Meg loves both kinds of books, Sci-fi and Fantasy. She is currently immersed in the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire and it is a DELIGHT.
Okay, so, I read this book a month ago now and it's become one of those books where I'm minding my own business and just get little flashes of the story popping in my head. Like not the cool creepy monster fighting bits, but the sweet moments shared between friends despite the peril playing out. It's kind of exactly what we need in this moment where EVERYTHING is awful, to have this little glimpse of someone engaging in a little self care by meeting her friends in the park.
This is so Irish that I assumed that it was in Rouxi's list because it hit me so hard with diaspora vibes that I'm now on my first full year of learning Irish because it would have made my Grandmother proud.
This is the first book in 2020 where I finished it and was immediately like 'I MUST SELL THIS BOOK TO EVERYONE' I love it so much and I just want every millennial to read it because oof. The struggle is real.
Exquisite with immersive and lush writing. An enriching reading experience.
The conflict resolution in this book might be the most validating thing I’ve read in years. An outstandingly pleasant surprise.
I truly thought anyone who used the word 'rollicking' in a review was a pretentious d bag before I read this book. Now, I'm fairly sure I've been rollicked by Scotto Moore and I couldn't be more delighted by the fact.
I finished this book over a month ago and I still find my mind wandering back to Murderbot, wondering what they're up to after the series (to date) ended. I haven't been this invested into a Science Fiction series since I could count the Star Wars EU authors on one hand.
Evil Redwall, but also a little mercenary like Firefly. I'm genuinely sad that I didn't read this book six years ago when it first came out.
So, I want to lead in with the fact that while I was reading this at my favorite cafe this morning not one, but two people approached me to ask what I was reading because they were really drawn to the cover, so well done Jamie Stafford-Hill. As far as the insides go, I stayed up way past my bedtime reading it. I loved that it's science fiction without being too hard, so casual readers of the genre like myself can really bask in an immersive story without feeling like they're not smart enough to be reading it. Also, I love that Valentina isn't a lithe 20 something who never could have acquired the skills she'd need to complete her mission. It was so refreshing.
It's been a long time since I read something and as soon as I finished it was ready to start writing a staff pick talker for it. Well done to all involved, this book really is a perfectly complete package.