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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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Agatha Christie – The Murder at the Vicarage| Review

Title: The Murder at the Vicarage

Author: Agatha Christie

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 192

Rating: 4/5

I was automatically a little bit biased in favour towards this one because it’s a Miss Marple book and I’ve always preferred Marple over Poirot. In fact, I think it’s the only Marple book that I’d never read, although I couldn’t swear to that, and indeed I thought I’d already read them all. Because of that, it was like going back to meet up with an old friend.

But on top of that, it’s just a cracking little murder mystery with a lot to offer the reader. In particular, I loved the vicarage as the setting, and I loved Jane Marple being a badass and poking her nose into places where she risked it being chopped off. It’s what she’s best at, and it was delightfully entertaining here.

So would I recommend it? Yeah, for sure, even if you just happen to spot a copy of it going spare in a second hand shop. If you want to, feel free to track it down, ‘cause it’s worth it.

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