I didn’t intend to stay up to 1230 am an finish Exit Strategy, but I think once you start a Murderbot Diaries novella you are compelled to finish it. Or maybe that’s just me.
For those of you familiar with Eurovision, the plot is basically a galactic version of the terrible/wonderful spectacle that is the Eurovision song contest. Instead of deciding what beings are sentient, newly found species have to compete in the contest or have their entire species eradicated from existence. Pretty ridiculous.
The universe is basically Victorian Britain with different names. So it’s all upper class disdain, casual colonial references, and of course an overwhelming patriarchal culture. Gag.
My first impression as I was reading it on the bullet train from Shanghai to Beijing was that it was fucking weird. My final conclusion after finishing it after arriving in Beijing is that is it really fucking weird.
he setting is one we’ve seen before. It’s a word with time travel, however because history is a fickle thing, there are specially trained historians who get to do all the time travel. So far, so Doomsday Book.
This is the third (maybe final?) novel in the Machineries of Empire series. It follows on roughly 10 years after the events in Raven Stratagem. Cheris-Jedao has disappeared, leaving Brezan and Mikodez to create a new structure to their society. However, Kujen has other tricks up his sleeve, including another Jedao!
There were elements of Space Unicorn Blues I liked, but unfortunately it couldn’t make up for some of the clunky world-building and general hatefulness of some of the characters (or their past).