‘Good Ol’ Murderbot Adventure’

Score: 5/5

Back to the Murderbot series. This is a longer story, but it’s still the same ol’ Murderbot, still pining for daytime TV dramas.

The story length means there’s more going on and it takes longer, but I still managed to romp through the pages. Very enjoyable.

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‘What Was That About?’

Score: 3/5

I’ve really no idea what to make of this book. It’s said to ‘defy categorisation’ and it does. And it certainly pokes fun at 1930s-era Soviet life.

But is it any good?

I honestly don’t know. The dialogue seemed awful, but maybe that’s a cultural thing? Maybe people really spoke like that in the 1930s? And I felt like much of the point of the book, much of the satire, went over my head precisely because I don’t like in 1930s Soviet Union.

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‘I Didn’t Enjoy This’

Score: 1/5

I really didn’t enjoy this book. It felt like the author was using his vocabulary to bludgeon me into accepting his superior intelligence.

For example:

The episcopate of this pop-reference movement were the post-Nabokovian Black Humorists, the Metaficitonsists and assorted franc- and latinophiles only later comprised by “postmodern”.

It’s not that I don’t understand the words, it’s that by the time I get to the full-stop I don’t care.

Still, if that’s your kind of thing and you want to read a couple of hundred pages of it, enjoy. 

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‘More Westerns In Space’

Score: 4/5

I think I like these Murderbot stories because they’re just so like old westerns, but set in space. With an anxiety-ridden Murderbot instead of a ‘drifter’, planets/stations instead of settlements, and a constant feed of soap operas instead of... Well, OK, it’s maybe not a perfect simile.

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‘Loving These Murderbot Stories’

Score: 5/5

I may be becoming addicted to this murderbot and his love of soaps. It now bothers me that there aren’t dozens more of these available.

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‘More Murderbot, More Mayhem’

Score: 5/5

Back to my favourite murderbot. Still fun, engaging and a bit silly.

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‘What’s Really Going On’

Score: 3/5

I’m not sure what to make of this book.

Is it really the plain story it seems, or is it trying to say something deeper? It feels like it’s deeper, like it’s a metaphor, or like there was something else going on via a hugely unreliable narrator, but... if there was I just couldn’t grasp it.

I get the points about power, work and being trapped, I just felt I was waiting for something more.

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‘Fun, Not Too Serious’

Score: 4/5

In the middle of some dense reading, I took a break with this. It’s some light science fiction, not there to be taken too seriously, but fun enough. I thoroughly enjoyed it. A murderbot with a bad soap opera habit - what’s not to love?

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‘Fitting End To Series’

Score: 4/5

Well, the final Expanse book. It’s taken a lot of words to get here.

It’s a nice enough end to the series. Fitting enough. But really, I have such difficulty getting over the fact that some of our technology today is ahead of this mythical future. We have tiny cameras everywhere these but the lack of cameras puts these books firmly in the pre-2010 era. It’s hard for me to take their imaginative tech seriously.

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‘Interesting, Fun, And Short’

Score: 3/5

This is a short book with short chapters on popular philosophical questions. It doesn’t go into great depth in its answers but it tries to bring a flavour of the current state of philosophy to each of them. Interesting and fun.

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