Weekly Ramble Seven: Birthday + Vacation Slacking

Last week was my birthday week! Happy birthday to me! I bought myself some books, took two days off work, had my mom come to visit, played a lot of Breath of the Wild, and skipped writing for four days straight. Just let myself completely off the hook. Didn't even do any research reading. Sometimes you just need to allow yourself a vacation, you know? I'm not going home for the actual holidays, and will probably write most of those days since my husband will be working and I'll be at home alone (and oh so cozy and rested, seriously, after the year I've had staying home and writing sounds like this introverts dream), so this four day weekend was my 'holiday vacation' and I'm back and feeling pretty rested.

Still, I did get some writing done. I didn't cut anything and added 2,860 to Mendenhall for a total wordcount of 60,846. Plus I've got a pair of book reviews for you (even if one of them is v. v. short)!

The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal

I don't know what I could say about this second book in the series that I haven't already said about the first book in the series, except that I enjoyed it even more because we got to go to space. It's detailed. It's alternate history in space with a female, jewish protagonist, and it deals strongly with racism, sexism, and tons of science! I loved both books in this series, and if you haven't read the first, you should totally go back and read it. This series is completely worth it, and only gets better the more you read.

Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells

Look, Murderbot's not getting any less awesome, and may in fact be getting more so to the point where it might break your heart. Read these books!

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

I loved every single idea in this book, and want more novels by Annalee Newitz immediately. The many different ways that she looks at autonomy and ownership; the terrifying world that she's built where anything can be owned, and where pharmaceuticals are magically effective but kept from the masses behind intellectual property rights and high prices--all of it is fascinating and strange while also being entirely applicable to issues in tech right now. That, and the fact that our cast of main characters are all beautifully broken and widely diverse, is the genius of the book.

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Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

When this book was recommended to me, it was described as 'grown up Wall-E, plus all of humanity is dead,' and the book itself delivered on the promise. This book was a fun read, and covered a lot of ground in the subjects of what it means to be intelligent, what it means to have a soul, and where you find meaning in life after you've killed the people you were built to serve.

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