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The Mad Scientist’s Daughter, Cassandra Rose Clark

October 27, 2013

MadScientistsDaughter-144dpi Cat is eight years old and has never been to school, which is why when she first sees Finn, her father’s friend, she assumes he must be a ghost and gets out of her way to help him realize it. She implies it with the subtle innocence of a little child; she dares him to do things that would kill a mortal being; she takes him to the cemetery, half-expecting him to disappear in a misty glaze of light.

Finn is, however, passing all the tests she can devise because Finn isn’t a ghost, but an android. A robot with all sorts of programs like politeness, or kindness, or the ability of telling stories from “memory”. Throughout the years, Finn would be a tutor for the home-schooled Cat and a connection will develop between the too of them, a connection stronger than any relationship Cat might have with the negligent adults around her. With time, they will be friends, occasionally even more than that, they will share a bed but events will lead them to not only stop sharing a bed, but stop sharing the same planet. Finally, the covers of the book close over them as lovers.

Cassandra Rose Clark is a writer with above average writing skills. She has the ability of drawing you into a magical story with vividly described details and moments beautifully conserved as snapshots. She’s like a photographer of literary settings, you simply open her book and look at the pretty pictures – you can almost visualize her phrases and hear the sounds she writes about. I was never much of a fan of descriptions but she describes such beautiful, magical things. I am still trapped in her vision of a spring frost and what I wouldn’t do to be able to see one of the tapestries she describes in the book. She seems to have a mind in which you wouldn’t get bored. Of that, I am envious.

The storyline in the book is not very new, or unpredictable. It has some plot holes but somehow I don’t feel like I’ve been cheated, I’m happy with the book as it was. I usually go for books with character development and Cat sure walked a long way, from being a child to being a young mother with her own mistakes and regrets about life. Her journey was aptly described but the strong point of the book, I feel, is it’s atmosphere and it’s something that’s rarely found. You can get character development in a lot of ways, sometimes better development than the one shown here – I found Cat to be a bit of a brat, a bit of a person that I wouldn’t naturally connect to so I didn’t care much for her journey – but the atmosphere, that’s what’s truly unique. Read it if you want to escape the ordinary.

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