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Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Robots of Dawn

Here's my review of The Robots of Dawn, next will be The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Midnight’s Children, and Robots and Empire.

Much like the Dune series, I don't have a lot to say about books in this series that I haven't already said about earlier books.  Unlike the Dune series, I don't view these books as having an enormous drop off in qualify after the first one.  I enjoyed Caves of Steel more than the two books I've read that followed it, but they were still good.  Once again, Elijah Bailey is given the task of solving an impossible mystery on a world he knows nothing about assisted by his robot friend.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Anna Karenina

Here's my review of Anna Karenina, next will be Robots of Dawn, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, and Midnight’s Children.

Anna Karenina is considered by a good number of critics and writers to be the best novel ever written.   I wouldn't go that far.  In fact, I didn't like it as much as the first Tolstoy book I read, War and Peace, but I did generally enjoy it.  I do have a major gripe with the edition of Anna Karenina that I read (it's the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition).  In the introduction, without any warning and completely casually, it drops a major spoiler.  There is no single fact about the story that would be more inappropriate to tell someone about to read it than the one disclosed in the introduction and I honestly can't comprehend why anyone would decide it was a good idea to mention it.