Trurl and Klaupacius are constructor robots who try to out-invent each other. Over the course of their adventures in The Cyberiad, they travel to the far corners of the cosmos to take on freelance problem-solving jobs, with dire consequences for their unsuspecting employers.
Playfully written, and ranging from the prophetic to the surreal, these stories demonstrate Stanislaw Lem's vast talent and remarkable ability to blend meaning and magic into a wholly entertaining and captivating work.
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By Niels J. Rasmussen on 27-05-14
If Dr. Suess Wrote Science Fiction...
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This is the first book I have read by Stanislaw Lem, so I'm not sure he always writes in this style, but there was something about this book that strongly reminded me of the style of Dr. Suess. Lem often refers to objects in the future by names in which sound nothing like modern day items. The result is a world full of Zitts, Zotts, Orplaws & Rooses (often with no explanation to what a "Zott" might be).
The book itself was a collection of highly entertaining futuristic fables that follow around two inventors of robots/machines as they do everything they can to one-up the other. Each story is different from the last and seems to be JUST the right length for what it is.
I really look forward to my next Stanislaw Lem book to see if it stacks up to this one. If it does, he may soon become one of my favorite sci-fi authors.
9.2 / 10
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By Joel D Offenberg on 12-04-13
Stanislaw Lem wrote many serious novels and essays, with deep literary impact about communication, aliens and idealized societies.
The Cyberiad isn't one of those.
A collection of mostly humorous (if more than slightly geeky) tales about the famous "constructors" Trurl and Klapaucius living in a robotic/cybernetic world. Despite the technological society, the setting is somewhat Medieval...kings, knights, pirates, the occasional dragon, even a few (robotic) princesses. In this context, Trurl and Klapaucius are knights-errant, using their skills to solve problems, meet challenges and occasionally mess things up royally.
It's a fun set of stories, keying on the friendship-cum-rivalry of the two constructors.
Scott Aiello's narration was very good.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful