The Automatic Detective

The Automatic Detective

Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it?s hard for a robot to make his way. It?s even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack?s not interested in world domination. He?s just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn?t just an automated smashing machine, an Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it?s hard for a robot to make his w...

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Title:The Automatic Detective
Author:A. Lee Martinez
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:The Automatic Detective
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

The Automatic Detective Reviews

  • Mike
    Feb 27, 2008

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

    "Look, I wrote a detective novel!" No one reads those anymore. People like more modern things nowadays. Robots and suchlike. "Robots, eh?" With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame was more trouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I ha...

    Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye; The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci-fi and cynical humour. Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with 'the Freewill Glitch' w...

    This is a classic detective novel (think Chandler & Hammet) told from the point of view of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot in a futuristic cesspool of a city (think Stan Lee on a bender). After that things get even stranger, but that's OK. It made me laugh & think in equal propo...

    This book combines the feel of hard-boiled with the joys of a Sci-Fi novel. I?ve never seen this cross genre before but The Automatic Detective pulls it off so well. The best description I?ve found about this book was by a Goodreads user; ?Raymond Chandler and William Gibson had ...

    Weirdly entertaining. Another great story from Martinez. This one was not as fast paced like the rest of his stories, in my opinion. But, still a great piece of work. ...

    Empire City is a futuristic metropolis ruled by a mix mutant populace which includes biological, robotic, alien, and mutated inhabitants. Technology powers progression, enhances efficiencies, and dilutes the humanist aspects to inner city living. The foundation piece for THE AUTOMATIC ...

    What a well-written tale this was! Kept me turning pages. This is the story of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot who was designed for mindless killing and destruction but decides on a much more peaceful way of life after developing "Freewill". So the novel opens with his occupation as ...

    This was an unexpected disappointment; it's not a terrible read, but Martinez may have been a little too impressed with the presumed "cleverness" of his premise, ending up with a surprisingly derivative and bloodless mash-up of hard-boiled detective, gadget-driven sci-fi, and dystopian...

    Great entertainment. Futuristic hard-boiled detective novel with a terrific cast of characters that becomes -near the end- a wonderful giant monster movie comic as drawn by Jack Kirby. Dialogue was superb ...caustic... tough-guy robot with a non-programmed sense of humor cr...

    Mack Megaton is a seven foot tall, 300lb robot living in Empire City, working as a cab driver, when his neighbours are kidnapped. Mack vows to rescue them. Empire City is polluted with toxic waste, peopled by mutants, robots, normals and, oh yeah, aliens. Of course it is. ?Napi...

    The following excerpt captures the spirit (and speak ;) of this novel well: It's always a little strange for me sitting with another robot that hasn't qualified for citizen status. Here I was with all the rights (well, most of them anyway) of a biological citizen, while Knuckles was...

    Mack Megaton is a robot designed to bring mankind to its knees. Instead of following his intended directive, his ?freewill glitch? allows him to join the ranks and try to gain citizenship. His freewill gives him the personality of a typical street detective when he realizes his nei...

    "There was something appealing about breaking bones and asking questions, about mixing it up with lowlifes and intellectual dames." Indeed, Mack Megaton, indeed. Even a robot can understand why people are into crime fiction. There's a reason detective stories made up such a healthy ...

    I really liked the ending. The rest of the book was good, but I really liked the end. And as I think about the writing of A. Lee Martinez I find that I have almost always really liked the ending. The ends of his novels are the best parts in my opinion, he does a great job of world bu...

  • Shivesh
    Apr 14, 2008

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

    "Look, I wrote a detective novel!" No one reads those anymore. People like more modern things nowadays. Robots and suchlike. "Robots, eh?" With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame was more trouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I ha...

    Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye; The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci-fi and cynical humour. Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with 'the Freewill Glitch' w...

    This is a classic detective novel (think Chandler & Hammet) told from the point of view of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot in a futuristic cesspool of a city (think Stan Lee on a bender). After that things get even stranger, but that's OK. It made me laugh & think in equal propo...

    This book combines the feel of hard-boiled with the joys of a Sci-Fi novel. I?ve never seen this cross genre before but The Automatic Detective pulls it off so well. The best description I?ve found about this book was by a Goodreads user; ?Raymond Chandler and William Gibson had ...

    Weirdly entertaining. Another great story from Martinez. This one was not as fast paced like the rest of his stories, in my opinion. But, still a great piece of work. ...

    Empire City is a futuristic metropolis ruled by a mix mutant populace which includes biological, robotic, alien, and mutated inhabitants. Technology powers progression, enhances efficiencies, and dilutes the humanist aspects to inner city living. The foundation piece for THE AUTOMATIC ...

    What a well-written tale this was! Kept me turning pages. This is the story of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot who was designed for mindless killing and destruction but decides on a much more peaceful way of life after developing "Freewill". So the novel opens with his occupation as ...

  • Jim
    Sep 03, 2016

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

    "Look, I wrote a detective novel!" No one reads those anymore. People like more modern things nowadays. Robots and suchlike. "Robots, eh?" With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame was more trouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I ha...

    Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye; The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci-fi and cynical humour. Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with 'the Freewill Glitch' w...

    This is a classic detective novel (think Chandler & Hammet) told from the point of view of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot in a futuristic cesspool of a city (think Stan Lee on a bender). After that things get even stranger, but that's OK. It made me laugh & think in equal propo...

  • Kalin
    Nov 20, 2016

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

    "Look, I wrote a detective novel!" No one reads those anymore. People like more modern things nowadays. Robots and suchlike. "Robots, eh?" With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame was more trouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I ha...

    Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye; The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci-fi and cynical humour. Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with 'the Freewill Glitch' w...

    This is a classic detective novel (think Chandler & Hammet) told from the point of view of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot in a futuristic cesspool of a city (think Stan Lee on a bender). After that things get even stranger, but that's OK. It made me laugh & think in equal propo...

    This book combines the feel of hard-boiled with the joys of a Sci-Fi novel. I?ve never seen this cross genre before but The Automatic Detective pulls it off so well. The best description I?ve found about this book was by a Goodreads user; ?Raymond Chandler and William Gibson had ...

    Weirdly entertaining. Another great story from Martinez. This one was not as fast paced like the rest of his stories, in my opinion. But, still a great piece of work. ...

    Empire City is a futuristic metropolis ruled by a mix mutant populace which includes biological, robotic, alien, and mutated inhabitants. Technology powers progression, enhances efficiencies, and dilutes the humanist aspects to inner city living. The foundation piece for THE AUTOMATIC ...

    What a well-written tale this was! Kept me turning pages. This is the story of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot who was designed for mindless killing and destruction but decides on a much more peaceful way of life after developing "Freewill". So the novel opens with his occupation as ...

    This was an unexpected disappointment; it's not a terrible read, but Martinez may have been a little too impressed with the presumed "cleverness" of his premise, ending up with a surprisingly derivative and bloodless mash-up of hard-boiled detective, gadget-driven sci-fi, and dystopian...

    Great entertainment. Futuristic hard-boiled detective novel with a terrific cast of characters that becomes -near the end- a wonderful giant monster movie comic as drawn by Jack Kirby. Dialogue was superb ...caustic... tough-guy robot with a non-programmed sense of humor cr...

    Mack Megaton is a seven foot tall, 300lb robot living in Empire City, working as a cab driver, when his neighbours are kidnapped. Mack vows to rescue them. Empire City is polluted with toxic waste, peopled by mutants, robots, normals and, oh yeah, aliens. Of course it is. ?Napi...

    The following excerpt captures the spirit (and speak ;) of this novel well: It's always a little strange for me sitting with another robot that hasn't qualified for citizen status. Here I was with all the rights (well, most of them anyway) of a biological citizen, while Knuckles was...

