Review: Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
Reviews / February 25, 2019

This is going to be a short and quick review. Artificial Condition continues the series with all the same strengths that I made me enjoy All Systems Red. Once again we get the wonderfully snarky humor of Murderbot. Murderbot gets to further expand her experiences and learn new coping skills sand this time Murderbot has found a friend, a fellow A.I. who maybe isn’t programmed to murder quite like Murderbot, but enough so that they understand each other, especially compared to their somewhat perplexing at times human companions. It’s a fun dynamic. Again, since this is a novella, it is a short and quick read. I hate to go into too much detail for that reason. I will say this is very much a light and fun sci-fi read about a murderously inclined A.I. just trying to fit into a human world with a wonderfully sarcastic sense of humor. There is not a gender assignment for Murderbot, but internally, I refer to Murderbot as she, because really, it just feels female to me with the breaking of expected roles (programmed to murder, but wants to do her own thing instead) and a good dose of attitude and sarcasm to go…

Guest Post: Jessie Mihalik Shares Five Books Featuring Her Favorite Rebellious Characters
Guest Post , Lists / February 8, 2019

Today I am happy to welcome Jessie Mihalik to Tenacious Reader. I loved her book Polaris Rising, which just released this week (if you missed my thoughts on it, be sure to check out my review). One of the things I loved about  Polaris Rising is the rebellious nature of Ada (the protagonist), so I’m excited to have Jessie join us to day to list 5 books featuring her favorite rebellious characters. Five Books Featuring My Favorite Rebellious Characters By Jessie Mihalik I love rebellious characters. From the quiet rebellion of a hidden secret or a forbidden love to the in-your-face rebellion of a character working to shatter the status quo, rebels drive plots and keep pages turning. Here are five SF/F books featuring my favorite rebellious characters. All Systems Red is a tale of a rogue security android who has overridden its governor module and dubbed itself Murderbot. Rather than going on a murdering rampage, though, Murderbot would much rather watch hours and hours of entertainment videos while nominally keeping its human charges alive—not because it particularly cares for them, but just so it doesn’t get recalled and scrapped. Unfortunately for it, someone wants the humans dead, and Murderbot must rouse itself to…

Top Ten Tuesday – Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach
Top Ten Tuesday / June 19, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is  Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach So I am kinda of the opinion that any book is a good read at the pool or beach, but for the sake of the list, I will focus on lighter. funner reads, or books that are real page turners.  

Review: All Systems Red by Martha Wells
4 Stars , Reviews / May 14, 2018

I don’t read many novellas or short stories, but All Systems Red by Martha Wells is a great example of why I should read more. It’s a fun and exciting story that’s also quick and well paced. Also, while this was my first book by Martha Wells, it certainly won’t be the last. The story features a team of scientists that are on an exploratory mission. And because of this, they are required to have a Company supplied security android, or secUnit for short, along for the ride. In this world, all space missions must be approved by the Company and because profits drive everything, lower bids win. This doesn’t exactly encourage advancement so much as cutting corners. One of the first things I enjoyed about the book is that the main character, the secUnit on this expedition, refers to itself as ‘Murderbot’. Such a silly thing, to enjoy a name, but its not *just* the name, but the entire attitude and disposition behind it. I guess in real life something that calls itself Murderbot might be scary or undesirable to have around, but in a book? Murderbot is awesome. And once you get to know it, at least if…

Stacking the Shelves – May 6, 2018
Stacking the Shelves / May 6, 2018

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature all about sharing your good luck in book acquisitions! So here’s what came my way since my last post! Wow, I went way too long without doing a Stacking the Shelves!! These are all the wonderful additions since last time! Received for Review                                   Both of these books from Harper Voyager look amazing! I’ve wanted to try Feist, and this new series looks like a great chance. And I have started The Poppy War and am so in love with this book so far! So many thanks to Harper Voyager!                               Pyr, as always, was great to me again. I am admittedly a bit horrible about making time to read short fiction but am hoping I get a chance to read some of the stories from the Nebula Awards showcase. And Blood Orbit sounds great! My thanks to Pyr!     I received a couple of interesting looking thrillers from Quercus. One looks to be a fourth in series, so not sure if I…