Artificial Condition by Martha Wells

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5stars

“I felt this would be the point where a human would sigh, so I sighed.”

Title: Artifical Condition
Author: Martha Wells
Series: The Murderbot Diaries #2
Number of pages: 104 (ebook edition)
Good things about this book: Murderbot is even more relatable in this one.
Bad things about this book: Too short, I need more ART.
Do I recommend it? Yes, please do.
Rate: 5/5

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“Young humans can be impulsive. The trick is keeping them around long enough to become old humans.”

I waited too long to read this second novella. I do this all the time. With series. All the time, and sometimes I really shouldn’t. This series with an antisocial murderbot is so interesting, funny, intriguing, and so very relatable, and I just don’t know why I keep doing this to myself. I don’t like binge reading. I really don’t!

I wanted a short book because I’ve been suffering from reading slumps for months, and I thought about this novella. Best decision ever. It can be read in a few hours, it was perfect for a lazy Sunday.

Murderbot (who I pictured more like a woman in the first, but now I pictured more with masculine constitution) is still one of the most interesting not human characters I’ve found in books so far. Very relatable; I don’t get how it doesn’t consider itself more human, seeing as it’s far more human than many. Fixated on tv shows and wants to be left alone. Seriously? Same, Murderbot, same!

The best sidekick a Murderbot on a personal mission might need was without a doubt ART.

“ART (aka Asshole Research Transport)”

A non corporeal AI, inhabiting a ship? I already loved it just after reading that. But then it reacted to tv shows the way we do, staring for minutes at a wall, just because something bad happened. Again? Same! How are these two the most relatable characters in the book and they’re not even human? This is one of the reasons why I love sci-fi so much.

“I didn’t care what humans were doing to each other as long as I didn’t have to a) stop it or b) clean up after it.”

After finding out about what happened to Murderbot when it killed those people, I want to know exactly what and who is behind all of this! I’m happy there are still more books to read and a whole novel is coming out in the near future!

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All Systems Red by Martha Wells

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5stars

“As a heartless killing machine, I was a terrible failure.”

Title: All Systems Red
Author: Martha Wells
Series: The Murderbot Diaries #1
Number of pages: 144 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: An antisocial murder robot in love with tv shows. LOVE.
Bad things about this book: It might seem short, and it is, but it doesn’t feel like it.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course.
Rate: 5/5

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“And in their corner all they had was Murderbot, who just wanted everyone to shut up and leave it alone so it could watch the entertainment feed all day.”

I love the bookstagram community because it recommends me so many new books I wouldn’t have known otherwise. There’s an account I follow that loves sci-fi just as much as I do, but knows so many more books that I do. It’s so perfect! I now have a lot of new sci-fi books to read and love!

The Murderbot Diaries was one of those recs. I dived into it as soon as I knew how short the books were. I’ve been in a reading slump the whole month so a short, engaging novella, was just what I needed. And it was exactly that; funny, intriguing, with an incredibly relatable Murderbot main character, and a very well built plot, not short of twists, even if the story was a short one.

I pictured Murderbot as a female even if it was stated that it was genderless. I tried real hard to picture it as it was meant to be, but my mind kept conjuring a female robot who really fangirled about her tv shows. The brain is hard to command!

I can’t wait to read the other novellas of the series. They will follow Murderbot in its adventured and misadventures in space, and I read the plot of this novella will be important to the following stories. What’s not to love about Murderbot and these stories? If you love sci-fi, then yes, read these novellas!

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The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin

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4stars

The end justifies the means. But what if there never is an end? All we have is means.

Title: The Lathe of Heaven
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Number of pages: 184 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: An amazing sci-fi.
Bad things about this book: It started a bit slow, then it was great, though.
Do I recommend it? Yes, Le Guin’s books are beautiful.
Rate: 4/5

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You don’t speak of dreams as unreal. They exist. They leave a mark behind them.

Reading a book written a long time ago can often be hard because it’s written differently and things were not the same back then. I have to say that with Le Guin’s book this doesn’t happen. Her books are so easy to read; page after page, chapter after chapter, you are thrown into really convincing story and you can’t put down the book until the end.

This book had more than what I thought I was going to get. At first I thought I wasn’t going to like it because it was a bit slow but then BOOM, everything was happening and I was loving it. A well written sci-fi about a man who can rewrite reality with his dreams and another man who wants to use this ability to play god and made the world a better place. We all know things aren’t as easy as they sound, right? Well, they weren’t!

Amazing world building, magnificent execution, characters that grows within the pages, twists and an ending that surprised me and made me really happy.

The road to read all of Ursula K. Le Guin’s books continues with another win!

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The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft

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5stars

“It’s possible, I think, to be so many things at once that you’re practically nothing at all. If you crush a mountain and spread it across a continent, it doesn’t make little mountains; it just vanishes into dust.”

