cluttered or confusing.

There's just one complaint I have about this release and that's the simple fact that it's over too soon.  I would have loved to have read more of the characters, more of the story, more of how the world got to such a point that they would rely more on technology than they would on using their hearts.

Absolutely superb and well worth a look.

Story 4/5
Characters 4/5
Recommended 4/5
Overall 12/15

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