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Can You Feel Anything When I Do This? Book Review Summary

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Sheckley has a reputation in science fiction as a humorous writer. There's plenty to amuse in this 1971 collection, but many of the stories also center around issues of perception: What's real? What is truth? Can we change our perception or character? There's the hugely entertaining "Cordle To Onion To Carrot," in which a milquetoast turns aggressive and rude on overseas trips, to "The Mnemone," a bittersweet tale set in a repressive near-future with little culture or history, and a man who remembers snatches of literature and ideas can sell them to people on the street while avoiding the law. A restaurateur, waiter, and their single regular client take turns telling their story of the relationship's growth and collapse. In the title story, a mechanical appliance strives to meet ALL a human female's needs. A human explorer tries every way he can to outwit a simple robot who is barring him from re-entry to a base camp because he doesn't know the new password. A marvelous collection of stories.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   part earth & part fantasy world Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   stranded on alien planet, fighting aliens to survive Romance    -   Yes Robots, Computers, VR    -   Yes Robot, PC, VR Plotlets:    -   good robot(s) Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   hand to hand Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Setting

Terrain    -   Desert Earth setting:    -   20th century    -   near future (later in 21st century)    -   medium future 22-24th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   doing it with a robot/computer How much dialogue?    -   little dialog

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