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A Prayer for the Crown-Shy
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy | Becky Chambers
Tender and healing... Im prescribing a preorder to anyone who has ever felt lost. Stunning, kind, necessary. Sarah Gailey on book 1: A Psalm for the Wild-Built After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) and Mosscap (a robot sent on a quest to determine what humanity really needs) turn their attention to the villages and cities of the little moon they call home. They hope to find the answers they seek, while making new friends, learning new concepts, and experiencing the entropic nature of the universe. Becky Chambers's new series continues to ask: in a world where people have what they want, does having more even matter? At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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AmandaBlaze
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Another charming adventure with Dex and Robot, seeking the answer for “What do humans need?“ The novella had a lighthearted feel throughout.
@TheSpineView #SeriesRead2022

TheSpineView Fantastic!🤩📖📚 5h
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bookishbitch
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Absolutely loved this. The main character, Dex, is non binary. For anyone confused as how they/them pronouns work this is it. I love Mosscap the robots way of seeing things. I love the world building of Panga and the look at such a different society. I really like how relaxing and restorative this story is, even though there are quite philosophical themes about what people need and want. Not based on our version of religions despite the title.

shanaqui Becky Chambers' books so often strike me this way -- “restorative“ is a good word for it! 2d
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DMC_run8
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My feelings for this book are not without bias. I loved the first book in the series because I found it refreshing read about a world where humans are trying to do what benefits society and the environment. So I was very excited when I saw this on the library shelf. I wasn't disappointed. This book continues to follow Mosscap and Dex through different towns as Mosscap meets more humans to determine what their needs are.(cont in comments)

DMC_run8 I love the friendship that continues to develop between the two main characters. And seeing things we take for granted from the robot's perspective is very eye-opening. 4.5⭐️ 4d
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bookishbitch
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I'm only halfway through this and I love it already. Seems like the perfect book to share tea with. (Rooibos tea paired with an orange and cranberry scone.)

Chelsea.Poole Awesome set up! 6d
bookishbitch @Chelsea.Poole Thank you! 6d
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Mindelan
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I think I might actually be over my reading slump. I‘ve got a nice stack I can‘t wait to work through, hopefully mostly before school starts again!

Dottie literally wiggled her way into the picture asking for belly rubs 😂

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Soubhiville
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I love the covers of these books!

This second Monk and Robot book finds Dex and Mosscap traveling across their little planet talking to folks in each village and town, so that Mosscap can ask it‘s big question: “What do you need?”

The answers vary widely as does the interpretation of what the question means. Just as sweet as the first book, perhaps a bit more philosophical, I enjoyed it and look forward to more. 🤖💕

mom2bugnbee Who's sleeping in the background? 🐶 Adorable! 1w
Soubhiville @mom2bugnbee that‘s my girl Sietje 🐶🙂❤️ 1w
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PuSsNbOoKs
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“Well, that‘s the nice thing about trees. They‘re not going anywhere. You can take all the time you need to get to know them.”

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Soubhiville
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When in need, it is possible to use a cat as a bookmark. At least briefly. 🐱🤣📚
Venkman is being tolerant this morning.

Bookwomble 😹 2w
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Sapphire
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I enjoyed this book more than the first, but probably because this wasn‘t really a stand alone sequel. The preachy aspects that brought me near a so-so rating on the first books were absent and the characters are more developed with this second part. Honestly, this felt like an arbitrary editing or marketing decision. Like someone didn‘t trust the reader to cross genre. The author attempts to play with big questions of humanity and makes us 👇🏻

Sapphire Makes us care about the characters. But it seems someone in the publsishing chain either thought it was too long for a fantasy or YA audience or that audiences interested in esoteric questions of humanity or sociopolitical structures wouldn‘t read books with the gender fluid pronouns or some Huey. 2w
Sapphire I mean this isn‘t great literature, but the characters do have a great development arc. And the ideas about need and want, social and ecological responsibilities, and a sense of purpose are meaningfully presented in fresh ways if you read books 1 and 2 together. 2w
Sapphire And I hope publishers give the reading audience credit for wanting our literature to stretch us and not being limited in ways that the average non reading social media or tv consumer might be. 2w
Sapphire Books are the last best hope we have for breaking out of echo chambers. So please let the brave and talented authors push the boundaries of their target audience. I mean if food solid literature with mass appeal doesn‘t break the echo chamber, what will? 2w
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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The second Monk and Robot book is a spiritually nourishing very funny queer utopian novella about two increasingly close companions, a nonbinary monk and a sentient robot. This book is so thoughtful, kind, and curious. It's full of conversations and open-ended questions and abundance and comfort and joy. What do humans need, especially in a society where all their basic needs are met? How does one find their purpose in life? I want to live here!

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readingjedi
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More gentle musings and philosophical meanderings with Dex and Mosscap in this all-too brief conclusion to BC's solarpunk duology. I'm gonna miss these guys - I loved their soul-searching & their growing bond. I loved that Dex swore and I loved how Mosscap was simultaneously naive yet also able to instantly see to the heart of the matter. Most of all, I loved BC's sublime writing lulling me into a state of restful & meditative joy. I am soothed.

