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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

Book hopping | Weekly Snapshot

This week, I've hopped from book to book - sampling a few pages here and there and then abandoning them all because it was too slow or too boring or too dry or too character-oriented or too-plot-oriented or... You get the drift. 



Life

We had another one of those sick-kids-and-Covid-tests week. My daughter came home from school one day with a runny nose that quickly became chills and tiredness. She had no issues with smell or taste, nevertheless we took her for a test as neither she nor my son would be able to get back to school without a negative test. Thankfully, the test results came negative. This time around, we were all ready for what needed to be done, unlike the first time a month ago. 

Other than that, my week has been very quiet. My parents and my father-in-law got their first shots of the Covid vaccine in India, so we are finally trying to confirm my parents' travel plans to the US - a year later than originally planned. It's quite exciting to realize we will soon have family with us after it's been just the four of us and the dog for a long time. 

We are still trying to think through possible Spring break plans. The husband and the girl would love to be at a beach. Even though I'm not much of a beach person, I can't help but want to sit at a beach and relax. But we'll see what works out.


Reading

Last week I read Jasmine Kaur's poetry/prose/illustration combo fiction, If I Tell You The Truth, about a rape survivor who flees her home country and settles in Canada, only to lose her legal status owing to a few hard choices and thus become an undocumented immigrant. I quite enjoyed the author's writing and poems and loved the mix of media in here.

After that read though, I have already started 4-5 other books, unsure what I really want to read. I'm feeling a pull towards a good historical fiction but it's been so long since I've actively read this genre that I'm not sure which to read. I did borrow a few books from the library yesterday so maybe I'll read one of these soon - A Long Petal of the Sea, Life After Life, and All the Light We Cannot See. Or maybe I'll read a Lisa See or Kate Morton book. I just want to be lost in a nice fleshy historical fiction for a change.



In the meantime though, I decided to put down Terry McMillan's It's Not All Downhill From Here. I've been reading it for three weeks, even through a rut, which is part of the problem. No book has really ever survived my ruts so I'll come back to it later. 

With all the books I started reading this week, I did continue with Artificial ConditionDetransition, Baby, and Notes on a Nervous Planet. There will be some jumping between books until I get too hooked into one that I can't put it down.


Watching

We are continuing through the DS9 episodes. Right now, we are almost ready to start Season 4 and look forward to seeing another TNG character join the show soon. Couple of weeks back, we watched Tribes of Europa - gosh, this was a combination of Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. So much gore, no holding back on what could happen. I enjoyed it but also find that my tolerance for gore is very low. For Friday family night, we watched Bigfoot Family - the kids enjoyed it but I couldn't care much for it. Found it so focused on the message that the story and characters completely failed. 


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