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The Silver Metal Lover

(Silver Metal Lover #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  3,666 ratings  ·  359 reviews
Love is made of more than mere flesh and blood....

Tanith Lee is one of the most thought-provoking and imaginative authors of our time. In this unforgettably poignant novel, Lee has created a classic tale--a beautiful, tragic, erotic, and ultimately triumphant love story of the future.

For sixteen-year-old Jane, life is a mystery she despairs of ever mastering. She and her f
Paperback, 291 pages
Published May 4th 1999 by Spectra (first published 1981)
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Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
"Mother, I am in love with a robot."

Excuse me while I sploosh everywhere. And then worry about the sploosh tarnishing the robot's gears and machinery.

This is the story of Jane, a sixteen year old sheltered, pampered and wishy-washy young woman, who falls in love with a robot called Silver. Silver, however, is not a normal robot. He has been designed to be better than human in every way and is so lifelike that Jane never sees him as anything other than a human man, except when she is
BOOOO to me for not having read this young adult page turner during my teens.

Well, falling in love with a robot isn't that odd. Considering that we fall in love over the Internet en masse, without having ever seen, smelled and touched the other. So lusting after a robot - especially when you're a sweet sixteen and the robot in question is Silver, a handsome fully equipped long haired brand new prototype, programmed to pleasure its buyer - seems pretty easy.

So could we someday develop robots that
Alexis Hall
Oh God, I don't know how to talk about this really. It kind of combines all my obsessions into one amazing book: sex, robots, love, identity and philosophical questions about what makes us human. It's not ... perfect, and it's probably the sort of thing you have to read at the right time.

But, dammit, it's still my book of books.

So, Jane the heroine lives in a decadent future where the rich are super rich and the poor are super poor, and the rich have everything, and suffer from ennui.

And there a
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
Buddy read with Karly AND J-Rex sometime in 2016 I think?

I found this DAW edition with a bad/awesome cover at a used bookstore today.

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I still like the Kinuko Craft cover best (even though Karly hates it). This was the cover I had the first time I read the book. Honestly I probably love it because of that muscular, metallic neck. SEXY. :P

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What prompted this buddy read was another BR last November, of The Mad Scientist's Dau
 Simply Sam ツ
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
My love, my love. I will see you again.

I happened to be off work today and this BR read started today so.....yeah I finished it today.

I'm not very good at being alive.

Now, I must admit, initially I wasn't sure about this story. Our protagonist, Jane, just seemed too vapid and inane to care about. She was 16 but incredibly immature and sheltered. Her quote unquote "friends" were a group of shallow, self absorbed narcissists, and don't even get me started on the mother. The mother, who ordered Ja
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
This book is so beautiful and heartbreaking. I've never read anything like it. It chronicles the life of Jane, a vapid rich girl who lives in the future and doesn't really know what it is to feel anything, or how to experiance life. All that changes when she meets and falls in love with Silver, a robot programed to sing and play music. Eventually she leaves her rich lifestyle to run away with Silver to the slums to try and carve a new life for themselves. I loved this story for so many reasons. ...more
Dannii Elle
I read little sci-fi, and next to none before picking this book up, but this is by far one of the best I have read.

I want to continue on and give this book a rave review to encourage you to pick this up but, honestly, I'm still salty that I lent it to a friend and she then lost it without ever reading it. Bitter af.
Raymond St.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm tempted to say that this is one of Lee's deepest books. Why? It seems just another YA tale of a teen angst-driven by first love, rebellion, and the adolescent desire to establish an identity. But 'coming of age' is a crapulous label for story-telling. We are all coming of age, all our lives. And a good character shows this. As for giving first love a patronizing pat on the head... there is a reason stories associate first-love with death. Because it is a kind of death. What survives after, i ...more
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Honestly I haven't read this book since I was 16. I will be 45 soon. Isn't it funny what stays with you. This is a story that has always lingered. Always one I have meant to reread. I can't tell you the details, I can't remember if it made me happy, sad, I am not sure. But the feeling of this story has been there for me. And I know I just said that I don't know how it made me feel, but I have thought of this often. And in honor of the authors passing I decided to write this review. I don't know ...more
Carolyn F.
What an absolutely fantastic book! I can't rave enough about it. Jane is a girl in the future who meets a robotic man and then the story goes from there. I loved them together, it was so romantic. And the ending, I'm still crying! I have book #2 from the library and that is definitely the next book I'm reading. I would categorize this book as science fiction romance for both adults and young adults. Would recommend it to everyone. ...more
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
Last year during Spooktober the lovely Heatherdoll and I read The Mad Scientist's Daughter and while I found it a beautiful tale ensconced in the insidious nature of humanity’s prejudices against anything different than themselves, she was less impressed (read her review here) owing to the fact that The Silver Metal Lover had done this same story, and better.

