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Title: The Silver Metal Lover
Author: Tanith Lee
Publisher: Published May 4th 1999 by Spectra (first published 1981)
ISBN: 9780553581270
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Love is made of more than mere flesh and blood.... Tanith Lee is one of the most thought-provoking and imaginative authors of our time. In this unforgettably poignant novel, Lee has created a classic tale--a beautiful, tragic, erotic, and ultimately triumphant love story of the future. For sixteen-year-old Jane, life is a mystery she despairs of ever mastering. She and her f Love is made of more than mere flesh and blood.... Tanith Lee is one of the most thought-provoking and imaginative authors of our time. In this unforgettably poignant novel, Lee has created a classic tale--a beautiful, tragic, erotic, and ultimately triumphant love story of the future. For sixteen-year-old Jane, life is a mystery she despairs of ever mastering. She and her friends are the idle, pampered children of the privileged class, living in luxury on an Earth remade by natural disaster. Until Jane's life is changed forever by a chance encounter with a robot minstrel with auburn hair and silver skin, whose songs ignite in her a desperate and inexplicable passion. Jane is certain that Silver is more than just a machine built to please. And she will give up everything to prove it. So she escapes into the city's violent, decaying slums to embrace a love bordering on madness. Or is it something more? Has Jane glimpsed in Silver something no one else has dared to see--not even the robot or his creators? A love so perfect it must be destroyed, for no human could ever compete?

30 review for The Silver Metal Lover

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sh3llraiser

    Welp. Errrrrybody loved it but me. Literally. All my friends who read this gave it no less than four stars. So it must be me. But this is what killed this story for me. 1) Jane. Hated her! I know she is an immature privileged 16 year old. We are told this over and over and it was still annoying. I tried to ignore it and just wait for the growth, but I couldn't take it. I could not sympathize with her and her whiny outbursts. Sigh. 2) The Mother and the friends. Hated them! Horrible creatures. No w Welp. Errrrrybody loved it but me. Literally. All my friends who read this gave it no less than four stars. So it must be me. But this is what killed this story for me. 1) Jane. Hated her! I know she is an immature privileged 16 year old. We are told this over and over and it was still annoying. I tried to ignore it and just wait for the growth, but I couldn't take it. I could not sympathize with her and her whiny outbursts. Sigh. 2) The Mother and the friends. Hated them! Horrible creatures. No wonder Jane was so messed up. The mother was horrible, absent, dismissive, controlling. The friends were so vain and selfish and idiotic. It became unbearable to read about them. 3) I know this was written in 1981, but I felt the author was very heavy-handed in portraying a teenager's mood swings and immature behaviors. It became almost a caricature. Having the main character grow up among wealthy narcissists only served to keep me from feeling anything. For anyone. *One thing I did really like was the world building. There were some cool sci-fi futuristic stuff that was impressive considering this was written in the early 80s. You could tell some of it was dated when "tapes" were referred to as advanced technology. haha. But there were other things that would still hold up in today's sci-fis. Unfortunately, that was not enough to save the book for me. I really, really wanted to like this . I tried. I did. But I feel like I am forcing myself to read something I don't want to. So I'm stopping at 39%. DNF. I'm sure it's just me. It comes down to this: I just could not connect with Jane and did not care about what happened with her and Silver. :( And now I've found out from a few other reviews that Jane doesn't even (view spoiler)[end up with Silver???? (hide spoiler)] For real? lol. I'm glad I DNF'd this. It's just not for me. Original post: Buddy read with Sam and the MacHalo group July 26, 2016. I'm excited!! GORGEOUS COVER. High ratings from friends. How can I resist???

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮

    "Mother, I am in love with a robot." Excuse me while I sploosh everywhere. And then worry about the sploosh tarnishing the robot's gears and machinery. This is the story of Jane, a sixteen year old sheltered, pampered and wishy-washy young woman, who falls in love with a robot called Silver. Silver, however, is not a normal robot. He has been designed to be better than human in every way and is so lifelike that Jane never sees him as anything other than a human man, except when she is at her "Mother, I am in love with a robot." Excuse me while I sploosh everywhere. And then worry about the sploosh tarnishing the robot's gears and machinery. This is the story of Jane, a sixteen year old sheltered, pampered and wishy-washy young woman, who falls in love with a robot called Silver. Silver, however, is not a normal robot. He has been designed to be better than human in every way and is so lifelike that Jane never sees him as anything other than a human man, except when she is at her most vicious. This love story is heartbreaking. This story is told through the eyes of Jane, so we see Silver purely through her eyes and experience him through her, and what an experience it is. He has some amazing , swoon worthy lines. Dude's got so much game. And he isn't even human. Would bang. Get in the dungeon. Jane's progression as the story develops is particularly well done. The start of this story is terribly melancholy and Jane is not likable in the slightest. But as she falls further and further in love and learns to live her own life away from the constraints of her family and so-called friends, she really blossoms and becomes a better person. Her friends and family are all selfish assholes and giant pieces of shit. I want them all to die. They are a horrid group of people and they deserve nothing short of the fires of hell for eternity. But Jane's naivete and willingness to forgive even the most horrible of trespasses, is actually pretty awe inspiring. This was a wonderful story. It took a while to get going, for me, but about a hundred pages in everything started to click and I couldn't put it down. I even hid in the change rooms at work so I could read the final few chapters, in tears. I do have to say, for a while there I thought there was going to be a twist where it is revealed that (view spoiler)[ Jane is actually a robot herself and her and Silver can get robot married and have robot babies and live happy robot lives together (hide spoiler)] but alas, that was not to be. This is a story about love in all it's forms. It showcases the way love can help you become the best version of yourself, and how it can bring out the worst in others, too. I truly had no idea what to expect going into this book. But I'm so glad with what I found. A wonderful story full of character progression, love, trials, tribulations, heartbreak, hopelessness and forgiveness. I look forward to reading the second one, as soon as it arrives in the mail. Tanith Lee is a word wizard and I hope to read much more of her work in the future. "Jane, Jane, a pane of crystal, the sound of rain falling on the silken grain of marble, a slender, pale chain of a name." 4 silver-nail-through-the-heart Stars Thanks for putting this book on my radar and buddy reading with me Heather and Karly!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Loederkoningin

