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Enjoyable as a stand alone or with the series

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 28-11-2020

This was a really enjoyable and quick read. It was a lot of fun to revisit my favourite characters from Ile-Rien and Cineth again. I think that the stories give some great backstory to their characters and expand the already rich world that they exist in.
The narration for the audio book was very smooth and easy to listen too.

Even better than All Systems Red

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 24-11-2020

The Audible narration was FABTASTIC!!! This narrator is perfect for Murderbot!

November 2020:
Wow, these books have unexpectedly worked their way into my heart. This is my second time reading Artificial Condition. It was my favourite novella on the first read through, and it looks like it will easially hold that title. It just amazes me the complexity of the characters emotions and how subtly they are conveyed to the reader. The story is compelling and it flows well. I feel like I got to know murderbot better in this book. It was my partner's first time reading this book and it was fun to experience it for the first time again through him.

A must

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-11-2020

This was beautifully narrated.

Disney's Peter Pan 2 was my favourite movie as a child. I had heard that the book was a lot darker than the movies... but I didn't realise it was THAT much darker! This book was... unsettling. But I feel that it is a must for everyone who loved Peter so as a child. I am Wendy now, grown up and seeing Peter again in a very different light, but still charmed.

An easy fun read

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-2020

Okay, I couldn't put this book down! I LOVED the idea of terracotta warriors in space. Archaeology and super quantum computers?! My two favourite things! I've always enjoyed Maria V. Snyder's writing style, it flows and it's simple and I think that's beautiful.

Another epic adventure

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-11-2020

Wow! I remember back to when I started the first book and I wasn't sure if I liked moon or not. I can't believe I ever thought that! Now I'm so attached now to Moon, Jade and Stone as well as Chime, Balm and Flower. I feel a part of their world. Their friendships, dialogue, wants and struggles feel tangible and real. The audible narration is 10/10.

My poor baby Moon has to go through a lot in this book. We get to see heaps of interaction between him and Stone, which is always funny and so so subtly sweet.
Moon struggles with the idea of settling into life in the Indigo Cloud court and the conflict between his identity and new role as a Consort. He thinks of himself a lot as a 'feral solitary', but when he meets an actual 'feral solitary' he has to re-evaluate himself. Moon's character development over this book feels to me like it's a consequence of the experiences he has, which makes it feel hard won and natural. I think Moon struggles with PTSD and is slowly learning how to trust.

Also! How awesome are the girls in this?!

A fun 'how to survive on Mars' instruction manual

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-2020

The entire plot was: 'oh no, Mark is on Mars, how do we get Mark?' which was fun to read about how they get Mark, but it felt a little lacking in other areas. For example, the wasn't much about why they want to get Mark, other than: 'Mark is our friend!' And Marks entire character development while being stuck on Mars can be summed up as: 'Yay Potatoes! Boo Potatoes!'
I think I expected too much from this book in terms of moral dilemmas and psychological thrills. But if you put that aside, it was a fun, easy read with lots of interesting MacGyver scenes. I listened to the audio book, Will Wheaton was perfect, he gave a 5 star performance.

I am ruination

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-2020

fantastic audio book quality and performance.

Push through book two so that you can read this book!! It's thrilling, and fun and the characters are likeable, it's everything that book two wasn't. The ending is a bit disappointing but it's mostly satisfying. Four stars because I had a lot of fun reading this book and shed a tear at the end. I thought that I would remember this series bitterly after book two, but I will remember it fondly.... now onto more grishaverse adventures!