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Liar! | Isaac Asimov
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I think Asimov gives the solution to this problem fairly readily, but it's still a blackly humorous story of human vanity, pride & vindictiveness.
Susan Calvin tells an episode from her younger days, & certainly not to her own credit: Through some imponderable glitch on the production line, Herbie (RB-34) is telepathic & the department heads of US Robotics & Mechanical Men need to find out how that happened as a matter of urgency!⬇️

Bookwomble Corporate PR issues figure large in the background motivations of the human characters in several stories, & while Asimov makes no direct comment on them (so far), the reader will take their own message from it, I guess.
I've been feeling Calvin as autistic (“the reader will take their own message from it, I guess“), though in this one she is perhaps presented as deeply repressed & neurotic, the men prideful & egocentric. Poor Herbie! 💔🤖💔
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rwmg Is that what Susan Calvin would wear? In so far as I've thought about it at all, I would've have envisioned her in slacks. 9h
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After an attempt to kidnap a student at Miles Flint's daughter's school, the principal asks him to find out who the would-be kidnappers were and to beef up the security system at the school.

For a novella, this story keeps the reader on their toes with shifting sympathies all the way through.

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Welcome to the #OokBOokClub open discussion for #InterestingTimes & #TrollBridge feel free to discuss anything! Don't forget to tag each other in the comments so your friends can see your reply. Have fun!

#Discworld #SirTerryPratchett #TerryPratchett #PratchettPosse #ReadAlong #BuddyRead #EpicBuddyRead

julesG Well, if the UU has to send a wizard abroad, it has to be Rincewind. Who else is going to bungle around and accidentally save the day? I loved the Luggage finding a mate and making small luggage. And I found the Silver Horde amusing and annoying at the same time. 1w
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BookWrym Seeing recurring themes in the Rincewind novels the Greek like gods, fate and of course Rincewind just being a force of chaos. I really liked the Horde and the fact that wheelchair bound or deaf nothing gets in the way of a good fight. Also liked their observations about how uncivilised civilisation is what with poisoning and torture and saying things you don‘t mean. 1w
BarbaraJean @julesG I loved the Luggage offspring as well! I enjoyed the fact that there was more going on here beyond just the jokey bits. @BookWyrm Yes, I enjoyed the observations on “civilization“ as well! There was also some good commentary on the use of power, and the impact of a “revolution“... especially when the people you're fighting for haven't even been consulted. 1w
willaful @BarbaraJean Yes, I felt this had more social commentary than the previous Rincewind books and subsequently was more interesting.

I'd like to know how everything came out. How did Cohen wind up at the Troll Bridge? Was the luggage forever free and just a family bag? 😁
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julesG @willaful Can't remember about Cohen, but I'm sure we'll find out about the luggage in Last Continent. 6d
kwmg40 I enjoyed the social commentary and satirical elements of Interesting Times, but the subplot with The Luggage was the best! The scenes with the Silver Horde were fun too. I also liked Troll Bridge, especially the ending. 5d
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This is a short book that tells us a little about Vero before she meets Finlay Donovan. It‘s cute and I enjoyed how clever she was on her own. The narrator is different from the main Finlay books, which was a little jarring.

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#CoverLove #1red

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Keegan is fast becoming one of my favorites.

Eggs Beautiful ❤️❤️ 2w
Suet624 Same 1w
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Librarybelle This one was very limited action from Holmes…it‘s like he was a secondary character in this telling. Because, it really is just him telling Watson of this episode in a friend‘s life for which he just happened to solve the cipher that led to a reveal. I mentioned this last week, but I think you can tell Conan Doyle is getting a little tired of Holmes. The method this time: Holmes telling a story of which he is tangentially involved. 2w
Cuilin @Librarybelle the only action we get from Holmes is his party trick!! I know this about you because …. Oh and now we know he based his whole career on it. 😆 (edited) 2w
Librarybelle @Cuilin 😂 Yes we do! 2w
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IndoorDame Maybe that‘s why he‘s been reluctant to tell Watson how he got his start. My question is what made him change his mind now. 2w
Cuilin @IndoorDame right or why is Doyle telling us this about Sherlock? Is he ready to fling him over the falls? 2w
dabbe @Cuilin It's only a few stories away. I definitely had the feel that Doyle was tired of SH and ready to move on ... to the fairies perhaps? 🤩 2w
Cuilin @dabbe OMG the fairies 🧚 🧚🧚 I forgot all about that. 2w
CogsOfEncouragement Enjoyable short story. Not what we might think of for a SH tale, but I still like it. 2w
kelli7990 I enjoyed this story. 2w
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Librarybelle I‘m surprised he took the advice of someone! 2w
Cuilin Yes, it fell a little flat for me. While the story of the mutiny and escaping transportation was exciting it really didn‘t have anything to do with Holmes detective skills. 2w
IndoorDame It wasn‘t very flashy or impressive. But it seemed natural to me that even someone like Sherlock would be more receptive to praise from a rich powerful older man back when he was college aged and even more socially isolated. 2w
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dabbe @IndoorDame And isolated and introverted he was/is! (edited) 2w
dabbe @Cuilin Me, too. But maybe that's why Holmes likes to start out analyzing his clients--it's what led to his profession. 2w
dabbe @Librarybelle Maybe because then he was still young and (perhaps) readily influenced? 2w
Librarybelle @dabbe Maybe??? That sounds logical! 2w
CogsOfEncouragement When he says he's going to tell Watson how, I did expect that he had ended up in the middle of some mystery. But that is maybe because that is the set up for most ameteur sleuth stories. LOL This explanation actually made a lot of sense to me. Adults notice strengths of young people and make these sorts of comments all the time. It tracked for me. 2w
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