The average rating for Humanoids based on 2 reviews is 2 stars.
|Review # 1 was written on 2013-04-26 00:00:00|
It's psychics versus robots! We´re not in Asimovian territory... And it gets weirder from there. I'm not sure if it's just the nature of Golden Age SF, but this book is a real mess. I remember reading it a long time ago in my teens. The pacing is weird, as Jack Williamson goes through the key moments (like the humanoid takeover of Starmont society), as well as having characters totally disappear (the entire psychic team mostly fades away after an elaborate introduction, e.g., Graystone the Great" simply vanishes!). Plot-lines are foreshadowed without paying off (there are lots of hints about the mysterious origin of Forester's friend Ironsmith, but he's really just a robot-loving, wife-stealing jerk). The ending is also a bit of a mess. There's some unintentional (I think) ambiguity, that gets nowhere. I should have known better than to start re-reading Golden Age SF at my age... I have a few more in store to read: Heinlein, Phil Dick, Le Guin, Vance, Wolfe, Silverberg, etc.
|Review # 2 was written on 2008-08-15 00:00:00|
3.0 stars. Classic science fiction novel by Jack Williamson that explores the same themes and basic set up as his ground-breaking novella "With Folded Hands." While this is a good story, I thought that With Folded Hands was more tightly focused, created a better sense of dread and was the superior story. That said, this is still a good story and worth the read.
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