Official Review: Losing Normal by Francis Moss

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Re: Official Review: Losing Normal by Francis Moss

Post by daydreaming reader » 18 Aug 2018, 19:58

crediblereading2 wrote:
18 Aug 2018, 18:36
Hey, there is actually an AI out there called Sophie whose actions are pretty similar to those of a human. I guess this book is based on her. Thank you for an excellent review.
I was thinking of this!
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Post by daydreaming reader » 18 Aug 2018, 19:59

Seems like a great quick read and thank you for your review.
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Post by Helen_Combe » 19 Aug 2018, 01:49

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Your review has encouraged me to add this book to my "want to read" shelf. The fact that the main character has highly functioning asperger's syndome caught my attention, but the parts about Sophia make this a must-read! Sophia is already a real technology, so I can't wait to read this author's take on it! Thanks for your review!
I didn’t know about Sophia, thanks for informing me. I hope you enjoy the book :tiphat:
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Post by Helen_Combe » 19 Aug 2018, 02:31

FictionLover wrote:
18 Aug 2018, 18:32
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was exciting and fast-paced, and the narrative switched regularly between Alex and Sara, his gifted but decidedly unorthodox friend. There were also short clips from the Calliope system logs, indicating that all may not be well there either. The characters are likeable and human and I enjoyed the way Sara would try to make things ’normal’ for Alex so he could function during the confusion and change. I also liked the way the resistance was run from bookshops; an allegory for the modern world where an escape from the evils of technology is to be found in books and libraries.
Another great review, Helen. I've read a couple of books where the main character has Aspberger's syndrome. If done right, it can really give a unique point of view.

I'll keep this one in mind. :tiphat: :tiphat:
Thank you, Alex’s condition does add to the story. :tiphat:
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Post by Helen_Combe » 19 Aug 2018, 02:36

crediblereading2 wrote:
18 Aug 2018, 18:36
Hey, there is actually an AI out there called Sophie whose actions are pretty similar to those of a human. I guess this book is based on her. Thank you for an excellent review.
I seem to be the only person who didn’t know about Sophie! I’m looking her up right now. Thank you :tiphat:
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Post by OrlaCarty » 19 Aug 2018, 08:07

I feel technobabble would go over my head also, and take away from the enjoyment a bit! Thanks for the review.

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Post by sharkyjen998 » 19 Aug 2018, 09:12

Helen_Combe wrote:
19 Aug 2018, 01:49
sharkyjen998 wrote:
18 Aug 2018, 17:33
Your review has encouraged me to add this book to my "want to read" shelf. The fact that the main character has highly functioning asperger's syndome caught my attention, but the parts about Sophia make this a must-read! Sophia is already a real technology, so I can't wait to read this author's take on it! Thanks for your review!
I didn’t know about Sophia, thanks for informing me. I hope you enjoy the book :tiphat:
Of course! If you have the time, then it may be fun to do a quick search on Sophia! She's a real life AI robot. It's incredible!

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Post by sanjus » 19 Aug 2018, 11:00

Wonderful imagination that AI robot challenging to humans by doing all the TV shows and trying to capture the education system. I heard Sophie doing several human tasks and well known robot.
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Post by Helen_Combe » 19 Aug 2018, 11:22

OrlaCarty wrote:
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I feel technobabble would go over my head also, and take away from the enjoyment a bit! Thanks for the review.
Thank you. I think the technobabble was supposed to go overhead, it went over some of the characters’ heads too.
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Post by Helen_Combe » 19 Aug 2018, 11:29

sharkyjen998 wrote:
19 Aug 2018, 09:12
Helen_Combe wrote:
19 Aug 2018, 01:49
sharkyjen998 wrote:
18 Aug 2018, 17:33
Your review has encouraged me to add this book to my "want to read" shelf. The fact that the main character has highly functioning asperger's syndome caught my attention, but the parts about Sophia make this a must-read! Sophia is already a real technology, so I can't wait to read this author's take on it! Thanks for your review!
I didn’t know about Sophia, thanks for informing me. I hope you enjoy the book :tiphat:
Of course! If you have the time, then it may be fun to do a quick search on Sophia! She's a real life AI robot. It's incredible!
She’s a bit spooky is you ask me :?
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Post by Helen_Combe » 19 Aug 2018, 11:30

sanjus wrote:
19 Aug 2018, 11:00
Wonderful imagination that AI robot challenging to humans by doing all the TV shows and trying to capture the education system. I heard Sophie doing several human tasks and well known robot.
Scary stuff, thanks for commenting.
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Post by sharkyjen998 » 19 Aug 2018, 11:32

Helen_Combe wrote:
19 Aug 2018, 11:29
sharkyjen998 wrote:
19 Aug 2018, 09:12
Helen_Combe wrote:
19 Aug 2018, 01:49

I didn’t know about Sophia, thanks for informing me. I hope you enjoy the book :tiphat:
Of course! If you have the time, then it may be fun to do a quick search on Sophia! She's a real life AI robot. It's incredible!
She’s a bit spooky is you ask me :?
I agree!! :)

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Post by kandscreeley » 20 Aug 2018, 12:13

I have a nephew with Autism, so I like that the protagonist has Asperger's. It's too bad about the editing, but that's easy enough to fix when you have a good story. The high body count does seem to be a bit much for the young adult genre, but at least it isn't graphic. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Helen_Combe » 20 Aug 2018, 17:06

kandscreeley wrote:
20 Aug 2018, 12:13
I have a nephew with Autism, so I like that the protagonist has Asperger's. It's too bad about the editing, but that's easy enough to fix when you have a good story. The high body count does seem to be a bit much for the young adult genre, but at least it isn't graphic. Thanks for the review.
Thank you, oddly, I often find young adult books have a surprising amount of death and drug taking
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Post by Fuzaila » 21 Aug 2018, 02:22

I haven't read a sci-fi where the main character is autistic. I realize it's hard to come across such books. Dealing with AI and technological babbles, this book sounds right up my alley. Splendid review Helen :D
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