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Machines Like Me
Machines Like Me: A Novel | Ian McEwan
12 posts | 7 read | 1 reading | 11 to read
The new novel from the master storyteller is his best in years and brilliantly McEwan, a moving love story and a mystery, yet, for all its gripping plotline one of the most ethically and morally layered novels written for our times. Set in 1980s London, the story revolves around Charlie: young and reckless, and in love with his upstairs neighbour, the enchanting Miranda whose hidden, murky past hangs between them. He has spent his inheritance on the acquisition of one of twenty-four highly developed robotic humans--named Adam or Eve--developed by Alan Turing after his success on the Enigma codebreaking machine, central to the Allies WWII victory. As London is consumed by the huge protests over England and Argentina's Falklands War and Margaret Thatcher's jingoistic ambitions, Charlie courts Miranda, and his Adam finds himself central to their affair. Great novelist that he is, McEwan pulls us into the question of what it means to love, what it means to be human in our fast-changing times, and how precarious a construct is the world we live in and think we know.
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Clare_Riley
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Mehso-so

I tried to like this. The main characters though - why on earth would you spend Qc,000 on an android, then ignore it? What a waste of money and potential adventure/ pleasure! The main characters were pretty unlikeable, which isn‘t usually a problem for me, but they really grated on me. The alternative British history was interesting (Britain lose the Falklands war, and Alan Turing doesn‘t commit suicide), but I nearly gave up reading this,

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I have to say that this cover is one of the most unappealing ones I've ever seen and put me off from reading it. I see that I'm okay with judging the book by the cover! 😛 16h
Clare_Riley @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I think you‘d be safe to, yes!😂 16h
Freespirit I have loved some of his books..this one doesn't appeal...nor does the cover I agree @Penny_LiteraryHoarders 7h
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ClairesReads
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Time to see wtf my old mate Ian is up to 😬 #readharder2019 an alternate history novel

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Eyejaybee
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Redheadrambles
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Panpan

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It pains me to pan this one because McEwan is one of my favourite authors but this is a colossal hodgepodge of balderdash unfortunately. The least of its problems is the engorged robot shenanigans much more irksome to me was the poorly handled “moral dilemma” and the absolutely appalling characterisation.
Obviously, this one rankled me !

Redheadrambles #readharder2019 - Alternate history 1w
Redwritinghood Not surprised by this based on your updates! (edited) 1w
Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood yep - it is somehow much more disappointing when I usually love this author 1w
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Pruzy
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Mehso-so

I don't usually read books naked (without the dust cover), but the artwork on the Canadian edition of the hardcover is hideous! Looks like a softcore erotica. Unfortunately, the novel itself is not one of McEwan's best. Full of rants and plots that are better handled in his other novels, this book is about an alternate 1980s in which a man buys a Blade Runner-level robot who inserts himself into the lives of the main character and his girlfriend.

merelybookish Now I want to see the cover! 😆 2w
Pruzy @merelybookish Google it and tell me what you think 2w
batsy It's a pretty awful cover 🙈 2w
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Pruzy @batsy Thank you for feeling my pain! I was reading it on a plane so taking the cover off before my trip was a smart choice 2w
Cinfhen I must investigate 2w
Cinfhen I started this book and I‘m not liking it at all 😬 2w
Cinfhen Is your cover the same as mine?? I didn‘t get that erotica vibe at all🤷‍♀️ 2w
Pruzy @Cinfhen I dunno, the cheezy 80s computer graphics looking guy and the fact he isn't wearing any clothes is kinda odd. I guess also supposed to be channelling the fact he is an "Adam", but still a bad design! 2w
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Cinfhen
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#BookMail May‘s IRL bookclub choice 🎉McEwan generally leads to good discussions so I‘m looking forward to his newest novel 🤓

Cinfhen And I haven‘t forgotten @TrishB it‘s already marked for you ❤️ 2w
Heideschrampf Such a creepy cover! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Look forward to your thoughts on this. 2w
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TrishB 👍🏻 I think it looks really good, hope it‘s not disappointing. 2w
Pruzy @Heideschrampf Yeah, who in the art department OKed that one? 2w
Cinfhen It‘s really a super creepy cover @Pruzy @Heideschrampf but it‘s pretty magnetic IRL. The AI looks human yet machine at the same time. The back cover has its female counterpart ~ also creepy AF. (edited) 2w
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Zelma
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I couldn‘t do it. I‘m suspecting that Ian McEwan and I no longer get along. I absolutely loved a couple of his earlier books but the more recent ones feel cold and pretentious and lack the depth that I expect and want. This has such an interesting premise but gets bogged down by one character‘s secret past and is just boring on top of everything. Moving on.

Vinjii Atonement is one of my favourite books. Oh well. I guess things do change. 3w
mrozzz Hmmm I really wanted to read this one but I also kind of want to skip it 😅 3w
Pruzy This book reminded me of a worse version of Enduring Love 2w
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perfectlywinged
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This is exactly what you expect when Ian McEwan writes about a robot: A British guy buys an A.I. Robot and muses about love and moral dilemmas. Not my favorite by him but still interesting.

Pruzy Agreed, too much pointless navel gazing 2w
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Eyejaybee
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KarenUK
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It‘s always exciting when #newbookday includes a shiny new one from one of your favorite authors! 💕

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Excited about this one! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Look forward to your thoughts! 1mo
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Cinfhen
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Ooops I did it again....#ImpulseBuy The tagged book is for bookclub and the other two were #BlameItOnLitsy 🤭

TrishB Really interested in the tagged one! I have some gift vouchers..... (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen If you want to wait until after bookclub I‘ll send it to u @TrishB 1mo
TrishB @Cinfhen too kind as always! I‘m not in any rush, be interested to see what you think! 1mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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Just finished an ARC of Ian McEwan‘s new book, coming out in April. Set in an alternate 1980s London, Alan Turing is still alive and his work has enabled great leaps in science. The newest arrival in AI is the creation of the first synthetic humans available to the public. A man and his girlfriend buy one and we see how it comes to have control over their lives. Fascinating in the questions it poses and the potential for complications. 3 1/2 stars

zsuzsanna_reads Sounds intriguing! 2mo
HeatherBookNerd @zsuzsanna_reads it is a very cool premise. It‘s not my favorite of his, but a solid read for sure. 2mo
Pruzy @HeatherBookNerd Agreed, definitely far from his best 2w
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