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The Murderbot Diaries read as if Douglas Adams wrote The Hitchhiker’s Guide about Marvin the Paranoid Android instead of Arthur Dent. Wells's protagonist is a bored, disaffected security bot that just wants to get back to watching episode 397 of Sanctuary Moon and certainly doesn’t want to get involved in a conspiracy to sabotage and kill its current clients on an isolated research base. Murderbot (a private nickname it gives itself) may not have been programmed to care, but after hacking its own governor module it finds itself a little too invested in the fate of its humans. A sweet and incredibly humanistic portrayal of a non-human protagonist with a fun supporting cast.

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ISBN: 9780765397539
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Published: Tor.com - May 2nd, 2017

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Not every child who needs them finds the doors, but those that do are asked to “Be Sure” of their choice to walk through. And when these chosen children are inevitably thrust back into their own mundane reality, they have to learn to cope with the disappointment. Enter Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, a haven for those who miss their magical worlds fiercely and hope they will someday return. A perfect book for anyone who has ever wondered how Alice coped after leaving Wonderland or feels like Susan Pevensie deserved better.

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ISBN: 9780765385505
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Published: Tordotcom - April 5th, 2016

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Mary Roach is an expert in demystifying taboos and, in Stiff, the first of her seven popular science books, she pulls back the operating room curtain on what happens to our bodies after we die. With chapters covering everything from extremely realistic crash-test dummies to beating-heart cadavers (exactly what it sounds like), this book is a journey through our ingrained discomfort with death and a survey of the practical, emotional, and medical considerations that surround the disposal and preservation of human remains.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780393324822
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 17th, 2004

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