    BOOOO to me for not having read this young adult page turner during my teens. Well, falling in love with a robot isn't that odd. Considering that we fall in love over the Internet en masse, without having ever seen, smelled and touched the other. So lusting after a robot - especially when you're a sweet sixteen and the robot in question is Silver, a handsome fully equipped long haired brand new prototype, programmed to pleasure its buyer - seems pretty easy. So could we someday develop robots that BOOOO to me for not having read this young adult page turner during my teens. Well, falling in love with a robot isn't that odd. Considering that we fall in love over the Internet en masse, without having ever seen, smelled and touched the other. So lusting after a robot - especially when you're a sweet sixteen and the robot in question is Silver, a handsome fully equipped long haired brand new prototype, programmed to pleasure its buyer - seems pretty easy. So could we someday develop robots that are able to trick us into believing they are human? Could they replace us? And should we allow for that to happen? The Silver Metal Lover gives a peek into a time technologically far ahead of us, but doesn't answer these questions. It may leave you pondering a bit about what it means to be human, but mostly The Silver Metal Lover 'just' reads as an excellent young adult romance, focusing on the coming of age of rich kid and cry baby Jane. When she throws herself into the arms of Silver, she realizes that she probably shouldn't tell her controlling mom, who views her daughters upbringing as a pedagogically sound project. Thanks to Silver, she is able to burn her ships behind her (and had me whispering "you go girl!" and rooting for her while she did). I especially liked how I perceived Silver through Jane. Her infatuation must've blurred her vision to some extent, which left me wondering what was real and what wishful thinking. When she assigned human qualities to him, was her imagination running wild? OR was her piece of metal possibly more than a masterly designed illusion? Therefore the part in which Silver actually climaxes, felt oddly out of place due to its lack of subtlety. Same with the second ouija board session (won't mention the details because of spoilers), which somewhat ruined the semi-tragic ending for me. I guess what bugged me is that Lee started with a robot and a young girls' apparant 'perverse' relationship with it, only to weaken this interesting concept by suggesting that he was very human after all.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Hall

    Oh God, I don't know how to talk about this really. It kind of combines all my obsessions into one amazing book: sex, robots, love, identity and philosophical questions about what makes us human. It's not ... perfect, and it's probably the sort of thing you have to read at the right time. But, dammit, it's still my book of books. So, Jane the heroine lives in a decadent future where the rich are super rich and the poor are super poor, and the rich have everything, and suffer from ennui. And there a Oh God, I don't know how to talk about this really. It kind of combines all my obsessions into one amazing book: sex, robots, love, identity and philosophical questions about what makes us human. It's not ... perfect, and it's probably the sort of thing you have to read at the right time. But, dammit, it's still my book of books. So, Jane the heroine lives in a decadent future where the rich are super rich and the poor are super poor, and the rich have everything, and suffer from ennui. And there are sex robots. Jane becomes obsessed with one of them--a beautiful, silver-skinned, auburn hair man called Silver--and they end up running away together to the slums and forging a new life for themselves. It's told in first person from Jane's POV and, fair warning, she is passive and weepy and entitled and lost for maybe half the book. She's not exactly sympathetic during this section and may, in fact, induce an urge to shake her ... but she grows a lot and part of the pleasure of the book is witnessing that growth. Seeing Jane become her own person, not just her mother's accessory. The other thing the POV permits is wonderfully unreliable narration, especially as regards Silver and his potential for human-ness. We see him through Jane's eyes and she loves him, and there is no narration more unreliable than that. This is a love story, and it's really romantic (if you're into robots - which I am) but ... again ... don't expect a traditional HEA. The ending is, in fact, the weakest part of this otherwise flawless book. It kind of wants to have its tragedy cake and eat it - and insists on answering the intriguing ambiguities within the questions it raises with cheap and tone-inappropriate spiritualism. But this is still one of my favourite books ever. Because I'm basically a total sap.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*

    Buddy read with Karly AND J-Rex sometime in 2016 I think? I found this DAW edition with a bad/awesome cover at a used bookstore today. (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] I still like the Kinuko Craft cover best (even though Karly hates it). This was the cover I had the first time I read the book. Honestly I probably love it because of that muscular, metallic neck. SEXY. :P (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] REVIEW What prompted this buddy read was another BR last November, of The Mad Scientist's Daughter. K Buddy read with Karly AND J-Rex sometime in 2016 I think? I found this DAW edition with a bad/awesome cover at a used bookstore today. (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] I still like the Kinuko Craft cover best (even though Karly hates it). This was the cover I had the first time I read the book. Honestly I probably love it because of that muscular, metallic neck. SEXY. :P (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] REVIEW What prompted this buddy read was another BR last November, of The Mad Scientist's Daughter. Karly enjoyed it (click for her review), and I really did not. In my review I mentioned how much better The Silver Metal Lover was, so we decided we'd read it and prove me right/wrong. Then we enlisted Dino-Jess and it was glorious! "We have three locomotive robots, dear. Not to mention all the other robotic gadgets." "But he's a personal robot, Mother." "What does he do that the others can't?" Well... So, yes, obviously I really, really like this book. Love it, even. How else do you explain why, reading this, I was trying not to break down in a McDonald's while my girls played? And later, trying not to break down at the park with other people and their children around me? I know I probably looked insane as the tears welled up in my eyes and my mouth went all funny. (Plus I'm the only parent who ever reads a book while the kids play instead of following them around the play structure.) Tanith Lee has a gift. One minute you're reading and everything is fine and then BAM! Emotional destruction. One of the great things about this book is Jane's transformation. She starts the story as a timid, inexperienced rich girl. You might think you'll hate her based on that description, especially since for a chapter or two she doesn't really do anything. But then she does do something—she seizes exactly what she wants by any means she can—and by the end she's smarter and wiser. "Jane," he said. "Jane, a pane of crystal, the sound of rain falling on the silken grain of marble, a slender, pale chain of a name." This story is sexy without having explicit sex and moving without feeling manipulative. Unlike in The Mad Scientist's Daughter, we see the prejudice against robots, but also the desire they inspire. We see the characters' emotions, even Silver. What's more romantic than running away to be poor, but together, and working together to survive despite all odds? I rooted for Jane (Jain) and Silver. I wanted to hear the songs they sang. He sang. The robot sang. He sang into my veins where my blood had been and where instead the notes and throbbing of the guitar now flowed. I could feel his song vibrating in my throat, as if I sang it too.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Simply Sam ツ

