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Virtual Girl [Mass Market Paperback]

Amy Thomsom


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Book Description

Dec 12 2012
Arnold Dexter breaks the law when he creates Maggie, a robot companion who seems perfect in every way, but when Maggie is separated from her creator, she begins to become a sentient being.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (MM) (Dec 12 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441865003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441865000
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #906,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tired of T3? Read this! July 9 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book is the flipside of Terminator 3. This is a humane, simple yet exciting story of a female android built by an ambitious male scientist who rejects her and leaves her to fend for herself in the Real World. This book is sensitive to both women and robots, and is a very good jumping-off point for new readers of feminist sf, mostly because Amy Thomson doesn't hit you over the head with complex feminist issues; by sending Maggie out to live her own life, Thomson creates a believable character who uses her personal skills (physical, mental, and eventually emotional) to build her own independent individual life. Highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Virtual Girl made a difference in my life March 18 2013
By Dave Cordes - Published on Amazon.com
I read this book 20 years ago when I was a student at Metro State College of Denver. I saw this book in the student union bookstore and, being a fan of science fiction, blindly purchased it because the subject looked appealing.

I was sitting outside of the Auraria campus in front of the old St. Cajetans church reading it when I happened to come to the point in the story where the virtual girl, Maggie, also happened to be at the very same St. Cajetan's where I was sitting and I realized that it was more than just coincidence and that the book spoke to me on more than one metaphorical level.

I was in my last semester, had just gone through an emotional break-up with my girlfriend, and Amy Thomson's book had called to me. Her book helped me through the darkest period of my life when I truly felt lost and had given up hope. I have always wanted to share this story with the author so that she was aware that her book had somehow made a difference in an individual person's life as it did mine.

Recently, I took my wife (who is from Miami like Amy) to the Auraria campus to show her where I went to college and showed her St. Cajetans and it reminded me of Virtual Girl and I told her the story about how part of this book took place there and how it had made a difference in my life. Like the virtual character, Maggie, I had identified with and found my humanity and endured life's lessons and grew as a person from those experiences.

I know that this book will not affect everyone as deeply or meaningfully in the same way that it did for me. Most people will simply be entertained by the intriguing philosophical science fiction but I guess that it just happened to be the right period of my life when the book first came out and going through a set of circumstances and feeling the way that I did but I will always remember and cherish it fondly because of that.

Thank you, Amy.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story, Horribly Underrated Jan. 11 2005
By Shadow - Published on Amazon.com
I read this book for the first time when I was in 5th grade, and I immediately fell in love with it. The first review listed on this page though isn't enitrely sure, so I am assuming that the person didn't read it very well as ***PLOT POINT PLOT POINT*** Maggie wasn't rejected by her creator, they were attacked and she thought he was dead, so she left him .***END POINT END POINT*** As for the other person who stated that the book offered nothing new, maybe when compared to other books out today it isn't unique, but when it was first released in the early 90's, it was very unique. I think this book is very good, and highly recommend it to any one who likes stories about humanity.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful portrayal of being a sentient being. Nov. 1 1997
By George H. Wells - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a terrific book on what it is like to be a sentient being. The main character is flooded by information, like all of us and has to learn to survive. After the first 100 pages there is a detour in the book's strength, in that secondary characters are introduced who are sexual minorities. There may have been a reason for this, but it was a minor distraction. I would recomend this book to fans of basically sentient characters (like Robocop), fans of pursuit/suspense (like Dean Koontz and Jefferson Swycaffer novels), and to readers interested in artificial intelligence or just the mystery of being alive. Whenever I feel down I pick up this book or Shadows Fall by Simon Green.
P. S.: I did not understand why the plot included that path (meeting sexual minorities). I think I do now as some readers told me that the main character was one that some female readers thought should have advanced herself to represent women in society, as in breaking the glass ceiling.... Instead she took a Buddhist path of being a sentient being and listening to people and being compassionate. Her interaction with sexual minorities in the middle of the book shows that she is basically a non-sexual being and not bound to gender considerations, but to consideration of all humans and sentient beings.
Nothing wrong with fighting against the glass ceiling, it's just not THIS CHARACTER's main interest. I think. As shown above. Nopthing wrong with sexual minorities anywzy.
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, Just Not Perfect Oct. 28 2009
By D. Barber - Published on Amazon.com
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For a fembot novel, Virtual Girl tells an engaging story of the development of an Artificial Intelligence who gains her independence mostly by accident and has to make of it what she will. This future world contains a rare few other such intelligences such as her own and is portrayed very well as naïve Maggie grows into someone I'd like to meet in person. What keeps this story from its fifth star is that I found the ending a bit of a letdown in which Maggie never does quite reach a full understanding of all that she is, or possibly could be. Other readers may well find the ending just perfect for the story, so this is only one person's opinion here.

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