  • Josh
    Jun 25, 2012

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

    "Look, I wrote a detective novel!" No one reads those anymore. People like more modern things nowadays. Robots and suchlike. "Robots, eh?" With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame was more trouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I ha...

    Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye; The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci-fi and cynical humour. Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with 'the Freewill Glitch' w...

    This is a classic detective novel (think Chandler & Hammet) told from the point of view of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot in a futuristic cesspool of a city (think Stan Lee on a bender). After that things get even stranger, but that's OK. It made me laugh & think in equal propo...

    This book combines the feel of hard-boiled with the joys of a Sci-Fi novel. I?ve never seen this cross genre before but The Automatic Detective pulls it off so well. The best description I?ve found about this book was by a Goodreads user; ?Raymond Chandler and William Gibson had ...

    Weirdly entertaining. Another great story from Martinez. This one was not as fast paced like the rest of his stories, in my opinion. But, still a great piece of work. ...

    Empire City is a futuristic metropolis ruled by a mix mutant populace which includes biological, robotic, alien, and mutated inhabitants. Technology powers progression, enhances efficiencies, and dilutes the humanist aspects to inner city living. The foundation piece for THE AUTOMATIC ...

  • Nicholas Karpuk
    Jan 25, 2017

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

    "Look, I wrote a detective novel!" No one reads those anymore. People like more modern things nowadays. Robots and suchlike. "Robots, eh?" With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame was more trouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I ha...

    Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye; The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci-fi and cynical humour. Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with 'the Freewill Glitch' w...

    This is a classic detective novel (think Chandler & Hammet) told from the point of view of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot in a futuristic cesspool of a city (think Stan Lee on a bender). After that things get even stranger, but that's OK. It made me laugh & think in equal propo...

    This book combines the feel of hard-boiled with the joys of a Sci-Fi novel. I?ve never seen this cross genre before but The Automatic Detective pulls it off so well. The best description I?ve found about this book was by a Goodreads user; ?Raymond Chandler and William Gibson had ...

    Weirdly entertaining. Another great story from Martinez. This one was not as fast paced like the rest of his stories, in my opinion. But, still a great piece of work. ...

    Empire City is a futuristic metropolis ruled by a mix mutant populace which includes biological, robotic, alien, and mutated inhabitants. Technology powers progression, enhances efficiencies, and dilutes the humanist aspects to inner city living. The foundation piece for THE AUTOMATIC ...

    What a well-written tale this was! Kept me turning pages. This is the story of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot who was designed for mindless killing and destruction but decides on a much more peaceful way of life after developing "Freewill". So the novel opens with his occupation as ...

    This was an unexpected disappointment; it's not a terrible read, but Martinez may have been a little too impressed with the presumed "cleverness" of his premise, ending up with a surprisingly derivative and bloodless mash-up of hard-boiled detective, gadget-driven sci-fi, and dystopian...

    Great entertainment. Futuristic hard-boiled detective novel with a terrific cast of characters that becomes -near the end- a wonderful giant monster movie comic as drawn by Jack Kirby. Dialogue was superb ...caustic... tough-guy robot with a non-programmed sense of humor cr...

    Mack Megaton is a seven foot tall, 300lb robot living in Empire City, working as a cab driver, when his neighbours are kidnapped. Mack vows to rescue them. Empire City is polluted with toxic waste, peopled by mutants, robots, normals and, oh yeah, aliens. Of course it is. ?Napi...

    The following excerpt captures the spirit (and speak ;) of this novel well: It's always a little strange for me sitting with another robot that hasn't qualified for citizen status. Here I was with all the rights (well, most of them anyway) of a biological citizen, while Knuckles was...

    Mack Megaton is a robot designed to bring mankind to its knees. Instead of following his intended directive, his ?freewill glitch? allows him to join the ranks and try to gain citizenship. His freewill gives him the personality of a typical street detective when he realizes his nei...

    "There was something appealing about breaking bones and asking questions, about mixing it up with lowlifes and intellectual dames." Indeed, Mack Megaton, indeed. Even a robot can understand why people are into crime fiction. There's a reason detective stories made up such a healthy ...

  • Jokoloyo
    Feb 11, 2017

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

  • Jesse
    Oct 21, 2009

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

    "Look, I wrote a detective novel!" No one reads those anymore. People like more modern things nowadays. Robots and suchlike. "Robots, eh?" With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame was more trouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I ha...

    Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye; The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci-fi and cynical humour. Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with 'the Freewill Glitch' w...

    This is a classic detective novel (think Chandler & Hammet) told from the point of view of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot in a futuristic cesspool of a city (think Stan Lee on a bender). After that things get even stranger, but that's OK. It made me laugh & think in equal propo...

    This book combines the feel of hard-boiled with the joys of a Sci-Fi novel. I?ve never seen this cross genre before but The Automatic Detective pulls it off so well. The best description I?ve found about this book was by a Goodreads user; ?Raymond Chandler and William Gibson had ...

    Weirdly entertaining. Another great story from Martinez. This one was not as fast paced like the rest of his stories, in my opinion. But, still a great piece of work. ...

    Empire City is a futuristic metropolis ruled by a mix mutant populace which includes biological, robotic, alien, and mutated inhabitants. Technology powers progression, enhances efficiencies, and dilutes the humanist aspects to inner city living. The foundation piece for THE AUTOMATIC ...

    What a well-written tale this was! Kept me turning pages. This is the story of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot who was designed for mindless killing and destruction but decides on a much more peaceful way of life after developing "Freewill". So the novel opens with his occupation as ...

    This was an unexpected disappointment; it's not a terrible read, but Martinez may have been a little too impressed with the presumed "cleverness" of his premise, ending up with a surprisingly derivative and bloodless mash-up of hard-boiled detective, gadget-driven sci-fi, and dystopian...

    Great entertainment. Futuristic hard-boiled detective novel with a terrific cast of characters that becomes -near the end- a wonderful giant monster movie comic as drawn by Jack Kirby. Dialogue was superb ...caustic... tough-guy robot with a non-programmed sense of humor cr...

    Mack Megaton is a seven foot tall, 300lb robot living in Empire City, working as a cab driver, when his neighbours are kidnapped. Mack vows to rescue them. Empire City is polluted with toxic waste, peopled by mutants, robots, normals and, oh yeah, aliens. Of course it is. ?Napi...

    The following excerpt captures the spirit (and speak ;) of this novel well: It's always a little strange for me sitting with another robot that hasn't qualified for citizen status. Here I was with all the rights (well, most of them anyway) of a biological citizen, while Knuckles was...

    Mack Megaton is a robot designed to bring mankind to its knees. Instead of following his intended directive, his ?freewill glitch? allows him to join the ranks and try to gain citizenship. His freewill gives him the personality of a typical street detective when he realizes his nei...

  • Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
    Dec 15, 2015

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

    "Look, I wrote a detective novel!" No one reads those anymore. People like more modern things nowadays. Robots and suchlike. "Robots, eh?" With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame was more trouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I ha...

    Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye; The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci-fi and cynical humour. Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with 'the Freewill Glitch' w...

    This is a classic detective novel (think Chandler & Hammet) told from the point of view of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot in a futuristic cesspool of a city (think Stan Lee on a bender). After that things get even stranger, but that's OK. It made me laugh & think in equal propo...

    This book combines the feel of hard-boiled with the joys of a Sci-Fi novel. I?ve never seen this cross genre before but The Automatic Detective pulls it off so well. The best description I?ve found about this book was by a Goodreads user; ?Raymond Chandler and William Gibson had ...

    Weirdly entertaining. Another great story from Martinez. This one was not as fast paced like the rest of his stories, in my opinion. But, still a great piece of work. ...

