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

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Mosscap has a mission – to find out what people need, for after robots achieved sentience and people decided they cannot exploit them no more, for the last few centuries humans and robots lived without any communication. Several chapters felt weaker than they should have, and I can’t shake the feeling that a little bit of extra length in each scene would have done wonders. The kind of lost you cannot help and cannot explain; there is only the feeling, deeper than words, that something is missing, something you hadn’t named yet, or perhaps you are simply not letting yourself know. 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.

By their species’s standards, the trees in the place that Dex and Mosscap had entered were slim teenagers, less than two hundred years old.

They lead to things like Mosscap riding a jet-ski, learning to hold a baby, or struggling with fishing. The robots left the factories and walked out into the wilderness to stop humankind from imploding but made the ‘Parting Promise’ as they left.

It's a hopeful vision of humanity after a near apocalypse, where they have finally learned to co-exist sustainably on earth. They knew they’d be hearing the question endlessly during however long it took them both to travel together through Panga’s human territories, but apparently, Mosscap was starting now.Still not overly invested in all the philosophical conversations they have, it’s a bit much for my reading taste. The thing about fucking off to the woods is that unless you are a very particular, very rare sort of person, it does not take long to understand why people left said woods in the first place. I really loved the first book in the duology, but A Prayer for the Crown-Shy is a favorite in a whole different way.

It's kind of like a commune manifesto plus a couple hours spent on the Treehugger blog, and the earnest optimism made me a bit cranky. 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. J’ai adoré retrouver Dex et Omphale, et j’ai été très touché par le livre et toutes les réflexions qu’il contient. It had been important—vitally important—for Sibling Dex to see their world as it was without such constructs, to understand on a visceral level that there was infinitely more to life than what happened between walls, that every person was indeed just an animal in clothing, subject to the laws of nature and the whims of chance like everything else that had ever lived and died in the universe. They left their role working in the gardens of a monastery in Book 1, ‘A Psalm for the Wild Built’ and started a new vocation as a travelling Tea Monk.Somehow, in the absence of contact, they knew exactly where to stop growing outward so that they might give their neighbors space to thrive. After A Psalm for the Wild-Built comes this tale of hope and acceptance in the second volume of the USA Today bestselling Monk and Robot series. The story follows the journeys of Sibling Dex, a somewhat famous tea-monk (one who goes around serving tea, serving as a spiritual therapist), and Mosscap, a wild robot that has been living in the forests away from humanity. Also like Psalm, the book has a light, picaresque quality that makes it a swift, accessible read—though that accessibility should not be taken for simplicity because Prayer builds upon, and is still wrangling with, the same philosophical and existential ideas that gave Psalm such depth and resonance. Becky Chambers was raised in California as the progeny of an astrobiology educator, an aerospace engineer, and an Apollo-era rocket scientist.

The quiet humor and loud reciprocity of their dynamic is the most heartwarming duo in all of fiction perhaps.it's a comforting story about comfort and care, as soothing to read as it is to think about, and so full of hope and wonder and potential discovery. The moment Dex had regained satellite signal after climbing back down the mountain, they’d sent messages to the village councils, the Wildguard, the monastic network, and every other contact they could think of. She spends her free time playing video and tabletop games, keeping bees, and looking through her telescope.

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