A Guide for Working Breeds • 2020 • Comical SF short story by Vina Jie-Min Prasad

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Synopsis: A freshly activated robot checks in with their mentor “Constant Killer” – both are on opposite sides of the labour spectrum, as the mentee is working in a café, and the mentor freelances as a killing sports gladiator. The mentee complains about their shitty job, and gets a lot of help.

They find out about their common interest: cute dogs.

Review: The short story here has been nominated for this year’s Nebula Award season (check out the list with references to online available stories and my reviews).

Reviewers are all over the story’s cuteness (well, dogs!) and comical dialogues, and it is sweet and funny, indeed. Call me grumpy, but the enfolding love story didn’t help me enjoying this light, insubstantial, fragmented conversation better.

For a short story it is quite long without achieving much beyond the pure fun. If only the dialogues were wittier, but they are just plain and rather boring.

Shut off your brain, enjoy the ride, that’s what the story can give you – it won’t last.

Meta: isfdb. Available online at Tor.com. Nominated for the Nebula Award. I’ve read it as part of Strahan’s Made to Order anthology.

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3 Responses to A Guide for Working Breeds • 2020 • Comical SF short story by Vina Jie-Min Prasad

  1. pdtillman says:

    Heh. We’ll have to agree to disagree on this one. 5 stars from me. My favorite of hers so far. And I don’t even like dogs! Cute droids, yes. Award-worthy, to my eye.
    Chacun à son goût!

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  2. Ola G says:

    I’ll check this one out, though with tempered expectations 😉

    Liked by 2 people

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