  • Guy Gonzalez
    Jul 24, 2012

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

    "Look, I wrote a detective novel!" No one reads those anymore. People like more modern things nowadays. Robots and suchlike. "Robots, eh?" With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame was more trouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I ha...

    Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye; The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci-fi and cynical humour. Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with 'the Freewill Glitch' w...

    This is a classic detective novel (think Chandler & Hammet) told from the point of view of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot in a futuristic cesspool of a city (think Stan Lee on a bender). After that things get even stranger, but that's OK. It made me laugh & think in equal propo...

    This book combines the feel of hard-boiled with the joys of a Sci-Fi novel. I?ve never seen this cross genre before but The Automatic Detective pulls it off so well. The best description I?ve found about this book was by a Goodreads user; ?Raymond Chandler and William Gibson had ...

    Weirdly entertaining. Another great story from Martinez. This one was not as fast paced like the rest of his stories, in my opinion. But, still a great piece of work. ...

    Empire City is a futuristic metropolis ruled by a mix mutant populace which includes biological, robotic, alien, and mutated inhabitants. Technology powers progression, enhances efficiencies, and dilutes the humanist aspects to inner city living. The foundation piece for THE AUTOMATIC ...

    What a well-written tale this was! Kept me turning pages. This is the story of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot who was designed for mindless killing and destruction but decides on a much more peaceful way of life after developing "Freewill". So the novel opens with his occupation as ...

    This was an unexpected disappointment; it's not a terrible read, but Martinez may have been a little too impressed with the presumed "cleverness" of his premise, ending up with a surprisingly derivative and bloodless mash-up of hard-boiled detective, gadget-driven sci-fi, and dystopian...

  • j
    Jan 19, 2012

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

    "Look, I wrote a detective novel!" No one reads those anymore. People like more modern things nowadays. Robots and suchlike. "Robots, eh?" With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame was more trouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I ha...

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Sep 17, 2016

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

  • Tina
    Jan 12, 2017

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

    "Look, I wrote a detective novel!" No one reads those anymore. People like more modern things nowadays. Robots and suchlike. "Robots, eh?" With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame was more trouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I ha...

    Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye; The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci-fi and cynical humour. Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with 'the Freewill Glitch' w...

    This is a classic detective novel (think Chandler & Hammet) told from the point of view of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot in a futuristic cesspool of a city (think Stan Lee on a bender). After that things get even stranger, but that's OK. It made me laugh & think in equal propo...

    This book combines the feel of hard-boiled with the joys of a Sci-Fi novel. I?ve never seen this cross genre before but The Automatic Detective pulls it off so well. The best description I?ve found about this book was by a Goodreads user; ?Raymond Chandler and William Gibson had ...

    Weirdly entertaining. Another great story from Martinez. This one was not as fast paced like the rest of his stories, in my opinion. But, still a great piece of work. ...

    Empire City is a futuristic metropolis ruled by a mix mutant populace which includes biological, robotic, alien, and mutated inhabitants. Technology powers progression, enhances efficiencies, and dilutes the humanist aspects to inner city living. The foundation piece for THE AUTOMATIC ...

    What a well-written tale this was! Kept me turning pages. This is the story of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot who was designed for mindless killing and destruction but decides on a much more peaceful way of life after developing "Freewill". So the novel opens with his occupation as ...

    This was an unexpected disappointment; it's not a terrible read, but Martinez may have been a little too impressed with the presumed "cleverness" of his premise, ending up with a surprisingly derivative and bloodless mash-up of hard-boiled detective, gadget-driven sci-fi, and dystopian...

    Great entertainment. Futuristic hard-boiled detective novel with a terrific cast of characters that becomes -near the end- a wonderful giant monster movie comic as drawn by Jack Kirby. Dialogue was superb ...caustic... tough-guy robot with a non-programmed sense of humor cr...

    Mack Megaton is a seven foot tall, 300lb robot living in Empire City, working as a cab driver, when his neighbours are kidnapped. Mack vows to rescue them. Empire City is polluted with toxic waste, peopled by mutants, robots, normals and, oh yeah, aliens. Of course it is. ?Napi...

    The following excerpt captures the spirit (and speak ;) of this novel well: It's always a little strange for me sitting with another robot that hasn't qualified for citizen status. Here I was with all the rights (well, most of them anyway) of a biological citizen, while Knuckles was...

    Mack Megaton is a robot designed to bring mankind to its knees. Instead of following his intended directive, his ?freewill glitch? allows him to join the ranks and try to gain citizenship. His freewill gives him the personality of a typical street detective when he realizes his nei...

    "There was something appealing about breaking bones and asking questions, about mixing it up with lowlifes and intellectual dames." Indeed, Mack Megaton, indeed. Even a robot can understand why people are into crime fiction. There's a reason detective stories made up such a healthy ...

    I really liked the ending. The rest of the book was good, but I really liked the end. And as I think about the writing of A. Lee Martinez I find that I have almost always really liked the ending. The ends of his novels are the best parts in my opinion, he does a great job of world bu...

    When a bruiser machine robot's, neighbors go missing, Mack Megaton is on the case. Mack's neighbors are friends with some very special gifts that will be useful if misused by the family nappers. Mack is forced to work on the margins of the law to rescue his friends, while trying to sta...

    This book was extremely pleasant and I enjoyed reading it. I have waited several days to do this review and I still don't have anything substantive to stay about it. The book is a fast, lighthearted read. It revels in it's own silliness and does an excellent job keeping the tongue firm...

    I do enjoy a writer as talented as Mr. Martinez. I put him on par with Christopher Moore for humorous horror-slash-scifi-slash-urban fantasy-slash-whatever the hell this genre is called. Not really a laugh out loud moment in this one, but a constant smile throughout. ...

    I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I?ve read by this author. This story was wonderfully imaginative and original. Wish it were a series. Would love to follow the great characters in further adventures. ...

    Do you like detective stories? Do you like 1940s noir? Do you like sentient robots? Do you like aliens? Do you like futuristic settings? Do you like subtle humour? Do you like action with futuristic weapons? Do you like mutated humans with random powers? I could honestly list off s...

  • Carol.
    Apr 27, 2012

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

  • Michael
    Jul 15, 2011

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

    "Look, I wrote a detective novel!" No one reads those anymore. People like more modern things nowadays. Robots and suchlike. "Robots, eh?" With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame was more trouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I ha...

    Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye; The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci-fi and cynical humour. Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with 'the Freewill Glitch' w...

    This is a classic detective novel (think Chandler & Hammet) told from the point of view of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot in a futuristic cesspool of a city (think Stan Lee on a bender). After that things get even stranger, but that's OK. It made me laugh & think in equal propo...

    This book combines the feel of hard-boiled with the joys of a Sci-Fi novel. I?ve never seen this cross genre before but The Automatic Detective pulls it off so well. The best description I?ve found about this book was by a Goodreads user; ?Raymond Chandler and William Gibson had ...

  • Carly
    Feb 05, 2012

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

    "Look, I wrote a detective novel!" No one reads those anymore. People like more modern things nowadays. Robots and suchlike. "Robots, eh?" With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame was more trouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I ha...

    Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye; The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci-fi and cynical humour. Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with 'the Freewill Glitch' w...

    This is a classic detective novel (think Chandler & Hammet) told from the point of view of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot in a futuristic cesspool of a city (think Stan Lee on a bender). After that things get even stranger, but that's OK. It made me laugh & think in equal propo...

    This book combines the feel of hard-boiled with the joys of a Sci-Fi novel. I?ve never seen this cross genre before but The Automatic Detective pulls it off so well. The best description I?ve found about this book was by a Goodreads user; ?Raymond Chandler and William Gibson had ...

