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…