Tag: Context

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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F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Crack-Up with Other Pieces and Stories | Review

Title: The Crack-Up with Other Pieces and Stories

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Type: Fiction/Non-Fiction

Page Count: 160

Rating: 3.75/5

This one’s super cool because, as you can pretty much tell from the title, this little collection really has a bit of everything in it. It starts off with some essays and additional context and then from there it builds up with a couple of short stories.

One of those stories was Babylon Revisited, which I happen to have already read because it was the title story in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Penguin Mini Modern Classics edition, and so I didn’t bother with a re-read even though it was pretty good.

As for the rest of it, it was marvellous, although I did particularly like the non-fiction stuff that it kicked off with. It’s probably not the best Fitzgerald book to start with (The Great Gatsby, anyone?), but still worth picking up.

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