    My love, my love. I will see you again. I happened to be off work today and this BR read started today so.....yeah I finished it today. I'm not very good at being alive. Now, I must admit, initially I wasn't sure about this story. Our protagonist, Jane, just seemed too vapid and inane to care about. She was 16 but incredibly immature and sheltered. Her quote unquote "friends" were a group of shallow, self absorbed narcissists, and don't even get me started on the mother. The mother, who ordered Ja My love, my love. I will see you again. I happened to be off work today and this BR read started today so.....yeah I finished it today. I'm not very good at being alive. Now, I must admit, initially I wasn't sure about this story. Our protagonist, Jane, just seemed too vapid and inane to care about. She was 16 but incredibly immature and sheltered. Her quote unquote "friends" were a group of shallow, self absorbed narcissists, and don't even get me started on the mother. The mother, who ordered Jane from a catalog and kept her programmed to her liking, from her body shape to her hair color to her talents. Her mother kept her like a doll, a plaything for her to control and manipulate. But I knew that this would be a coming of age story, that through the events of the story that Jane would evolve to something more so I continued on in that vein. And the vehicle for this transformation from a vacuous teenager into a young woman of substance you might ask? Silver. There's a kind of beam, a ray that he draws to him. He draws all the energy of the crowd, and contains it within him, and then focuses it out again upon them. A ray like a star, a sun. Silver is essentially the only robot of his kind. He is built to be a minstrel, a companion, a lover. After a chance encounter, Jane cannot get this silver man, robot, being out of her head. She has no idea why he affects her so and it both terrifies and enthralls her. She only knows that she needs to be near him, that she needs to have him. So she uses whatever means in her power to make him hers, even when it means leaving her life of leisure and privilege for a life in the slums. Goodbye, my childhood, my roots, my yesterdays. Goodbye, Jane. Who are you now? It's there, in the tiny, run down apartment she lets that both Silver and Jane learn what it means to be human, what it means to be alive. This book was weird and wonderful and just caused a jumble of mixed feelings in me. I thought it had the potential to be amazing, but there was something lacking that just kept it from that greatness. Again, I think it's just a matter of me not totally connecting with the characters. They felt too effervescent, too ethereal, just too everything if that makes sense. But the story of Jane and Silver? It's one that will stay with me for years to come. "I hate your cheerfulness. When you leave me, there's nothing." "There's all the world," he said. BR with Shelly and all other interested MacHalo deviants.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*

    This book is so beautiful and heartbreaking. I've never read anything like it. It chronicles the life of Jane, a vapid rich girl who lives in the future and doesn't really know what it is to feel anything, or how to experiance life. All that changes when she meets and falls in love with Silver, a robot programed to sing and play music. Eventually she leaves her rich lifestyle to run away with Silver to the slums to try and carve a new life for themselves. I loved this story for so many reasons. This book is so beautiful and heartbreaking. I've never read anything like it. It chronicles the life of Jane, a vapid rich girl who lives in the future and doesn't really know what it is to feel anything, or how to experiance life. All that changes when she meets and falls in love with Silver, a robot programed to sing and play music. Eventually she leaves her rich lifestyle to run away with Silver to the slums to try and carve a new life for themselves. I loved this story for so many reasons. First of all, Janes transformation throughout the book is simply astounding. She goes from being very shallow, confused, and timid, to a girl who knows who she is and what she wants. She stands up for herself and what she believes in, and begins making her own decisions and living her own life. And love is the power that transforms her. Reading this really put some things in perspective for me, namely how love can really bring the best (and worst) out of a person. Secondly, from an aesthetic point of view, Tanith Lee's writing is gorgeous. The slums are beautiful, despite the destitude of the people living there, and every other backdrop in the book just drips with amazingly vivid descriptions. This is my first book by this author, but it certainly not the last I will be reading. Lastly, the idea of Jane and Silver's love enduring for all time is really just...beautiful. As corny as that sounds I literally spent a good part of the last few chapters crying my eyes out, because really it was just so emotional and heartrending. What a fantastic book! "I love you. I'll see you again. Don't ever be afraid."

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    I read little sci-fi, and next to none before picking this book up, but this is by far one of the best I have read. I want to continue on and give this book a rave review to encourage you to pick this up but, honestly, I'm still salty that I lent it to a friend and she then lost it without ever reading it. Bitter af.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mina

