A Prayer for the Crown-Shy: A Monk and Robot Book (Monk & Robot 2)

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A Prayer for the Crown-Shy: A Monk and Robot Book (Monk & Robot 2)

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy: A Monk and Robot Book (Monk & Robot 2)

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Due to their nagging sense of being without a true purpose in life, they decided to travel into the wilderness to find a long-forgotten hermitage. Sometimes it is nice to spend a couple of hours reading something where you know nothing terrible is going to happen and that everything will work out by the end. The almost unique feature of the series – there are no antagonists, no ‘bad’ / ‘evil’ characters – everyone is eager to help and made you happy or at least content, it is an extremely altruistic society that lives a sustainable life, quite unlike our world. I think anyone who has ever suffered with any sort of mental health type thing will be familiar with deep alienation that accompanies it: it can very much feel like you live in a perfect world, surrounded by people who love you, and yet there is still something gracelessly, ungratefully wrong with you.

In the hope that AI will develop sentience, and knowing we might not know when and if they do, I've begun adding 'please' and 'thank you' when asking Alexa to do something. There are no significant advancements in the plot, there is just a journey, which can end in the next book or continue for a dozen more. In this second book in the series, Sibling Dex the tea monk and Mosscap the robot meander their way through the countryside visiting villages on the way.All in all, A Prayer for the Crown-Shy is a more unique, but still dazzling novella that only slightly disappoints.

The issue was that the robots started to replace the human workforce and without the need to work, the balance of civilisation shifted and began to falter. Sibling Dex and robot Mosscap have left the woods for human places so that Mosscap can ask his one burning question: what do humans need?A joyful experience and, as with all of Chambers’s books, I was left with a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. Whereas a truly aspirational society—an aspirational society that we don’t need to live on a fictional moon in an nebulous future after a robot uprising to works towards—is one that can accept humanness and humanity as a multifaced thing. A lightly drawn but profound meditation on belief, entropy, and the nature of need and want that once again demonstrates Chambers’s prowess as both a storyteller and a thinker. I used this series to get me out of a reading slump as they’re the perfect length and such a beautiful and hopeful read.

Point is: this one, arguably, maybe, if you give a damn, might feel a tiny bit less structured than the first one.If you feel that the world is too much, and you're wearying to escape, these books should definitely be next on your To-Read queue. Written with all of Chambers' characteristic nuance and careful thought, this is a cozy, wholesome meditation on the nature of consciousness and its place in the natural world. People are very excited to meet a robot, for the most part, and through Mosscap experiencing them for the first time, we also get to see what this society looks like, and Dex gets a taste of some new perspective. As they mastered the art of brewing the perfect blend of tea whilst listening to the concerns of others, they still found a gaping hole in their life that they couldn’t fulfil.

I adored A Psalm for the Wild-Built, which I read in a fog of killer headache and fever the day after my booster shot last November.They were still warring with their personal discomfort over letting the robot do tasks of this sort, despite the fact that Mosscap loved few things more than learning how to use stuff. We do meet a diverse and interesting collection of humans, though, including a … I hesitate to say love interest … a friendly casual sex interest for Sibling Dex (the way this encounter is handled is so well done: there’s attraction, honesty and mutual respect on both sides, and breakfast, but no expectation of anything more or different between them at this time), a representative of group of humans who have chosen to reject all technology (again, this is handled with the delicacy that is typical of this author’s writing) and we get to meet Sibling Dex’s family.

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