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Network Effect

Network Effect

eBook - 2020
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You know that feeling when you're at work, and you've had enough of people, and then the boss walks in with yet another job that needs to be done right this second or the world will end, but all you want to do is go home and binge your favorite shows? And you're a sentient murder machine programmed for destruction? Congratulations, you're Murderbot. When Murderbot's human associates (not friends, never friends) are captured and another not-friend from its past requires urgent assistance, Murderbot must choose between inertia and drastic action.
Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2020
ISBN: 9781250229847
Characteristics: 1 online resource (350 pages)


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Jun 12, 2021

Murderbot in a full-length novel is exactly what I didn't know I needed. Love the additional development the format brings to this character. Can't wait to read the next one!

JCLCharlesH May 03, 2021

Murderbot Diaries Book 5 - Murderbot returns, this time in a full length novel. More leisurely than the dense and focused plots from the novellas, the story allows the reader even more time to enjoy the cynical humor and heartfelt emotion. The action in this book also fully explores the capabilities of technological fighting, and is some of my favorite writing of the series.

Apr 25, 2021

Your results may vary. Much depends on WHO you are and HOW you read it. I am not a sci-fi aficionado but I love the way this book is written.

Apr 14, 2021

Finished this in one night. Murderbot becomes...Mommabot, in more ways than one. And I cried buckets! Loved this, have loved the whole series. Keep writing, Ms. Wells. Murderbot and ART are fantastic.

Feb 07, 2021

It's Murderbot, it's Martha Wells. Of course it's great! Read the previous novellas first, especially #2.

Jan 05, 2021

An odd but endearing look at the minds and hearts of futuristic AI.
Full of action, perhaps a bit on the frenetic side.
Read the four preceding novellas first, for proper context.

Oct 13, 2020

After reading exclusively non-fiction for 20+ years, I binge read the Murderbot Diaries series and haven’t looked back. While I’m waiting for the author’s 6th installment, I’ve read several other sci-fi authors and a myriad of the author’s previous fantasy creations. This series remains my favorite.

As an admitted science nerd, I was thrilled with technical details, could literally see spectacular scenes in my mind, and thoroughly enjoyed the multi-dimensional characters. Try not to smile when ART and SpecUnit interact.

Martha Wells pulled me from decades of non-fiction reading which I thought was impossible. Her writing style makes me laugh so hard I cry, bite my fingernails (which I never do otherwise), and smile so much my cheeks hurt. Highly skilled author.

Oct 11, 2020

Murderbot is definitely a character that deserved a full novel, and any chance to enjoy this blunt but reserved, sassy but secretly caring AI's POV is a treat, but I was a little surprised that the novel focuses so much on new faces and side characters, rather than the heavy hitters of the Preservation Aux survey team, especially Dr. Mensah. Once again, I found myself absolutely loving the AIs (Murderbot, ART, Murderbot 2.0) and never truly connecting to the humans. This novel was fun and interesting for a big fan of the novellas such as myself, but did less to advance Murderbot's emotional growth and series-long arc than each individual novella did. Ultimately, worth it for a fan of the series, but left a lot of potential on the table.

CMLibrary_gjd Oct 05, 2020

The first full length novel in this series does not disappoint!! I hope this leads to more books because we do meet new SecUnits in this "episode". Our titular hero finds themselves caught between a rock and a hard place when while on a mission with Mensah's daughter Amena, they are kidnapped by ART (*hole Research Transport). Yes, things go down hill rather quickly--isn't that the way Murderbot does things?!?

If you enjoy your Science Fiction with a heavy does of humor, pick up this series today!!

I even found recommendations from the author:

Sep 30, 2020

Murderbot is still not sure what life holds for it, so until it understands more about what it really wants, it stays with Mensah and her family providing security. When Amena, Mensah's daughter wants to go out on her first mission, Mensah asks Murderbot to go along and provide security. She and the others on the mission from Preservation find more than they bargained for when they are basically kidnapped by ART because it needs Murderbot's help. ART's crew is missing and is desperate to get them back. Murderbot is its only hope.
Network Effect is the first full-length novel in this series and does not disappoint. Murderbot continues on its journey of self-discovery and in doing so, develops deeper relationships; something that it abhors. Amena is especially enjoyable as the only adolescent that has been part of these stories so far. Of all of the humans other than Mensah, she seems to be able to more fully understand Murderbot's relationships because she is unencumbered with the political correctness of adults. My only minor complaint about this novel is that the amount of technical jargon and the lengthy explanations made it difficult to follow at times. Overall, however, this is another very good entry in this series.

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Apr 12, 2021

Violence: Some violent scenes are described much more graphically than in the previous books.

Apr 12, 2021

Coarse Language: Many uses of f**k and s**t


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