Charlie Robot – Benedict J. Martin

One of my favourite comedy moments in a film occurs in Woody Allen’s sci-fi comedy, Sleeper, when his character Miles Monroe has to disguise himself as a robot butler. The image of a silver Allen shuffling around, C-3PO style, trying to serve people at a busy party makes me grin every time I think of it. And it was that scene that popped into my head as I began to read Canadian author Benedict J. Martin’s debut novel, Charlie Robot. The general premise is similar, and while the humour isn’t as physical and slapstick as Allen’s futuristic nod to Groucho...

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