Title: The Hod King
Author: Josiah Bancroft
Series: The Books of Babel #3
Number of pages: 624 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Great world building, amazing characters, incredible story.
Bad things about this book: That there’s still one more and I want to one how the story ends.
Do I recommend it? Of course!!
Rate: 5/5

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What a book!! What a story!! I loved that events were shown from different characters’ point of view. I enjoyed how the picture, at first with missing parts, just came together the more you keep reading.

The characters, as usual, were magnificent. Deep, raw, flawless in their flaws, if you know what I mean. Each of them essential to the story and for each other. People who played a part, who collaborate for the greater good whatever it may be. The Sphynx, forever mysterious showed us another piece of the mystery puzzle. But it’s not enough!!! I want to know more!

Cliffhanger!! I knew it was coming as soon as I read there were going to be 4 books, because I knew how the previous books ended. Mr. Bancroft seems to enjoy leaving us openmouthed and screaming for at least one more chapter!! The intricacies of the Tower, all the ringdoms, the politics, the good guys that are bad guys, who to trust, where to go. Everything is done with care and dedication and that’s really this story’s strongpoint: its world building. With a world like this, the characters shine!

Can’t wait for more!

“I think humanity peaked at the spoon, don’t you? A spoon can serve as a fork, a knife, a ladle… A good spoon is all you need, really.”

Yeah, Voleta, I’m also a fan of the spoon! Viva la spoon!!

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Vigilance by Robert Jackson Bennett

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4stars

“This was what made the beating heart of America: not a sense of civics, not a love of country or people, not respect for the Constitution – but fear. And there you had fear, you had guns.”

Title: Vigilance
Author: Robert Jackson Bennett
Number of pages: 208 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Raw and violent and so very likely to happen.
Bad things about this book: I would’ve loved another short chapter to explain a bit the ending, because it left me like whaaat.
Do I recommend it? I do!
Rate: 4/5

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This was terrifying in the most realistic and dystopian way. I was glued to the pages until the very end. The fact that made it all the more scaring was that I could see it; I could see that reality being our reality. As much as I like visiting the US as a tourist, I’m always afraid when I go there.

What if I happen to be on the Empire State when someone decides to attack it? What if I’m taking a stroll in Central Park when a crazy person decides it’s the perfect day to shoot random walkers? What if I’ taking a picture in Times Square and a street pirate decides that’ll be perfect to just run over some tourists? It’s terrifying. Terrifying as hell! The fact that whoever can buy and carry a gun is something already dystopian in my opinion.

So this fact made it so real I could see it. In a not very far away future people are sort of trained to be ready when a threat comes around. So there are “vigilances”: surprise environment controlled shootings where criminals are introduced and people have to kill them to earn money. But people can and will die. They are trained to be scared because fear is what the government wants them to feel. Fear is how they control them.

It was a very short book but I enjoyed it. It gave me the chills. Made me want to shake some sense into someone! Shake hard. I recommend this book. Robert Jackson Bennett knows how to write a story. Check out his other books, you won’t regret it.

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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5stars

“The Noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.”

Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go
Author: Patrick Ness
Series: Chaos Walking #1
Number of pages: 512 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: The story was great and so very captivating.
Bad things about this book: Todd started being whiny but then he redeemed himself.
Do I recommend it? Always trust a Ness book!
Rate: 5/5

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I’ve had this book since forever because I fell in love with Patrick Ness so I bought everything of his I could find. So why didn’t I read it sooner? That’s a question impossible to answer. Impossible because I really don’t know, I just let it gather dust with no reason.

I have to start saying that I wasn’t really sold at the beginning. I found Todd pretty annoying and I was having a hard time with how the words were purposely grammatically incorrect; it bothered me UNTIL I got sucked into the story.

I didn’t know what to expect but it wasn’t certainly what I got! I felt all the feelings! All of them!!! I lost hope along Todd and Viola, I found it again, then lost it, the found it again, then lost it. It was a rollercoaster of a book, let me tell you!

I can’t wait to see how the movie turns out!

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Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

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2stars

Title: Mortal Engines
Author: Philip Reeve
Series: The Hungry City Chronicles #1
Number of pages: 320 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: The plot was interesting and promising.
Bad things about this book: The characters are flat and the mc is obnoxious.
Do I recommend it? Give it a chance if you want.
Rate: 2/5

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This book surprised me, and not in a good way. If I skipped the Tom and Hester’s parts, this book would have gotten maybe 3 stars from me. I found Tom obnoxious and annoying since page one and Hester wasn’t just likable at first. She became a bit better almost at the end of the book but it still didn’t save the book from the wreckage it was.

The characters just lacked depth; they lacked emotion. I couldn’t relate to any of them and I just wasn’t involved in their lives. I didn’t care much if they got hurt or things didn’t went their way.

A lot happened, like A LOT, and the characters went along with their lives almost as nothing happened. They just didn’t feel anything, and I was mad at them, I was like “FEEL SOMETHING, DO SOMETHING”, but nope, nothing.

At some point, I was almost giggling with how random things were. I thought things couldn’t get worse, but guess what?? They got more random and kinda worse. I sighed, relieved, when the book ended. I’ll read the sequel but not anytime soon. I just have to cleanse myself from Tom.

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