    Weirdly entertaining. Another great story from Martinez. This one was not as fast paced like the rest of his stories, in my opinion. But, still a great piece of work. ...

    Empire City is a futuristic metropolis ruled by a mix mutant populace which includes biological, robotic, alien, and mutated inhabitants. Technology powers progression, enhances efficiencies, and dilutes the humanist aspects to inner city living. The foundation piece for THE AUTOMATIC ...

    What a well-written tale this was! Kept me turning pages. This is the story of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot who was designed for mindless killing and destruction but decides on a much more peaceful way of life after developing "Freewill". So the novel opens with his occupation as ...

    This was an unexpected disappointment; it's not a terrible read, but Martinez may have been a little too impressed with the presumed "cleverness" of his premise, ending up with a surprisingly derivative and bloodless mash-up of hard-boiled detective, gadget-driven sci-fi, and dystopian...

    Great entertainment. Futuristic hard-boiled detective novel with a terrific cast of characters that becomes -near the end- a wonderful giant monster movie comic as drawn by Jack Kirby. Dialogue was superb ...caustic... tough-guy robot with a non-programmed sense of humor cr...

    Mack Megaton is a seven foot tall, 300lb robot living in Empire City, working as a cab driver, when his neighbours are kidnapped. Mack vows to rescue them. Empire City is polluted with toxic waste, peopled by mutants, robots, normals and, oh yeah, aliens. Of course it is. ?Napi...

    The following excerpt captures the spirit (and speak ;) of this novel well: It's always a little strange for me sitting with another robot that hasn't qualified for citizen status. Here I was with all the rights (well, most of them anyway) of a biological citizen, while Knuckles was...

    Mack Megaton is a robot designed to bring mankind to its knees. Instead of following his intended directive, his ?freewill glitch? allows him to join the ranks and try to gain citizenship. His freewill gives him the personality of a typical street detective when he realizes his nei...

    "There was something appealing about breaking bones and asking questions, about mixing it up with lowlifes and intellectual dames." Indeed, Mack Megaton, indeed. Even a robot can understand why people are into crime fiction. There's a reason detective stories made up such a healthy ...

    I really liked the ending. The rest of the book was good, but I really liked the end. And as I think about the writing of A. Lee Martinez I find that I have almost always really liked the ending. The ends of his novels are the best parts in my opinion, he does a great job of world bu...

    When a bruiser machine robot's, neighbors go missing, Mack Megaton is on the case. Mack's neighbors are friends with some very special gifts that will be useful if misused by the family nappers. Mack is forced to work on the margins of the law to rescue his friends, while trying to sta...

    This book was extremely pleasant and I enjoyed reading it. I have waited several days to do this review and I still don't have anything substantive to stay about it. The book is a fast, lighthearted read. It revels in it's own silliness and does an excellent job keeping the tongue firm...

    I do enjoy a writer as talented as Mr. Martinez. I put him on par with Christopher Moore for humorous horror-slash-scifi-slash-urban fantasy-slash-whatever the hell this genre is called. Not really a laugh out loud moment in this one, but a constant smile throughout. ...

    I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I?ve read by this author. This story was wonderfully imaginative and original. Wish it were a series. Would love to follow the great characters in further adventures. ...

    Do you like detective stories? Do you like 1940s noir? Do you like sentient robots? Do you like aliens? Do you like futuristic settings? Do you like subtle humour? Do you like action with futuristic weapons? Do you like mutated humans with random powers? I could honestly list off s...

    **edited 12/04/13 Dresden Files, move over. The Automatic Detective has stolen my heart as the best scifi/fantasy-detective noir crossover out there. The characters are fun and funny and it is a well-written, enjoyable spoof that carries and twists all of the tropes of the noir genr...

  • Algernon
    May 31, 2012

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

  • Debra
    Dec 03, 2017

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

    "Look, I wrote a detective novel!" No one reads those anymore. People like more modern things nowadays. Robots and suchlike. "Robots, eh?" With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame was more trouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I ha...

    Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye; The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci-fi and cynical humour. Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with 'the Freewill Glitch' w...

    This is a classic detective novel (think Chandler & Hammet) told from the point of view of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot in a futuristic cesspool of a city (think Stan Lee on a bender). After that things get even stranger, but that's OK. It made me laugh & think in equal propo...

    This book combines the feel of hard-boiled with the joys of a Sci-Fi novel. I?ve never seen this cross genre before but The Automatic Detective pulls it off so well. The best description I?ve found about this book was by a Goodreads user; ?Raymond Chandler and William Gibson had ...

    Weirdly entertaining. Another great story from Martinez. This one was not as fast paced like the rest of his stories, in my opinion. But, still a great piece of work. ...

    Empire City is a futuristic metropolis ruled by a mix mutant populace which includes biological, robotic, alien, and mutated inhabitants. Technology powers progression, enhances efficiencies, and dilutes the humanist aspects to inner city living. The foundation piece for THE AUTOMATIC ...

    What a well-written tale this was! Kept me turning pages. This is the story of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot who was designed for mindless killing and destruction but decides on a much more peaceful way of life after developing "Freewill". So the novel opens with his occupation as ...

    This was an unexpected disappointment; it's not a terrible read, but Martinez may have been a little too impressed with the presumed "cleverness" of his premise, ending up with a surprisingly derivative and bloodless mash-up of hard-boiled detective, gadget-driven sci-fi, and dystopian...

    Great entertainment. Futuristic hard-boiled detective novel with a terrific cast of characters that becomes -near the end- a wonderful giant monster movie comic as drawn by Jack Kirby. Dialogue was superb ...caustic... tough-guy robot with a non-programmed sense of humor cr...

    Mack Megaton is a seven foot tall, 300lb robot living in Empire City, working as a cab driver, when his neighbours are kidnapped. Mack vows to rescue them. Empire City is polluted with toxic waste, peopled by mutants, robots, normals and, oh yeah, aliens. Of course it is. ?Napi...

    The following excerpt captures the spirit (and speak ;) of this novel well: It's always a little strange for me sitting with another robot that hasn't qualified for citizen status. Here I was with all the rights (well, most of them anyway) of a biological citizen, while Knuckles was...

    Mack Megaton is a robot designed to bring mankind to its knees. Instead of following his intended directive, his ?freewill glitch? allows him to join the ranks and try to gain citizenship. His freewill gives him the personality of a typical street detective when he realizes his nei...

    "There was something appealing about breaking bones and asking questions, about mixing it up with lowlifes and intellectual dames." Indeed, Mack Megaton, indeed. Even a robot can understand why people are into crime fiction. There's a reason detective stories made up such a healthy ...

    I really liked the ending. The rest of the book was good, but I really liked the end. And as I think about the writing of A. Lee Martinez I find that I have almost always really liked the ending. The ends of his novels are the best parts in my opinion, he does a great job of world bu...

    When a bruiser machine robot's, neighbors go missing, Mack Megaton is on the case. Mack's neighbors are friends with some very special gifts that will be useful if misused by the family nappers. Mack is forced to work on the margins of the law to rescue his friends, while trying to sta...

    This book was extremely pleasant and I enjoyed reading it. I have waited several days to do this review and I still don't have anything substantive to stay about it. The book is a fast, lighthearted read. It revels in it's own silliness and does an excellent job keeping the tongue firm...

    I do enjoy a writer as talented as Mr. Martinez. I put him on par with Christopher Moore for humorous horror-slash-scifi-slash-urban fantasy-slash-whatever the hell this genre is called. Not really a laugh out loud moment in this one, but a constant smile throughout. ...

    I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I?ve read by this author. This story was wonderfully imaginative and original. Wish it were a series. Would love to follow the great characters in further adventures. ...

