The Complete Roderick

John Sladek
The Complete Roderick Cover

Roderick (1st novel)

Deven Science

I've read the first novel, so my rating is just based on that one. Roderick had some fun, interesting views. It's essentially a Pinocchio story about a little robot that wants to be a real boy. I did have one big, glaring issue.

In the novel, Roderick is a small, three foot tall box. Something like WALL*E. Yet all through the book, people never acknowledge that he is a robot, confusing him with a little boy. I'm not sure if this was all meant to be silliness on the part of the author, or satire, but I just saw it as stretching believability too far. It was a constant eye rolling piece in an otherwise fun novel.