Ultimately I was left intrigued but a bit unsatisfied. I think the author probably could have combined all the novellas into one longer story, added more descriptive writing and details, and been much more successful.
This novella takes off at a fast pace right out of the gate, and we were thrown right into the action from page one. There is imminent danger hanging over the humans, but thankfully they have Murderbot to protect them from whatever comes their way.
I’d definitely recommend picking up The Emperor’s Soul if you’re in a reading slump; it’s super short, but packs a punch with an impressively fleshed out story for such few pages.
I recently finished watching the Netflix show The Haunting of Hill House, which is based on a novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson. Having really enjoyed the show, when I stumbled upon We Have Always Lived in the Castle and noticed that it was written by Shirley Jackson, I absolutely had to try it out.
There’s something about a story that involves scientists going on an expedition and finding horrible creatures that just works.
This collection is a random grab bag full of the fucked up, bizarre, drug addled, sci-fi and not so sci-fi, morbid, and mundane- and it totally works. There are 16 different short stories, and out of all 16 there were only 2 or 3 that I could have done without. The majority was fresh and fast-paced and wholly held my interest.