Well this was just 150 pages of awesomeness. Such a tightly wound punch of good, old school, sci-fi.
Lunch time reading
5 stars / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Who would've guessed I'd fall in love with a story about a Murderbot, but this was such a well-executed delight of a book. A robot who just wants to watch the entertainment feeds all day winds up caring (at least a bit) about the humans its tasked with guarding while they survey an alien planet. Especially when sabotage puts all their lives in danger. Really can't say enough good things about this sci-fi novella.
On a distant planet, a team of scientists conducts research under the protection of a cyborg. But, there was a failure, the cyborg hacked its control module and felt free. He called himself "Murderbot" and found the meaning of life in watching soap operas.
I can't wait to read this book. ?
This is a quirky little story about an android that hacks its own governor module thereby becoming free (of will). It then names itself ‘Murderbot‘, which sounds ominous until you realize that it has compassion for others. Also, when it isn‘t doing anything, it loves to watch TV. Go Murderbot!
I don‘t usually love novellas, but it was nice to have a story that wasn‘t complicated keep me occupied for a bit.
The second in the Murderbot Diaries series features a more autonomous ex-security bot (SECUNIT) picking up work as, wait for it... a security bot 😜
I liked the story (Action! Adventure! Killer Bots!) but wasn‘t thrilled with the audiobook edition. Though the character is genderless, the audiobook narrator is clearly male which takes away from the neutrality of Murderbot. Also, it sounded like Free was confusing SexUnit & SecUnit?
The first in a series of four 150-ish page novellas introduces the non-gendered, unnamed killer bot who has a penchant for watching serial dramas 😀
This is a $3.99 e-book on AMZN which is a *discount* (The rest of the e-books are $9.99 each.) I mention this because because if you like the first one as much as I did (4/5 stars) you‘ll want to read the rest but you may need to budget accordingly or see if your library has them 😀
The last of my book outlet orders (for now) has arrived and now it‘s time to decide the reading order of all new books I received this month 😊 I‘ve been buying #waywardchildren and #murderbotdiaries because they‘re books I‘ve fallen in love with and having physical copies will make it easier to share them with others. I‘m excited about the rest too, authors I‘ve liked previously or just interesting sounding titles all together.
Tasked w/protecting scientists, a droid has hacked their governor control becoming self-aware, christening themself Murderbot. A tragedy strikes revealing Murderbot's secret & now the dilemma is to reboot or trust the bot. The first novella in the Murderbot Diaries series begins to tackle the question of just where humanity begins. Is humanity born in the organic machine that we inhabit or can it be found in the mechanical machine we invent?
Welcome to the 6 digit club @GrilledCheeseSamurai.
My favorite adult book of the year has to be the tagged book and my favorite kids books is To Night Owl from Dogfish, which is all @WanderingBookanners fault (in the best way 😁).
Litsy means letting my Professional Book Nerd flag fly. You might be amazed how many librarians do NOT want to talk books.
I loved this! Super quick read, perfect for the train ride I went on today. Murderbot is a funny, and surprisingly relatable protagonist considering they're a... well, a murder bot. It looks at the question of what does one do when all prescribed meaning for your life suddenly gets stripped back?
I have another reading challenge for next month queued up, this one for SFF180 Space Opera September. I‘ll include a link below. There‘s a Goodreads group if you‘re interested. (The book on the top left is “Downbelow Station”.)
Cool link with info: https://youtu.be/enNE784ZJ60
“I liked the imaginary people on the entertainment feed way more than I liked real ones, but you can‘t have one without the other.”
Super good so far. Easy and funny, yet unique and fascinating. And what voice! It‘s love at first paragraph!
“As a heartless killing machine, I was a terrible failure.”
I loved Murderbot so much, the series is 4 novellas, so quick, fast, and fun reads.
#marthawells #murderbotdiaries #allsystemsred #sciencefiction #novella
If you frequent Litsy you‘ve probably already seen love for Murderbot, the emotionless killing machine that hacks their own system to become a sardonic killing machine that‘s kind of awkward with emotions and would just prefer to watch soap operas, thanks.
