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Review for the Finnish-language edition Konekansan satuja ja tarinoita. The stories are mostly the same as in the English language book Mortal Engines with some stories from The Cyberiad added. Similar to The Cyberiad, but somehow less thought-provoking. LibraryThing member jamesd.

I have given this book a five star because of the idea of the book. It is a coty eat city world. Tom Natsworthy from London betraid by his hero is pushed out the garbage chute. Taking a giant adventure with pirates, airhaven a flating city and stalkers. LibraryThing member iansales.

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Which is not to say this collection of short stories is bad. Happily, the book is rounded off with an Ijon Tichy story, a Pilot Pirx story, and one which is completely unrelated to the others in the book but is still about robots. LibraryThing member thomnottom. From what I've read a lot of this is probably better in the original Polish.

I did enjoy the mixture of robotic sci-fi and classic fairy tale structures. Some of the stories were very engaging, others came across as needing to be fleshed out more.

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Frequently the sci-fi elements felt lacking. Not a must read, but encouraged me to seek out more Lem. LibraryThing member fpagan. Probably not the best choice of book for just my second exposure to Lem's often-lauded writing. It contains 12 short stories and 2 novellas. The short stories, some of which are mere vignettes, are techno-fairy tales about robots.

The longer story entitled "The Hunt" is about an intelligent mining robot running amok on Luna. The still longer and more finely written story entitled "The Mask" starts with a fem-android describing her experience of coming to artificial consciousness and then takes a radical turn.

Subjects Science fiction, Polish Translations into English. The paste-down endpapers show signs from the removal of the old dust jacket protection which was lightly pasted to the endpapers. The protected dust jacket is rubbed at the edges and has a closed tear at the front flap fold. Condition: near fine. Dust Jacket Condition: very good. First Edition. NOT an ex library book. Clean interior pages. Dust jacket has no chips or tears, price is not clipped. Condition: Near Fine.

Trace foxing on top edge, else near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Good condition. Revised edition.


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Minor edgewear to the jacket. Sticker on front inner flap. Fading to the hardcover edges. Light marks on one or two pages. All text is clear, with sound binding. Unknown Binding. Hardcover edition Photograph available on request. Martins, New York A voyeur mistakes a murderer for a fellow peeping tom Ironic, unsettling, imbued with dread and with droll humour, Javier Marias' short tales cast a shrewd, sardonic eye on humanity. Javier Marias was born in Madrid in He has published ten novels, two collections of short stories and several volumes of essays.

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