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The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee

The Silver Metal Lover (1981)

by Tanith Lee

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Series: Silver Metal Lover (1)

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This was so much more than I expected. I loved it.
My full review is here, on Hot Stuff for Cool People. ( )
  hotforcool | May 31, 2015 |
Engaging coming-of-age story. Pampered, weak, rich Jane falls in love with a human-looking robot, gives up all her worldly wealth to buy him, and lives -- and grows personally -- in poverty.

There are some interesting ideas here about emotions and love and souls, but it's usual fare for robot spec fic. It's a very engaging tale, though, and worked well for me as light reading even in the harder parts. Enjoyable. ( )
  pammab | Jun 6, 2014 |
I am more of a fan of Tanith Lee's darker fiction, however this is a beautifully written story and I enjoyed it for what it is; young adult fiction. Although the heroine can be annoying at times, this is a superb coming of age tale with compelling characterisation.

Jane, a pampered, poor little rich girl, is stifled by her over-controlling mother and left unfulfilled by a frivolous, meaningless lifestyle. When she meets and fall in love with Silver, a new line of robot designed to be as human-like as possible, she flees her luxurious home in the clouds to lead a bohemian life with her inhuman lover in the slums of the city. As Silver grows and begins to realise his emotions and his humanity, Jane also grows and realises her strength, individuality, and her independence.

A lovely, bitter-sweet story about first love and growing up. This is definitely a keeper and one to give to your daughter once she starts her own journey towards independence.

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  TillyTenchwiggle | Sep 26, 2013 |
I was intrigued by the idea of the graphic adaptation of this novel. The theme and scope are entirely different; the author worked with the adapter/illustrator to change the story so some main elements remain, but it is truly a different story. Still interesting, but not as good as the longer novel (which was wonderful!). ( )
  Krumbs | Mar 31, 2013 |
I really enjoyed this book. It gave me one of the truest senses of real romance that I have encountered in a long time. I still dislike that Jane decided after one day (essentially) that she was in love with Silver, but their relationship itself was great.

The only thing that stopped me from giving the book a full five stars was that:
a) It was hard to follow in the beginning. The worldbuilding is thin, and that is OK for most of the story, but it requires some catching up in the first chapter.
b) The ending. I liked it, but I didn't love it.

Overall, very highly recommended for anyone who likes romance and sci-fi/dystopia. ( )
  erincathryn | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Tanith Leeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Craft, Kinukosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Flynn, DannyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maitz, DonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Mother, I am in love with a robot.
No. She isn't going to like that.
Mother, I am in love.
Are you, darling?
Oh, yes, Mother, yes I am. His hair is auburn, and his eyes are very large. Like amber. And his skin is silver.
Mother. I'm in love.
With whom, dear?
His name is Silver.
How metallic.
Yes. It stands for Silver Ionized Locomotive Verisimulated Electronic Robot.
Silence. Silence. Silence.
It is a world of the future, where beauty is available to all, given the sophistication of technology and medicine. Yet Jane is - well, surely pleasant-enough-looking, with her soft brown hair and slightly plump body. Years back, when Jane was tiny, her beautiful, wealthy mother had her analyzed for perfect body type, and now cosmetic medications keep her true to form. And she questions little. After all, her mother has so much authority, so many opinions, that there's nothing for Jane to say.
And Jane's lovers are largely in her mind - men from films she's seen, from books she's read. The thought of confronting a flesh-and-blood lover makes Jane grow cold. What would she say to him? What would he think of plain Jane?
Until she meets Silver, a singer and guitarist. And a robot - with all the adoration and compassion that in-the-flesh lovers lack.
But, unlike human lovers, Silver is for sale, and Jane - desperate for his love - risks estrangement from her mother and friends to possess him. With Silver as her partner, she tastes the first happiness and independence she has ever known. She even grows pretty, as she stops taking the pills and treatments her mother had ordered for her.
Yet - what would you do if the manufacturer decided to recall the particular model of lover you'd bought?
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553581279, Mass Market Paperback)

The Silver Metal Lover is a classic tale of transforming love. It's a keeper, a book that gets reread 'til it falls apart. Fans petitioned to get it reprinted, and after 10 years of waiting, here it is. Oddly, the book is seldom mentioned when Tanith Lee's work is discussed, perhaps because Lee's usual milieu is horror, and The Silver Metal Lover is a poignant romance requiring at least two hankies before the end.

Robots have replaced human labor on earth, causing massive unemployment in a world devastated by pollution and natural disasters. Then Electronic Metals releases a new line: performing artists and sexual companions designed to entertain human partners. Jane, a rich, lonely, and insecure 16-year-old, meets one, the minstrel Silver, and falls passionately in love, despite revulsion at the idea of preferring a mechanical man to a human. She gives up everything she has known for him, and discovers herself. Silver becomes more and more "human" in loving her--a clever illusion created by his programming. Or is it? This unstable society can't afford any evidence that some robots might be indistinguishable from humans. Tragedy is inevitable. Read it and weep--and don't forget to put it on the keeper shelf. --Nona Vero

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