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The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories by Isaac Asimov
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Feb 27, 2012

it was ok
Read from February 27 to 29, 2012

This was kind of "middle of the road" for Asimov. Sort of a hit-or-miss collection. There were stories that I liked a lot, stories that I liked a little, and stories that were bad (sorry, Isaac).

I feel like Asimov's true area of fiction talent is in novels and novellas, not short stories. While some are passable, my big gripe with his short stories as a group is that they tend to be bogged down in explaining the "hard science" of whatever the topic in question is to the point that the characters die on the vine. This isn't such a bad thing if you enjoy the chosen topic of scientific speculation on the menu; however, if you don't, the story becomes snooze-inducing fiction.

I'm glad to have read finally "The Bicentennial Man," which I have intended to get my hands on for a while, but hadn't until recently. That story did not disappoint.

My favorites from this collection include:

"The Winnowing" ****
"The Bicentennial Man" *****

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