I'm quite sure I've read this before, back in my twenties, but the only story I remembered at all was "Robbie." That makes sense, though, as it has a Cinderella thing going on, and I love Cinderella.
I, Robot is a collection of 9 short stories concerning robots, written by Isaac Asimov and originally published as short stories from 1940 to 1950, according to Wikipedia. They're strung together with a loose framing device of a narrator interviewing Dr. Susan Calvin about the early days of robotics. I got this from the library because I was having my niece read "Robbie" for her ninth grade lit course and I needed to reread it myself so we could discuss it. And I decided to just reread the whole thing because I really couldn't remember it.
My favorite story is still "Robbie," about a robotic nanny devoted to its childish charge, so much so that the girl's mother becomes jealous and demands the robot be removed from the household.
I also really liked "Liar," in which a robot who can read minds obeys the First Law of Robotics (no robot can cause harm to a human, or allow harm to come to them by inaction) in a creative and disastrous way.
In fact, I noticed that my enjoyment of the stories in this collection was directly related to the amount of human emotion involved. The more the story involved humans emotionally engaged with each other or robots in some way, the more it interested me. And the stories that were more science-oriented, I just read through without much real enthusiasm. They were interesting, but they didn't grab me. I'm pretty intrigued by this insight into my reading, as I hadn't realized before that the emotional engagement of characters mattered that much to me -- I'm going to have to ponder this!
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG for some mild bad language and suspenseful situations.
This is my fourth book read and reviewed for Adventure of Reading Challenge, and my ninth for my second go-round with the Classics Club.