The humanoid - man's ultimate mechanical triumph and perfect servant - so flawlessly effective and self-regenerative as to stifle mankind into impotence and eventual enslavement - was the invention of Jack Williamson in one of the finest science fiction novels of all time, The Humanoids.
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Dr. Nils Rasmussen
The Humanoid Touch is the third and final installment of Jack Williamson's Humanoid trilogy of stories.
The first story in the series, "With Folded Hands", is easily the author's best work. This was followed up by "The Humanoids", which was great, but got a little too far-fetched by the end of the novel for my tastes.
The Humanoid Touch focuses less on the actual robots known as The Humanoids and more on characters and character development. To my surprise, the robots don't even make an appearance until about halfway into the novel. Although this book was much less far-fetched than the second installment of the series, I would still consider it to be its weakest link.
I won't give anything away, but you really DO need to read the previous books in the trilogy to properly follow what is happening in the story, which I consider to be a drawback.
Also, although the narrator in this book IS very good, he isn't QUITE as good with the material as the reader from both of the previous two audiobooks (Which can be found as a set of two, together on Audible).
Still a very enjoyable conclusion to The Humanoid saga though.
8.32 / 10.00
Though most likely not the author's intention. This is a wonderful coming of age story.
Beside the Narrows
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