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Tik-Tok by John Sladek
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Jun 18, 09

Read in June, 2009

I'm torn about this book. It seems to be something of a minor cult classic in sf circles. The humor is dark and sharp, the satire is trenchant, and the main character (a sociopathic robot named Tik-Tok) is weirdly intriguing.

Five stars for social satire (if you like your satire unrelentingly angry), three and a half stars for absurdist humor that sometimes feels like the author is self-consciously turning verbal cartwheels in front of the reader (definite New-Wave SF vibes here), one star because every character in this book is an extreme caricature of various types of human unpleasantness. This isn't to say that this is a bad book - it's just not a particularily good book for me.

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