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review 2018-06-07 22:44
Star-gazing SecUnits: “Artificial Condition - The MurderBot Diaries 2” by Martha Wells
Artificial Condition - Martha Wells


“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.

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review 2018-06-07 17:26
Review: Artificial Conditions
Artificial Condition - Martha Wells

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.

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text 2018-06-06 18:45
May 2018-That's A Wrap!
Kill Creek - Scott Thomas,Bernard Setaro Clark
Pardon My Ghoulish Laughter - Donald E Westlake,Fredric Brown
The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple - Jeff Guinn
Saga, Volume 8 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples
Terror is our Business: Dana Roberts' Casebook of Horrors - Kasey Lansdale,Joe R. Lansdale
The Outsider - Stephen King
Artificial Condition - Martha Wells
Wicked River - Jenny Milchman
Walk the Sky - Robert Swartwood,David B. Silva,Matt Godfrey
Bad Pennies - John F Leonard

I've read 13 books this month!

 

Graphic Novels

 

SAGA, Volumes 7 and 8   4 and 5 * respectively

 

Total: 2

 

Novellas

 

Artificial Condition by Martha Wells 4*

Jurassic, Florida by Hunter Shea 4*

 

Total: 2

 

Audiobooks 

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*

 

Total: 3

 

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*

 

Total: 3

 

Random Reads

Carrie by Stephen King 4*

The Outsider by Stephen King 4*

Pardon My Ghoulish Laughter by Fredric Brown (Short story collection) 5*

 

Total: 3

 

 

 

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

Status: 5/40

 2018 Running Total: 74

 

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text 2018-06-05 03:03
Reading progress: 80%.
Artificial Condition - Martha Wells

"I probably should have been doing that from the beginning, but you may have noticed that for a terrifying murderbot I fuck up a lot."

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text 2018-06-05 02:48
Reading progress: 73%.
Artificial Condition - Martha Wells

Ah hah!  The title is explained:

"She explained, “In the creche, our moms always said that fear was an artificial condition. It’s imposed from the outside. So it’s possible to fight it. You should do the things"

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