I, for one, welcome our petty robot overlords.
Context, the number is the robot's "name" here and it's insulting the canister (also partly robotic) in question.
So excited to read this one... then immediately pass it on to my parents 😉
I finished the last 200 pages in less than 24 hrs - 2x my usual reading quota for the day and a ringing endorsement to boot.
If you enjoy the settings of The 1,001 Nights or Aladdin, but with lots of political intrigue, history, and modern sensibilities, give this one a shot. Bonus: if you have some basic knowledge of Arabic, you'll get some fun jokes, too.
A visit to my favorite book/coffee shop resulted in a few purchases! Plus lavender orange grey tea. #bookandabeverage
I think they know what I'm reading... #catsoflitsy
It was nice to get Mokoya's perspective in this second installment. I liked it a lot. Differently paced from its predecessor. Yang continues to be really great at efficient world-building. Interestingly, a number of folks in my book club read the first 2 books in reverse order, which apparently didn't ruin things? I hadn't thought of these as being standalones, but apparently, they work well that way, too. 🐲
I think perhaps Valente's work just isn't for me (though Radiance is the only other book of hers I've read). The prose was very... intense in tone, and it felt exhausting to read. I enjoyed a couple of scenes, but the plot felt beside the point sometimes. I appreciate what she was trying to do, but the execution was overall not enjoyable. As I said to a friend: "like if reading Douglas Adams were instead a dental procedure."
I'd love to hear what other folks who've read/are reading this one think about our protagonist Toby. I'm impressed with French's unreliable narrator game here (even without the head injury angle) and come down pretty solidly on the "he's a smug little shit" side of things, but I'm entering the last 100-page stretch and can't decide if I want him to be the guilty party or not!
Holy cow that was a sprint for the finish. I stayed up late and read the last 150 pages in one sitting. Incredibly well done. CW for gendered and sexual violence (especially but not only against women/NB folks). It's a mournful, haunting (and haunted, as the title implies) book, that somehow manages not to kill all its hope, despite the bleak setting and plotlines.
If she'd had pearls, she'd be clutching them.
Just home from the bookstore! Now I can finally get going on my book club read for this month. It's my first Connie Willis too, so I'm excited.
A re-read for book club this month! This one made my top five list for the year in 2016 - we'll see if it does it again!
If you like your sci-fi with a healthy serving of Feelings, this is the book for you (it certainly worked well for me)! Ostensibly about a crew prepping for a manned mission to Mars, it's also about their interpersonal relationships, their families, and how well do we really know ourselves, anyway? Made me want to call my mom a lot, in (mostly) a good way.
I just could not get into this one. It's not bad, but reading the first 30 pages felt more like a chore than anything else. I'll try to give it another chance sometime -- I'm not convinced it's a bad book. Maybe I just need to be in the right mood to enjoy it.