Book Reviews

Book Review: “A Prayer for the Crown-Shy” by Becky Chambers

Becky Chambers’s A Prayer for the Crown-Shy was my fifth read of the year. The first Monk and Robot book—A Psalm for the Wild-Built—was excellent. But A Prayer for the Crown-Shy is perfect. The post–semi-apocalypse and post–robot uprising story follows two loveable characters. Sibling Dex, a tea monk, and Mosscap, a robot who wishes to…

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Book Review: “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes

Daniel Keyes’s Flowers for Algernon marks my fourth read of the year. And my god did this book ruin me. I underestimated how much Charlie and Algernon’s tale would touch my soul. Charlie, a man with severe learning difficulties, volunteers for groundbreaking surgery. Surgery that the researchers have only—thus far—performed on mice. But as the…

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Book Review: “All Systems Red” by Martha Wells

Martha Wells’s All Systems Red—gifted to me by my good friend, Leander, for Christmas—is my third read of the year. At 150 pages long, All Systems Red (Murderbot Diaries #1) is a lean book. And boy, Wells makes use of those pages. The series’ titular Murderbot is hilarious, enigmatic, and loveable. We learn on page…

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