  • Keith Phillips
    Aug 18, 2011

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

    "Look, I wrote a detective novel!" No one reads those anymore. People like more modern things nowadays. Robots and suchlike. "Robots, eh?" With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame was more trouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I ha...

    Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye; The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci-fi and cynical humour. Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with 'the Freewill Glitch' w...

    This is a classic detective novel (think Chandler & Hammet) told from the point of view of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot in a futuristic cesspool of a city (think Stan Lee on a bender). After that things get even stranger, but that's OK. It made me laugh & think in equal propo...

    This book combines the feel of hard-boiled with the joys of a Sci-Fi novel. I?ve never seen this cross genre before but The Automatic Detective pulls it off so well. The best description I?ve found about this book was by a Goodreads user; ?Raymond Chandler and William Gibson had ...

    Weirdly entertaining. Another great story from Martinez. This one was not as fast paced like the rest of his stories, in my opinion. But, still a great piece of work. ...

    Empire City is a futuristic metropolis ruled by a mix mutant populace which includes biological, robotic, alien, and mutated inhabitants. Technology powers progression, enhances efficiencies, and dilutes the humanist aspects to inner city living. The foundation piece for THE AUTOMATIC ...

    What a well-written tale this was! Kept me turning pages. This is the story of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot who was designed for mindless killing and destruction but decides on a much more peaceful way of life after developing "Freewill". So the novel opens with his occupation as ...

    This was an unexpected disappointment; it's not a terrible read, but Martinez may have been a little too impressed with the presumed "cleverness" of his premise, ending up with a surprisingly derivative and bloodless mash-up of hard-boiled detective, gadget-driven sci-fi, and dystopian...

    Great entertainment. Futuristic hard-boiled detective novel with a terrific cast of characters that becomes -near the end- a wonderful giant monster movie comic as drawn by Jack Kirby. Dialogue was superb ...caustic... tough-guy robot with a non-programmed sense of humor cr...

    Mack Megaton is a seven foot tall, 300lb robot living in Empire City, working as a cab driver, when his neighbours are kidnapped. Mack vows to rescue them. Empire City is polluted with toxic waste, peopled by mutants, robots, normals and, oh yeah, aliens. Of course it is. ?Napi...

    The following excerpt captures the spirit (and speak ;) of this novel well: It's always a little strange for me sitting with another robot that hasn't qualified for citizen status. Here I was with all the rights (well, most of them anyway) of a biological citizen, while Knuckles was...

    Mack Megaton is a robot designed to bring mankind to its knees. Instead of following his intended directive, his ?freewill glitch? allows him to join the ranks and try to gain citizenship. His freewill gives him the personality of a typical street detective when he realizes his nei...

    "There was something appealing about breaking bones and asking questions, about mixing it up with lowlifes and intellectual dames." Indeed, Mack Megaton, indeed. Even a robot can understand why people are into crime fiction. There's a reason detective stories made up such a healthy ...

    I really liked the ending. The rest of the book was good, but I really liked the end. And as I think about the writing of A. Lee Martinez I find that I have almost always really liked the ending. The ends of his novels are the best parts in my opinion, he does a great job of world bu...

    When a bruiser machine robot's, neighbors go missing, Mack Megaton is on the case. Mack's neighbors are friends with some very special gifts that will be useful if misused by the family nappers. Mack is forced to work on the margins of the law to rescue his friends, while trying to sta...

    This book was extremely pleasant and I enjoyed reading it. I have waited several days to do this review and I still don't have anything substantive to stay about it. The book is a fast, lighthearted read. It revels in it's own silliness and does an excellent job keeping the tongue firm...

    I do enjoy a writer as talented as Mr. Martinez. I put him on par with Christopher Moore for humorous horror-slash-scifi-slash-urban fantasy-slash-whatever the hell this genre is called. Not really a laugh out loud moment in this one, but a constant smile throughout. ...

    I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I?ve read by this author. This story was wonderfully imaginative and original. Wish it were a series. Would love to follow the great characters in further adventures. ...

    Do you like detective stories? Do you like 1940s noir? Do you like sentient robots? Do you like aliens? Do you like futuristic settings? Do you like subtle humour? Do you like action with futuristic weapons? Do you like mutated humans with random powers? I could honestly list off s...

    **edited 12/04/13 Dresden Files, move over. The Automatic Detective has stolen my heart as the best scifi/fantasy-detective noir crossover out there. The characters are fun and funny and it is a well-written, enjoyable spoof that carries and twists all of the tropes of the noir genr...

    The Automatic Detective is exactly the kind of book I?ve been looking for. A real fun mix of Scifi and Sam Spade. Martinez has just the right amount of gritty detective banter and Scifi gadgetry to keep me hanging on every word. What a great ride through the future world that Mack Me...

  • á´¥ Irena á´¥
    Jan 07, 2017

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

  • Melki
    Aug 25, 2016

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

  • Tfitoby
    Nov 25, 2013

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

    "Look, I wrote a detective novel!" No one reads those anymore. People like more modern things nowadays. Robots and suchlike. "Robots, eh?" With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame was more trouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I ha...

    Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye; The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci-fi and cynical humour. Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with 'the Freewill Glitch' w...

  • Jeanne
    Aug 05, 2015

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

    "Look, I wrote a detective novel!" No one reads those anymore. People like more modern things nowadays. Robots and suchlike. "Robots, eh?" With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame was more trouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I ha...

    Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye; The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci-fi and cynical humour. Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with 'the Freewill Glitch' w...

    This is a classic detective novel (think Chandler & Hammet) told from the point of view of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot in a futuristic cesspool of a city (think Stan Lee on a bender). After that things get even stranger, but that's OK. It made me laugh & think in equal propo...

    This book combines the feel of hard-boiled with the joys of a Sci-Fi novel. I?ve never seen this cross genre before but The Automatic Detective pulls it off so well. The best description I?ve found about this book was by a Goodreads user; ?Raymond Chandler and William Gibson had ...

    Weirdly entertaining. Another great story from Martinez. This one was not as fast paced like the rest of his stories, in my opinion. But, still a great piece of work. ...

    Empire City is a futuristic metropolis ruled by a mix mutant populace which includes biological, robotic, alien, and mutated inhabitants. Technology powers progression, enhances efficiencies, and dilutes the humanist aspects to inner city living. The foundation piece for THE AUTOMATIC ...

    What a well-written tale this was! Kept me turning pages. This is the story of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot who was designed for mindless killing and destruction but decides on a much more peaceful way of life after developing "Freewill". So the novel opens with his occupation as ...

    This was an unexpected disappointment; it's not a terrible read, but Martinez may have been a little too impressed with the presumed "cleverness" of his premise, ending up with a surprisingly derivative and bloodless mash-up of hard-boiled detective, gadget-driven sci-fi, and dystopian...

    Great entertainment. Futuristic hard-boiled detective novel with a terrific cast of characters that becomes -near the end- a wonderful giant monster movie comic as drawn by Jack Kirby. Dialogue was superb ...caustic... tough-guy robot with a non-programmed sense of humor cr...

    Mack Megaton is a seven foot tall, 300lb robot living in Empire City, working as a cab driver, when his neighbours are kidnapped. Mack vows to rescue them. Empire City is polluted with toxic waste, peopled by mutants, robots, normals and, oh yeah, aliens. Of course it is. ?Napi...

    The following excerpt captures the spirit (and speak ;) of this novel well: It's always a little strange for me sitting with another robot that hasn't qualified for citizen status. Here I was with all the rights (well, most of them anyway) of a biological citizen, while Knuckles was...

    Mack Megaton is a robot designed to bring mankind to its knees. Instead of following his intended directive, his ?freewill glitch? allows him to join the ranks and try to gain citizenship. His freewill gives him the personality of a typical street detective when he realizes his nei...