The story is basic no-frills sci-fi, but that‘s because the character of Murderbot shines so bright there‘s no real need for narrative fireworks.
As good as you‘ve heard. #SummerOfShort2
This book is HYPED in the book communities I belong to and even at the SciFi and Fantasy bookstore I go to.
It‘s also SciFi and I still feel like an imposter saying I like SciFi since I haven‘t read a lot in the genre.
Due to these reasons, may I introduce you to my intimidating read at the Giant Squid for the #bookjunkietrials for team #bard ?
Not sure if Litsy's going to render this image very well, but it's also on twitter in this thread: https://twitter.com/shanaqui/status/1145115407013093383
Picked out a couple of specific books I enjoyed this year from my book blanket.
(Elevator pitch if you didn't know about it: every book I read this year I crochet a hexagon in a colour that represents the book's genre and source, e.g. “fantasy/library“ = turquoise/purple.)
Hey! The stars finally aligned for me to go on an #audiowalk! At least until that rather ominous sky does something.
I‘m starting my first adventure with Murderbot, ‘cause all the cool kids were doin‘ it.
Reread this on a whim -- I need to read the final book, so why not. I love Murderbot so much. Seeing on my Kindle when other readers had highlighted a line was pretty fun -- Murderbot does have some excellent lines.
I am officially a Murderbot fan! This book packs so much into just a few pages.
Its a quick read that will have you glued to the pages and screaming for more. Murdotbot, just might have a heart and I want to see it develop. And see what type of trouble he can get himself into.
Full Review on GR and LT
One of the great opening paragraphs 😍
So I just discovered the world of sci-fi/fantasy Novellas. Why did no one tell me when I was asking for short stories to look for these?!?!
I‘m not big into stories about Robots, I‘m still iffy on them, but this story was great. I loved Murderbot and its consistent annoyance with the humans. It‘s is lazy and just wants to watch tv, let it watch its tv!! Also I loved when it started calling them my humans” I can‘t wait to read the rest!
Sci-fi is not my thing, but I appreciated how well-written this book is. It‘s amusing and simple without trying too hard or being overly redundant. I don‘t feel compelled to continue reading the series, but as far as sci-fi books go, this was a great reading experience for me. And I loved snapping this photo with my own fuzzy murderbot. #catsoflitsy
Now onto my Pride reading list! 🏳️🌈🎉
Not exactly sure what I am going to read in June but this looks like a nice line up. Plus there are 2 MG book for #LMPBC that I will need to get read as well.
Front Desk is the June #mgbuddyread
Shadow is the series Netflix is basing the new show on
OMS is a @MrBook #TBRtemptation (had to go back a while to find one I would read
Death is just for fun.
I love Murderbot 😍 the voice in this is just so great. Murderbot's self awareness is sweet, funny, and relatable even with the sci-fi setting and action sequences. It's like Annihilation and The Martian had the super loveable baby I've always wanted. Next up this short prequel story while I await my hold on book 2. #mommyreads #speculativefiction #cyborg #robot #space #scifi #novella
More audiobook recommendations for summer road trips!
I have been in a horrible reading slump this year. I've read 7 books so far. Between not being in the right state of mind emotionally and busy with a kitchen remodel I haven't felt up to it. But I miss reading tons of things each month. So im sitting down to read this one today. Its short so hopefully that helps kick start my motivation.
#currentlyreading #readingslump #murderbot
I had so much fun reading this one, but since I finished I can only think that Data (from star Trek) is a Sexbot (according to Murderbot's definition of one) and I can't stop laughing!
I‘m undecided about this one. It‘s really short and I feel like there was a lot of information missing in the story. I‘m going to wait until after the book club discussion before I decide whether or not to continue with the series.
So I did a thing again. The lovely Jenny @readingenvy let me come on her podcast and talk about books. The photo above shows the books we talked about - you can subscribe to the Reading Envy podcast through any app OR you can listen to it via the website link above.
(look in the archive for lots of other interesting guests like @lindy and @shawnmooney too!)
This is why I love book clubs! I‘m not a big sci-fi reader and would probably never pick this book up on my own, but it has glowing reviews and I‘m looking forward to diving into this story and discussing it in a few weeks!