“But you may have noticed that for a terrifying murderbot I fuck up a lot.”
In “Artificial Condition - The MurderBot Diaries 2” by Martha Wells
The very unfamiliarity of SF is one of its attractions for me. It slows down the reading and speeds up the need to think, both within and across books (intertextuality). Familiarity, similarity? Try reading these in a row, then come back and tell me you were on familiar ground all the while and that your mind is still in the same shape: "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", "Ubik"; "Version Control"; "The Gradual", "The Dispossessed" and "The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories" (no author names).
Setting a story in another place or another time enables speculative fiction like the one Martha Wells attempts with her MurderBot series to explore ideas that literary fiction might really struggle with. I'm interested in divided societies … Irish … English … Dorset … Croatia … Bosnia … Israelis and Palestinians …
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.
Is anti-social sole passenger partners with ship AI to solve a mystery a new genre? Because the two best novellas I've read this year are both in it.
A follow-up to the Nebula Award winning All Systems Red, this novella is a fun ride. This time, the murderbot wants to just watch some shows and figure out a little about their past, but a ship AI insists on explaining the flaws in the plan and then, of all the rude options, helping. And humans are, as usually, just the worst at risk assessment.
These stories have such a great sense of humor. I'm already looking forward to the next one.
I've read 13 books this month!
SAGA, Volumes 7 and 8 4 and 5 * respectively
Artificial Condition by Martha Wells 4*
Jurassic, Florida by Hunter Shea 4*
Walk the Sky by Robert Swartwood and David Silva, narrated by Matt Godfrey 4*
Kill Creek by Scott Thomas, narrated by Bernard Setaro Clark 5*
The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn, narrated by George Newbern 5*
ARCS/Reads for Review
Wicked River by Jenny Milchman 4*
Terror is our Business: Dana Roberts' Casebook of Horrors 4*
Bad Pennies: A Supernatural Horror Novel by John Leonard 4*
Carrie by Stephen King 4*
The Outsider by Stephen King 4*
Pardon My Ghoulish Laughter by Fredric Brown (Short story collection) 5*
Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:
Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR
1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene
2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon
3. October by Michael Rowe
4. It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson
5. Bad Pennies by John Leonard
2018 Running Total: 74