A brilliantly crafted collection of stories from celebrated science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem.
Trurl and Klaupacius are constructor robots who try to out-invent each other. Over the course of their adventures in The Cyberiad, they travel to the far corners of the cosmos to take on freelance problem-solving jobs, with dire consequences for their unsuspecting employers.
Playfully written, and ranging from the prophetic to the surreal, these stories demonstrate Stanislaw Lem's vast talent and remarkable ability to blend meaning and magic into a wholly entertaining and captivating work.
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Dr. Nils Rasmussen
This is the first book I have read by Stanislaw Lem, so I'm not sure he always writes in this style, but there was something about this book that strongly reminded me of the style of Dr. Suess. Lem often refers to objects in the future by names in which sound nothing like modern day items. The result is a world full of Zitts, Zotts, Orplaws & Rooses (often with no explanation to what a "Zott" might be).
The book itself was a collection of highly entertaining futuristic fables that follow around two inventors of robots/machines as they do everything they can to one-up the other. Each story is different from the last and seems to be JUST the right length for what it is.
I really look forward to my next Stanislaw Lem book to see if it stacks up to this one. If it does, he may soon become one of my favorite sci-fi authors.
9.2 / 10
Stanislaw Lem wrote many serious novels and essays, with deep literary impact about communication, aliens and idealized societies.
The Cyberiad isn't one of those.
A collection of mostly humorous (if more than slightly geeky) tales about the famous "constructors" Trurl and Klapaucius living in a robotic/cybernetic world. Despite the technological society, the setting is somewhat Medieval...kings, knights, pirates, the occasional dragon, even a few (robotic) princesses. In this context, Trurl and Klapaucius are knights-errant, using their skills to solve problems, meet challenges and occasionally mess things up royally.
It's a fun set of stories, keying on the friendship-cum-rivalry of the two constructors.
Scott Aiello's narration was very good.
Picaresque baroque comedy
The style is similar to Jack Vance's "Dying Earth" series in its tongue-in-cheek picaresque mix of satire and adventure.
The voice of Klepaucius is hilarious.
I knew going in that people said this was similar in some ways to Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide", but I guess I still expected a bit more gravitas to the stories here. This is more like a set of Looney Tunes bits, but less funny.
The narration was terrible. A better narrator might have saved this book, for me.
The one very bright spot in this book is a sequence in which an AI computer invented by one of the characters must write some poetry. The poetry written by the AI (but really by Stanislaw Lem, of course) is so great that it's worth reading the book, just to read this poetry in context.
There are a few other good bits, but for the most part, I cannot say I really liked this book.
Start over from scratch.
kind of. Yes.
The performance was fine. The pace was too slow, and the main character, or one of them was completely annoying. I quit in the first few chapters when I realized I was wishing it would be over soon.
I wish I could return it.
a completely different story
hmm. why does this suck? too many reasons
He was ok.
everything except "the" and "."
I did not finish it.
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