Thus a buddy-read of same was born. Along the way we ensnared Future-Gurl in our webs. Thank you both for reading this at the same, rel
Jannah Cloud Child
There are far too many feels now that I've finished this. Gobbled it up like a chocolate croissant.
I feel sad sad sad. Just like she said,
"You see, when I stop, I break my last link with him. With my love. Yes, he’ll always be with me, but not him. I’ll be alone. I’ll be alone."
I feel alone.
This is so good. And weird. It awesomely futuristic in a way only the 80s could have imagined.
This book mentions sex in some lewd manners. But really this book is about love, and personal growth, and not
Jacqueline J
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Decided to finally read this highly recommended sci fi. Or I guess you'd really call it a sci fi romance but it felt more speculative than many sci fi romances. It explored what is what is conciousness and who is really alive I guess. It also dealt with people's fear of AI. Which is pretty valid and currently pertinent.

This is the first book I have read by this author and she has a very different style. At first it was sort of glaring but after I got started it was easy enough to read and adjus
Fantasy Literature
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's unfortunate that Tanith Lee had to pass away for me to get the jolt of interest needed to read her work. The Silver Metal Lover, one of her most loved works, is a story about an immature love that blossoms into a fully realized one, and about an immature girl who cries too often and falls in love too easily but blossoms into a strong-willed, independent woman. It's a story about Jane, and her relationship with her robot lover, Silver.

Were this tender novel published today, it would be shelv
Ash H.
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing

A book like this only comes around once.
Tanith Lee has never written so well before or after. Good but never as evocative, as real, as poignantly heart touching, as piercingly tearful.

To render a character like Silver that will be, nay, shall be loved unanimously by all readers is no mean feat for an author. I shan't give away the plot for reading this, is believing.
However, be prepared to read in one full seating for it was darn near impossible to put the book down.

The dialogue is so real, so l
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Ok, to be honest, I did read this as a joke after finding it on the shelf at my Library (please Google the original 1982 paperback to fully appreciate). The front cover art, combined with the brilliant synopsis on the back ("He was a robot, and he could do everything a real man could do—yes, everything...”), made it almost impossible for me NOT to read this book.

So, I didn’t like it. This was mostly due to (suprise!) the plot: overly dramatic, wealthy teen girl falls in love with a beautiful, hu
Peter Tillman
Classic early SF by the Fantasy mistress. Wish she'd written more SF. Wonder if I still have a copy?

Martha Wells mentions this as an influence on her "Murderbot" series:
"The Silver Metal Lover was one of the first books I remember where it was actually about a human-robot relationship, where that was focus of the story. It’s a romance between a young woman and a robot and it never gets into the usual “kill all humans and take over the world” territory."

Apr 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I loved it. It's not a hard core sex book or anything...sure it mentions sex, but that's about it. There's the romantic quality of a "good woman" being able to give a man/robot (Silver) a soul, but it's also a story about what he does for her too. Jane basically is a young girl who doesn't understand her own feelings & for the man (robot) she loves she strips herself down to the bare basics. She gives up everything she thought defined her as a person. Her friends suck & bring to mind the saying, ...more
E.J. Frost
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of my all-time favorite books. I read it when I was a teenager and it spoke to me about difference and love. I read it when I was a young adult and it spoke to me about the maturation of my relationship with my mother. I read it as a married woman with a pre-teen and it spoke to me about loving and letting go. That this small novel has aged so well with me speaks volumes!
Jeffe Kennedy
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when it first came out, and I was an adolescent. I re-read it any number of times, including to my own first love and lover, when I was 16. Being a musical, dramatic type himself, he loved it, too. This book has always been close to my heart. Recently I decided I should read it yet again and discovered I'd loaned out my hardback copy. (WHY??? WHY DO I ALWAYS DO THIS??? THEY NEVER COME HOME AGAIN!) So, I bought the digital version. It was neatly packaged with the 2005 sequel META ...more
I think I would have loved this book when I was younger. This was a book about first love, and becoming an adult. But because I'm not so extremely fan of romance books, I just found this to be something hard to relate to.

