For my son’s birthday last weekend, a trio of classics:

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson

Rama was from my brother at my suggestion. He’s a big Rama fan and was excited to be the one to get the book for my son.

I would have preferred the classic cover of Lord Foul’s Bane and a non-Will Smith cover of I, Robot, but they’re what was on the shelf at the book store. The book club edition hardcover of the old school Rama cover makes up for it, though.

Personally, I haven’t read I, Robot since about fourth grade and Rendezvous With Rama since junior high. And, I’m a little embarrassed to admit, I’ve never read Lord Foul’s Bane. I checked it out of the school library in junior high and got a few chapters in but that was it.

My son had just started The Hobbit (read several times already) when he got these and wanted to finish it before starting any of them, but he’s nearly finished (Thorin was on his deathbed when I checked this morning) and is going to hit I, Robot next.

Bring ’em up on the good stuff, says Kilgore.

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One Comment to “Robots, Rama, and the Unbeliever”

  1. I was very depressed by Thomas Covenant around 16 or 17. I’m not sure how suitable leprosy, rape, guilt, and sacrifice are for a kid just finishing The Hobbit would be (and not knowing anything else).