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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

Rapid Fire Book Tag

I haven't done a whole lot of blogging this week, with a long day out in the Lakes on Wednesday and a dodgy internet connection most of the time.

I've just been tagged by Kelly at This Northern Gal in a rapid fire book tag though, so I'm going to give it a quick go. It's been a while since I've done a tag!

It's basically just a series of quick questions, that you answer without really thinking too much about, so here we go!

E-Book or Physical Book?

Definitely physical books. I love the look of them, the feel of them. I only use e-books as a last resort.

Paperback or Hardback?

Paperbacks. The only hardback ones I really have are Terry Pratchett's, from when I absolutely could not wait until they came out in paperback, but generally I like the look and feel of a paperback.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

In-store. I always used online book shops until last year, but I love the social elements of book buying, chatting to the staff, and just seeing all the pretty books on their tables. I now know staff in my three nearest Waterstones stores fairly well.

Trilogies or Series?

Series. I've read too many trilogies that dip in the middle. It has to be a limited series though, that builds to a proper ending.

Heroes or Villains?

I love a good villain. Or a bad villain. A good bad villain?

A book you want everyone to read?

Skysong by Abi Elphinstone. It's the most incredible book.

Recommend an underrated book?

Robert Howard's Conan Chronicles. Total classic fantasy that's so much better then the cheesy Arnie film.

The last book you finished?

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.

The Last Book You Bought?

I had a big book shopping trip with my daughter last weekend, and bought First Class Murder, Jolly Foul Play and A Spoonful of Murder, all by Robin Stevens. Last one I bought for myself was The Bone Season.

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

It's not particularly weird, but I used to do all of my reading on buses and my bookmarks were always old travel tickets. Nowadays I have a variety of proper bookmarks.

Used Books: Yes or No?

In theory, yes. In practice, no. I like my books to look pristine.

Top Three Favourite Genres?

Sci-fi, fantasy and crime.

Borrow or Buy?

Buy. I love owning them. I love picking out a place for them on my shelves.

Characters or Plot?

Probably plot. It doesn't matter how great the characters are, if they are sitting around doing nothing I get bored.

Long or Short Books?

I like big books, I cannot lie.

Long or Short Chapters?

Short chapters give a book so much pace and energy, and always encourage me to read one more chapter.

Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

The Hobbit. Contagion. The Night Circus.

Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

I love books that make me cry. Some of the best ones might make me laugh through the tears, but the heart wrenching emotion is what I really read for.

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Fictional worlds.

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

No. I really can't focus on them. The only ones I can get away with are full-cast recording, radio drama style ones, but even those I find hard.

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Always. Shiny covers will always draw me in. Sprayed edges too.

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

TV. Most books are too long to comfortably fit into two hours of screen time.

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

That's a tough one! Sherlock, maybe.

Series or Standalones?

Standalone I think. It's really important for a story to have a good ending for me, and sometimes series lose sight of that.


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