After reading the first part of Automaton Biographies, Rachel, the poetic structure struck me as unbalanced, like a musical piece that starts on the off beat. The first-person (first-robot, shall I say) perspective through Rachel, a robot inspired by Blade Runner, was portrayed perfectly through short, choppy sentences and interesting word choice. I noticed that many of the nouns were used as verbs, and vice versa. I am still not sure what this represents and how it relates to robots and humanity, but I thought that it was strangely intriguing.
Rachel's relationship with Deckard is confusing in the beginning, but increasingly deep and twisted as I read on. I felt a sort of robotic affection as she struggles to feel something for Deckard, but can only create and analyze memories.
Reading Automaton Biographies so far has rendered me both emotional and a little spooked out.
--- Judy Wang