25 thoughts on “Machine by Elizabeth Bear

  1. Well, thanks to you I already have a lot of the books by this author on my to reads list (and yes that is a compliment). Guess I will be adding another one now! I love space opera s you know, and this book sounds amazing. Definitely intrigued by the premise alone, and as always your review is once again very convincing and enthusiastic for me to give this one a go!😀I also really like the sound of the characters! Awesome review Lashaan!😀

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  2. This very much sounds like a story I’d enjoy. I love when authors create a series around a universe, where each book can usually stand alone, or be read together for greater depth. Alastair Reynolds is another who does this. And I enjoy hard science fiction stories that integrate great scientific concepts and details without causing the story to drag or requiring you have a PhD to follow. I’ve not tried Elizabeth Bear yet, but I’ve been wanting to for a while now. I have Ancestral Night so I’ll likely start with that one. And a side tangent, I love the ship name: Big Rock Candy Mountain.

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    1. It’s actually rare for me to find books set in the same universe but telling completely distinct stories (outside of comic books), so this was really refreshing to indulge, especially when the first book (Ancestral Night) did a fantastic job in creating a universe that I thoroughly embraced and enjoyed! I agree about hard science. If it’s done in an entertaining way, I can definitely enjoy it. My worse experience was Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu, for example. I hope you enjoy these books by Elizabeth Beth, Todd! Thanks for reading. And, as always, really appreciate your comment, good sir. 😀


  3. This is a totally fascinating premise! I would have enjoyed the “space doctor” theme on its own (I still have fond memories of the Med Ship series by Murray Leinster) but the sentient ship and the big mystery to be investigated make this story all the more intriguing. And worth reading, indeed…
    Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

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    1. It’s definitely one of the first time I’ve read a “medical” sci-fi story but I can assure you that I was completely enamoured by the experience! I’m convinced that you would enjoy plenty of this journey too! Hope you get the chance to try it out soon, Maddalena. Thank you so much for reading! 😀

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  4. Dag nab it. You sold a book to me through this review. Space opera AND hard SciFi. What a blithering mess, I think I’ll love it. I’m interested in getting into some SciFi after all the October horror reading! Thanks for the rec Lashaan. 😎

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