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Network Effect
Network Effect: A Murderbot Novel | Martha Wells
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JacintaMCarter
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#2022Book103
This is the first full-length novel in the MurderBot series, and I didn‘t enjoy it quite as much as the novellas. These stories seem to work better in shorter form, because this one kind of just kept circling the same plot conflict over and over.

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Nebklvr
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Mehso-so

This installation of the Murderbot series is hard core scifi. Plot and character heavy, this was a harder go than the first books.

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PuddleJumper
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ART is still the best

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MaleficentBookDragon
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😍😍😍😍😍
We all need more Murderbot and ART in our lives.
I adore this world and want to stay in it.
Now the long wait begins before the next book comes out.

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MaleficentBookDragon
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I have to say that I love ART even more than Murderbot.

ozma.of.oz ART is amazing! 😂 3mo
Ruthiella ART and Murderbot are the perfect couple. 😍 3mo
Avanders I need to start this series!! 3mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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I was going to take a break from Murderbot since there are only 2 left in the series right now.
I read 19 pages of Bunny and just wanted to go back.
So, Murderbot 5 it is.
I‘m not sure what I‘ll do once I finish the 6th one. 😕

The pic was at dinner last night at Trevi‘s in Caesar‘s Las Vegas. The lighting wasn‘t great for reading so I mostly people watched, but the gnocchi was fantastic!

julesG Re-read them in the Murderbot timeline? Book 6 before book 5 that is. 😉 5mo
MaleficentBookDragon @julesG ohhh, I didn‘t know that. I‘ll read 6 next instead. Thanks! (edited) 5mo
julesG You're welcome! My son noticed this strange order. He noticed that Murderbot was using tech in book 5 that he gets in book 6. 5mo
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Avanders Mmmm that gnocchi looks fantastic! 😁 5mo
MaleficentBookDragon @Avanders it was. I have been to Vegas 5 times and I try to go there every time. Do good. 5mo
Avanders Oh wow! It must be amazing 🤩 have you ever had the breakfast buffet at the Wynn? I think it‘s a littler pricier than normal… but worth it!! (If you can eat a lot of breakfast anyway 😜) 5mo
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ozma.of.oz
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On a survey mission, things get complicated when the team is half kidnapped/half dragged along for the ride. Murderbot‘s past makes a return, and it‘s humans find new and interesting ways to get into trouble.

Love the time & depth that a full novel gives us. Murderbot is settling into it‘s new role while also adjusting to trusting the humans around it. Loved the character growth, relationship developments, & exponential world building. 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗

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MaleficentBookDragon
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Well this was a very schizophrenic lunchtime #bookhaul.

BeeMagical Bunny is SO good! 🐰 5mo
TheBookWitchON Just grabbed Bunny today also. 5mo
wisherwishinguponastar I am intrigued about the title on the right! (edited) 5mo
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DGRachel
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I love, love, love Murderbot. Thank you @Mitch for this book and the push to finally start the series. I can‘t wait for more. I won‘t say anything about the book because there‘s no way for a review to not be spoiler-y. I‘ll just say that I bounced around a lot, like a happy toddler on a sugar high while reading. So. Much. Fun. 🤪🥳🫣😱🤯🤪

Soubhiville So good! Glad you‘ve joined the Murderbot fan club. 6mo
Dragon Love Murderbot 🤖💚🐉 6mo
julesG Happy to see you liked it and have become a fan. 6mo
Mitch Yeah. Glad you liked it! 😘 6mo
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DGRachel
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Two digital ARCs that publish tomorrow and one book due back to the library on Wednesday. I‘ve tried them all and none of them are working for me (we won‘t discuss how irritated I am with The Woman in the Library. I may write a bail review later today). So, I‘m abandoning my original TBR for this week and grabbing the last of the currently available Murderbot books. Murderbot won‘t let me down.