    5+++ STARS. Basically, this is the story about a young woman named Jane who falls in love with a sort of futuristic lifelike robotic minstrel/entertainer who is also a sex toy for women/men created by a company called Electronic Metals Ltd. Jane lives in a futuristic, sophisticated, but emotionally/spiritually bleak society that is eerily like our own. Half of the population is rich and spoiled, and most of that part of society is banal, superficial, and arrogant; the other half lives in the slum 5+++ STARS. Basically, this is the story about a young woman named Jane who falls in love with a sort of futuristic lifelike robotic minstrel/entertainer who is also a sex toy for women/men created by a company called Electronic Metals Ltd. Jane lives in a futuristic, sophisticated, but emotionally/spiritually bleak society that is eerily like our own. Half of the population is rich and spoiled, and most of that part of society is banal, superficial, and arrogant; the other half lives in the slums, basically trying to survive day by day. The rich are pre-programmed from birth to look a certain way and subsist on a diet of insta-meals produced by robots for the most part, in tandem with different drugs, both for recreation and other reasons; for instance, Jane takes a certain pill to give her a hair colour that matches the body type that her mother pre-programmed for her since birth. It's all very eerie and Blade-Runner-like. The rich are also raised to react to sex as being very casual and merely for pleasure if nothing else, so intimate relationships aren't really important in their society, not in a real sense. Jane is one of the rich; however, she is different in character than her mostly superficial and morally depraved friends -- this quality enables her to find beauty in others that is quite unique, and is the main reason why she is able to "see" something in Silver (the robot) while others merely scoff. This was a really good story although the ending was a bit bereft of conclusion for me, but I understand there was a point to this. I won't give away what happens in the story, but basically, Lee does question many topics herein -- one of the most important is whether even a robot can have a soul. The story basically concludes that yes, everything has a soul, even non-animate objects, which is sort of an unusual idea to Westerners but is actually quite normal in other religious philosophies. Lee also grapples with the concept of free will and other related ideas; for example, after Jane stops taking her pills, she begins to change physically, which made me question just how much effect her early "programming" had on her to begin with, which interrelates to the theme of the robot's programming as well. I have noted a pattern with Lee's stories by the way; her stories always seem to include male and female outsiders who don't fit in with society, yet in the end, they seem to pair up and find their niche and we see them for who they truly are -- they are able to find their inner strength and affect the world around them in a positive way. Lee opens up our vision to the beauty of the soul, rather than just plain artifice. This is what I like about Lee -- she is an author who wants to elevate the human soul as well as spread beauty. Truly a literary genius who has yet to be elevated in her own right. When I see that Stephen King has tons of fans and websites and Tanith Lee has virtually none, it really irks me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Honestly I haven't read this book since I was 16. I will be 45 soon. Isn't it funny what stays with you. This is a story that has always lingered. Always one I have meant to reread. I can't tell you the details, I can't remember if it made me happy, sad, I am not sure. But the feeling of this story has been there for me. And I know I just said that I don't know how it made me feel, but I have thought of this often. And in honor of the authors passing I decided to write this review. I don't know Honestly I haven't read this book since I was 16. I will be 45 soon. Isn't it funny what stays with you. This is a story that has always lingered. Always one I have meant to reread. I can't tell you the details, I can't remember if it made me happy, sad, I am not sure. But the feeling of this story has been there for me. And I know I just said that I don't know how it made me feel, but I have thought of this often. And in honor of the authors passing I decided to write this review. I don't know if you would like it, appreciate it, I am not sure if at 45 I will like it, but all I have is that I have remembered this book. Something stayed and that is powerful. Re-read September 2015 So, I loved it. This time I picked up that the story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. I picked up more on the culture of the world and the relationships. It is more than a love story. Yes it is a story told through the eyes of a young girl, but maybe the young girl in me remembers all the pain and heartache and angst. I also appreciate more the story regarding Artificial Intelligence and what make us human. I am making this one of go to re-read books. I am sorry it took so long for me to revisit the story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Raymond St.

    I'm tempted to say that this is one of Lee's deepest books. Why? It seems just another YA tale of a teen angst-driven by first love, rebellion, and the adolescent desire to establish an identity. But 'coming of age' is a crapulous label for story-telling. We are all coming of age, all our lives. And a good character shows this. As for giving first love a patronizing pat on the head... there is a reason stories associate first-love with death. Because it is a kind of death. What survives after, i I'm tempted to say that this is one of Lee's deepest books. Why? It seems just another YA tale of a teen angst-driven by first love, rebellion, and the adolescent desire to establish an identity. But 'coming of age' is a crapulous label for story-telling. We are all coming of age, all our lives. And a good character shows this. As for giving first love a patronizing pat on the head... there is a reason stories associate first-love with death. Because it is a kind of death. What survives after, is a ghost at worst, a heart reborn at best. So: Silver Metal Lover is a book where the girl wonders what color her hair would be if she didn't take her mother's pills; what shape would her bod take. She wonders whether her friends are enemies, and if she could exist on her own, and if robots have souls. For that matter she wonders if flesh-and-blood girls have souls. By 'souls' we can just say identity. Are people real? Or just things programmed to say our names when asked? Bah; overmuch philosophy. This is a haunting love-story, a sci-fi adventure, and the reading of a sensitive soul's diary. Read it with respect.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jannah (Cloud Child)

    There are far too many feels now that I've finished this. Gobbled it up like a chocolate croissant. I feel sad sad sad. Just like she said, "You see, when I stop, I break my last link with him. With my love. Yes, he’ll always be with me, but not him. I’ll be alone. I’ll be alone." I feel alone. ... This is so good. And weird. It awesomely futuristic in a way only the 80s could have imagined. This book mentions sex in some lewd manners. But really this book is about love, and personal growth, and not There are far too many feels now that I've finished this. Gobbled it up like a chocolate croissant. I feel sad sad sad. Just like she said, "You see, when I stop, I break my last link with him. With my love. Yes, he’ll always be with me, but not him. I’ll be alone. I’ll be alone." I feel alone. ... This is so good. And weird. It awesomely futuristic in a way only the 80s could have imagined. This book mentions sex in some lewd manners. But really this book is about love, and personal growth, and not about sex at all. I enjoyed seeing Jane's path to becoming an actual human from that vapid shell under her mother's thumb. I felt for her. I felt for her paranoia and insecurities. And her fear of being something other than her mothers approval. How she constantly questioned Silver and his feelings and actions in relation to her because how could he feel for her? How could he love her? Why the heck and and how the heck could she love him? After all he was just a machine right? I don't want to be clever or dismissive because maybe this book is aimed at teenage girls who fall in love, insta love or something dumb. Gosh that sounds dismissive. Well yeah she, 16 year old vapid rich girl Jane, did fall in love. At first sight. With a silver skinned humanoid robot. It sounds quite moronic when put like that. But it isn't. Jane only had to fall in love, sell her worldly goods and live in the slums to find out its not so bad outside the safe bubble of her mothers house. Jane writes from first person. Its interesting how she seems vague until she asserts herself, THEN finally I can envision her. Her image was unsure until she made decisions to leave. She also is no longer aesthetically programmed under her mothers regime, so she reverts to her natural body image, wherein she accepts herself. Silver was in some ways a passive character, more a reflected ideology through Jane's eyes, brilliantly talented, bringing out the good in Jane while wrestling with the idea he had human emotions. I liked Clovis and his ridiculous rudeness and his obviously masked concern for Jane. If Jane was a guy...hmmm lol. Egyptia..what a bloody name. Everyone's bloody names in fact. Except for simple Jane. I mainly just associated Egyptia with various shades of blue and mascara tears (well she cried a lot). Demeta I couldn't really envision except as really tall and regal. She reminded me of Rapunzel's "mother". The manipulative ones who always make their offspring feel like they're out of control. She kept Jane emotionally stunted. I don't know why I'm almost scared to write how I feel about this book because if I was someone else I would probably judge me. Shut up rhetorical hipster other self. Read the damn book at least before you judge. ^_^ Anyhow, it was unputdownable, beautiful, tragic and at the same time made you think. Gotta love some of that. If I hadn't clicked on the read a random book option on my android book app Moon+Reader, this would probably have been forgotten forever because I have a terrible habit of abandoning books after I put them on my to read list.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn F.

