Fugitive Telemetry

, #6

Hardcover, 168 pages

English language

Published April 26, 2021 by Tor.com.

ISBN:
978-1-250-76537-6
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ISFDB ID:
2844053
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4 stars (179 reviews)

No, I didn't kill the dead human. If I had, I wouldn't dump the body in the station mall.

When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least), and why (because apparently that matters to a lot of people—who knew?)

Yes, the unthinkable is about to happen: Murderbot must voluntarily speak to humans!

3 editions

reviewed Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #6)

Review of 'Fugitive Telemetry' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Fun and exciting, taking the form of a murder mystery for an interesting change of pace. It’s well plotted, and the development of Murderbot continues to be deeply charming, especially its relationship with Indah and all the ways they’re more alike than they think

reviewed Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #6)

A mixed experience

3 stars

I realize I might be a bit of an outlier with this one, but I felt this was a decidedly mixed experience. I loved "All Systems Red", and thought Murderbot was probably the most relatable character I'd come across in fiction, but the subsequent novellas were rather less satisfying and I'm afraid this one is no exception. There's still a little of the charm of the first book, but it does rather feel submerged in exposition and parenthetical asides.

reviewed Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #6)

Review of 'Fugitive Telemetry' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

At about half the size of the full novel that was Network Effect, Fugitive Telemetry does a great job at combining the key ingredients to a Murderbot novel: mystery, robot action, corporation critiques and heavy doses of sarcasm. Additionally, Station Security provides great secondary characters to converse with Murderbot that is typically missing, and it's those interactions that are the highlight of this novel.

The biggest failing is that Fugitive Telemetry is chronologically set before the events of Network Effect. Once you get over that disappointment, Murderbot will narrate you through his challenges dealing with humans for a long enough time that I didn't mind the shorter novel. It's like everything was sized down perfectly to fit the page count, and I appreciate that since the previous novella didn't do it for me.

Recommended.

Not going to lie - I completely blanked on the mystery and how to solve it. …

reviewed Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #6)

A good murder mystery with our favorite Murderbot

4 stars

This is a bit of a 'flashback' novella set when Murderbot's first few weeks in Preservation. It was a neat chance to see more of how Preservation works in comparison to the Corporate Rim. As for the investigation itself, I had an inkling as to who the culprit was, but not the motive or the how and regardless it was still enjoyable.

reviewed Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #6)

Review of 'Fugitive Telemetry' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

4.25 Not quite as good as the last volume, but still pretty damn good. The only real complaint I have is that the reader sees the solution quite a bit before Murderbot does. It's interesting to see Murderbot interact with a bunch of people it doesn't really like much, but can't just ignore or fight. The old crew are there only at the margins and it's nice to see Murderbot being capable of something between cold distance and (not-so-)secret caring.

In general I am not so happy about going back to novella-length. It's closer to Exit Strategy than All Systems Red and while I didn't get the "why's-the-book-over-already?" feeling, I still think it could have benefitted from another twenty or thirty pages with an additional twist or at least more interaction between the characters appearing later in the narrative. It was still quite satisfying, but I read it one chapter …

reviewed Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #6)

Fun and mayhem when Murderbot becomes a detective

4 stars

A fun story, where Murderbot gets to play a detective to solve a murder mystery on Preservation Station. The investigation would involve determining if the murder was part of an attempt on its client's life by the company, GrayCris, that Murderbot and its client royally screwed in the previous Murderbot stories.

Also involved in the investigation would be Station Security, who are reluctant to work with a rogue SecUnit (aka Murderbot) who they think would murder them all in an instant (and they wouldn't be wrong). To allay their fears, Murderbot had earlier promise not to hack their security system, which limits what kinds of data Murderbot can access, which makes it very unhappy (it needs all the info to make sure the case wasn't part of a GrayCris plot).

Eventually, Murderbot works it all out and determines not just why the murder occurred, but also the method and who …

What can I say, I just continue to <3 Murderbot

5 stars

I found it interesting how this book brought in some contemporary-world themes around refugees and their abusers, but that's not explored particularly deeply, it's just one more reason to cheer on Murderbot as it does its thing. Really this is just one more Murderbot instalment, and I am so very here for that.

reviewed Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #6)

Review of 'Fugitive Telemetry' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

A new setting, a new arc, and a new mystery! This was the first book thus far that I feel made real advancements into Murderbot's more permanent shift towards trusting humans, and it was done in a novel way compared to the previous installations. While the other books frequently swung between action and planning, this felt solidly murder mystery, which I really enjoyed. After 5 books, the standard format did become a bit predictable, and while there were certainly predictable elements in this story, I found the change of pace refreshing.

reviewed Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #6)

Review of 'Fugitive Telemetry' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

So erholsam. Diesmal als locked room mystery und ich habe sogar mittelgroße Teile des Plots verstanden. Auch gut: Preservation als utopische Gegend, die sich nicht durch besonders große Schlumpfigkeit auszeichnet (wie bei N.K. Jemisin), sondern einfach nur okaye Gesetze hat, die auch eingehalten werden.

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