Dragon Murderbot is always so snarky and fun 👍🐉 6mo
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StaceGhost
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Three Murderbot books in three days 🤖 I haven‘t felt like this about a series since I crushed those 20 Phryne Fishers in a month 😵‍💫 I wish there were 20 Murderbots! 🤓 in other news, my first batch of salad greens grew enough to harvest! Featured here gracing a leftover Mediterranean chickpea tagine tart with a drizzle of aioli 👩‍🍳

julesG Yummy! Also, yes for 20 Murderbot books. 7mo
EvieBee Yum! Also, Phryne is good like that! 7mo
BkClubCare Beautiful. And yes to the Murderbot ❤️ 7mo
Nute Yum! I‘m into to Phryne Fisher as well! 7mo
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DGRachel
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SQUEEEEEE! @Mitch You are the best Easter Bunny! Every time someone posts about Murderbot, I think, “I really need to try these murderbot books. They sound like something I would love”. I think I own the first novella on Kindle, but I do not have this one! Off to rearrange my reading plans for May and find something to do with these super cute page flags. Thank you so much my friend! 💖🐰💖

Mitch You haven‘t read it! I‘d convinced myself you had! 🤣Enjoy sweetie! 7mo
DGRachel @Mitch I have not! I put holds on #1-4 from my library and should have them in a week or so and will be binging the series in May! Thank you so much! 😘 7mo
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sarahgreatlove
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Here for it. On a murderbot rampage and cannot get enough. I think I prefer the novella length, maybe? Hard to say. This is a full length novel and I mean, when you love murderbot, you‘re fine with it right? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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charl08

The other humans were listening on the comm so hard I could pick up their breathing. Thiago pretended not to listen, flashing his helmet light over the stations on the upper tier of the control area. Overse added, "Just remember you're not alone here." I never know what to say to that. I am actually alone in my head, and that's where 90 plus percent of my problems are.

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Ellen_C
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I love Murderbot! This novel brings back Dr. Mensah‘s crew and ART— my fav characters. Lots of intrigue and cool fights, plus a very complicated relationship between Murderbot and ART. https://cannonballread.com/2022/01/network-effect-the-murderbot-diaries-elcicco/

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Clare-Dragonfly
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And, of course, I loved it! I love Murderbot, and ART, and their developing relationship, and all the humans. I found the conclusion difficult to follow, but that may have more to do with being sick than the book—and the emotional aspects are certainly clear enough.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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After two DNFs and a book that should have been, I decided to read something that I know I‘ll like!

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Smrloomis
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So bummed I‘ve already read these… wish I could use this credit 😂

BehindthePages I got this same email 😂 11mo
Smrloomis @BehindthePages so so disappointed that I can‘t use it! 😂 11mo
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shanaqui
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So much happens in the last quarter of this book, yikes! And I remembered only about half of it from my previous reread. I'd love to know more about the alien stuff...

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shanaqui

I love how immediately Murderbot cares about ART's crew. 💙 So many feelings it does not want to be having, ahaha.

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Liz_M
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And finally a #BookSpinBingo!

BarbaraBB Hi Liz, on Saturday a little something should have been delivered at your place in Brooklyn. Have you received it? #NYRB🎄 11mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB Oh, how exciting! 👏 It must be in the package rom -- I'll check with the doorman when I get home tonight. 11mo
BarbaraBB 🤞🏽😘 11mo
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shanaqui

I've slowed down with my reading again, blech. I think working/studying is really taking it out of me, but at least I've noticed. Maybe I can have a break week and have some more bubble baths with books? ...Maybe if my ereader gets back from being fixed.

Still, making some progress again with this. I love Murderbot's arguments with ART, ahaha.

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AshleyKorinE
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Every murderbot book is a pick! Murderbot is on a trip with his humans when they are suddenly kidnapped and forced into an adventure that for once isn't the humans faults, its the murderbots! They meet up with old friends, meet new characters, and have science fiction fun. The only reason this is not my favorite is because I've gotten use to these stories in short novellas and a full novel had to much room to repeat itself. The book was still fun!

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shanaqui

Final reread before I get onto Fugitive Telemetry! I'm actually much more in the mood for this now than I was when I first read it, when I was kinda forcing myself even though I wasn't in the mood to read (because I'd got an ARC), so it's very fun to just settle in and let it sweep me away.

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Mitch
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Corporate misdealing, greed for resources, espionage, space travel, misbehaving wormholes and of course our most loved, cranky AI! This is a real feature length saga that gives a nod to previous books, brings back favourite characters and leads me even further towards the conclusion that I think I‘m related to Murderbot!

