All Systems Red (Murderbot diaries) - Martha Wells

I'm now 80% of the way through Russell's History of Western Philosophy, and could do with a change of pace for a while. I don't think I've read any sci-fi for a while, so here we go.

I'm not a great fan of the name "Murderbot diaries" for some reason, but I'd heard a fair amount of positive noise about the series, and it seemed pretty light, so I grabbed the first one in the series. It's light, it's fun. It feels very short, but it's hard to tell as I got the Kindle version, and... *checks*, yeah, it's apparently 160 pages in paperback form. Huh. That makes the series pretty pricey, per word.

Anyway, it's enjoyable enough. The setting is a bit nondescript, the story is pretty generic, the main character is quite fun. I'm happy enough to have spent half an evening reading it, and would happily read more, but it also brings home how much more there is in e.g. the Imperial Radch trilogy.

Posted 2021-08-26.