Bargain book: Not tied in

Evening Post, 23 Mar 2006

I, Robot Isaac Asimov, The Works (Broadmarsh), £1.99

Films are rarely faithful to their source material. Nor should they be. So what lurks beneath the cover of a film tie-in edition can be surprising. My all-time favourite is the tie-in for the Coen brothers' musical romp O Brother, Where Art Thou? - an elderly translation of Homer's Odyssey. This runs it a close second, however. To tie in with Will Smith's scary-robot movie, an edition of Asimov’s cool, classic stories written as a riposte to the idea of "robot as menace". No wonder you can now pick it up so cheap.