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It, like all of Lem's books, is packed with a very challenging lexicon made up of both existing and Lem's original, created terms.
Our inability to understand the world runs through the book on every page; it's illustrated in human relationships, international relations, and political systems.
It's a wonderful moment when the main character finallly establishes his own theory of the signal, the effect, and his own short-comings.
A unique investigation into a first contact scenario. While I was intrigued by all of the thoughtful perspectives brought forth in the novel, all of the discursive meandering... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael J. Wilson
Erudite but tedious even at less than 200 pages, this book is virtually unreadable. The barebones plot revolves around an extraterrestrial brain-teaser, possibly a coded message... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Oxford Man
"His Master's Voice" is a stunning and elegant book by an author who deserves to have been more popular in the United States. Read morePublished 4 months ago by zacernst
I enjoyed this book for the content but not the style. It, like all of Lem's books, is packed with a very challenging lexicon made up of both existing and Lem's original, created... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bill Smart
I'm a big fan of Lem. I'm currently reading "Invincible" and enjoying it very much.
HMV was a difficult read despite the fact that it was written well and had... Read more
In the histories of science and culture, the mass of knowledge has increased exponentially over the last five centuries. Read morePublished 13 months ago by meh
So far, great lengthy descriptions. The protagonist embarks on a thought and it evolves into ever widening spirals. Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by RonSonntag
I suspect some of the negative reviews are from people who were expecting sci-fi, or, to steal a line from a Woody Allen movie, they liked Lem's "earlier, funnier ones". Read morePublished on September 23, 2012 by kalanamak