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The Cyberiad by Stanisław Lem
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Mar 22, 2011

liked it
bookshelves: poland, sci-fi, read-in-2011, warsaw-pact-bureau-of-the-arts
Recommended to Nate D by: turboservoserfs
Recommended for: gnostotron technicians
Read from March 22 to April 05, 2011

Cybernetic fables, simultaneously very old and very new. At his best, Lem is playful and wise in the manner of certain Calvino. At his worst, he tales off into long strings of silly words and technobabble puns. As such, I had to take a few breaks, but ended up being well rewarded for my time: the later stories-within-stories-within-stories (a nested Arabian Nights, or rather a Sarragossa Manuscript) seem to really be making an attempt to interrogate the universe, and its observations are sad and thoughtful beneath the clowning. I even actually felt myself drawn a little closer to the characters, props and automata that they may well be. Really, that's the main issue I had here: these really are fables more than stories, and as such it's difficult to really get close to the characters or narratives for the most part. But fables have there place of course, and many of these are good ones.
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03/30/2011 page 127
41.0% "Actually, I'm not sure how much more of this I can take. Occasionally fantastic, but altogether too goofy and gag-based to really get into." 3 comments
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