TracyReadsBooks Murderbot is THE BEST!!! 14mo
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Mitch
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I finished two books this week and whilst seemingly totally unrelated they‘ve really been riffing off each other in my mind. They have a lot to say to each other! Im definitely going to go back to reading fiction and non fiction together.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Love Braiding!! 14mo
Soubhiville I loved both of these. 14mo
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Mitch
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That‘s the next hour sorted! I‘ve had to lock the door because puppy likes to put his toys in the bath - and bathing with a furry Turkey & rubber crocodile would spoil my vibe! 🤣. Can‘t wait to start this @BookNAround 👏🏼

ICantImReading Oh wow, what a beautiful space!! 14mo
Soubhiville Ha, that‘s an exciting bath! Funny boy Woodford. 14mo
wanderinglynn Beautiful bath! Enjoy. 14mo
JacqMac 😂 Enjoy! 14mo
Cupcake12 Enjoy ❤️ 14mo
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Mitch
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How amazing is this - I‘ve wanted to read this for an age. I love the dry humour of Murderbot. And that card Kristen…. I so love your humour 🤣. And the cards are so special - beautiful illustrations - shuffle the 24 cards and tell a story. Every shuffle and you get a different story. Love them. Thank you xxxxx

BookNAround Glad it got there. I still have Network Effect to read myself. I‘ve been trying not to read all of the Murderbot books in one big fat gulp. 1y
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Smrloomis Loved this book 1y
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rwmg
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I‘ve had clients who thought they needed an absurd level of security.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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BehindthePages
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This snarky robot‘s adventure is just as entertaining as the novellas. Network Effect brings back Asshole Research Transport, A.K.A ART. If you‘ve never read about two A.I.s trading comebacks while working together towards a common goal, you‘re missing out. ART and Murderbot working as a team ups the ante and brings a healthy dose of tension and action.

Review https://www.behindthepages.org/post/network-effect-by-martha-wells-book-review

Ruthiella I love the interaction between Murderbot and ART! ❤️ 1y
BehindthePages Right!? I'd take an entire book with just the two of them! 1y
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BkClubCare
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Oh Murderbot! I was a bit taken aback on how long this one is! Beware this if you are gobbling up the novellas (4) before getting this one - IT IS SO like me to NOT pay attention. This is double in length and it caught me by surprise. I had a few other befuddlement moments but it finally came together. I so needed these stories this 2021. Accompanying photo is irrelevant. #scifi #adventure

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xicanti
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I like Murderbot and its humans, and at first I thought their dynamic would make this book a real treat. Unfortunately, they weren‘t enough to carry me through a plot I found weirdly dull despite all the kidnappings and conspiracies and daring rescues. I got tired of reading the thing a long time before it ended.

Honestly, I‘ve enjoyed each Murderbot story a little less than the one before. I think it‘s time I tap out of the series.

Daisey I love Murderbot, but honestly I like the novella length more. (edited) 1y
xicanti @Daisey I kind of wish I could blame my reaction on the length, but I liked the third and fourth novellas so much less than the first that I figure it‘s a clear trend. 😔 1y
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xicanti
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I started NETWORK EFFECT this morning! While I like Murderbot, I‘m not as OMG MURDERBOT as many folks seem to be, but this feels like it could be exactly what I need right now.

BookishMarginalia Enjoy! And lovely pic! 1y
BkClubCare I was a bit dismayed by the length of this one. But it is a great escape from work thoughts. I needed rogue bots in my life. 1y
xicanti @BkClubCare I like Murderbot as a character, but I‘ve come to the sad conclusion that the series just isn‘t for me. 😔 I won‘t read the next one, 1y
BkClubCare @xicanti - plenty of other books in the shelves. 🤗 1y
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Twainy
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🎧 Murderbot 1.0, Murderbot 2.0, A.R.T.

The Governor module‘s gone. Where do we go from there. A lot like the novellas so if you enjoyed them you‘ll probably love this book but the characters are more fleshed out. The story isn‘t necessarily perfect but I loved the characters.

A lot of swearing. This could easily be a stand alone novel. Fast paced & funny. The Murderbot/ART interaction is hilarious like an old married couple.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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kwmg40
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This full-length novel from the Murderbot series deserves its Hugo Best Novel nomination. The non-human characters are the most interesting ones in this excellent space opera series. #hugo2021 #hugoawards

Second book finished for the #JoysofJune readathon. @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1y
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Gnora
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Yikes! I'm running behind!

Here are my May 2021 books.

