The Rest of the Robots,
This review is from: The Rest of the Robots (Mass Market Paperback)
Most people picking this up will have already read the brilliant "I, Robot", Asmiov's first collection of short stories concerning robots. I did the same and was hoping for more of the same brilliance.
Unfortunately this LED doesn't glow quite as brightly, but still has some decent material. The first few stories are some of Asimov's first, and in his commentary he freely admits that he didn't treat the subject as seriously as he later did. The light stories are more like anecdotes building up to a punchline, making for a less than impressive opening.
It does get better however, as we get closer to the stories Asimov collected for "I, Robot". Around this period he wrote a few extra stories now included in this volume, and they're more similar in theme and tone to the first collection. We even get reintroduced to Donovan and Susan Calvin, and here is where we get some of the better stuff that largely redeems the volume.
In short: not as consistent, impressive or intelligent as "I, Robot", but still worth reading even if you miss the first two or three stories. Pick it up for cheap.
6 / 10
Author of 'Half Discovered Wings'