Network Effect

Network Effect

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"Murderbot returns in its highly-anticipated, first, full-length standalone novel, Network Effect. 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. Come for the pew-pew space battles, stay for the most relatable A.I. you'll read this century. I'm usually alone in my head, and that's where 90 plus percent of my problems are. 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. Drastic action it is, then"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2020
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250229861
1250229863
Branch Call Number: SF WELLS
Characteristics: 350 pages ; 22 cm

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curiositycubed
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.

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evanbrow
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: https://www.tor.com/2020/05/07/martha-wells-on-reading-recommendations-and-murderbots-favorite-media/
#cmlibrary
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labraden
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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JLMason
Sep 25, 2020

Network Effects’ novel length format is a lot of hacking, drone deploying, and adrenaline pumping action scenes, but the author keeps the series fresh with creative new ways to challenge Murderbot and by continuing its journey of self-discovery. This series works, because it explores what makes us “human”. Still cantankerous and sometimes childish, Murderbot learns to trust more, work with different humans and sentient entities, and accept - tentatively - being cared for. The ending leaves the door open to a whole new chapter in Murderbot’s progress toward self-actualization.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Aug 03, 2020

I love Murderbot and I really enjoyed their first novel-length adventure. Good, space-opera-y fun. It won't stand alone, though: start with "All Systems Red."

KungFuAndrew Jul 31, 2020

I love the Murderbot character and enjoyed the novellas, but I found Network Effect to be long, complicated and sometimes far-fetched, even for a Murderbot story. Definitely read them in order as you will be (more) lost if you read this one first.

SCL_Justin Jun 24, 2020

The Murderbot diaries are now pretty much my gold standard for individual-focused space operaish fiction these days, and the first full length novel doesn't disappoint. If you've read any of the previous novellas you know that Martha Wells has given the protagonist an excellent voice, and that remains the case here. The action moved quickly and was described clearly, with the added in-character reasoning that SecUnit is just really really good at their job. Highly recommended, but I would read the first stories before this one so you know who all the recurring characters are.

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msummers57
Jun 15, 2020

Murderbot is back!

Another great Murderbot entry, the ending sets-up what is with any luck the next installment.

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