Monday, 10 November 2014

The Caves of Steel [review]

by Isaac Asimov

Robot Series
The Rest of the Robots
The Naked Sun

— There is something even higher than the justice which you have been filled with. There is a human impulse known as mercy, a human act known as forgiveness.
— I am not acquainted with those words, partner Elijah.
— I know. I know.
Elijah and R. Daneel

During a period in which I wasn't reading a lot (it took me even more than a month to finish a medium sized book) this one was an exception, because I read it in two days!

As every other Asimov's book I read, it was a pleasent, rich and exciting reading, but even more than usual because this is also a detective story.
I loved the two main characters, Elijah Baley and R. Daneel Olivaw, expecially the last one. Because the "R" in Daneel name means "robot". Yes, Daneel Olivaw is a robot, and (as I think I have already amply explained HERE) I love robots, androids & the like. I'm afraid that everything I can say about this character could be a spoiler, so I'll just say that maybe the thing I loved most about Daneel is that he's able to change his mind, to learn, to evolve, in a way.

So, if it wasn't still clear, I really loved this book! :)

Book Info

Title: The Caves of Steel
Author: Isaac Asimov
Italian title: Abissi d'acciaio
Publication date: 1953
Italian translation: Giuseppe Lippi
Pages: 259

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