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'Too, Too Solid Flesh' is a cyberpunk murder mystery by Nick O'Donohoe. It was published by TSR in 1989.


In a dystopian future, Capek the roboticist builds a troupe of androids specifically to perform 'Hamlet'. When he is murdered, the Prince Hamlet android decides to investigate.


'Dragon' commended O'Donohoe's portrayal of the "characters [as] true both to their theatrical roles and their larger personalities", stating that the novel was "among the most thoughtful examinations of roles and role-playing", but noted that readers unfamiliar with Shakespeare may be confused.[https://annarchive.com/files/Drmg157.pdf The Role of Books], by John C. Bunnell, in 'Dragon' #157 (May 1990) Io9 included it on a list of "coolest Shakespeare riffs in science fiction and fantasy".[https://io9.gizmodo.com/5706810/coolest-shakespeare-riffs-in-science-fiction-and-fantasy Coolest Shakespeare Riffs in Science Fiction and Fantasy], by Charlie Jane Anders and Lauren Davis; at Io9; published September 9, 2010; retrieved October 4, 2018 Shakespearean scholar Todd Borlik compared it to Philip K. Dick's 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep', with "a genuine philosophical intelligence belied by its pulp fiction exterior", lauding O'Donohoe for having "ingeniously retool(ed)" 'Hamlet' in order to "exalt the post-human"; Borlik also noted the dramatic irony of Horatio being a human pretending to be an android who had infiltrated a troupe of androids pretending to be humans, and then being unable to pass.[https://books.google.ca/books?id=y25ADwAAQBAJ&pg=PT58&lpg=PT58&dq=%22too+too+solid+flesh%22+%22nick+o%27donohoe%22&source=bl&ots=GqUl0jZNEn&sig=RPpVIo8X7HiYIC5antpKWnrKqX4&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiJ48298-vdAhULI8AKHQSJAMAQ6AEwGHoECEEQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22too%20too%20solid%20flesh%22%20%22nick%20o'donohoe%22&f=false SHAKESPEARES 'HAMLET' IN AN ERA OF TEXTUAL EXHAUSTION], edited by Sonya Freeman Loftis, Allison Kellar, and Lisa Ulevich; chapter 2: "Post-human 'Hamlets': Ghosts in the Machine", by Todd Andrew Borlik; published November 27, 2017 , by Routledge


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