Compulsory (The Murderbot Diaries, #0.5)Compulsory by Martha Wells
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“Those things make my insides creep.” That was Sekai, looking at me. Nobody likes SecUnits. Even I don’t like us. We’re part-­human, part-bot constructs, and we make everybody nervous and uncomfortable.

i started my murderbot-binge earlier this year, plowing through four books and one short story in the span of two months.

that was three months ago, and, prevented by dratted commitments and obligations from reading the two remaining murderbot books SITTING RIGHT THERE ON MY SHELF, i have been pining for more tales about the cranky reluctant savior of silly humans everywhere.

and then i remembered this little story, which i’d bookmarked for december short story advent calendar but GUESS WHAT? christmas came early, it’s my birthday month, so i made this story my gift to meeeeee!

i also bought myself this booknerdy shirt:

anyway, it’s a story so short you can read it while holding your breath, which is EXACTLY how much time i had to spare today, so it was the perfect BOOP to satisfy my murderbot-cravings before returning to life’s myriad demands.

and what a way to open a story:

It’s not like I haven’t thought about killing the humans since I hacked my governor module. But then I started exploring the company servers and discovered hundreds of hours of downloadable entertainment media, and I figured, what’s the hurry? I can always kill the humans after the next series ends.

hopefully this will tide me over until i can resume my own binge.

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