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All Systems Red and Artificial Condition by Martha Wells | Thoughts

      Published on : 2017 & 2018   ||    Format : ebook   ||    Location : Space One line review : When a planetary mission goes wrong, it is up to an android to come up with a way to rescue its clients, even it rescue appears very difficult. ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆   I am not a combat murderbot, I’m Security. I keep things from attacking the clients and try to gently discourage the clients from attacking each other. Thoughts : I had been hearing a lot of good things about the Murderbot series by Martha Wells, and when I tried to look up these books in my library website, the waiting lists were at least one month long, so by the time I had a copy available to read, my expectations were sky-high. Currently, the Murderbot series contains 5 novels (with the sixth coming later this month) and 2 novellas. Of these, the fifth book, Network Effect starts a new storyline while the first four novels are part of the same story arc. As of right now, I have read the first novella ( Compulsory ) and the fir

This Spring-like week | Weekly Snapshot

After weeks of near-zero (Fahrenheit) temperatures and so much snow (more than we have ever received in years), we are now in the 50s and it's looking that way for all of next week, woo hoo!



Life

We seem to have settled into a routine around here. Work has calmed down a bit as well, so you'd think that all this means I should be reading more or dabble in things that sound fun. Sadly no. While I still much relish being able to work from home and having kids safe in school, it would be nice to be able to socialize more with no worry of the virus. Yesterday, we all went for a long walk out in the beautiful weather. On our way, we passed by the park we spent so much time in last year but didn't venture inside because there were so many people in there. I look forward to the day we don't need to do that.

Spring break is coming soon and we are seriously considering safe vacation options. We don't have any grand ideas at the moment but we'll be thinking about it more.

It's the husband's birthday on Monday. No special plans - maybe some cake and more family time.


Reading

The week before last, I was reading up a storm. I was expecting to hit a wall at some point and that wall came last week. I couldn't get into any new book and have been struggling through my current read for the past two weeks. I'm not ready to give up yet but some slow reading is in order.

Before the rut hit though, I did read a few graphic novels and memoirs. Pashmina was just meh, and Class Act was as good as the prequel. But the big winners were Almost American Girl and Good Talk - both were very good #ownvoices accounts of how race and immigration shaped the authors' experiences and how it is forever an identity they carry everywhere, sometimes even rudely reminded about it where it shouldn't have mattered.



Right now, I am reading It's Not All Downhill From Here by Terry McMillan, which is so far a very good book. However, it is going very slow. Couple of times I considered putting it down and picking up something else, but that didn't work so this may just take a while. 


Watching

We've been watching the Hotel Transylvania movies with the kids. While the third movie was just okay, the first two were a lot of fun. 

I may have also binged on Netflix's mini-series, Behind Her Eyes. I was intrigued after reading a recent article by the author of the book on which this series is based. I missed out on all the hype when the book came out - that was during my three-year hiatus, but I doubt I would have read it even if I had caught on to the hype. At the time, I was so done with all those twisty and double-twisty thrillers (Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, etc). But that article intrigued me. Now that I'm done with the show - brr, those twists at the end! And also, ugh didn't like some of the things that were core to the story and I know I would have hated to read all that stuff in a book. But most of all, the show was creeeeeepy, and if that's your thing, you may love this show! I, on the other hand, sorely need to lose myself in some happy stuff now.


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