A Prayer for the Crown-Shy: A Monk and Robot Book (Monk & Robot 2)

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A Prayer for the Crown-Shy: A Monk and Robot Book (Monk & Robot 2)

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy: A Monk and Robot Book (Monk & Robot 2)

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Several chapters felt weaker than they should have, and I can’t shake the feeling that a little bit of extra length in each scene would have done wonders.

She spends her free time playing video and tabletop games, keeping bees, and looking through her telescope.It has the gentle and free setting of Panga, familiar to us through the first novella, with an even more gentle and sweet relationship of Mosscap and Dex, also familiar. For Sibling Dex, of course, this is literally true in terms of the setting itself (a utopia in all but name) but, for the reader, it’s a perfect of allegorical reflection of a very specific mental health moment. The other only thing I’ll say is that I’m going to try to stop thinking of myself as a neurotic, damaged, mentally ill introvert.

Twenty miles wasn’t so bad, but creamy highway or not, they were still deep in forest and had yet to see anyone else on the road. Dex stopped the wagon and hopped off their bike as they approached the village’s namesake: an enormous stump, wide as a modest house, its spiring might cut clean away in the early days of the Factory Age, a time in which not much thought was given to spending twenty minutes on killing something that had taken a thousand years to grow.

Point is: this one, arguably, maybe, if you give a damn, might feel a tiny bit less structured than the first one. I know I spoke about this a little in my review of the first book, but I need to reiterate it here because it’s so important to me. There was no reason beyond impatience to continue pressing on in the dark, and though Dex was looking forward to being in a proper town again, stillness and rest sounded preferable in the moment. Dex has to help it, to work as a middle person and teach it what is ok and what is not in a society. The robots left the factories and walked out into the wilderness to stop humankind from imploding but made the ‘Parting Promise’ as they left.

The first book in Chambers' new series feels like a moment to breathe, a novel that exists to give readers a place to rest and think. Written with all of Chambers' characteristic nuance and careful thought, this is a cozy, wholesome meditation on the nature of consciousness and its place in the natural world.After A Psalm for the Wild-Built comes this tale of hope and acceptance in the second volume of the USA Today bestselling Monk and Robot series. Sibling Dex and robot Mosscap have left the woods for human places so that Mosscap can ask his one burning question: what do humans need? The creation of such objects took just as much work and thought as anything else, yet garnered little praise from those who saw them every day. Becky Chambers nails the experience of moving through wilderness and its ability to heighten the comforts of civilization. Hugo Award-winning author Becky Chambers begins a new series with this delightful and quietly philosophical novella that presents a hopeful glimpse into a future where humanity actually does the right thing.

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