Caves of Steel

Caves of Steel

Book - 1954
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Murder of a Spaceman provokes a critical interplanetary situation and the criminal is found through the unwanted assistance of a robot.
Publisher: Doubleday, 1954
ISBN: 9780553293401
0553293400
9780449237823
0449237826
9781448714391
1448714397
Branch Call Number: SF Asomov I
Characteristics: 191 p. ; 17 cm

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Greene_GregL Jan 11, 2019

R. Daniel Olivaw is a robot, albeit in human form, which makes him the object of suspicion—even though he's also a skilled detective. With his partner Elijah Bailey, he must investigate the murder of an ambassador from one of the Spacer worlds to New York City.

This is a murder mystery with robots set in the near future. (This is an adult book, but mature readers 5th grade and up should be able to enjoy it.)


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SusanJ_124
May 05, 2019

I was so disappointed in this book. I remember enjoying Asimov when I was a child, but this book was just so tedious.

The plot was lacking and most of the text filled with the juvenile ruminations of the protagonist (whose name I forgot immediately after closing the book). I got tired of what's-his-name's constant temper tantrums, and was bored with the so-called investigation that seemed to consist almost entirely of what's-his-name confronting people and saying 'aha! you did it! confess!'.

And do not even get me started on the over-done gender stereotypes. Yes, the book was written in the 1950s, but Asimov has written an astounding number of books in virtually every genre that exists on the library's shelves. Surely, he could have enough imagination to get past that? After all, Nancy Drew was working on her 32nd mystery at the time Steel Caves was published. If people from the 1930s could conceive of an active female character, how could Asimov, a man full of creativity, gotten stuck on weeping, helpless, annoying = female?

I think I am done with Memory Lane. No more Asimov for me. I prefer to stick with my memory that at one time I enjoyed his writing.

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Cyberria
Feb 16, 2019

The first of the greatest series written by Isaac Asimov. The Caves of Steel follows the investigation of detective Elijah Bailey, and his stoic, robot companion, R. Daneel Olivaw, to solve the murder of a prominent scientist from the planet Aurora. Despite having been written in the '50s, The Caves of Steel hold up surprisingly well. It is as its core a murder mystery with some minor social commentary. If you're looking for an excellent story about robots and their relationship with humanity, look no further than the Robots quadrilogy. Isaac Asimov set the bar for all stories about robots to come.

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ShelleyLaurel
Jan 05, 2018

2nd I,Robot Book

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jovanweismiller
Jul 07, 2011

The first of Asimov's 'Robot Novels' and the first appearance of Elijah 'Lije' Baley and R. Daneel Olivaw. A murder mystery set on a future Earth which is completely built over (hence 'Caves of Steel'). Aurora also figures in it. Earth, from whence the Dahlites and Aurora, from whence the Mycogeneans spring in 'Prelude to Foundation'

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RichardPaul
Feb 14, 2011

The Caves of Steel ----
by Isaac Asimov c - 1991 ----

Awesome Story line ----

Enjoy! ----

RichardPaul

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Cyberria
Feb 16, 2019

Cyberria thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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