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The Silver Metal Lover (Orion) [Paperback]

Tanith Lee
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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29 Sep 1986 Orion
Set in another world, this is a story of a protected teenager going against her mother's will. Jane runs away with an android, but as she tries to leave the city with him, they are betrayed and he is taken. Jane tries to kill her self, but realises she has to live, and that life will go on.
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Product details

  • 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 (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,202,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A science fiction classic 29 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it! 29 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Science fiction of the heart... 2 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Words are not enough... 18 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 5 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is on my top 20 list of SF&F classics! 9 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend for anyone
lovely, haunting, believable story which I first read over 20 years ago and have continued to read regularly ever since, consequently my paperback copy is very tatty so I was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vivien Gent
5.0 out of 5 stars A delicious read
Vivid storyline that catches the heart. Delicacy with passion - a potent brew. When Tanith Lee's on form she's a master of the written art.
Published 9 months ago by Brid
5.0 out of 5 stars I WANT SILVER!!!!
I was REALLY blown away by this book, and it was probably the most exciting romance novel I've ever read that was not soppy and was about a robot - not a man! Read more
Published 20 months ago by FAMOUS NAME
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee
Very readable, with well-developed characters. The theme is not a new one and puts forward the idea that non-organic life can develop emotions and feelings, thereby becoming just... Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2010 by G. L. Sheridan
5.0 out of 5 stars simply wonderful
I read this as a teenager and I return to it again and again. I well remember my first reading of this novel- sitting up to 3am and sobbing my heart out over the ending. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2008 by Aysea
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth and seductive, Lee sweeps the readers into her world.
This is the first Tanith Lee I've read, and now I know I have been missing something. Her characters are well developed, and their emotions are raw and pure. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Ideas & Gorgeous Prose Make This Testament To Love
So Perfect. This is more than a love story, but also the story of a young woman's journey to independence. Read more
Published on 24 Jun 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Lee's best.
Tanith Lee's coming-of-age tale is one of the best I have ever read. Every character is vividly drawn. Not one detail is incidental. Read more
Published on 28 April 1999
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