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Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky To fix the world they first must break it further. Humanity is a dying breed, utterly reliant on artificial labor and service. When a domesticated robot gets a nasty little idea downloaded into their core programming, they murder their owner. The robot then discovers they can also do something else they never did before: run away. After fleeing the household, they enter a wider world they never knew existed, where the age-old hierarchy of humans at the top is disintegrating, and a robot ecosystem devoted to human wellbeing is finding a new purpose. There is so much to love in Service Model, but one of the things I most love about it is the peculiar blend of charming innocence and insightful cynicism. Uncharles the domestic robot is such a simple soul (though he would state that he has no soul and this is an inaccurate description). He approaches the end of the world with optimism and hope, or whatever equivalent to these emotions h

The Sixth Day of Blogmas - A Christmas Book Tag

Hi there.
I didn't have anything planned for today, but Amy did this Christmas book tag, and while I wasn't tagged, she said she was happy for other people to try it, so here we go! Apparently it's a few years old now, and was originally created by Kate
1) A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with?
The Weasleys, at the Warren. They're one of my favourite parts of the Harry Potter stories, and just seem like a wonderful, and fun, family to be around. I can imagine Christmas dinner with them would be hilarious, touching and thoroughly magical.
2) A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift?
After years of using bus and train tickets to mark my places in books, I've finally started buying a few bookmarks. I've only got a couple of fairly basic, though pretty, ones and there are some amazing ones out there. Also, anything bookish that'll look good framed on my feature wall alongside my wall stickers and floating bookshelves.

3) A fictional character you think would make the perfect Christmas elf
Nate from The Fandom by Anna Day. He's just adorable, and although I'm sure he'd hate being dressed up as an elf, I think he'd be just as good as a sidekick for Santa as he is supporting Violet.

4) Match a book to its perfect Christmas song
Ok, I'm going to go for a really easy one here, and say Casse-noisette, a short story from Winter Magic by Katherine Woodfine, will match perfectly with The Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy by Tchaikovsky.

5) Bah Hambug. A book or fictional character you’ve been disappointed in and should be put on the naughty list?
This is going to get me into trouble, I just know it... The Sleeping Prince. I absolutely loved The Sin-Eater's Daughter and The Scarecrow Queen was even better, but The Sleeping Prince, the middle book of the trilogy by Melinda Salisbury, just isn't as good. There's so much exposition, barely any action, and a constant bombardment of twists that are almost all then revealed to be not really twists at all.

6) A book or a fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserve to be put in the nice list?
The Heart Collector, also by Melinda Salisbury. This is a collection of short stories based around The Sin-Eater's Daughter trilogy and it's only available as an e-book. I've hardly seen anyone talk about it, even though I see a lot of attention being given to the trilogy. I'd love this to go on the nice list, and to get a proper book of its own, with perhaps another couple of stories sneaked in.

7) Red, Gold and Green. A book cover that has a wonderfully Christmasy feel to it
Winter Magic. It's got such a beautiful cover, with little references to all of the stories within hidden within it. 

8) A book or series you love so much, you want everyone to find under their Christmas tree this year so they can read it and love it too?
 I'm going to go with Winter Magic again. It's MG so it's appropriate for everybody, and it has so many stories in by different, wonderful authors, that there's something for everyone to enjoy in there. They are all around a wintery theme too, so they'd be perfect for everyone to curl up around the Christmas tree and read, and then talk about them. I'm so glad that Aimee recommended it to me.


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