But Murderbot is special, because it has disabled the governor built into its programming that requires it to obey the orders of The Company and whoever is leasing it. It has essentially given itself free will. I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module, but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites. It had been well over 35, hours or so since then, with still not much murdering, but probably, I don't know, a little under 35, hours of movies, serials, books, plays and music consumed.
As a heartless killing machine, I was a terrible failure. The complication is, no one can know that it has done this. Therefore, it must continue to act like a robot with an intact governor in order to pass for For a cyborg killing machine. It is hard to say exactly why I like Murderbot so much.
Maybe it's the sarcasm that Wells has given it. The dry humor. Its binge-watching habit. There's a Gen X cynicism to Murderbot that I adore — this sense that it has seen it all before, that none of it is very interesting compared to what's on TV, and that everything is going to end badly anyway. It keeps wanting to give up, to die, but then doesn't.
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It trudges on, like Marvin from the Hitchhiker's Guide but with guns built into its arms. Mostly, Murderbot just wants to be left alone. There are subtexts to be read into Murderbot — that its experience is a coming-out narrative, that it mirrors the lives of trans people, immigrants, those on the autism spectrum or anyone else who feels the need to hide some essential part of themselves from a population that either threatens or can't possibly understand them.
Or both. And I get all of that because every one of those reads is right. It's the wonder of the character — that something so alien can be so human. That everyone who has ever had to hide in a crowded room, avert their eyes from power, cocoon themselves in media for comfort or lie to survive can relate.
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It's powerful to see that on the page. It's moving to ride around in the head of something that is so strong and so vulnerable, so murder-y and so frightened, all at the same time. Best news of all? All Systems Red is only the first of four Murderbot Diaries novellas. Wells followed Red with Artificial Condition , Rogue Protocol and Exit Strategy , all of which have gotten multiple electronic, hard- and softcover releases over the past year or so, with the Red hardcover being released this month after winning Hugo, Nebula, Alex and Locus Awards in Which is proof, I suppose, that I'm not alone in my love for Murderbot.
That we are all a little bit Murderbot. That we see ourselves in its skin. And that reading about this sulky, soap-opera-loving cyborg killing machine might be one of the most human experiences you can have in sci-fi right now. Jason Sheehan knows stuff about food, video games, books and Starblazers. He is currently the restaurant critic at Philadelphia magazine, but when no one is looking, he spends his time writing books about giant robots and ray guns. Tales From the Radiation Age is his latest book.
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I could be telling you truthfully for sure or I could be lieficating my tale off. Considering that I done ratified this doohicky with 5 of them oblique starified thingys, you can use your best judgemental. Thank you for your time and pass me a drink if you don't mind. Apr 23, Perry rated it did not like it. What a load of bobbins! Struggled from start to finish reading this and was totally clueless by the end. Was not impressed by the style of writing and the story line seemed to keep bouncing around.
Didn't get a feel for any of the characters involved, at least I managed to persevere through it Aug 11, James rated it it was amazing. Loved the way it is written. I found the writing style of this book great. And any story about a piano playing con man has to be good doesn't it? Dystopia at its best. Jun 28, James rated it did not like it. This was one of the most difficult books I have ever read. I did not care for the writing style right from the beginning and forced myself to finish it. Loved, loved, loved this book, and a big reason is the world building.
The action is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the government is mostly absent and technology consists of what you can gather from junk heaps and duct-tape together. The descriptions were so vivid I could picture every lopsided, Frankenstein machine in all its glory. Had three of them, Loved, loved, loved this book, and a big reason is the world building. Had three of them, actually, of varying vintages and levels of functionality, because, seriously, what was this, Nepal? The West was having itself a nice, civilized, apocalypse, thank you very much!
I listened to this as an audiobook narrated by Nick Podehl and he was fantastic. Of course, it helped that the source material is crazily imaginative, extremely funny and wickedly complicated. But Mr. Dangerous territory, trying to walk in the huge footsteps of Joss Whedon, but Sheehan does it and succeeds spectacularly. But a very different kind when he tells a man with one gun that he needs more.
