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Mothers and Daughters by Lazlo Zalezac

Author's Description:
A lot of parents tell their children, "I hope you have a child who is just like you." What's worse than having a child just like yourself? Maybe it is having a daughter who is just like your mother!
Size: 356 KB ( ~ 67,508 words)
Genre: Science Fiction
Sex Contents: Minimal Sex
Tags: Ma/Fa, Fiction, Science Fiction, Robot

Review by Derek Smith   [other reviews by Derek Smith]

Reviewed: 2017-03-04

Readers who are familiar with my reviews will know that I don't waste my time commenting on stories which have not either entertained or amused me. The best ones do both.

I cannot claim to have read all of Mr. Zalezac's tales but have enjoyed a good number of them. This one, 'Mothers and Daughters' shows just how fertile his imagination is. It is a funny book but it has its serious moments.

You are unlikely to end up rolling on the floor, laughing your head off but I am prepared to bet, and I'm not really a betting man, that you will enjoy many a smile and a quiet chuckle or two while you read this book.

I used to think that 'The Bob Claus' by Lubrican was one of the funniest stories on SOL. Now it has a serious rival.

Why not read them both and judge for yourself. You won't be disappointed with either.

Plot: 9 | Technical Quality: 9 | Appeal to Reviewer: 9

Review by bill9900   [other reviews by bill9900]

Reviewed: 2017-02-13 - (Review Updated: 2017-03-05)

A lot of parents tell their children, "I hope you have a child who is just like you."

Lazlo Zalezac, one of our most prolific writers on SOL, takes this premise and extends it to the point of absurdity - something that really good writers can do well, and Lazlo is one of our best.

Sherry is frustrated with her mother, who wants her to be a "girly" girl and be interested in dresses and celebrities, just like she is. But Sherry is interested in technology and couldn't care less about that kind of crap; instead she is interested in machines and computers and such.

Sherry's mother finds this very frustrating, as does Sherry.

But Sherry meets Alex, who is much like her, and they build a fine life together, designing and building robots - dogs, protective birds, etc. One thing leads to another, and daughter Otterly is born, who turns out to be much like Grandma.

It's often said that children and grandparents get along so well because they have a common enemy. 😎 The interactions between Grandma, Sherry, and Otterly are hilarious, and I enjoyed this story tremendously.

Another element in the story is the use of technology to solve problems. Lazlo has a terrific imagination and takes this to absurdity, too, making it all fascinating. He's a very talented author, so try some of his other stories, too. They make for great reading!

Plot: 9 | Technical Quality: 10 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10