    What an absolutely fantastic book! I can't rave enough about it. Jane is a girl in the future who meets a robotic man and then the story goes from there. I loved them together, it was so romantic. And the ending, I'm still crying! I have book #2 from the library and that is definitely the next book I'm reading. I would categorize this book as science fiction romance for both adults and young adults. Would recommend it to everyone.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*

    Last year during Spooktober the lovely Heatherdoll and I read The Mad Scientist's Daughter and while I found it a beautiful tale ensconced in the insidious nature of humanity’s prejudices against anything different than themselves, she was less impressed (read her review here) owing to the fact that The Silver Metal Lover had done this same story, and better. Thus a buddy-read of same was born. Along the way we ensnared Future-Gurl in our webs. Thank you both for reading this at the same, rel Last year during Spooktober the lovely Heatherdoll and I read The Mad Scientist's Daughter and while I found it a beautiful tale ensconced in the insidious nature of humanity’s prejudices against anything different than themselves, she was less impressed (read her review here) owing to the fact that The Silver Metal Lover had done this same story, and better. Thus a buddy-read of same was born. Along the way we ensnared Future-Gurl in our webs. Thank you both for reading this at the same, relatively speaking, time as I. I think this is a case of whomever gets there first gets the prize. The old early-bird-gets-the-worm mentality: For Heather the bird depicted above was Tanith Lee, for me it was Cassandra Rose Clarke. Personally I’d rather be the sun having the cup of coffee, although why I would be brushing my teeth simultaneously….. ooops, there I go getting distracted again. What I mean by this is that comparability isn’t always in a writer’s favour. Certainly you can see by both my ratings that I enjoyed BOTH versions, however I liked them for completely different reasons. Future-Gurl, as far as I’m concerned you can lock Silver up in your man dungeon and throw away the key, I am 100% Team Finn. Lee is a wonderful writer, there is no way for me to deny that. I found this story’s swooping, bombing pseudo-autobiography nature extremely well done. The chapter movements and header poems were exceptional. I thoroughly enjoyed the way we saw Silver through the evolving eyes of our main character, Jane, as she learned that her life perhaps wasn’t as rose-coloured as it may have appeared. Jane has been sheltered (and exposed) by her mother and her friends her whole life. All of the characters surrounding her, saving for Silver, are vultures of her innocence and compassion. When she comes across an amazingly human looking and behaving robot outside of a theatre she has a startling reaction to him. This reaction sets in motion a story of unorthodox love that is beautiful, intense and quietly shattering. However, Jane is sixteen years old and this entire love story takes place at that tender emotional age of discovery and thirst for knowledge. And while that is incredibly powerful, it also distancing. This is one of the places that I thought Clarke did it better, the main character in The Mad Scientist’s Daughter had a loving, if extremely bizarre, father and I thought the addition of HUMAN characters that were not entirely poisonous lent an authenticity to her love of Finn. It is not a case of a robot being the only “person” to ever show her selflessness, honour or compassion. I found it more powerful in this way. Incidentally I also liked the spread of time more in that story, I found the love more powerful for its history, trials and upheavals. I honestly cannot recommend one story over the other, it really depends on what you are looking for. Lee’s story may deliver more emotional punch than Clarke’s but I think it was designed to whereas Clarke's story was more slow moving and social commentary. There were two elements of this story that I really didn’t like. The first is that for reasons unbeknownst to me Lee had Silver (view spoiler)[ achieve orgasm at one point, which I found a pathetically human way to show that he physically connected with Jane. I think if you are going to have your main character fall in love with a robot you should at very least maintain the elements and variances of robotic love. I really enjoyed the way Lee expressed Silver’s love and compassion for Jane in ways that felt natural and believable in a robot love interest, by having him acknowledge that the ways she was with him registered differently than how other humans treated him. This scene didn’t ruin those moments for me but it did cheapen them a bit, is all. (hide spoiler)] Also, and this is a plot issue, (view spoiler)[ I find it entirely unbelievable that Silver would not have a code hardwired into him for the company to locate him, using Jane’s “friends” to bring this about may have created a scenario that would open her eyes to the type of people whom she had really surrounded herself with but it did not feel believable to me. We are talking about an incredibly expensive prototype here, I am simply not buying that he wouldn’t have some sort of locator on or in him (hide spoiler)] However the overall progression of the story was quite lovely. “A rose by any other name Would get the blame For being what it is-- The colour of a kiss, The shadow of a flame. A rose may earn another name, So call it love; So call it love I will, And love is like the sea, Which changes constantly, And yet is still The same.”

  15. 4 out of 5

    Miranda

    Ok, to be honest, I did read this as a joke after finding it on the shelf at my Library (please Google the original 1982 paperback to fully appreciate). The front cover art, combined with the brilliant synopsis on the back ("He was a robot, and he could do everything a real man could do—yes, everything...”), made it almost impossible for me NOT to read this book. So, I didn’t like it. This was mostly due to (suprise!) the plot: overly dramatic, wealthy teen girl falls in love with a beautiful, hu Ok, to be honest, I did read this as a joke after finding it on the shelf at my Library (please Google the original 1982 paperback to fully appreciate). The front cover art, combined with the brilliant synopsis on the back ("He was a robot, and he could do everything a real man could do—yes, everything...”), made it almost impossible for me NOT to read this book. So, I didn’t like it. This was mostly due to (suprise!) the plot: overly dramatic, wealthy teen girl falls in love with a beautiful, humanoid robot (a musician!) and takes him as her lover – sex, drama, and musical numbers ensue. Meh. Not my thing. But I will admit, it could have been worse -- there were no graphic human/robot sex scenes (a definite mercy; thank you, Tanith Lee), and the writing was decent. AND it was only 250 pages. Those powers combined, it wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read. And thanks to goodreads, I’ve now learned that there’s actually a sequel to this book. Alas, I won’t be reading it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ash H.

