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This review is from: Living Dolls: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life (Hardcover)
After reading some good reviews of this title in the London newspapers, I bought a copy with high expectations. The initial impression was positive, as the book is nicely produced and attractively priced. Some of the stories, like that of the mechanical duck, are amusing although somewhat shopworn, and Wood adds very little to them. In fact, the research is so shallow and derivative, and the writing so turgid and 'wooden', that it is hard to believe the author is a professional writer. As for the silly generalizations about 18th century automata and modern cybertechnology, they seem better suited to a school project. Avoid at all costs.
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