The Captain’s Log – all systems red (Martha Wells)

Ahoy there me mateys!  This be the first read in me April BookBum Club Challenge!

This sci-fi novella caught me eye because one of me favourite authors, Ann Leckie, talked about it in one of her blog posts.  She states, “This is volume 1 of the Murderbot Diaries, and I suspect a certain percentage of my readers don’t need to hear anything more. Go, purchase, download! You will enjoy this.”  Ummm yes I did enjoy this.  In fact, I loved it!  It is nominated for the 2018 Best Novella Hugo Award (with some amazing others) as well as these other awards:

Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novella (2018), Philip K. Dick Award Nominee (2017), ALA Alex Award (2018), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Science Fiction (2017)

Need anymore convincing? Ye may see that I have not discussed plot, character, or anything else about this novel.  I went into it blind and recommend this.  For those that must know more, the blurb be below.  It does not do this justice.  This be basically a perfect read.  I have read four out of the six novellas nominated for the Hugo and so far this might be me favourite.

I had heard of Martha Wells before but never read any of her work.  Shame on me.  I be glad to have remedied this.  The next 3 novellas in the series are all scheduled to come out this year.  Arrrrr!!  I will be reading them all.  I only wish that I would have read this sooner.

Much thanks to the BookBum Club for giving me the incentive to read this delightful “short and sweet” novella (144 pgs.).  Day one – challenge complete!  Next up: call it courage.  Check out that review tomorrow!

Side note: Tor has published 5 of the 6 novellas up for Best Novella this year!  Good job Tor.  Keep up the good work!

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Martha Wells – Author

To buy the book go to:

all systems red – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous BookBum Club Monthly Reviews

March 2018 – “And the award goes to – pick a book that has won an award!”


50 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – all systems red (Martha Wells)

      1. You’re very welcome! You’re the first person I think of when I think of how much I love Murderbot. I think you may be the reason I read Murderbot in the first place, to thank you too! I love you back!

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  1. I’m kind of tired of novellas. I’m not sure when the trend will go away…But oh well. I’ve heard mixed things about this one, but I am interested. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it.

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      1. Yeah I try to get them for less than the cover price but Amazon is the only place I know where I can do that. I’m trying to buy from them less. I just want more pages! The ones I read are good and I just want more! Lol

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    1. I wanted to read this story because of the author and the main character being a robot. I have a soft spot for robot stories. This was a perfect read for me. I just requested the next two from NetGalley today. I hope I get approved. But even if I don’t, I will be readin’ the next books come hell or high water!
      x The Captain

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      1. Hmmm. I would read xom-b by Jeremy Robinson and the sea of rust by Robert C. Cargill. Oh both books by Becky Chambers. And for a good middle grade the two robot books by Peter Brown. Adorable stories and illustrations. There are more but these be some of me favourites. Arrr!
        x The Captain

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    1. I am interesting in reading more of her work. I also thought she was more of a fantasy author. I adore the Murderbot so I am glad we get more of the story. Though I have no clue where the Murderbot will go next!
      x The Captain


  2. I’ll see if I can read this sometime this year. I have the ebook. For some reason, I keep thinking of it as a thick book instead of a novella. Anyway, glad to see you liked it. I’ll try to go in blind as well. I only know a few things about the plot from reading other reviews.

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    1. It is a super quick read. I also thought it was a novel. I be looking forward to yer review. I have found that not only did I love it but that I have been loving the other reviews of it. I like to see what people think of this one.
      x The Captain


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