Saturday, August 14, 2010

Short Story Review: “Eros, Philia, Agape”

Short Story Review: “Eros, Philia, Agape” by Rachel Swirsky

I had a tough time with this short story. At it’s core it is a coming of age story about a robot that leaves his wife and daughter to find himself. Most of the story is actually backstory leading you back to the moment when he leaves.

We were not told he was a robot until later in the story, which really had me confused for a while.  The story introduced the robot then didn’t talk about him for a long time. Consequently I had to flip back and forth to the beginning a couple times to make sure the story was talking about the same character, which is not easy on the Kindle.

By the end I really liked the story, and if you are big into relationships, particularly sci-fi related, I’d recommend it, but for me it had a rough start and soured my opinion through to the end. Subsequent reading might improve my rating. That being said, it’s free on Amazon, so get it and enjoy, you have nothing to lose but about an hour of your time.

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