But I have to say that Tanith Lee has created a really cool futuristic society here! There were really cool things, things that wasn't outdated even though this book has been published several decades ago.
Alex Ankarr
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a wonderful read. I kept wondering to myself why I had never read this before. For a long time it has been sitting on the outskirts of my "To Read"- list and since I was looking forward to a somewhat longer train journey than normal, I decided I'd had enough of mediocre romance and detective novels and needed something different. I was not disappointed.

As it happens, this is also a romance novel, in a way, but a completely different one from the usual fare. This is not about boy-meets-gi
Laura Morrigan
Review from my blog,

The Silver Metal Lover is a book which questions the nature of humanity. This is a love story, where a girl falls for a humanoid robot, who also loves her back. It is never determined what gives him the power to love, except that he might have been made wrongly.

In this story, the robot is more human than most of the other characters, he cares for the girl, both emotionally and physically, and he can sing and paint, things we generally see
Oct 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-lit, sci-fi
Since I used to go by the name “Tanith” on the interwebs, I guess it’s good I finally read a Tanith Lee book. (As nice as it was to get complimented a couple of times on emulating Lee’s style in pieces of my writing, as far as I was concerned I was referencing an obscure Star Wars thing. Oh well, it’s geeky either way.) This was pretty cool. Jane, the protagonist and narrator, bugged me at first, but that made her development as a character even more compelling—Lee does a good job showing her ch ...more
Suki Fleet
I absolutely adored this. It made me cry. What more can I say?
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
I remember loving this as a teen.. I still love this book--a lot of books I loved back as a young reader don't hold up but this did on reread. And despite being 30 years old, it doesn't feel dated--itself unusual for a work of science fiction.

I love Tanith Lee's style, which manages to feel sensuous and lush without ever sounding purple. This work is reminiscent in some ways of her other science fiction works, Bite the Sun and Sapphire Wine. Those are set in the far future and dealt with teens
Kim Falconer
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of the things I love about TSML is how Tanith explores the hard problems of consciousness without intruding on the story. It was only during times ‘away from the book,’ that I pondered her insights—how the erotic nature of love can grow souls.

When I say erotic, I don’t me pornographic. I’m referring to Eros, the god of love—the original meaning is something that brings two people together in such a way that it creates a lasting transformation. In this sense, sex is rarely erotic, but it can
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it

What if a male robot became your greatest love teacher?

Welcome to Jane's world. Sixteen years old, with a distant and uber-rich single mother, no father, and a group of friends that makes your enemies look like valentines, she lacks two of the biggest factors that give life value: love, and a sense of identity.

Until she sees the robot Silver singing and playing his guitar on the street. They have instant chemistry, and soon, a companionship that brings Jane the first joy she's known. Silver is
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I picked up The Silver Metal Lover at my local used bookstore on a whim. It looked like mildly fun old-school scifi with a hilariously dated cover, and it was super cheap.

Oh my god am I glad I picked this book up.

The Silver Metal Lover is hands down amazing. Dated it is, yes, though I still think the incredible visuals would make for a great movie adaptation. But the characterization just shines. This book lives and breathes through its characters.

At the center there is Jane. She's selfish, i
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Tanith Lee was a British writer of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. She was the author of 77 novels, 14 collections, and almost 300 short stories. She also wrote four radio plays broadcast by the BBC and two scripts for the UK, science fiction, cult television series "Blake's 7."
Before becoming a full time writer, Lee worked as a file clerk, an assistant librarian, a shop assistant, and a wai

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