    "There was something appealing about breaking bones and asking questions, about mixing it up with lowlifes and intellectual dames." Indeed, Mack Megaton, indeed. Even a robot can understand why people are into crime fiction. There's a reason detective stories made up such a healthy ...

    I really liked the ending. The rest of the book was good, but I really liked the end. And as I think about the writing of A. Lee Martinez I find that I have almost always really liked the ending. The ends of his novels are the best parts in my opinion, he does a great job of world bu...

    When a bruiser machine robot's, neighbors go missing, Mack Megaton is on the case. Mack's neighbors are friends with some very special gifts that will be useful if misused by the family nappers. Mack is forced to work on the margins of the law to rescue his friends, while trying to sta...

  • Uber
    May 12, 2017

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

    "Look, I wrote a detective novel!" No one reads those anymore. People like more modern things nowadays. Robots and suchlike. "Robots, eh?" With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame was more trouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I ha...

    Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye; The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci-fi and cynical humour. Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with 'the Freewill Glitch' w...

    This is a classic detective novel (think Chandler & Hammet) told from the point of view of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot in a futuristic cesspool of a city (think Stan Lee on a bender). After that things get even stranger, but that's OK. It made me laugh & think in equal propo...

    This book combines the feel of hard-boiled with the joys of a Sci-Fi novel. I?ve never seen this cross genre before but The Automatic Detective pulls it off so well. The best description I?ve found about this book was by a Goodreads user; ?Raymond Chandler and William Gibson had ...

    Weirdly entertaining. Another great story from Martinez. This one was not as fast paced like the rest of his stories, in my opinion. But, still a great piece of work. ...

    Empire City is a futuristic metropolis ruled by a mix mutant populace which includes biological, robotic, alien, and mutated inhabitants. Technology powers progression, enhances efficiencies, and dilutes the humanist aspects to inner city living. The foundation piece for THE AUTOMATIC ...

    What a well-written tale this was! Kept me turning pages. This is the story of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot who was designed for mindless killing and destruction but decides on a much more peaceful way of life after developing "Freewill". So the novel opens with his occupation as ...

    This was an unexpected disappointment; it's not a terrible read, but Martinez may have been a little too impressed with the presumed "cleverness" of his premise, ending up with a surprisingly derivative and bloodless mash-up of hard-boiled detective, gadget-driven sci-fi, and dystopian...

    Great entertainment. Futuristic hard-boiled detective novel with a terrific cast of characters that becomes -near the end- a wonderful giant monster movie comic as drawn by Jack Kirby. Dialogue was superb ...caustic... tough-guy robot with a non-programmed sense of humor cr...

    Mack Megaton is a seven foot tall, 300lb robot living in Empire City, working as a cab driver, when his neighbours are kidnapped. Mack vows to rescue them. Empire City is polluted with toxic waste, peopled by mutants, robots, normals and, oh yeah, aliens. Of course it is. ?Napi...

    The following excerpt captures the spirit (and speak ;) of this novel well: It's always a little strange for me sitting with another robot that hasn't qualified for citizen status. Here I was with all the rights (well, most of them anyway) of a biological citizen, while Knuckles was...

    Mack Megaton is a robot designed to bring mankind to its knees. Instead of following his intended directive, his ?freewill glitch? allows him to join the ranks and try to gain citizenship. His freewill gives him the personality of a typical street detective when he realizes his nei...

    "There was something appealing about breaking bones and asking questions, about mixing it up with lowlifes and intellectual dames." Indeed, Mack Megaton, indeed. Even a robot can understand why people are into crime fiction. There's a reason detective stories made up such a healthy ...

    I really liked the ending. The rest of the book was good, but I really liked the end. And as I think about the writing of A. Lee Martinez I find that I have almost always really liked the ending. The ends of his novels are the best parts in my opinion, he does a great job of world bu...

    When a bruiser machine robot's, neighbors go missing, Mack Megaton is on the case. Mack's neighbors are friends with some very special gifts that will be useful if misused by the family nappers. Mack is forced to work on the margins of the law to rescue his friends, while trying to sta...

    This book was extremely pleasant and I enjoyed reading it. I have waited several days to do this review and I still don't have anything substantive to stay about it. The book is a fast, lighthearted read. It revels in it's own silliness and does an excellent job keeping the tongue firm...

    I do enjoy a writer as talented as Mr. Martinez. I put him on par with Christopher Moore for humorous horror-slash-scifi-slash-urban fantasy-slash-whatever the hell this genre is called. Not really a laugh out loud moment in this one, but a constant smile throughout. ...

    I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I?ve read by this author. This story was wonderfully imaginative and original. Wish it were a series. Would love to follow the great characters in further adventures. ...

    Do you like detective stories? Do you like 1940s noir? Do you like sentient robots? Do you like aliens? Do you like futuristic settings? Do you like subtle humour? Do you like action with futuristic weapons? Do you like mutated humans with random powers? I could honestly list off s...

    **edited 12/04/13 Dresden Files, move over. The Automatic Detective has stolen my heart as the best scifi/fantasy-detective noir crossover out there. The characters are fun and funny and it is a well-written, enjoyable spoof that carries and twists all of the tropes of the noir genr...

    The Automatic Detective is exactly the kind of book I?ve been looking for. A real fun mix of Scifi and Sam Spade. Martinez has just the right amount of gritty detective banter and Scifi gadgetry to keep me hanging on every word. What a great ride through the future world that Mack Me...

    I wonder what the author's take on his own novel is here. To me it didn't seem like Mr. Martinez was even trying to be funny, instead he told a story where his own sense of humor effortlessly came through. And what a story. What would you do if you were a relentless killing machine ...

    I like this guy, he writes predictably entertaining books. This one has a superpowered robot, a psychic 6 year old and a supergenius waif. good entertainment. ...

  • Still
    Sep 18, 2016

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

    "Look, I wrote a detective novel!" No one reads those anymore. People like more modern things nowadays. Robots and suchlike. "Robots, eh?" With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame was more trouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I ha...

    Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye; The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci-fi and cynical humour. Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with 'the Freewill Glitch' w...

    This is a classic detective novel (think Chandler & Hammet) told from the point of view of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot in a futuristic cesspool of a city (think Stan Lee on a bender). After that things get even stranger, but that's OK. It made me laugh & think in equal propo...

    This book combines the feel of hard-boiled with the joys of a Sci-Fi novel. I?ve never seen this cross genre before but The Automatic Detective pulls it off so well. The best description I?ve found about this book was by a Goodreads user; ?Raymond Chandler and William Gibson had ...

    Weirdly entertaining. Another great story from Martinez. This one was not as fast paced like the rest of his stories, in my opinion. But, still a great piece of work. ...

    Empire City is a futuristic metropolis ruled by a mix mutant populace which includes biological, robotic, alien, and mutated inhabitants. Technology powers progression, enhances efficiencies, and dilutes the humanist aspects to inner city living. The foundation piece for THE AUTOMATIC ...

    What a well-written tale this was! Kept me turning pages. This is the story of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot who was designed for mindless killing and destruction but decides on a much more peaceful way of life after developing "Freewill". So the novel opens with his occupation as ...

    This was an unexpected disappointment; it's not a terrible read, but Martinez may have been a little too impressed with the presumed "cleverness" of his premise, ending up with a surprisingly derivative and bloodless mash-up of hard-boiled detective, gadget-driven sci-fi, and dystopian...

    Great entertainment. Futuristic hard-boiled detective novel with a terrific cast of characters that becomes -near the end- a wonderful giant monster movie comic as drawn by Jack Kirby. Dialogue was superb ...caustic... tough-guy robot with a non-programmed sense of humor cr...

