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text 2020-05-27 00:13
Murderbot books!

Artificial Condition - Martha Wells  Rogue Protocol - Martha Wells  Exit Strategy - Martha Wells  Network Effect - Martha Wells  

 

My last book order before finding out that layoffs are in my library's near future (how near? who knows!) has arrived. I now have a pile of Murderbot books. Yes, they were pretty expensive considering most of them are novellas priced more like novels, and if I do have to move sometime in the next few months I'll probably regret getting them as physical books. But hey, what's a handful more when you already own enough to fill four bookcases, right?

 

Anyway, they're very nice, and I'm looking forward to reading them. I'm hoping that Booklikesopoly will be accommodating and put me on a spot that lets me read Artificial Condition after I finish the third volume of Ascendance of a Bookworm.

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review 2019-05-13 04:15
Those two dorks
Artificial Condition - Martha Wells

I'm so happy with this series. So much fast fun.

 

Also, the general attitude bot has towards humanity is such a refreshing one.

 

I enjoyed the buddy duo/opposite personalities taking on a mission that this volume embraced too.

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text 2019-03-11 16:35
Full-length Murderbot novel coming in 2020

Ooh, there's going to be a full-length Murderbot novel. (And we have to wait more than a year to get it, ugh.)

 

I still wish Tor had handled the novellas differently. The pricing made it easy to think you were buying a novel.

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review 2018-10-03 10:34
"Exit Strategy - The Murderbot Diaries #4" by Martha Wells
Exit Strategy - Martha Wells

"The Murderbot Diaries" are really a single novel that the publishers have released as four novellas. This would have been fine except each novella was priced as if it were a full novel, leaving me feeling abused by the publisher.

 

The reason I LET myself be abused is that "The Murderbot Diaries" are first-rate science fiction. They're fun, ingenious, fast-paced and plausible.

 

Murderbot is a wonderful creation. Its development over the course of the four novellas from a Security Unit that has hacked its own governor module so it can spend more time watching space soap-operas into a person with feelings, a strong sense of identity and a determination to stay independent is irresistibly attractive.

 

I read the fourth novella the same day that my pre-order dropped into my Audible library and I was gratified to find that the quality remained high and that the resolution was as plausible and original as the premise itself.

 

I won't go into the plot here other than to say that it brought together all the plot pieces from the previous novellas and used them to push Murderbot's development along by making it choose what to do about the mess "his" humans had gotten themselves into.

 

Although this final novella does what it's supposed to do and gives a resolution to the struggle with the big bad Corporates, it seemed to me that the main focus was on Murderbot working out what it wants to be. In the third novella "Rogue Protocol"Murderbot met what he thought of as a "pet robot". The sacrifices that robot made and the emotional attachment that the humans showed to it have both given Murderbot something to think about. He knows he doesn't want to be a pet. He also knows that watching media is no longer enough for him. Its still embarrassed and annoyed by the emotions it keeps feeling but has recognised them as an integral part of its personality. 

 

I liked the fact that Murderbot rejects the Pinnochio option. It doesn't want to be a "real boy". In the end, what it wants is to have the freedom to be Murderbot. 

 

Martha Wells has created something very special here. I hope there are more Murderbot books, just because I'm greedy for its company, but I'd be satisfied if this is all I ever know about Murderbot because it was a great ride in good company.

 

Of course, if there are more Murderbot books, I'd rather not have to buy them in four slices and end up paying four times the price. Did I mention that already?

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text 2018-10-02 12:07
Reading progress update: I've read 2%. There will be a short pause in my Halloween Bingo reading because...
Exit Strategy - Martha Wells

 

... the final Murderbot just dropped into my audible library.

 

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