Today’s recommendation is anything by Stanisław Lem!
(But mostly Cyberiad and Star Diaries and Mortal Engines)
Guys, let’s face it. My review-writing skills are nonexistent. I suck. It’s so evident to me that stuff I like is absolutely cool that I find it next to impossible to list the reasons why it is so with any semblance of coherence. Also, I get excited and hyper and just keep browsing my favourite quotes.
And there are lots of them.
It takes hours.
So, this time, let’s just link to other people’s reviews, which are way better than anything I would write anyway.
(Also, I have 9 minutes now before Friday is over)
(You will understand why I’m reccing this as an atheist-friendly stuff when you read Lem’s account of creation *snorts*. My memories are very fond even after all those years)
(ETA: OKAY DAMN I JUST HAVE TO QUOTE.
Wikipedia’s delightful summary:
A typical example is the fairy tale O królewiczu Ferrycym i królewnie Krystali) (“Prince Ferrix and the Princess Crystal”). A princely (robotic) knight falls in love with a beautiful (robotic) princess. Unfortunately, the princess is somewhat eccentric, and is captivated by stories of an alien non-robotic, “paleface” civilization (the humans). She declares that she will only marry a “paleface”. Therefore, the knight decides to masquerade as a paleface. He covers himself with mud, starting to resemble one, and then comes to woo her. Meanwhile, a real “paleface” captive arrives, given as a gift to the king. It immediately becomes obvious to the princess who is the “muddier” one, but the “paleface” turns out to be too squishy and overall disgusting. Not wanting to back down at the last minute, however, the princess declares a joust between the two suitors to select the worthier one. When the “paleface” charges at the robot, he splatters himself on the latter’s metal chest, revealing the metallic body to all. The princess, beholding the beauty of the exposed robot (compared with the ugliness of the “paleface”), changes her mind. The knight and the princess live happily ever after.
I’M SORRY I WON’T DO THIS EVER AGAIN.