Review: Artificial Condition by Martha Wells | #Robot #Scifi

Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2)Artificial Condition by Martha Wells

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Story of a superhuman security robot/cyborg learning to pretend to be human.

What I liked about it is that they have a sentient spaceship, and there is an additional robot/cyborg that is freed.

While this still has several action sequences it is more based on character development.

I feel somewhat ripped off though, in the sense that Amazon said this book is 160 pages (novel length), but it’s actually only 33 thousand words (novella length). It also cost over $8, so I’m rather hesitant to get the next one.

Though I probably will read the rest of the novella series before the novel comes out in 2020.
There is slim pickings for people like me that like scifi stories about robots. I would have given it a four stars but the lack of DRM boosts it by an extra star so it’s back at 5.

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Review: All systems Red By Martha Wells

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)All Systems Red by Martha Wells

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a Hugo and Nebula award winning novella!
A “robot” gains sentience and independence while saving it’s crew from certain death numerous times.

My main gripe with this novella is that the “robot” is more accurately described as a cyborg, since they are comprised of inorganic and organic (cloned human) parts. There are also augmented humans in the book which are a less extreme form of cyborg. However the book makes up for this superficial problem by having a markedly different cognitive experience for the robot, and being robot point of view.

It has decent immersion, and is rather to the point with minimum frills and character development, but I read it for the robots. But the ebook is cheap so can’t gripe about the conciseness of this novella.
It had be gripping and tense, masterfully crafted scenes.

So I would give it 4 and a half stars, and an extra star for being available without DRM!
So I simply downloaded it and made it into an hour and half long audio book,
listened to it while putting the kids to bed.

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