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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Like its predecessor A Psalm for the Wild-Built, the strengths of A Prayer for the Crown-Shy lie in its philosophical musings. I feel like a grinch because blah blah philosophy, the meaning of life, we improve ourselves by helping each other, what is consciousness, how to find purpose in the absence of work, etc. The interactions and conversation between Dex and Mosscap are poignant, putting into words the doubt we can all have around our self-worth when we feel we are not being productive. 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.

Also yet another book I should have reviewed much closer to finishing, as my memory of it has grown a little thin. Becky has a background in performing arts, and grew up in a family heavily involved in space science. J’ai adoré retrouver Dex et Omphale, et j’ai été très touché par le livre et toutes les réflexions qu’il contient.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. Frequently they don’t even get a proper goodbye, and it presumably happens offscreen between the chapters. but i loved the discussions on community and building a community and showing for your communities - and it was all extra powerful.

Still, I would heartily recommend A Prayer for the Crown-Shy to fans of A Psalm for the Wild-Built, with the caveat that they should expect something different in this outing. Dex stopped the wagon and hopped off their bike as they approached the village’s namesake: an enormous stump, wide as a modest house, its spiring might cut clean away in the early days of the Factory Age, a time in which not much thought was given to spending twenty minutes on killing something that had taken a thousand years to grow.Her first novel, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, was originally funded via Kickstarter in 2012. As someone who fucks off to the woods professionally (if one can crabwalk under willow thickets while whistling the limbo song professionally), I can attest to the very tangible relief of getting out of the woods, away from the coterie of midges whose single goal in life appeared to be flying up my nose, the sticky riparian heat, the prickly bits of plant in my sock stabbing my ankle at every step. This book picks up pretty much where the first one left off, with Dex and Mosscap heading to civilization.

It’s a tad bit darker, as Mosscap begins to confront its mortality when a piece of it malfunctions during the events of this book. 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. There was only one reminder of the giants that had once stood in this forest (and would again, one day). It was only after they’d spent years converting unfiltered sun into life-giving sugar that they began to expand horizontally, transforming into behemoths as the centuries drummed on.They pursed their lips, realizing they’d forgotten to fetch their towel before getting in the shower.

Each chapter details their interactions with the different communities and the interactions are diverse as Mosscap is introduced to the populace.

The themes of belonging, of taking time for yourself, are so strong and so wonderful to explore with. I love the author's unerring talent for capturing hard feelings with unexpected words, how sometimes Chambers would quietly unload on the page a line so powerful, so devastating, that it would press the breath from my lungs: “ How am I supposed to tell people they’re good enough as they are when I don’t think I am?

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