- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Fawcett; Reprint edition (January 23, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780449220603
- ISBN-13: 978-0449220603
- ASIN: 0449220605
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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He, She and It: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – January 23, 1993
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I've learned that even the author dislikes the cover.
I've started a second read-through, which reveals that this is a wonderfully-written book, a terrific science fiction novel set in the mid-twenty-first century when the air has become thoroughly toxic, technology has invaded people's lives in ways that are a) intriguing and b) dangerous, and corporations have replaced cities and in some cases nations as power centers. The main story line has to do with a cyborg (he or it?) created to be a weapon, as was the legendary golem of Prague in 1600. We are using this book with college freshmen. Published in 1991, He, She and It correctly predicts the state of technology, global climate change, and relations between men and women, corporations and citizens as they have indeed evolved so far. The students are interested, both in the issues and in the book.
Shira has to deal with old feelings, a very young and strong love, for Avram's son Gadi, also back in Tikva for some legal reasons involving the "stimmies" he creates. (like virtual reality games). Shira is distracted from Gadi by the presence of Yod, Avram and Malkah's cyborg. She forms a deep love for Yod as she helps along with his programming. But Y-S has learned of Yod, and will use any means necessary, even Shira's son Ari, to get their hands on him.
Interspersed throughout the storyline are tales that Malkah has programmed for Yod to read, of Prague in 1600 and a scientist named Jonah who created a golem made from clay to protect the ghettos from the pogroms. Like Yod falling for Shira, so did Joseph the golem fall for Jonah's granddaughter Chava.
'He, She, And It' is a unique novel of open prejudices. Human feelings abound, even amongst the non-human characters. The characterizations and descriptions are terrific, but the storyline is a little slow, and the ending far too drawn out to be climactic at all. I enjoyed 'He, She, And It' because is was written with a good melding of SciFi and love story. I recommend the book but don't expect to be able to zip through it. Enjoy!