Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Sophia Rose Reviews Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells Murderbot Diaries #6

Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Today Sophia Rose tells us all about Marth Wells Fugitive Telemetry #6 in her Murderbot Diaries.
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Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells

#6 Murderbot Diaries


Publisher: Tor

Published: 4.27.21

Pages:  176

ASIN:  B088H926KF

Rating: 5

Format: eARC

Source:  Net Galley

Sellers: Amazon / Barnesand Noble / Kobo

ADD TO GoodReads:  

GoodReads Blurb:

No, I didn’t kill the dead human. If I had, I wouldn’t dump the body in the station mall.

When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least), and why (because apparently that matters to a lot of people—who knew?)

Yes, the unthinkable is about to happen: Murderbot must voluntarily speak to humans!



Sophia Rose's Review:

He’s an anti-social, lethal human-bot construct who has no desire to be human, thank you very much, but he has the biggest personality in the universe- and, trouble of the human-variety tends to land in his lap, constantly.  I can’t tell you how eager I am for each new glimpse of Murderbot.  The annual wait simply heightens expectation and each new installment does not disappoint.


While Fugitive Telemetry is the sixth of the series, it happens chronologically after the events fourth novella.  These might all be separate adventures, but they tie together and lead into the next book so they read best in order.


During Network Effect, there was reference to an adventure that happened off page.  I was so glad the author went back and wrote that story.  Murderbot is on Preservation Station with temporary refugee status.  He doesn’t want to go planet-side and live with Dr. Mensah and her family so, for the present, he acts as her security while she conducts government council business on the station.  The threat from GrayCris corporation is still there.  He tolerates the scrutiny of the humans who are not comfortable with a rogue SecUnit and follows the rules while feeling a bit at loose ends.  Then a murder is discovered.


It is always amusing to see Murderbot forced to work closely with humans especially those who are scared of him or don’t like him so he purposefully antagonizes them.  The investigation is conducted by station security, but they only reluctantly accept his help because Dr. Mensah requested it.  So, he sets out to prove his superior sleuthing skills and does, but the problem is knotty.  I loved seeing him use all his skill and programing to outwit who he was up against.  The investigation included some exciting action-scenes especially the build near the end.


All in all, it read fast and exciting.  It was over quickly, but was a fully-developed complex story for all that.  The Murderbot world is futuristic space and the characters and situations feel right in that backdrop.  The author has made a complex, fascinating hero in Murderbot.  I heartily recommend this series to sci-fi lovers.


Author’s Bio:

Martha Wells has been an SF/F writer since her first fantasy novel was published in 1993, and her work includes The Books of the Raksura series, The Death of the Necromancer, the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy, The Murderbot Diaries series, media tie-ins for Star Wars, Stargate: Atlantis, and Magic: the Gathering, as well as short fiction, YA novels, and non-fiction. She has won a Nebula Award, two Hugo Awards, two Locus Awards, and her work has appeared on the Philip K. Dick Award ballot, the BSFA Award ballot, the USA Today Bestseller List, and the New York Times Bestseller List. Her books have been published in eighteen languages.



Sophia’s Bio:

Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.

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  1. I'm happy to hear this series keeps delivering. It's on my "hopefully someday list."

    1. Yes, it remains a captivating series. Murderbot is funny without trying to be and he has the best adventures.

  2. I agree with Jen above Sophia Rose this is also on my wishlist

    1. Well worth it, Debbie. I snagged the first book on sale and I was hooked. :)

  3. I have the first four books on my kindle. Hope to get to them someday.