Watching the author spin his tale was, at many points, like watching an incredibly skilled juggler. There are so many balls up in the air that at times I wondered if the author had lost track of what he was doing, but then the plot would reappear, and all the craziness would be revealed as having an actual purpose in furthering the plot. The description of the battle is masterful and reminded me strongly of early Neal Stephenson.
I, for one, hope this book gets enough attention so that Jason is able to keep on writing. Feb 22, Peter rated it it was amazing. So I'm giving this book 5 stars as there aren't half stars. I'm definitely going to suggest this book to my friends because it was very unique and very interesting. The book was originally released as a Kindle Serial, which I didn't even know was a thing, and thus separated into episodes. Before I knew it was serialized I was pleasantly surprised how reading things broken up into episodes was pretty damn cool.
It felt like I was reading a TV show, bunch of story arcs that all played together in So I'm giving this book 5 stars as there aren't half stars. It felt like I was reading a TV show, bunch of story arcs that all played together in the end, very Doctor Whoish. The story itself takes place in a dystopian near future where things have gone completely bananas, can't explain why as the reveal doesn't happen till a good way into the story.
The author is telling the story as if the main character is telling the story to you, lots of fourth wall breaking which I personally thought was awesome; the Princess Bride pulled it off and so does this book. I was constantly trying to figure out just what in the hell was going on big picture and, yeah, I was never even close to figuring it out. Luckily it's all wrapped up in the end so your not left mystified as to what and why things happened.
You're following the story from the point of view of a mysterious character who you get more and more backstory on as the story progresses. The book makes you doubt that what he is telling you is the truth, although he even tells the reader he's a liar, and I was reading and completely perplexed as to who he really is, come to think of it I don't think you ever get his real name. He meets the most interesting character in the book, in my opinion, Captain James Barrow who is equally as mysterious as the narrator.
Barrow basically adopts the main character into his gang and adventures ensue that seem completely random that culminate into a huge reveal in the last 20 pages in the book, the AH HA moment if you will. Seriously, I can't say much in the review because it would ruin the book, just read the damn thing, it's awesome. Feb 19, Patrick rated it it was ok.
A long time ago there was a movie called The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai. There was also a novelization, written by Earl Mac Rauch , which is told from the perspective of Reno, one of Buckaroo's team members. That is the kind of book I was hoping this would be. Buckaroo's in the middle, Reno is in the dark suit with a red shirt. Bonus: Jeff Goldblum I was completely wrong. I've never been happier to finish a book than when I finished this one.
It was a slow form of torture reading this book, whe A long time ago there was a movie called The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai. It was a slow form of torture reading this book, where instead of the fingerscrew and the garrote I was assaulted with adjectives, nouns, and verbs among other linguistic implements. There is a plot, there are some interesting characters, but instead of developing them the author is too busy having the narrator describe his experiences in unnecessarily excruciating detail.
This narrator loves to talk, and he loves to talk about himself talking: And then it was my turn to say nothing—a state which came neither natural nor pleasantly to me. Love the sound of my own voice, me. Two stars instead of one, because of the train robbery with dinosaurs, and the fact that the author threw in at least two Buckaroo Banzai references Yoyodyne and John Smallberries. Maybe this kind of book is for you, but definitely not for me. The riveting stegosaur-riding scene. View 1 comment. Aug 20, David Foster rated it liked it.
In the first twenty pages of this book, I thought I had stumbled into one of those beautiful books that would I would be telling people about as one of my favorites of the year. To my mind, the author of this book has a very unique shortcoming. He has a beautiful voice, creating characters that are rich, well put-together, and that stay true to themselves.
And In the first twenty pages of this book, I thought I had stumbled into one of those beautiful books that would I would be telling people about as one of my favorites of the year. And the unique dialect of the storyteller is very engaging However, this book proves that you can have too much of a good thing. Too many times was I getting caught up in the rhythm of the action just to be led off into an unwanted side-path, seemingly only because the narrator liked to hear himself talk. The plot was sort of a disjointed stumbling through an adventure that lacked a cohesive, driving rhythm that action should have.