  • Bryan Brown
    May 09, 2018

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

    "Look, I wrote a detective novel!" No one reads those anymore. People like more modern things nowadays. Robots and suchlike. "Robots, eh?" With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame was more trouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I ha...

    Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye; The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci-fi and cynical humour. Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with 'the Freewill Glitch' w...

    This is a classic detective novel (think Chandler & Hammet) told from the point of view of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot in a futuristic cesspool of a city (think Stan Lee on a bender). After that things get even stranger, but that's OK. It made me laugh & think in equal propo...

    This book combines the feel of hard-boiled with the joys of a Sci-Fi novel. I?ve never seen this cross genre before but The Automatic Detective pulls it off so well. The best description I?ve found about this book was by a Goodreads user; ?Raymond Chandler and William Gibson had ...

    Weirdly entertaining. Another great story from Martinez. This one was not as fast paced like the rest of his stories, in my opinion. But, still a great piece of work. ...

    Empire City is a futuristic metropolis ruled by a mix mutant populace which includes biological, robotic, alien, and mutated inhabitants. Technology powers progression, enhances efficiencies, and dilutes the humanist aspects to inner city living. The foundation piece for THE AUTOMATIC ...

    What a well-written tale this was! Kept me turning pages. This is the story of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot who was designed for mindless killing and destruction but decides on a much more peaceful way of life after developing "Freewill". So the novel opens with his occupation as ...

    This was an unexpected disappointment; it's not a terrible read, but Martinez may have been a little too impressed with the presumed "cleverness" of his premise, ending up with a surprisingly derivative and bloodless mash-up of hard-boiled detective, gadget-driven sci-fi, and dystopian...

    Great entertainment. Futuristic hard-boiled detective novel with a terrific cast of characters that becomes -near the end- a wonderful giant monster movie comic as drawn by Jack Kirby. Dialogue was superb ...caustic... tough-guy robot with a non-programmed sense of humor cr...

    Mack Megaton is a seven foot tall, 300lb robot living in Empire City, working as a cab driver, when his neighbours are kidnapped. Mack vows to rescue them. Empire City is polluted with toxic waste, peopled by mutants, robots, normals and, oh yeah, aliens. Of course it is. ?Napi...

    The following excerpt captures the spirit (and speak ;) of this novel well: It's always a little strange for me sitting with another robot that hasn't qualified for citizen status. Here I was with all the rights (well, most of them anyway) of a biological citizen, while Knuckles was...

    Mack Megaton is a robot designed to bring mankind to its knees. Instead of following his intended directive, his ?freewill glitch? allows him to join the ranks and try to gain citizenship. His freewill gives him the personality of a typical street detective when he realizes his nei...

    "There was something appealing about breaking bones and asking questions, about mixing it up with lowlifes and intellectual dames." Indeed, Mack Megaton, indeed. Even a robot can understand why people are into crime fiction. There's a reason detective stories made up such a healthy ...

    I really liked the ending. The rest of the book was good, but I really liked the end. And as I think about the writing of A. Lee Martinez I find that I have almost always really liked the ending. The ends of his novels are the best parts in my opinion, he does a great job of world bu...

    When a bruiser machine robot's, neighbors go missing, Mack Megaton is on the case. Mack's neighbors are friends with some very special gifts that will be useful if misused by the family nappers. Mack is forced to work on the margins of the law to rescue his friends, while trying to sta...

    This book was extremely pleasant and I enjoyed reading it. I have waited several days to do this review and I still don't have anything substantive to stay about it. The book is a fast, lighthearted read. It revels in it's own silliness and does an excellent job keeping the tongue firm...

  • Tom Mathews
    Sep 10, 2016

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

  • Paul
    Apr 30, 2015

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

    "Look, I wrote a detective novel!" No one reads those anymore. People like more modern things nowadays. Robots and suchlike. "Robots, eh?" With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame was more trouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I ha...

    Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye; The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci-fi and cynical humour. Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with 'the Freewill Glitch' w...

    This is a classic detective novel (think Chandler & Hammet) told from the point of view of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot in a futuristic cesspool of a city (think Stan Lee on a bender). After that things get even stranger, but that's OK. It made me laugh & think in equal propo...

    This book combines the feel of hard-boiled with the joys of a Sci-Fi novel. I?ve never seen this cross genre before but The Automatic Detective pulls it off so well. The best description I?ve found about this book was by a Goodreads user; ?Raymond Chandler and William Gibson had ...

    Weirdly entertaining. Another great story from Martinez. This one was not as fast paced like the rest of his stories, in my opinion. But, still a great piece of work. ...

    Empire City is a futuristic metropolis ruled by a mix mutant populace which includes biological, robotic, alien, and mutated inhabitants. Technology powers progression, enhances efficiencies, and dilutes the humanist aspects to inner city living. The foundation piece for THE AUTOMATIC ...

    What a well-written tale this was! Kept me turning pages. This is the story of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot who was designed for mindless killing and destruction but decides on a much more peaceful way of life after developing "Freewill". So the novel opens with his occupation as ...

    This was an unexpected disappointment; it's not a terrible read, but Martinez may have been a little too impressed with the presumed "cleverness" of his premise, ending up with a surprisingly derivative and bloodless mash-up of hard-boiled detective, gadget-driven sci-fi, and dystopian...

    Great entertainment. Futuristic hard-boiled detective novel with a terrific cast of characters that becomes -near the end- a wonderful giant monster movie comic as drawn by Jack Kirby. Dialogue was superb ...caustic... tough-guy robot with a non-programmed sense of humor cr...

    Mack Megaton is a seven foot tall, 300lb robot living in Empire City, working as a cab driver, when his neighbours are kidnapped. Mack vows to rescue them. Empire City is polluted with toxic waste, peopled by mutants, robots, normals and, oh yeah, aliens. Of course it is. ?Napi...

  • Scott Bell
    Jun 12, 2018

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

    "Look, I wrote a detective novel!" No one reads those anymore. People like more modern things nowadays. Robots and suchlike. "Robots, eh?" With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame was more trouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I ha...

    Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye; The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci-fi and cynical humour. Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with 'the Freewill Glitch' w...

    This is a classic detective novel (think Chandler & Hammet) told from the point of view of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot in a futuristic cesspool of a city (think Stan Lee on a bender). After that things get even stranger, but that's OK. It made me laugh & think in equal propo...

    This book combines the feel of hard-boiled with the joys of a Sci-Fi novel. I?ve never seen this cross genre before but The Automatic Detective pulls it off so well. The best description I?ve found about this book was by a Goodreads user; ?Raymond Chandler and William Gibson had ...

    Weirdly entertaining. Another great story from Martinez. This one was not as fast paced like the rest of his stories, in my opinion. But, still a great piece of work. ...

    Empire City is a futuristic metropolis ruled by a mix mutant populace which includes biological, robotic, alien, and mutated inhabitants. Technology powers progression, enhances efficiencies, and dilutes the humanist aspects to inner city living. The foundation piece for THE AUTOMATIC ...

    What a well-written tale this was! Kept me turning pages. This is the story of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot who was designed for mindless killing and destruction but decides on a much more peaceful way of life after developing "Freewill". So the novel opens with his occupation as ...

    This was an unexpected disappointment; it's not a terrible read, but Martinez may have been a little too impressed with the presumed "cleverness" of his premise, ending up with a surprisingly derivative and bloodless mash-up of hard-boiled detective, gadget-driven sci-fi, and dystopian...

    Great entertainment. Futuristic hard-boiled detective novel with a terrific cast of characters that becomes -near the end- a wonderful giant monster movie comic as drawn by Jack Kirby. Dialogue was superb ...caustic... tough-guy robot with a non-programmed sense of humor cr...

