Monday 25 January 2021

Discussion: Network Effect by Martha Wells

Hello all! Carole and I will be discussing "Network Effect" by Martha Wells. I am  in red and Carole in blue.

Author: Martha Wells
Title: Network Effect
(The Murderbot Diaries #5)
by Martha Wells 
Genre: SciFi
Published: May 5th 2020
Format: ebook
Pages: 350 

Summary: 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.

Murderbot got a full book this time, what did you think?

Overall? I think it had fun moments and I liked it….I do miss the fact they were short and sweet. 

I was not that keen on a full length novel, it felt too long, and I grew a bit bored :/ I felt like nothing happened. I like them short and on point. I did not even feel that Murderbot was her usual weird self. Sure it was fun to see Art again, but it was dry for me.

I can agree. I think making it long took away some of the charm. Some dry spots that seemed to drag on. 

At least I was glad I read it, but it also made me realise that I think this it the end of Murderbot for me, sure maybe there will come another awesome one, but I will opt out.

Ya. I had originally thought this WAS the last book. A big finale, but then I saw there was more. I am with you. I love Murderbot and ART but ya...I think I am ready to say goodbye for a while. 

Aye, it is goodbye to Murderbot. It was nice getting to know you, but too long, too dry and too, well I could not feel the world in this one. Maybe cos it was ship ship ship.

I had fun at the beginning and at the end. The middle was dry and missing that old charm. You are right. It was just ship ship ship. 

Ships are dull, not you Art! Just ships in general.

I was happy to see ART again! I even liked 2.0. 

I do not really have anything to say other than Dry, I feel this might be our shortest discussion so far

OOooo 100%. For being such a long novel...there really wasn’t a lot to discuss esp without giving away spoilers. For me the beginning and end were fun because of all the action. Middle was dry and I hated all the humans. Sure some are nice….but they are dumb. Poor Murderbot. 

Meh, nothing to say. Onward! On to the next book, oh and I must mention that we had meant to read another book, but I dnfed it before Carole even had the chance to try it ;)

Hahaha. I am not upset ;) I’m glad we finally decided to try this though. We have been delaying this for a long time. 

The end

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Carole and Blodeuedd have been blogging for a long while now. The last few years the epic duo has been discussing books, watching movies, and even wetting the pen and sharing their stories with the worldwide web. They both love cats, chocolate, and a good story.


  1. Really enjoyed the convo ladies :)

  2. Wait, there's going to be more Murderbot books?! Where have I been hiding out!!

  3. I wish this had been a novella

  4. Great discussion as always!

  5. Well, nice that it is going back to the short format for the next book. though I had a feeling you'd appreciate the return of ART!

  6. I wondered how this would be as a full length story.

  7. I listened to the first Murderbot because it was an Audible Daily Deal, but it was so expensive for novellas and not available at my library so I never continued. Sorry to hear book 5 didn't knock your socks off!

    1. Oh yes for a novella full price feels kind of wrong

  8. This was fun. And this is the next book I'll be reading in the series. I'm wondering how I'll feel about the longer story.

  9. Enjoyed the conversation and chat!

  10. I appreciate the fun discussion and getting your take on the book. I enjoyed it more, but I had to nod about the annoying humans and slow spots. Glad you gave it a go!

  11. Nice review ladies! Sorry to hear the series isn't holding your interest, but it's good to know. I have it on my to-listen-to list, but now I'll put it lower on the list.

  12. This is exactly why I'm afraid to read this one. I think it's more fun in small doses unless really big things happen.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth



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