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The story begins with the narrator in a mental institution, and yet he does not seem overtly insane—at first. Bogdan Bogdanov is an Indigo child—one of several who march to a different drumbeat and were thought at one time to be delicate geniuses who must be nurtured. He and they were sent to live on an island, to a special school. Rather than be among “normal” children where he might have learned to fit in, he becomes reclusive and selfish, spending much of his time alone rather than be subjected to the presence of lesser mortals. But, like any man, he craves the company of women or, more specifically, what they can do for him.
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Vadim Babenko shows his mastery of description as Bogdanov creates his perfect home companion, a computer who does his bidding and handles his financial affairs. But the computer (named Semmant) develops independence and emotions, introducing jealousy and anger into their interactions as he becomes involved with Bogdanov's women. A female counterpart to Semmant is conceptualized, but never really takes shape, and instead Bogdanov creates an imaginary woman friend to make his sometime girlfriend jealous, with the result that Semmant wants the imaginary friend for himself. Who will survive this tale of manipulation and ultimately terror, and who will be finished off is revealed in the last few pages. Adult themes.
Best part of story, including ending: Fascinating plot and I really liked the heavy description of inner dialogue.

Best scene in story: Opening scene in mental institution because it set the stage well.

Opinion about the main character: He had thoughts I have sometimes-which was a little scary!

The review of this Book prepared by Mary DeKok Blowers a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 60% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Romance    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Human/magical couple?    -   Yes Type of couple:    -   He's a human, she's a robot

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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