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The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
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(3.5 stars) I have been wanting for awhile to go back and read all of the old science fiction classics. Don't remember how I decided to start with this one, but I'm glad I read it. I'm always amazed at the imagination of science fiction and fantasy writers, and Bester definitely comes through in that sense.

I really liked aspects of the story, but there were some that really annoyed me - namely the relationship between Powell and Barbara (unnecessary) and the explanation behind what's going on with Reich (waaay too psycho-babbly). For me, they were too bothersome to look over, so I'm afraid I had to give a 3.5-star rating.

Don't think I'll be reading it again, but I am glad I read it and will be checking out other books by Bester.
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Denise Great Review Juliana, I read this way back in H.S., and thought about re-reading it, but your review reminds me of why I didn't like it back then!


Juliana Thanks and happy to assist, lol :-). I was pretty disappointed as I had heard so much about it being such a science fiction classic and for me it really didn't live up to the hype. Plenty more to read though and I also want to reread those other HS regulars: Brave New World, 1984, etc.


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