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5.0 out of 5 stars Updated Robots, Realistic Characters
Sometimes sticking too close to the way something was originally done is a good way to damage a new piece of work. Tiedemann doesn't seem to make that mistake in Chimera. Instead, as in Mirage, he updates the basic material, bringing it more in line with contemporary information about nanotech and AI. He takes what Asimov did and makes it his own.
More than that,...
Published on Jan. 31 2003

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not like original - Mark Tiedemann is no Robert Silverberg
I really can't read this book. The text does not flow like Asimov's books. It reads like something else. It is a littlke too fast paced, with too little dialogue and I think there is not enough reflection on the background and the possibilities.
The basic premise has got something wrong with it. It's not tied in too well to other things.If Asimov would use any of...
Published on Jan. 27 2003 by Sam Finkelman


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5.0 out of 5 stars Updated Robots, Realistic Characters, Jan. 31 2003
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This review is from: Chimera: Isaac Asimov's Robot Mystery (Paperback)
Sometimes sticking too close to the way something was originally done is a good way to damage a new piece of work. Tiedemann doesn't seem to make that mistake in Chimera. Instead, as in Mirage, he updates the basic material, bringing it more in line with contemporary information about nanotech and AI. He takes what Asimov did and makes it his own.
More than that, though, he's done a thoroughly excellent job of creating fully-fleshed, believable characters, real people with real problems. He places them in a fast-paced thriller plot that flows logically and answers questions both about the action of the story and the larger issues nesting within the Robot universe Asimov created. Rather than do a straight imitation of Asimov's style, he has written his own kind of narrative, matched to the content of his storyline.
The creation of Bogard in Mirage was a masterful twist on the 3-Law scenario. Tiedemann continues to play with the limitations and implicit possibilities in Asimov's original structure in this book.
The Caves of Steel in Chimera are both creepier and more plausible, the psychologies of the various habitues matched against each other in elegant dialogues and plot twists (as in one character's surprise visit to a Spacer party in the open air!). Tiedemann displays a deft hand at depicting the inner realm of the human condition, a trait he displays much more fully in his own original novels.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not like original - Mark Tiedemann is no Robert Silverberg, Jan. 27 2003
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Sam Finkelman "Sammy Finkelman" (Brooklyn, NY USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Chimera: Isaac Asimov's Robot Mystery (Paperback)
I really can't read this book. The text does not flow like Asimov's books. It reads like something else. It is a littlke too fast paced, with too little dialogue and I think there is not enough reflection on the background and the possibilities.
The basic premise has got something wrong with it. It's not tied in too well to other things.If Asimov would use any of these ideas,he would offer some explanation. Asimov also, by the way,often had some short third person narration interspersed in
his books and this is totally missing.
Robert Silverberg expanded a few Isaac Asimov stories into books and he did it in keeping with Asimov's style. Robert Tiedemann is no Robert Silverberg. If Asimov had been alive, I don't thinmk he would have approved of this, except if he decided not to care
I give it two stars because at least this is a try. Also, I only have this book,not its predecessor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost As Good As The Originals, May 1 2001
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This review is from: Chimera: Isaac Asimov's Robot Mystery (Paperback)
Tiedemann recently resurfaced with this, his second attempt at new robot mysteries. And again, he's done an impressive job.
Asimov's original robot novels were generally straightforward. While not predictable by any stretch of the imagination, the mysteries themselves were fairly simple. Tiedemann has taken Asimov's "universe" but made the mysteries more complex and expanded the scope of the setting to fully explain political situations, alliances, development of society in settler and spacer worlds...many of the things Asimov himself never fully developed. This all amounts to a fairly complex mystery novel set in Asimov's vision of the future.
The novel is not without problems. One criticism I had of Tiedemann's first novel still holds true - two of the main characters have an extensive past together yet Tiedemann makes no mention of this fact. Some of the ideas in Chimera also come across as a bit far-fetched in the context of the setting that Asimov established.
All-in-all, Chimera is an entertaining read. If you're a fan of Asimov's original robot novels, its definitely worth picking up. If you've not had exposure to the originals, however, start with them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars more robots!!!, April 23 2001
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This review is from: Chimera: Isaac Asimov's Robot Mystery (Paperback)
Asimov was open to exploration of his laws of robotics by third parties and this new mystery is a vivid example of Asimov's enduring legacy! Tiedemann's second robot effort shows real maturity
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