    A book like this only comes around once. Tanith Lee has never written so well before or after. Good but never as evocative, as real, as poignantly heart touching, as piercingly tearful. To render a character like Silver that will be, nay, shall be loved unanimously by all readers is no mean feat for an author. I shan't give away the plot for reading this, is believing. However, be prepared to read in one full seating for it was darn near impossible to put the book down. The dialogue is so real, so l A book like this only comes around once. Tanith Lee has never written so well before or after. Good but never as evocative, as real, as poignantly heart touching, as piercingly tearful. To render a character like Silver that will be, nay, shall be loved unanimously by all readers is no mean feat for an author. I shan't give away the plot for reading this, is believing. However, be prepared to read in one full seating for it was darn near impossible to put the book down. The dialogue is so real, so legit that at no point during the whole novel do you even vaguely assess that maybe, just maybe the characters may not have said it. And there are certain echoes of a time to come maybe in our future where this book like Ray Bradbury's novels may not be too far from the truth.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I loved it. It's not a hard core sex book or anything...sure it mentions sex, but that's about it. There's the romantic quality of a "good woman" being able to give a man/robot (Silver) a soul, but it's also a story about what he does for her too. Jane basically is a young girl who doesn't understand her own feelings & for the man (robot) she loves she strips herself down to the bare basics. She gives up everything she thought defined her as a person. Her friends suck & bring to mind the I loved it. It's not a hard core sex book or anything...sure it mentions sex, but that's about it. There's the romantic quality of a "good woman" being able to give a man/robot (Silver) a soul, but it's also a story about what he does for her too. Jane basically is a young girl who doesn't understand her own feelings & for the man (robot) she loves she strips herself down to the bare basics. She gives up everything she thought defined her as a person. Her friends suck & bring to mind the saying, "With friends like that, who needs enemies?" I feel like rereading it immediatley.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alex Ankarr

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ah, this is the best, it's the best. It's the deepest, the sweetest, it's the saddest. What else can compare? Nuttin', I'm tellin' ya, nuttin'. No-one is ideal and perfect, here, not even the robot who was constructed to be that way. And that's good, because beauty and love are incompatible with perfection. If you don't cry a little, you probably don't have a soul. But your robot might.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    This is a wonderful read. I kept wondering to myself why I had never read this before. For a long time it has been sitting on the outskirts of my "To Read"- list and since I was looking forward to a somewhat longer train journey than normal, I decided I'd had enough of mediocre romance and detective novels and needed something different. I was not disappointed. As it happens, this is also a romance novel, in a way, but a completely different one from the usual fare. This is not about boy-meets-gi This is a wonderful read. I kept wondering to myself why I had never read this before. For a long time it has been sitting on the outskirts of my "To Read"- list and since I was looking forward to a somewhat longer train journey than normal, I decided I'd had enough of mediocre romance and detective novels and needed something different. I was not disappointed. As it happens, this is also a romance novel, in a way, but a completely different one from the usual fare. This is not about boy-meets-girl and then they are on a journey to a happy ending; no, this is something else. In this story, a girl meets a robot, and it's not just any robot, but one designed to please and amuse humans. Is it craziness to love a robot? Can a robot learn to feel? "Don't ever," he said, "be afraid of me." But I was. He'd driven a silver nail through my heart. In many ways, The Silver Metal Lover is solidly YA, in other ways, it is eternal, because the subject matter never grows old. The power of transformative love is rarely dull, and in Tanith Lee's version it becomes vast indeed. Interestingly perhaps, Silver is not a hugely active character, the plot is instead driven mainly by the protagonist Jane, her actions and her character growth, and also partially by her mother and some of her friends and their decisions. Jane's relationship with her mother also takes centre stage, and it frames completely the love story that emerges. Mother, I am in love with a robot. No. She isn't going to like that. Mother, I am in love. Are you darling? Oh yes, mother, yes I am. His hair is auburn, and his eyes are very large. Like amber. And his skin is silver. Silence. While you get a feeling for where Jane and Silver are heading around the half-way mark, Jane's relationship with her mother kept me wondering until the very end, and I thought it was very well done. Lee's language is light, sparkly and flowing. It feels a bit like green, bubbly wine even when the subject matter gets darker and the feeling of doom heavier. Read this for spirited language. Read this for character development. Read this for that wonderful feeling of being hit by delicious tragedy and then a bit of hope.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura Morrigan

    Review from my blog, http://rosesandvellum.blogspot.com/ The Silver Metal Lover is a book which questions the nature of humanity. This is a love story, where a girl falls for a humanoid robot, who also loves her back. It is never determined what gives him the power to love, except that he might have been made wrongly. In this story, the robot is more human than most of the other characters, he cares for the girl, both emotionally and physically, and he can sing and paint, things we generally see Review from my blog, http://rosesandvellum.blogspot.com/ The Silver Metal Lover is a book which questions the nature of humanity. This is a love story, where a girl falls for a humanoid robot, who also loves her back. It is never determined what gives him the power to love, except that he might have been made wrongly. In this story, the robot is more human than most of the other characters, he cares for the girl, both emotionally and physically, and he can sing and paint, things we generally see as being a human thing. Along with the female protagonist, Jane, they are the only ones that feel love or loyalty. Jane's own mother seems to regard her as a possession, a pretty toy to show off, and she 'chose her', had her mostly taken care of by machines during her childhood. It even says she was fed by machines as a baby. She says she feels more like a machine than a human because of this. However she and her robot lover, 'Silver' are the only ones who really have connections. Even her friends, most of whom don't really seem to care about her at all, are manipulative people, who enjoy sex but not love. Her closest friend, Clovis, who actually helps her buy Silver from the manufacturer manipulates and bullies his lovers, and usually drives them away, because he can't really stand being around humans. The world presented in the story is also interesting, the machines, the cities, the way people live, are all so different from the way we live, and yet, so similar. I love the exotic names of people, drinks, the beautiful clothes, the dark beauty of the slums and the poisoned river, and the haunting memories of the asteroid. Tanith Lee has a wonderful way with words and strongly evokes the world she has created in a way that makes me long to be there. The novel is, at its heart, a love story, and very strongly brings back the wonder and despair of first love. This is a truly beautiful book for young adults that can enjoyed by adults, too.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Trin

    Since I used to go by the name “Tanith” on the interwebs, I guess it’s good I finally read a Tanith Lee book. (As nice as it was to get complimented a couple of times on emulating Lee’s style in pieces of my writing, as far as I was concerned I was referencing an obscure Star Wars thing. Oh well, it’s geeky either way.) This was pretty cool. Jane, the protagonist and narrator, bugged me at first, but that made her development as a character even more compelling—Lee does a good job showing her ch Since I used to go by the name “Tanith” on the interwebs, I guess it’s good I finally read a Tanith Lee book. (As nice as it was to get complimented a couple of times on emulating Lee’s style in pieces of my writing, as far as I was concerned I was referencing an obscure Star Wars thing. Oh well, it’s geeky either way.) This was pretty cool. Jane, the protagonist and narrator, bugged me at first, but that made her development as a character even more compelling—Lee does a good job showing her change and grow as a person. I liked Silver’s development as well, and I liked them as a couple. I found the twist the narrative takes at the end kind of bizarre—robots and reincarnation? Really?—but overall I enjoyed this book very much, especially the middle sections when it’s just Jane, Silver, and the music they make.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Suki Fleet

    I absolutely adored this. It made me cry. What more can I say?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Skyler

    I remember that in '82 I loved and wept over this book. I will have to reread it because I mean to read the sequel.