    Mack Megaton is a seven foot tall, 300lb robot living in Empire City, working as a cab driver, when his neighbours are kidnapped. Mack vows to rescue them. Empire City is polluted with toxic waste, peopled by mutants, robots, normals and, oh yeah, aliens. Of course it is. ?Napi...

    The following excerpt captures the spirit (and speak ;) of this novel well: It's always a little strange for me sitting with another robot that hasn't qualified for citizen status. Here I was with all the rights (well, most of them anyway) of a biological citizen, while Knuckles was...

    Mack Megaton is a robot designed to bring mankind to its knees. Instead of following his intended directive, his ?freewill glitch? allows him to join the ranks and try to gain citizenship. His freewill gives him the personality of a typical street detective when he realizes his nei...

    "There was something appealing about breaking bones and asking questions, about mixing it up with lowlifes and intellectual dames." Indeed, Mack Megaton, indeed. Even a robot can understand why people are into crime fiction. There's a reason detective stories made up such a healthy ...

    I really liked the ending. The rest of the book was good, but I really liked the end. And as I think about the writing of A. Lee Martinez I find that I have almost always really liked the ending. The ends of his novels are the best parts in my opinion, he does a great job of world bu...

    When a bruiser machine robot's, neighbors go missing, Mack Megaton is on the case. Mack's neighbors are friends with some very special gifts that will be useful if misused by the family nappers. Mack is forced to work on the margins of the law to rescue his friends, while trying to sta...

    This book was extremely pleasant and I enjoyed reading it. I have waited several days to do this review and I still don't have anything substantive to stay about it. The book is a fast, lighthearted read. It revels in it's own silliness and does an excellent job keeping the tongue firm...

    I do enjoy a writer as talented as Mr. Martinez. I put him on par with Christopher Moore for humorous horror-slash-scifi-slash-urban fantasy-slash-whatever the hell this genre is called. Not really a laugh out loud moment in this one, but a constant smile throughout. ...

  • Douglas Debner
    May 14, 2017

    ?Self-preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn?t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list. Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose. Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them. A bot had to find his own way and I?d fi...

    Adams-Chandler Jambalaya (aka The Automatic Detective) Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci-fi universe seasoned with mutant-inducing radiation. Remove family, leaving well-oiled universe. In the same universe, sautée: -A seven-hundred sixteen pound (robot) ...

    Damn, some days I wished I'd been made a toaster. Mack Megaton is a robot. He's built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab. When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I. to find them. The first half of the ...

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story. Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix. As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Long Way Do...

    One of the first books I've discovered through Goodreads. I don't normally ask for recommendations (my TBR pile will last me a couple of years) , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here. Lucky me! R. Daneel...

    This book makes my brain hurt. It?s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s. If that doesn?t make your head spin, you?re not a biological as they say in this world. Our hero is Mack Megaton, ...

    4.5 'Name's Mack Megaton. I'm a bot. Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it.' This is a ridiculously entertaining story. You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose. He is one of a kind bot, though. Built as an almost invinc...

    "Look, I wrote a detective novel!" No one reads those anymore. People like more modern things nowadays. Robots and suchlike. "Robots, eh?" With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame was more trouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I ha...

    Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye; The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci-fi and cynical humour. Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with 'the Freewill Glitch' w...

    This is a classic detective novel (think Chandler & Hammet) told from the point of view of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot in a futuristic cesspool of a city (think Stan Lee on a bender). After that things get even stranger, but that's OK. It made me laugh & think in equal propo...

    This book combines the feel of hard-boiled with the joys of a Sci-Fi novel. I?ve never seen this cross genre before but The Automatic Detective pulls it off so well. The best description I?ve found about this book was by a Goodreads user; ?Raymond Chandler and William Gibson had ...

    Weirdly entertaining. Another great story from Martinez. This one was not as fast paced like the rest of his stories, in my opinion. But, still a great piece of work. ...

    Empire City is a futuristic metropolis ruled by a mix mutant populace which includes biological, robotic, alien, and mutated inhabitants. Technology powers progression, enhances efficiencies, and dilutes the humanist aspects to inner city living. The foundation piece for THE AUTOMATIC ...

    What a well-written tale this was! Kept me turning pages. This is the story of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot who was designed for mindless killing and destruction but decides on a much more peaceful way of life after developing "Freewill". So the novel opens with his occupation as ...

    This was an unexpected disappointment; it's not a terrible read, but Martinez may have been a little too impressed with the presumed "cleverness" of his premise, ending up with a surprisingly derivative and bloodless mash-up of hard-boiled detective, gadget-driven sci-fi, and dystopian...

    Great entertainment. Futuristic hard-boiled detective novel with a terrific cast of characters that becomes -near the end- a wonderful giant monster movie comic as drawn by Jack Kirby. Dialogue was superb ...caustic... tough-guy robot with a non-programmed sense of humor cr...

    Mack Megaton is a seven foot tall, 300lb robot living in Empire City, working as a cab driver, when his neighbours are kidnapped. Mack vows to rescue them. Empire City is polluted with toxic waste, peopled by mutants, robots, normals and, oh yeah, aliens. Of course it is. ?Napi...

    The following excerpt captures the spirit (and speak ;) of this novel well: It's always a little strange for me sitting with another robot that hasn't qualified for citizen status. Here I was with all the rights (well, most of them anyway) of a biological citizen, while Knuckles was...

    Mack Megaton is a robot designed to bring mankind to its knees. Instead of following his intended directive, his ?freewill glitch? allows him to join the ranks and try to gain citizenship. His freewill gives him the personality of a typical street detective when he realizes his nei...

    "There was something appealing about breaking bones and asking questions, about mixing it up with lowlifes and intellectual dames." Indeed, Mack Megaton, indeed. Even a robot can understand why people are into crime fiction. There's a reason detective stories made up such a healthy ...

    I really liked the ending. The rest of the book was good, but I really liked the end. And as I think about the writing of A. Lee Martinez I find that I have almost always really liked the ending. The ends of his novels are the best parts in my opinion, he does a great job of world bu...

    When a bruiser machine robot's, neighbors go missing, Mack Megaton is on the case. Mack's neighbors are friends with some very special gifts that will be useful if misused by the family nappers. Mack is forced to work on the margins of the law to rescue his friends, while trying to sta...

    This book was extremely pleasant and I enjoyed reading it. I have waited several days to do this review and I still don't have anything substantive to stay about it. The book is a fast, lighthearted read. It revels in it's own silliness and does an excellent job keeping the tongue firm...

    I do enjoy a writer as talented as Mr. Martinez. I put him on par with Christopher Moore for humorous horror-slash-scifi-slash-urban fantasy-slash-whatever the hell this genre is called. Not really a laugh out loud moment in this one, but a constant smile throughout. ...

    I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I?ve read by this author. This story was wonderfully imaginative and original. Wish it were a series. Would love to follow the great characters in further adventures. ...

    Do you like detective stories? Do you like 1940s noir? Do you like sentient robots? Do you like aliens? Do you like futuristic settings? Do you like subtle humour? Do you like action with futuristic weapons? Do you like mutated humans with random powers? I could honestly list off s...

    **edited 12/04/13 Dresden Files, move over. The Automatic Detective has stolen my heart as the best scifi/fantasy-detective noir crossover out there. The characters are fun and funny and it is a well-written, enjoyable spoof that carries and twists all of the tropes of the noir genr...

    The Automatic Detective is exactly the kind of book I?ve been looking for. A real fun mix of Scifi and Sam Spade. Martinez has just the right amount of gritty detective banter and Scifi gadgetry to keep me hanging on every word. What a great ride through the future world that Mack Me...

    I wonder what the author's take on his own novel is here. To me it didn't seem like Mr. Martinez was even trying to be funny, instead he told a story where his own sense of humor effortlessly came through. And what a story. What would you do if you were a relentless killing machine ...