Dear Cyborgs (audiobook)

Read by Feodor Chin
4.1 hrs • 4 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 06/06/17
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 06/06/17 9781470862572
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 06/06/17 9781470862596
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Playaway Playaway: Playaway editions are a pre loaded audio device that is half the size of deck of cards. Simply plugin headphones and listen. 
- 06/06/17 9781538437292
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A Literary Hub Pick of Favorite Books of 2017

A Chicago Review of Books Pick for Best of the Year So Far

A Pick

A fractal fable about the possibility and power of protest as told by three superheroes on their lunch break

In a small Midwestern town, two Asian American boys bond over their outcast status and a mutual love of comic books. Meanwhile, in an alternative or perhaps future universe, a team of superheroes ponders modern society during their time off. Between black-ops missions and rescuing hostages, they swap stories of artistic malaise and muse on the seemingly inescapable grip of market economics.

Gleefully toying with the conventions of the novel, Dear Cyborgs weaves together the story of a friendship’s dissolution with a provocative and lively meditation on protest. Through a series of linked monologues, a surprising cast of characters explores narratives of resistance―protest art, eco-terrorists, Occupy squatters, pyromaniacal militants―and the extent to which any of these can truly withstand the pragmatic demands of contemporary capitalism. All the while, a mysterious cybernetic book of clairvoyance beckons, and trusted allies start to disappear.

Playfully blending comic-book villains with cultural critiques, Eugene Lim’s Dear Cyborgs is a fleet-footed literary exploration of power, friendship, and creativity that recalls authors like Tom McCarthy and Valeria Luiselli. Ambitious and knowing, it braids together hard-boiled detective pulps, subversive philosophy, and Hollywood chase scenes, unfolding like the composites and revelations of a dream.

Review Quotes

“Wondrous…He has a knack for making everyday life seem strange—or, in the case of Dear Cyborgs, for making revolution seem like the most natural thing possible. His writing is transfixing from page to page.”

New Yorker

“Surreal, unpredictable, and filled with protest. Lim packs an impressive range of topics into one slim and absorbing novel; everything from comic books to the avant garde to revolution gets its due.”


“Sings the tune of language itself, music that Gertrude Stein and Gordon Lish could get behind.”

Virginia Quarterly Review

“Brilliant in its blending of academic investigation and pop-culture tropes and structurally invigorating from start to finish.”

Midwest Independent Booksellers Association

“Smart, inventive, highly unconventional.”


“Two radically different story lines…are cleverly tied together in this short, sly, unorthodox novel.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Eerily reflective of our fractured times, darting from subject to subject with the speed of a mouse click. A colorful meditation on friendship and creation nested within a fictional universe.”

Kirkus Reviews

“A colorful meditation on friendship and creation nested within a fictional universe.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Eugene Lim tells his sly superhero tales in a kind of hard-boiled deadpan…an echo of every comic-book reader’s yearning for the camaraderie of the super team, the intimate enmity of the nemesis.”

Peter Ho Davies, author of The Fortunes

Dear Cyborgs is a…fan letter to comicdom and a chastening reminder of how America’s greatest fantasy doesn’t involve superheroes with superpowers but the prospect of a fair and honest political life. Go read it in the streets.”

Joshua Cohen, author of Book of Numbers