  24. 5 out of 5

    ArialLily

    This book was phenomenal. I'm obsessed. I'm not generally one for Sci-fi, but this book had too many of the right elements for me to pass it up (1980's influence/published and featuring long haired musician robot). I've been really lucky with books lately and feared that my streak might end with this one, it almost looked too good to be true, but it blew my expectations away. Also, ADORE Kinuko Craft's cover art. I'm now on the hunt for some of the more dated covers, just for fun. Gutted that The This book was phenomenal. I'm obsessed. I'm not generally one for Sci-fi, but this book had too many of the right elements for me to pass it up (1980's influence/published and featuring long haired musician robot). I've been really lucky with books lately and feared that my streak might end with this one, it almost looked too good to be true, but it blew my expectations away. Also, ADORE Kinuko Craft's cover art. I'm now on the hunt for some of the more dated covers, just for fun. Gutted that The Tin Man (The Silver Metal Lover #3) will never be a thing.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kim Falconer

    One of the things I love about TSML is how Tanith explores the hard problems of consciousness without intruding on the story. It was only during times ‘away from the book,’ that I pondered her insights—how the erotic nature of love can grow souls. When I say erotic, I don’t me pornographic. I’m referring to Eros, the god of love—the original meaning is something that brings two people together in such a way that it creates a lasting transformation. In this sense, sex is rarely erotic, but it can One of the things I love about TSML is how Tanith explores the hard problems of consciousness without intruding on the story. It was only during times ‘away from the book,’ that I pondered her insights—how the erotic nature of love can grow souls. When I say erotic, I don’t me pornographic. I’m referring to Eros, the god of love—the original meaning is something that brings two people together in such a way that it creates a lasting transformation. In this sense, sex is rarely erotic, but it can be, as can the non-sexual relationship between an artist and their craft or a teacher and student. In TSML not only is the sex erotic but so is the art, music and intimacy shared between Jane and Silver. To begin with, Jane is far from individuated. She says, ‘My mother has a lot of opinions, which is restful, as that way I don’t have to have many of my own.’ Jane is sentient but has little self awareness. Then she falls in love. Mother, I am in love with a robot. No. She isn’t going to like that. Mother, I am in love. Are you, darling? Oh, yes, Mother, yes I am. His hair is auburn, and his eyes are very large. Like amber. And his skin is silver. Silence. Mother. I’m in love. With whom, dear? His name is Silver. How metallic. Yes. It stands for Silver Ionized Locomotive Verisimulated Electronic Robot. Silence. Silence. Silence. Mother…. Silver has a sense of self from the start. I’m a robot, he says, but is he sentient? He’s like a toaster making lovely golden toast but then he explains a ‘cruel look’, showing he is more than the sum of his circuitry. ‘When something occurs that is sufficiently unlike what I’m programmed to expect, my thought process switch over. I may then, for a moment, appear blank, or distant.’ How ‘human’ is that? By the middle of TSML I realised Tanith wasn’t writing about romance, or coming of age, or social inequality or advanced technology or environmental disasters—even though these themes are present. She was writing about the nature of being. In her beautifully woven story is a Cartesian thesis on mid-body dualism. Are we the product of our physicality—a result of biochemical reactions in the brain? Or is consciousness spirit, reflected in our capacity to transform through love? When I reached page 232 I wanted to stop. Jane . . . Jain says, ‘I love him. He loves me. It isn’t a boast. I can hardly believe it myself. But he does. Oh God, he does. And, I am happy.‘ This moment reflects the perfect lightness of being, the epiphany before the fall—I longed to stay in this Eden of consciousness—the brilliance before expulsion from the garden. But Tanith holds us to our mythologies that say the ‘fall’ is necessary—separation is necessary for soul growth. TSML is an extraordinary tale of erotic love and the lasting transformation it brings. Highly recommended.

  26. 5 out of 5

    ☣Lynn☣

    3.5 I really wish I would have loved it more stars. "Don't ever," he said, "be afraid of me." But I was. He'd driven a silver nail through my heart. This is a hard book to rate. I finished it over 3 hours ago and I'm just writing a review for this now. I'm disappointed in myself for not loving this more than I did. I loved The Mad Scientist's Daughter and was so excited to begin this. I saw that some of my friends on here were reading this and reading their updates on this, the book sounded fucking 3.5 I really wish I would have loved it more stars. "Don't ever," he said, "be afraid of me." But I was. He'd driven a silver nail through my heart. This is a hard book to rate. I finished it over 3 hours ago and I'm just writing a review for this now. I'm disappointed in myself for not loving this more than I did. I loved The Mad Scientist's Daughter and was so excited to begin this. I saw that some of my friends on here were reading this and reading their updates on this, the book sounded fucking awesome and so up my alley. I found a used copy on ebay for 3$ and eagerly waited for it to arrive. It came in three days ago and I dived right in. My biggest problem with this book was the insta love. I understand this is a YA book and basically every YA book has insta love, but this was just too much for me. He kisses her and a few sentences later she 'loves' him. It doesn't happen like that. I know she's 16 and that's how some teen are, but it just bothered me to a point where I couldn't enjoy the story the way I wanted to. This is why I liked TMSD more. Their love took time to grow over the years. She didn't love him right away. I also wasn't a fan of Jane at all. I wanted to smack her so many fucking times for being so childish and dumb. She acted like a ten year old who didn't her way instead of a sixteen year old in love. What does she do when she can't have Silver at the beginning? Go behind her mom's back and sell everything she owns and moves into a shitty apartment. Come on, really? I felt like she rushed into things to fast. I will say that her writing is beautiful and it flows nicely. There were a few times where I felt bored, but that ending made up for almost everything. I'm not sure if I want to read the sequel because there's (view spoiler)[a different woman for Silver (hide spoiler)] but I'll probably snatch up a cheap copy sometime in the future. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Saw that some people were reading this and it sounds right up my alley. Ordered a copy from ebay and it should be here next week. Can't wait to read this!

