Kandel's translation is a joy to read.
"The quality of his translations is considered to be excellent; his skill is especially notable in the case of Lem's writing, which makes heavy use of wordplay and other difficult-to-translate devices." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Kandel)...Continua
Lem writes some conceptually interesting science-fiction but this collection of short stories though well written is too monotonous.
I'd skip everything except the start and the end. The rest is just repetitions of the same themes, motifs and childish wordplay....Continua
Forget Andersen, these fables will make you laugh, cry and think at the same time. Even if they speak of distant planets, robots and realms there's more than science-fiction in them, as in many other Lem's works.
Not to be missed.
I didn't give them four stars only because from time to time I needed to skip the complicated language of the constructors which, being a paleface, I was not evolved enough to appreciate.