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きまぐれロボット

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  9 reviews
おなかがすいたら料理をつくり、あとかたづけに、へやのそうじ、退屈すれば話し相手に。なんでもできるロボットを連れて離れ島の別荘に出かけたお金持ちのエヌ氏。だがロボットはしだいにおかしな行動を…。博士の不思議な発明、発見が様様な騒動を巻き起こす。傑作ショートショート集。
Paperback, 215 pages
Published 2006 by 角川書店 (first published January 1972)
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Carola
Shin'ichi Hoshi (1926-1997) is considered to be one of Japan's most influential science fiction writers of all time... but he's not very well known among western readers, I think. A few of his works have been translated and are available as e-book, including this little book. You can find out more about Hoshi here .

Kimagure Robotto, or, The Whimsical Robot, is a fun little book containing 'short shorts': short stories of no more than 5 pages each. Each of the stories is about an invention, wh
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Yasuo Itoh
Aug 24, 2015 rated it liked it
面白いんですが、大人になった今となっては少し物足りないと感じた。星新一さんの他の本を読んだ後に本書を読むと、子供向けに書かれた童話であることが分かると思います。一方で、童話として読んだとしたら、これほど面白い童話もないだろう。

つまり、どのような立場で読むかによって評価が分かれるのではないだろうか。私は大人の自分という立場で読んだので、★の数は少なめです。でも、けっしてつまらないわけではなく、人間の欲望を皮肉ったような星新一さんのオチとかは面白いんです。人間の本質をお話にしてもらっている感じなので、小中学生には、人間や人生について少し哲学的なことを考え始める前に読んでほしいなと思いました。
Luca Tanaka
A collection of "short-shorts" by Hoshi Shinichi originally published in the Sunday editions of Japan's Asahi Newspaper. These super-short stories (the longest of which is seven pages) are modern fables with elements of sci-fi, each with a punch line and a bit of truth. Written for grade-school-level readers, the tales range from quirky to absurd to grim; all are original, and many give pause for thought.

The most memorable story to me is "Omiyage," or "The Gift," in which benevolent aliens land
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Maira M. Moura
Apr 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to all students of Japanese willing to start reading actual books written by Japanese authors - and a famous one. If you're N3 or up, you will probably have no problem reading this if you up to consulting the dictionary at every page maybe. Since Hoshi-san's language is extremily consistent and even a bit repetitive, you will stumble upon the same words and expressions enough times to memorize them if they happen to be new to you - and you will end up using the dictionary less and le ...more
Phillip Yoon
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literature
Hoshi Shinichi's short stories are great to read casually. Some of his stories made me really think hard; for instance, 「ネコ」(literally translated, 'Cat') made me think, 'Perhaps it is true that humans are slaves of cats...' because we provide food for cats, we take care of cats, and cats do not seem to care at all about us (unlike dogs). These kinds of stories I enjoyed to read.

However, I must say some of the stories were hackneyed. Some of the 'plot twist' was too easy to catch, at least for m
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Julia
Apr 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021, ebook, fiction, 日本語
面白かった。ショートショートの神様かも…

(The language is pretty simple... accessible for N3 and up, I think... even without furigana。
Although, I think there is a つばさ文庫 edition [they are fully furigana-ed].)

きまぐれロボット (角川つばさ文庫)
きまぐれロボット (角川つばさ文庫) by 星 新一
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Noah
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
SFの短編集だが、どれの話もあまりパッとしない。捻りを入れているつもりではあっただろうが、大体見透かしてしまった。あまり面白くもなかった。
Fai
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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รวมเรื่องสั้นแบบสั้นๆ ภาษาไม่ยาก อ่านสนุกอ่านเพลินดีมาก เรื่องแต่ละเรื่องสนุกและน่าสนใจมาก
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Most of the stories really aren't that interesting. They're clever, but anyway it was really good reading practice. ...more
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