  27. 4 out of 5

    CluckingBell

    Every review I tried to write for this book turned into a Socratic dialogue on why it is or isn't wrong to love a robot, and why robots can or can’t have souls, and how biology is or isn't different from sophisticated programming, and, ultimately, what the perfect love of a robot that is programmed to please can teach us about the imperfect love of humans. It was exhausting, and didn’t do much to illuminate the book. I liked that the book inspired such thoughts, but at the same time I'm not sure Every review I tried to write for this book turned into a Socratic dialogue on why it is or isn't wrong to love a robot, and why robots can or can’t have souls, and how biology is or isn't different from sophisticated programming, and, ultimately, what the perfect love of a robot that is programmed to please can teach us about the imperfect love of humans. It was exhausting, and didn’t do much to illuminate the book. I liked that the book inspired such thoughts, but at the same time I'm not sure the author cared too much about some of those issues. It really came down to two questions. First, if we are more than our biological mechanisms (of autonomous systems, energy consumption, learned or reflexive responses to external stimuli, etc.), why can’t a robot also be more than its circuitry and programming? Second, is it wrong to love a machine if doing so helps you become more fully and truly who you are meant to be? So yes, there is a certain element of instalove, as is often the case with teenage love stories, but I was charmed by the vulnerability and insecurities of the human girl and the superhuman capacity for love and acceptance of the robot—who also had a distinct and slightly wry personality. In a human–human love story, you might be wondering why this super-talented, super-together guy is even interested in this neurotic runaway, but here it makes sense. This might be more of a four-star book for thinkableness and characters, but at the same time there's not a great deal of plot and it feels very "1980," so I can't really see myself revisiting it. So I settled on three stars. But the rare and elusive "three stars I liked."

  28. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I picked up The Silver Metal Lover at my local used bookstore on a whim. It looked like mildly fun old-school scifi with a hilariously dated cover, and it was super cheap. Oh my god am I glad I picked this book up. The Silver Metal Lover is hands down amazing. Dated it is, yes, though I still think the incredible visuals would make for a great movie adaptation. But the characterization just shines. This book lives and breathes through its characters. At the center there is Jane. She's selfish, i I picked up The Silver Metal Lover at my local used bookstore on a whim. It looked like mildly fun old-school scifi with a hilariously dated cover, and it was super cheap. Oh my god am I glad I picked this book up. The Silver Metal Lover is hands down amazing. Dated it is, yes, though I still think the incredible visuals would make for a great movie adaptation. But the characterization just shines. This book lives and breathes through its characters. At the center there is Jane. She's selfish, insipid, over-emotional, childish, dependent, dull. Yet over the course of this fairly short novel she transforms completely, becoming mature, self-sufficient, confident, brave. An adult. It all happens remarkably quickly but in a beautifully natural progression. Then there's Silver, the robot who learns to feel and essentially gains a soul through Jane's love for him. He's funny, charming, and tragic, and it's easy to see why Jane is drawn to him. The secondary characters are just as well drawn. Jane's stiff mother, her absurdly dramatic friend Egyptia, creepy and conniving twins Jason and Medea. My absolute favorite was Clovis, the gay man who strives (and succeeds at) to remain callous, standoffish, uninterested in human feeling, and yet breaks his persona to help Jane again and again and again, for reasons the reader must decide on their own. Clovis and Silver are brilliant juxtapositions of one another. The overly-mystical ending chapter kind of killed it for me, unfortunately. So I give it 4.5 stars instead of 5. But now I've learned there's a sequel, and I can't wait to find it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Beth Roberts

    Once again, I have discovered a great new author shortly after they have died. This is the case here with Tanith Lee. This saddens me because if this book is any indicator of her talent regarding her broader body of work, the science fiction world has lost a great voice. The story concept of Silver Metal Lover is simple enough. This is a dystopian novel in which robots are threatening (supposedly) to take over very rare jobs humans still perform. It is, like a lot of novels, at its core about the Once again, I have discovered a great new author shortly after they have died. This is the case here with Tanith Lee. This saddens me because if this book is any indicator of her talent regarding her broader body of work, the science fiction world has lost a great voice. The story concept of Silver Metal Lover is simple enough. This is a dystopian novel in which robots are threatening (supposedly) to take over very rare jobs humans still perform. It is, like a lot of novels, at its core about the haves and the have-nots, class, prejudice, and fear of the differences. It is also a love story between a girl and a robot. The prose is beautiful. The rambling kept to a minimum. Despite the environment, the book transports the reader easily. The voice of the main cgaracters, Jane and Silver, are believable and sympathetic. Really, to say more would be a spoiler because there really aren't any surprises - no big bang at the end. There's no action. The journey here is all in the telling. This is a true "story." I think this was originally planned as a trilogy. If it was, sadly Tanith Lee passed before its conclusion. There is a sequel. Sign me up.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Peter Tillman

    Classic early SF by the Fantasy mistress. Wish she'd written more SF. Wonder if I still have a copy? Martha Wells mentions this as an influence on her "Murderbot" series: "The Silver Metal Lover was one of the first books I remember where it was actually about a human-robot relationship, where that was focus of the story. It’s a romance between a young woman and a robot and it never gets into the usual “kill all humans and take over the world” territory." https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/16/16... Gee Classic early SF by the Fantasy mistress. Wish she'd written more SF. Wonder if I still have a copy? Martha Wells mentions this as an influence on her "Murderbot" series: "The Silver Metal Lover was one of the first books I remember where it was actually about a human-robot relationship, where that was focus of the story. It’s a romance between a young woman and a robot and it never gets into the usual “kill all humans and take over the world” territory." https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/16/16... Gee, I didn't recall the cover art being so *ugly*. Don Maitz! What was he thinking? ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?2...

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