Favorite: Network Effect by Martha Wells
Least Favorite: Gideon Falls vol. 6, The End

#bookreport #roundrup #libby #hoopla #graphics #digital

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RamsFan1963
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I think I prefer the shorter novella stories in the Murderbot series, this one dragged at times but overall was a solid addition. I was glad to see ART again and look forward to seeing what adventures they get into together. 3 🤖🤖🤖 1/2
5th book #AudioAthon #Littenlisten @aperfectmjk
1st book #AnyWayYouReadathon @kimmypete1 @Eggbeater @MidnightBookGirl
1st book #JoysofJune @Andrew65

Ruthiella I love the relationship between Murderbot and ART. 😀 1y
Twainy W00T! I‘ve had this out from HOOPLA for a week! No longer dragging my feet! 🤗 1y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1y
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LazyOwl
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A lot of action in this installment of Murderbot. ART makes a comeback and Murderbot has more feelings to process.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I love these, I could read Murderbot forever! This is the 1 full novel in the series (so far) and I loved it, I hope she continues to dream up great adventures for our favorite SecUnit for years to come. So many emotions in this one, and SecUnit works hard to process them all, and watching them work through their issues while fighting for its humans and friends had me on the edge of my seat.

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vlwelser
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I promise that I just ran out of these. For now. I have the sixth one on hold at the library. I love Murderbot.

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Larkken
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I can always trust Murderbot to bring me out of a mental slump. Love these books. I've also finished 3 other books that I couldn't fit on th #bookspinbingo board 🤣 more free spaces next time, I guess! The ABC Murders was Christie at her finest (and I usually prefer Marple to Poirot, so that's something!) and Halfway to the Grave was pure braincandy, but if you are realllllyyyy missing Buffy, it will hit that sweet spot for you.

SW-T Love this series! 2y
Larkken @SW-T they're so good! A new comfort read 🥰 2y
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Laughterhp
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It was so great to have a longer Murderbot book! This was so good! Not too much I can say. Thanks to @rachelsbrittain for giving me the push to catch up with this series! I would probably still be on book 3 without your #NewYearWhoDis list!

This is also the #SwordandLaserPodcast book this month

Book 3 finished for #NutsinMay

Andrew65 Sounds great 👏👏👏 (edited) 2y
rachelsbrittain Ah yay! I'm so glad it got you motivated to catch up on the series and that you enjoyed it!! 2y
LazyOwl I'm making my way through the novellas so I can get to Network Effect for S&L as well. 2y
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Gnora
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I‘m excited to begin the Murderbot Diaries novel! The narrator on this series is 10/10.

#scifi #audio #murderbot #libby #library

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underground_bks
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I had stopped reading Murderbot after the fourth novella just because I was feeling pretty satisfied with it and not as interested in a full-length novel but then Network Effect was nominated for the Nebula Award, so I dove right in! I do really enjoy Murderbot‘s friendships with humans and with other constructs/robots/systems. And the action is exciting as ever. It was a fun read but hard to follow in some places.

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Dogearedcopy
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Action-packed and filled with Murderbot humor...
It takes be quite a bit of concentration to track through all the choreography but it‘s definitely worth the effort!

Martha Wells is turning out consistently great adventures of a rogue SecUnit and I am here for it!

Impatiently waiting for ‘Fugitive Telemetry‘ (#6) to arrive in the mail from Powell‘s!

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Dogearedcopy
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Time for a mini-Murderbot binge! I‘ve had ‘Network Effect‘ in the stacks for over a year; the short, “Home” dropped today and; ‘Fugitive Telemetry‘ is on pre-order— due to arrive at the end of the month!

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Carolyn11215
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Art and Murderbot are teamed back up in the first full length book in the wonderful Murderbot series. Gotta love this relatable AI with severe social anxiety, a deep distrust of friendship and hilarious addiction to TV serials.

HeyT I love Murderbot but I‘d kill for a Three spinoff. 2y
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Daisey
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I finished listening to this Murderbot novel tonight with a beer next to a fire, and this is a perfect way to end a solitary spring Saturday evening. Murderbot is pure reading fun for me, and although it took a bit of adjustment I enjoyed the audio just as much as reading the novellas in print. Things get a bit more complicated in this full length novel, but a combination of Murderbot and ART is guaranteed to entertain.

#audiobook #Murderbot

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rmaclean4
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I am not objective about this series. I love Murderbot!! This series is so warm while also being full of adventure. It also makes me laugh out loud. 5 🌟!! Can't wait for the next in the series.