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Science fiction/detective mashup's have become popular lately. They range in quality from average to pretty good. All of them are second rate when you compare them to this book.

The setting of a New York City that has sprawled across New Jersey and become one big massive self contained city a.k.a. "the caves of steel" comes to life with the descriptions of the daily routine of eating and using bathrooms.

Our detective has access to computers, blasters and robots but ultimately it's his human detecting skills and ability to spot what's just not quite right to solve the mystery.
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on January 1, 2018
More than 30 years after first reading this as a teenager, I still enjoy re-reading it (and Asimov's other novels) occasionally. This is the perfect place to start (as far as novels go, discounting his short stories) if you're looking to read his novels straight through (from Robot novels to Empire novels and, finally, to his Foundation novels). The only really unfortunate part of that plan (for the Kindle reader at the moment at least) is that Robots and Empire isn't available on Kindle yet. Even now, Asimov remains one of the best reads in science fiction.
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on November 12, 2017
I read this many years ago and just wanted to re-read it. As a story it is a bit dated and a little predictable (but remember I had read it already) and probably really rates three stars. I gave it four because, after all, it is an Asimov classic. It's worth a read if you like sci-fi and Asimov. (I purchased the Kindle version).
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on January 14, 2018
Asimov wrote this in 1953. The outstanding story continues to maintain your interest. His basic premise holds true, and even the technology tracks well...not perfect but for something written 64 years ago it is still a damn fine read.
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on December 17, 2017
A true classic. I enjoyed it despite some obvious dated aspects. As in most great novels, it's about people. In this case, a new society was introduced, which makes things even more interesting.
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on November 7, 2017
Read this. It is a stunning description of earth and humanity, our peril and our promise. This vision from 1950. It is one our futures. We can choose from many.
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on November 21, 2017
Many years ago, I had the pleasure of a
Meeting this wonderful author. This is probably his best robot novel, and he has written many.
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on November 16, 2017
Interesting plot and engaging vision of a potential future. It also helps fill in some gaps for those that already read the Foundation series.
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on November 8, 2017
I’m happy to read well thought out sf that is well crafted, and Asimov is the best alongside Clarke and Pohl. I was extremely happy to read this again!
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on December 16, 2017
This was a re-read for me...I have always enjoyed this entire series and have recommended that others read it for the perspective it gives!
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