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Artificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries (English Edition) Format Kindle
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- ASIN : B075DGHHQL
- Éditeur : Tordotcom (8 mai 2018)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 1732 KB
- Synthèse vocale : Activée
- Lecteur d’écran : Pris en charge
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- X-Ray : Activé
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- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 149 pages
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Pros: we know more, at the end, what happened to the SecUnit.
And Murderbot is, again, a touching character that is often all to human. More human than the corporations it crosses in its path.
The story explores the fragile barrier between being human and artificial life and while it doesn’t necessarily provide an answer, it does provoke further thinking.
Cons: the story is too short and the price is too high. I feel ripped off by the publisher.
And it has one or two weaker moments. Yet it keeps you interested and engaged enough to proceed.
I've always been fascinated by intelligence non human in fiction: demons, dragons, robots... I love the scenaristic complexities offered by this kind of character, the way it makes the reader ponder about identity and humanity. In "The Murderbot Diaries" series some "bots", made with human DNA and a lot a technology (a mix between android and cyborg) are used as slaves, paying no heed to the fact that they're clearly as aware as humans. My very old sense of indignation towards any form of injustice was immediately awake and ready to approve all the author efforts to solve this unbearable situation. I read on and was charmed...
The hero(ine) of this series (whom we'll call Bootie, to make it simple) is a very likeable person, with an endearing personality, very reserved and even shy, but with a delicious dry sense of humour. By nature Botie feels the need to help humans, but not any human: their intelligence helps them to see how people really are, and since the first book, Bootie's tribulations, around some mysteries, were riveting and made a very pleasurable read.
I particularly appreciate how this kind of exposing of a non human character helps understand some particular human personalities, who are able to like and love other humans but bear contact with difficulties and much prefer to have indirect interactions with other humans: they're not abnormal and cold, just different and sensitive, and need to be accepted with their differences.
But to come back to this second novella, "Artificial Condition".
If you've loved the first episode, you're sure to love this one too. The story is very linear, beginning just after the end of "All Systems Red". If you don't remember very precisely this first story, and have chosen not to read it again before, don't worry, the author gives some tips to help the reader. And if you were sorry to see Bootie run away, you'll see that they don't forget her crew!
I won't tell much about this new story, as I don't want to spoil anybody, but I can just say that Bootie's gaining a rather Hermionish sidekick, and manages to learn from their personal history. It was a delicious read, entertaining, sweet and fun!
I'm looking forward reading the next novella in the series, "Rogue Protocol" (August 2018), and the next, "Exit Strategy" (october 2018) - and hope the series will go on, I'd love to have dozen of murderbot diaries...
I recommend this book in particular, and "The Murderbot diaries" in general, to all science-fi readers (and even more) who love a solid context and strong characters development, with no clichés and some dry humor.
Lovers of Ann Leckie's Ancillary books will love this series, and also, for instance, enthusiast readers of Lois McBujold's Penrin § Desdemona's novellas.
Amateurs de background fouillé, passez votre chemin : ici on a de l'aventure, du rythme, des personnages, un seul point de vue du début à la fin. Pour une narration éclatée en plusieurs trames narratives distinctes ou des organisations sociales avant gardistes, il faudra lire autre chose.
Une très bonne lecture, conseillée à tous les amateurs de SF divertissante.
Murderbot's character development is very interesting and several crucial points are addressed in very smart ways.
3.5 synthetic but sensitive stars.
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The central character is highly original and robots have never been characterised so well since Iain Banks. He is a human/robot construct who should be under control from his programming but has managed to hack the program to have some free will in his decisions. He goes on to have a different adventure in each of the 4 stories and save people from the evil, stop-at-nothing-for-profit, mega-corporation, making some decent friends with people/bots that he meets on the way. If you like hard SF with realistically-drawn future technology then you will like this.
Wait until the price goes down before buying and read “Sea of Rust” or “Windup Girl” or any of Bank's Culture Series books (such as “Player of Games” or “Excession”) in the meantime. These are all excellent full-size books which contain well-characterised drones/robots and they are all sold at a reasonable price.
That said I’d advise avoiding this until the price of the four books is the same as the average length novel they will then represent. I will certainly not be buying any more Martha Wells at this kind of price (just under £6 each) in future. And that includes further outings, if any, for the murderbot.
Your mileage may vary of course, but I’m not encouraging this kind of pricing with my money.
I liked that the extra mystery plot is wound around the original discovery thread; Murderbot does want to find out about its past, but also gets involved in other things – and meets more people. Murderbot definitely becomes more human (not that they’re very happy about that development) and makes some friends. I absolutely adore ART, the transport ship that Murderbot ships out on: it’s sarcastic in a “I’m smarter than everyone else and I already worked out the answer” way, and I love the developing relationship between the two of them. Also, I love that ART needs someone to watch TV with! Some of the moments are just adorable.
The book feels too short, but in an “I want more!” rather than an “unfinished story” way ; there’s plenty of mysteries left for the next two books, and I’m really looking forward to them. I’d also love a longer piece with Murderbot involved, but then hopefully the four-novella series will fit that desire perfectly!
So – a good continuation of the first Murderbot book, and enough mysteries left to tug me onwards into the rest of the series; plus, extra sarcasm from ART as well as Murderbot! What’s not to love?