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Isaac Asimov – The Bicentennial Man | Review

Title: The Bicentennial Man

Author: Isaac Asimov

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 256

Rating: 4.5/5

What we have here is another cracking little collection of Isaac Asimov’s short stories, along with Asimov’s introductions to the stories for a little additional context. There were actually one or two here that I’d already read and so I skipped past those, although I did read the introductory essays as they were different.

I’ve also read a full length novel that Asimov co-wrote with Robert Silverberg and which is based on the titular short story here, but it was nice to go back to the original. I also heard that Asimov wasn’t really involved in the novel, which I can believe because it was published not long before he died.

Asimov’s short story collections are always a lot of fun, and while I’m still yet to find one that’s as good as I Robot, I can’t exactly be mad about it because that book is a masterpiece. I love Asimov’s work and I love the way that he sets up his three laws of robotics only to knock them down again by looking at the different ways in which they can be subverted.

That means reading Asimov feels like so much more than simply enjoying a little science fiction escapism. It’s almost philosophical, and it asks the reader a lot of questions about what it means to be human, as well as what it means to be a robot. I’d definitely recommend picking it up.

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Terry Pratchett – The Dark Side of the Sun | Review

Title: The Dark Side of the Sun

Author: Terry Pratchett

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 160

Rating: 7/10

 

Terry Pratchett - The Dark Side of the Sun

Terry Pratchett – The Dark Side of the Sun

 

The Dark Side of the Sun is short and sweet, about a third of the length of some of the longer Discworld novels, which means that it’s a quick and easy read for any Pratchett fan. Here, the author veers away from his most famous world and has a play around with sci-fi, although you could hardly call it a sci-fi book in the same way that you’d talk about Asimov’s work.

Still, there are all of the elements that you’ve come to know and love from Pratchett here, and whilst the shorter length means that the story line almost comes second, it’s a gripping enough read to keep you going until the end. Besides, this is one of the author’s earlier works, and  you’ll get to see a new side of him.

 

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett

 

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