Andrew65 This sounds very intriguing and your review has pulled me in. 2w
Sapphire Somehow I thought there was a third book planned ( or maybe a sequel to these two books that should have been one). 2w
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Sapphire
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Welcome comfort. Without it, you cannot remain strong.

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Bookboss
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Stopped at one of my favorite bookstores today!

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alysonimagines
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I‘m so delighted that I got a skip-the-line loan from my library for this book! Been looking forward to it ever since A Psalm for the Wild-Built enchanted me, and it did not disappoint. After reading a lot of really heavy content lately, I found this story refreshingly effervescent and hopeful. It‘s also deeply thoughtful about humans‘ relationships with each other and with the natural world. Most of all: I 🖤 Dex and Mosscap!

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Branwen
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Started this one today! I absolutely adored the first one, so I have very high hopes for this! 💕📚

BennettBookworm I cannot wait!! 4w
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Nelnjali
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I'm so excited that this dropped today. I'll be starting it very soon.

Soubhiville 😍 1mo
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readingjedi
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I was feeling a little flat this morning. Then this arrived on my Kindle - had totally forgotten it was out today so it was a nice surprise. And if Becky Chambers & her gorgeous writing can't unflatten me today nobody can!

Also I love the cover art for this series!

Ruthiella Thanks for the reminder! I need to pick up a copy! 1mo
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kyraleseberg
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They set up on the corner of a busy downtown Asheville street and typed up original poems on the spot!

Suet624 💕💕💕 1mo
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Twainy
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🎧 I LOVED this novella! These MCs are so good together!

The author takes you through so many political, personal, financial situations from the POV of a child as the robot is new to everything human! Everything is important! You‘re going to go fishing for dinner? Well how will the fish die?

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 👇🏻

Twainy This book takes a look at the small things that we miss in everyday life & reminds us to appreciate them!

I also really enjoyed the dystopian world!! Loved the printer! Interesting world!!

Great book! Hope there‘s another!
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AmandaBlaze Did you read the first one, Psalm for the Wild-Built? 2mo
Twainy @AmandaBlaze yes I did. Last year. It was a great set up for this story. 2mo
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sebrittainclark
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4.5/5

A quiet, meditative sequel to the first novella in this series. I loved reading about Mosscap experiencing this world that we first saw through Sibling Dex's eyes. It's such a beautiful series, and I really enjoyed the questions Mosscap and Dex posed and the understanding that not all questions have answers.

#netgalley

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sebrittainclark
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#bookspin: A Prayer for the Crown-Shy
#doublebookspin: The Crane Wife

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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sebrittainclark
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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.

#FiratLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

AllDebooks Now that's a first line 🤣 2mo
The_Elite_Bookaholic "My mother used to tell me about the ocean." Is the first sentence in The Forest of Hands and Teeth. It's a bit on the depressing side. 2mo
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wen4blu
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Squee!!!!

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shanaqui
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Received to review!

I enjoyed this, but less than the first book -- imyril's observation that Dex is really quite selfish stuck with me, and so it was quite prominent in reading it this time.

I love the world, though...

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jackilynn
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rachelsbrittain
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A wonderful, meditative conclusion to the Monk and Robot duology. (At least, I assume it's a conclusion.) Dex and Mosscap are such a lovely pair and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing them explore civilization and society together. And the ending was so perfect. It's another soft, comforting sci-fi read.

Soubhiville I can‘t wait for this! 6mo
BennettBookworm I‘m so excited! The first book was so healing and wonderful ❤️ 4mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Today's reading plans. We have an ice storm coming in, so I'm keeping the coffee hot and getting ready to cozy up for a few days.

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underground_bks
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“What do humans need?” That‘s the question the robot Mosscap first asked of tea monk Sibling Dex, and in this novella, they take this question out to the cities and villages of Panga. Every Becky Chambers book is a celebrated occasion in our household. What do humans need? When I‘m reading a Monk & Robot book, I know what I need is on every page—a hopeful vision of a human future and the wisdom that it‘s enough to exist in this entropic universe.

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readingjedi
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Not too long to wait!!!

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rachelsbrittain
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So obsessed with the cover revel for A Prayer for the Crown-Shy

www.tor.com/2021/09/13/cover-reveals-a-prayer-for-the-crown-shy-by-becky-chambers/

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ozma.of.oz
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Good news Littens. I have seen the cover, read the blurb, and I am already crying.

https://www.tor.com/2021/09/13/cover-reveals-a-prayer-for-the-crown-shy-by-becky... #CoverReveal

readingjedi Wow, another gorgeous cover 😍 Can't wait! 11mo
Soubhiville Yay! 11mo
AutumnRLS So exciting! I've got the first one on my TBR by the bed and I'm waiting for the perfect moment to read it. I love how hopeful and lovely the themes in her books are. Beautiful cover! 😍 11mo
Ruthiella So cool! 😀 I‘m hoping to read the first novella this month. 🤞 11mo
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