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The Silver Metal Lover (Orion) Paperback – 29 Sep 1986


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; paperback / softback edition (29 Sep 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0048233404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0048233400
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,491,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Aug 1999
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Jane, pampered, protected, and stifled by her controlling mother, leaves her home in the clouds to live a bohemian life with her lover in the slums of a city wrecked by frequent earthquakes. Her lover, Silver, is one of a new line of robots designed to do anything humans can do -- and to do it better. If the premise sounds frivolous, the novel is anything but. The characters are deftly drawn, complex creations, and the novel's denoument, as Jane realizes her own independence and strength, is genuinely moving.
Most of Tanith Lee's brilliant early fantasy and science fiction (which precedes her recent move into writing primarily horror) has been out of print far too long. Hopefully the republication of Silver Metal Lover is a sign that her other early work is soon to follow.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 April 2001
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This is, quite simply, fabulous. It is a love story, but for once, this is a love story with a point, a story worth telling. Everyone has already described most of the plot, so I won't do that again, but I got this on their recommendations and they are not exaggerating. This is a wonderful book, the type you don't find very often. I've always liked Tanith Lee, but this outclasses everything else I've read by her. It feels as if it had to be written, something that made so much sense that you wonder why you hadn't read this book already. It doesn't feel formulaic, it doesn't feel forced at any point, the social observations which the book make are not crowbarred into the plot as they too often are, its, well, you can tell I like it, can't you?!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 July 1999
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Having just recently discovered Tanith Lee, I am avidly reading everything of hers that I can get my hands on. So far, "The Silver Metal Lover" ranks as one of my favorites. I have not yet read the Paradys tetralogy, which I have been told is superb, and a friend has promised me "Faces Under Water", so this book may be outclassed...but somehow, I think that would be hard.
One of the things I love most about "The Silver Metal Lover," besides the compelling characterization and the fully realized and believable setting, is Lee's writing style. It changes with each section of the book, mirroring Jane's growing maturity, so that the style of the first part is completely different from the style of the last. I find this an extremely talented turn of writing; as well as being fun to read, it's impressive.
I usually avoid love stories. If romance is a sub-plot to a larger story, fine, just don't give me a love story and nothing else. I have had to break my rule with "The Silver Metal Lover," and have done so with absolutely no regrets. The story feels real; you care about the characters and follow them as avidly as if they existed in our place, our time. Although I can't rate it as a love story, I can certainly say that it is one of the best science fiction books I have read: it focuses not on the future setting, not on the technology that can produce Silver and the Sophisticated Formats, but on the characters that populate the world. They are made very real, and for that reason I am now re-reading this book for what must be the third or fourth time in two weeks.
What else can I say? I highly recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 April 1999
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A friend lent me this book and promised me I would be a complete mess after having read it. I just finished it about 20 minutes ago, and my god was she right! I'm still shaking and trying to get a grip of myself between tears and laughter. As soon as I was fit to stand up I threw myself in front of the computer, to find a copy of my own of this wonderful book! Tanith Lee has managed to capture the essence of love on a sheet of paper(!), something I never thought possible, and as I still shiver from the last three hours of reading I know I shall never look at the world in quite the same way as before. For your own sake, read this book! Cry, laugh, mutter, smile and scream together with the poor maiden who fell in love with a robot. In short, rejoice in the narrative skills of this wonderfully talented author!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Aug 1999
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There are three kinds of books out there in my opinion - those that make you laugh, those that make you cry, and those that leave you so stunned by their beauty that all you can say is "Wow." This is the rare book about which I would circle all of the above. You must read this book - it will change forever your view of life, of love, and of what it means to be human.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 April 1999
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I read this book years ago during its first debut in paperback form. I am very happy to see it being reissued as my old paperback is rapidly falling apart in spite of the care I treat it with. The Silver Metal Lover is one of the few books that I never tire of rereading (which I do about three times a year.) I think the reason this book is so special to me is the caring treatment Ms. Lee gave this topic. Though the book ends on a sad note, you are left with hope both for Jain and yourself as well. I have often noticed when I reread this book when I am blue, that I feel as though there is hope for me as well. Perhaps this is because Ms. Lee is one of the most skilled writers at setting mood I have ever encountered. I could only wish more writers had writing gifts to equal hers. Definitely "A Must-Read".
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