Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Carin's Best Book of 2020

Not a big mystery this year. It's the Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells! But then having to narrow it down to one, well for a minute I thought that would be heard. Should it be the beginning of the series? The full-length novel? But there's only one answer: it's book two, Artificial Condition. After all in this one, our dear Murderbot makes a friend, ART! And ART isn't just any friend--ART is a friend on Murderbot's level--as smart (if not more so), as crafty at surveillance and spying, with the added bonus of both sarcasm, and this way of leading Murderbot to conclusions that drives Murderbot crazy because it's both so manipulative and effective (and also Murderbot can't figure out how to do it, which further drives it crazy.) And you don't really have a relationship with anyone if there isn't something about them that bugs you. It's a true friendship of equals.

runners up: (not doing the rest of the Murderbot books as that wouldn't be fair)
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
The Better Half: On the Genetic Superiority of Women by Sharon Moalem

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