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Klune, T.J. - In the Lives of Puppets

Klune, T.J. - In the Lives of Puppets

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In a peculiar little home nestled amidst a grove of trees, three robots reside: an elderly inventor android named Giovanni Lawson, a delightfully sadistic nurse machine, and a small vacuum cleaner desperate for love and attention. Rounding out this unusual household is Victor Lawson, a human who has become their family.

Life takes an unexpected turn when Vic salvages and repairs an unfamiliar android labeled "HAP." As it turns out, Hap and Gio share a dark past, a past spent hunting humans. Hap's presence inadvertently alerts robots from Gio's former life to their whereabouts, shattering their peaceful existence.

Gio is captured and taken back to his old laboratory in the City of Electric Dreams. It is now up to Vic and the rest of his assembled family to embark on a perilous journey across an unforgiving and otherworldly land to rescue Gio from decommission, or worse, reprogramming. Along the way, Vic must grapple with conflicting feelings of betrayal and affection for Hap, ultimately deciding whether he can accept love with strings attached.

Blurb:

In the Lives of Puppets is a charming and heartwarming tale of love, acceptance, and the power of family. Through the lives of an eclectic group of characters, both human and robotic, T.J. Klune explores themes of identity, belonging, and the challenges faced by those who defy societal expectations.

LGBT Themes:

The novel subtly interweaves themes of LGBTQ+ identity and the challenges faced by individuals who defy societal expectations of love and relationships. Vic's experiences of isolation and loneliness resonate with those who have felt marginalized or excluded based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The story explores the complexities of love and connection in a world that often seeks to suppress and silence the voices of those who are different.

Relevant Tags:

Fantasy, Contemporary, Fiction, Humorous, LGBTQ+, Gay, Robots, Found Family, Self-Love, Acceptance, Redemption, Coming of Age, Love Conquers All

Awards & Recognition:

  • Nebula Award for Best Novel (2024)

Embark on a heartwarming and humorous journey into a world where robots and humans form unexpected bonds of love and family. In the Lives of Puppets is a captivating tale of acceptance, resilience, and the transformative power of love, infused with subtle LGBTQ+ themes.

Delve into the enchanting world of Vic Lawson, a human who finds solace and companionship among a group of peculiar robots. As Vic and his newfound family embark on a perilous mission to rescue Gio, their bonds deepen, and they discover that love can blossom in the most unexpected places.

Prepare to be captivated by a story that explores themes of identity, belonging, and the power of love to overcome adversity. In the Lives of Puppets is a tale that will stay with you long after you've turned the final page, reminding us that family can be found in the most unexpected places, and that love truly conquers all.

Additional Notes:

  • In the Lives of Puppets is the fourth novel in T.J. Klune's Green Creek Series, following The House in the Cerulean Sea and Under the Whispering Door.

Title: In the Lives of Puppets

Author: T.J. Klune

Genre: Fantasy, Contemporary, Fiction, Humorous, LGBTQ+, Gay

Pages: 432

Publisher: Tor Publishing Group

Release Date: April 25, 2023

Dimensions:

  • Weight: 378 grams

  • Size: 13.5 x 20.9 x 3.3 cm
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