All Systems Red by Martha Wells

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The novella is set in a corporate driven future; the companies provide also the security droids for security in exploration missions.

The protagonist of the book is a droid – he likes to define himself Murderbot – who is responsible of the security of a scientific exploration in a distant planet.

The droid hacked the governor module, and thanks to this freedom act we are able to be part of his real thoughts: he loves tv series, does not like to socialize with the human companions and is terribly sarcastic. It’s clearly impossible not to love him.

The novella shows well built characters, and the plot is a mix of science fiction, action and thriller, all well homogenized. Too bad the book is so short, luckily it seems the author is working on follow ups, and I honestly wish to read more about the wonderful Murderbot.


* All Systems Red by Martha Wells ★★★★☆

*I read this book in english

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At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories by Kij Johnson

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La raccolta contiene diversi racconti della scrittrice, passando dal racconto breve alla novella. Su sf-signal è possibile trovare la tavola dei contenuti con i link ai racconti disponibili online.

I racconti coprono i temi più disparati, molti hanno in comune la dimostrazione dell’amore per gli animali (At the Mouth of the River of Bees, 26 Monkeys. Also The Abyss, The horse raiders, Wolf trapping, The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles, The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change), altri la passione per le culture orientali (Fox Magic, Chenting, in the Land of the DeadThe Empress Jingu Fishes, The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles).

Sono convinta che sia impossible apprezzare completamente una raccolta di racconti: ci sarà sempre qualcosa che piacerà o interesserà meno, questa raccolta invece rasenta quasi la perfezione, sono tutte storie intense e ricche di elementi particolari,  tra le più belle (ma sono tutte belle che è così difficile scegliere):

  • Fox Magic
  • My Wife Reincarnated as a Solitaire
  • Chenting, in the Land of the Dead
  • The Empress Jingu Fishes
  • The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change

e Ponies che è il racconto perfetto, leggetelo anche se non vi volete cimentare nella raccolta.

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* At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories by Kij Johnson – ★★★☆☆

*Ho letto questo libro in Inglese

At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories by Kij Johnson

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The collection contains various stories by Kij Johnson, from the short story to the novelette. On sf-signal it’s possible to read the table of contents with the links to the stories available on line.

The stories covers the various themes, some have in commons the love for the animals (At the Mouth of the River of Bees, 26 Monkeys. Also The Abyss, The horse raiders, Wolf trapping, The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles, The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change), others the passion for oriental cultures (Fox Magic, Chenting, in the Land of the DeadThe Empress Jingu Fishes, The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles).

I’m certain that it is not possible to like completely a stories collection: there will always be something we do not like or we are not interested in enough, this collection instead is almost perfect, the stories are them all intense and rich of peculiar elements, the one I like the most (but they are all beautiful, so difficult to chose):

  • Fox Magic
  • My Wife Reincarnated as a Solitaire
  • Chenting, in the Land of the Dead
  • The Empress Jingu Fishes
  • The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change

and Ponies that is the perfect short story, read it .

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* At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories by Kij Johnson – ★★★☆☆

*I read this book in English