Honestly, when there are no more instalments of the Murderbot Diaries, I’m going to be so very sad. I basically want to be Murderbot’s friend at this point, but I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be uncomfortable with that. So this is the third in the series after All Systems Red and Artificial Condition. And it is still …
The format is the same as the other two books – a collection of interviews, transcripts, diary entries that knit the narrative together. The start of this book has Rose, Vincent, Eva and Ekim (an alien) escaping in Themis back to earth.
ALL THE THINGS HAPPEN ALL THE TIME. IT IS RELENTLESS.
There’s a woman named Pearl. Except she’s an angel. Well. She has wings like an angel, but she doesn’t actually know what she is or where she came from. But she knows that someone has stolen something from her and that thing is now in the shape of a briefcase, in the possession of Kisi Sorle. But it’s…sort of not Dr Kisi Sorle, orthopaedic surgeon but something else that occasionally inhabits him.
So, the book follows the history of a family, the Orchiéres, as they flea from France to life in England. The gift of witchcraft is passed down from mother to daughter but at all times they must keep it secret – or face a hostile world that fears women with such powers.
The plot is absurd. The Regional Office is a group of super-human women, guided by Oracles to defend the earth from all threats – alien, mystical, time-travelling, monstrous, etc. But its attacked! By first what seems a counter-agency but as we learn through the plot, has come from within.
First off: what a delight. Just a delightful space romp with hi-jinx and shenanigans. It wasn’t without its flaws and I would say is pretty light-weight as far as these types of films go.