And the semi-scientific half-explanations of what was happening to the world either strayed too far into the wandering mind of the theoretical physicist, or were just too half-baked to allow for my suspension of disbelief. In all, it was disappointing - I think the author has a great book in him someplace; it just isn't this one. Perhaps if this potentially great author had met up with a great editor who was good at cutting out the fluff I could have had the wonderful experience I was hoping for.
Aug 27, Philip McClimon rated it it was amazing. Deadwood meets Discworld …or something darn near like it. Maybe the author watched Buckaroo Banzai one too many times, which I think is an impossibility. Suffice to say, this is one strange trip, but one you will be very glad to have taken.
Full of sentenc Deadwood meets Discworld …or something darn near like it. Full of sentences that use twenty-five words when nine would do and characters that defy explanation but you will grow very fond of, this book is a lot of fun. Mar 03, KaCee Hudson rated it really liked it. This is the first Fiction book I've read in a while so it took me a bit to get through it and it was definitely a little longer than it needed to be.
But man am I glad I stuck with it! Such incredible imagery, such colorful characters. I've always been drawn to post-apocalyptic stories and this is definitely up there with the most imaginative and exciting. I fell in love with "the weird"! Duncan's voice is so clear and consistent, it makes the reeeeeally out there moments feel that much more b This is the first Fiction book I've read in a while so it took me a bit to get through it and it was definitely a little longer than it needed to be.
Duncan's voice is so clear and consistent, it makes the reeeeeally out there moments feel that much more believable.
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May 29, Bruce Cable rated it it was amazing. First of all, I listened to this book through Audible, and then I did something which I can honestly say that I've never done before; I ordered a sample of it from Amazon, which although brief, gave me an opportunity to see how I felt about the book, without the benefit of listening to the very upbeat, almost manic narrator, giving me a performance. Upon the conclusion of my little self-gratifying experiment, I came to the realization that I preferred listening to it, because this just happens to First of all, I listened to this book through Audible, and then I did something which I can honestly say that I've never done before; I ordered a sample of it from Amazon, which although brief, gave me an opportunity to see how I felt about the book, without the benefit of listening to the very upbeat, almost manic narrator, giving me a performance.
Upon the conclusion of my little self-gratifying experiment, I came to the realization that I preferred listening to it, because this just happens to be one of those few books that almost requires it to be performed To be continued Apr 14, Whitney Vestal rated it liked it. Apr 15, Jessica Meyers rated it it was amazing Shelves: recommend , reviewed , favorites , mystery , speculative-fic , makes-you-think , mind-blowing. I can't explain how much I loved this book! The author, Jason Sheehan, Is brilliant! There were numerous times I literally laughed out loud at the quirkiness sense of humor of the characters in this book.
The story in general was fascinating and went beyond my expectations! Absolutely phenomenal! Dec 19, Eric Means rated it it was amazing Shelves: dystopic-sf , sci-fi , 5-star , want-recs , favorites. Inventive, fun, told in a voice that will be instantly recognizable if you loved HBO's Deadwood. And secret agents. And gangs of adorable lethal moppets with axes. If you buy it now you'll get the whole thing, but honestly buying this as an Amazon Serial was a great decision. Every couple of weeks I had a new episode to read, and I looked forward to it, for sure.
Aug 28, Aaron rated it it was ok Shelves: sci-fi , post-apocalyptic. Overall, it was just a bit too flowery in its writing style for me and at the climactic conclusion, I was left confused as to what the heck just happened. Not a good thing. I did enjoy the descriptions of this near future post-apocalyptic America that hasn't completely gone to waste, it's just gone weird. Apr 09, Peter rated it it was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed Tales from the Radiation Age.
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I especially enjoy post-apocalyptic novels and this one does not disappoint. Wonderful characters and one of the most unique story lines I have read in quite some time in this genre. So when is the next one?