Murderbot diaries ; 4 I love these books. They just feel so warm and comforting, like a hug, despite the fact that the narrator describes themselves as a murderbot and there are many threats and violent incidents. There’s just something about them that makes them feel cosy. And I really really do NOT mean that […]
Published in Uncanny Magazine, Sept/Oct 2017. Issue 17. Short stories often don’t really work for me. Either too little happens or too much. Also being so short they often don’t have enough time and space to devote to character development. And that’s often what makes a story, long or short, work for me. But I […]
The Murderbot Diaries ; 2 The whole time I was reading this book1 I kept telling myself to slow down. It is short, only 159 pages((not that I’d know that apart from the fact that goodreads tell me I read the ebook because pr-orders and instant gratification are the way of the now! )) so […]
I added this book to my TBR pile a whole year ago, when it was rec’d by Kameron Hurley. And then it was one of the books discussed on Fangirl Happy Hour, so I bumped it up the list. I haven’t listened to that episode yet, because I wanted to read the book first. It […]
The Murderbot diaries : 1 – Read an extract. Way back in January Kameron Hurley posted about a list of books that she had preordered, and this one sounded just awesome. I mean, the series is called The Murderbot Diaries. That was pretty much enough for me to pre-order it, especially as it is a […]
In the future John Connor sends soldier Kyle Reese back in time to 1984 with the job of protecting Sarah Connor, the woman who will eventually give birth to John. But when Reese arrives he discovers that Sarah already knows all about the machines and Judgement Day. And she has a terminator working with her […]
Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) graduated High School at 13, and since then he’s been spending his time at Bot Fights. He hustles older robot controllers. His older brother is not impressed. Tadashi (Daniel Henney) thinks Hiro should be doing more with his life, and so he brings him to “Nerd School” where he works. Hiro […]
via LadyBusiness where I seem to be getting all my short story recs recently Tesla is in love with a robot. Tesla would also like to be a robot. This is problematical as that technology is still at least 20 years away, if it is possible at all, also, Tesla’s father can’t even cope with […]
Set in the not too distant future, Real Steel is all about Robot Boxing. Human boxing just couldn’t live with the public’s demand for yet more violence, and so robots were built to destroy one another. And this high tech violence led to the end of human violence as entertainment, it just wasn’t blood thirsty […]
In the far distant future fourteen year old Anax is about to sit an exam. A four hour interview that will decide whether or not she will be accepted into The Academy. Her chosen topic is the history of Adam Forde, a figure who helped to create the utopian society Anax is a part of. […]
Mad Bad Richard Dadd has been commissioned by Sir Thomas to paint a record of their journey through Europe. But travelling from Greece he is visited one night by a strange figure calling himself Osiris. But that is just a name this figure has taken, he is insistent that he is no supernatural character.
Dadd is a real-life character, a famous Victorian painter, and infamously a murderer. This is a possible telling of how he became this murderer.
I really loved Ilium when I read it in June so was looking forward to this, the sequel. And it kicks off right where we left the story in the first book. Unfortunately it just didn’t work as well. All through this book I was interested in what was going on, but never gripped, never fascinated or engaged by it. Merely hmm, that’s interesting.
That being said there are some great reasons for reading this book. Ilium is a great read, and this continues that story and brings it to conclusion. I quite liked the banter between the two morevacs. And there is a lot more explanation of who and what characters are, as well as where they came from, so you can know if you figured it all our correctly in Ilium. And the idea is a great one.