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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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If Dr. Suess Wrote Science Fiction...

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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).<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>9.2 / 10

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Robotic Fun

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.

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fantastic short story SF

What did you like best about this story?

This is one that i keep in my library to re-read.

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This collection of stories of the adventures of these god-ish constructors is a delight. Easily available to any audience, but each tale deeper than face value. Lem is brilliant and made me laugh out loud on a few occasions. The stories are simple but available to wonderful analysis and philosophical pondering. Perfect for fans of the Hitchhikers Guide series who like witty SF with fantastically developed characters and incredible situations. Easily the best thing I have found since the HHTTG BBC series.

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  • Noah
  • New York, New York
  • 03-03-14

Baroque science-fantasy comedy

If you could sum up The Cyberiad in three words, what would they be?

Picaresque baroque comedy

What other book might you compare The Cyberiad to and why?

The style is similar to Jack Vance's "Dying Earth" series in its tongue-in-cheek picaresque mix of satire and adventure.

What does Scott Aiello bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The voice of Klepaucius is hilarious.

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  • Timothy
  • College Station, TX, United States
  • 07-20-13

Worth reading for one chapter, rest not so much

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.

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  • S
  • FRAMINGHAM, MA, United States
  • 08-01-14

Boring

What would have made The Cyberiad better?

Start over from scratch.

Has The Cyberiad turned you off from other books in this genre?

kind of. Yes.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

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.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disapointment

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I wish I could return it.

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not what i expected

What would have made The Cyberiad better?

a completely different story

What was most disappointing about Stanislaw Lem’s story?

hmm. why does this suck? too many reasons

Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Aiello?

He was ok.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Cyberiad?

everything except "the" and "."

Any additional comments?

I did not finish it.

0 of 11 people found this review helpful