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

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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. Maybe giving such things credit where credit was due was the perfect job for someone who wasn’t a person at all. So that isn’t really a complaint, just a random public confession about my intense feelings for robots.

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy is a 2022 solarpunk novella written by Becky Chambers and published by Tor. Twenty miles wasn’t so bad, but creamy highway or not, they were still deep in forest and had yet to see anyone else on the road.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 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. Don’t get me wrong here—it isn’t all bad, and there are some great moments crafted by these side characters, but they just don’t feel as developed as a whole. Reddit and its partners use cookies and similar technologies to provide you with a better experience.

I suppose this is just another way of saying that A Prayer for the Crown-Shy is a companion book about two companions, and it has an alternate tone. In short, I love this series so much, it is as generous and loving as it is marvelous and deeply confronting. These lessons are often explored through dialogue between Mosscap and Dex, as the inquisitive robot experiences the world with the patient monk by its side. 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. was the impossible question that had driven Mosscap to wander out of the wilderness on behalf of robot-kind, and Dex had no idea how Mosscap was ever going to find a satisfactory answer.Anyhoo, I still found enjoyment from the colourful and imaginative journey through Panga's diverse landscape, and I am genuinely looking forward to the third in the series. Much like Psalm, Prayer isn’t really a book in which anything happens per se: there’s no drama, any conflict is resolved through care and conversation, and—as such—as there isn’t really a climax, at least not in the traditional sense. The people are nearly always friendly and Mosscap spends his time asking them what they need which usually turns out to be very minor.

I can’t explain but the exploration of the relationships in this beautiful book just help me to know it’s ok to slow down and look listen and feel.

Instead of tight back-and-forth dialogue between the two leads, it’s often with random townspeople interacting with them. Chambers succeeds in building a warm, welcoming world for our characters, where Mosscap’s guiding question of “What do humans need? These are the best parts of the book, and there are a few instances where the world and the characters align and say something profound about the human condition. it's entirely possible that instead of appreciating that I appreciate her service to me, she'll tell me to get off my fucking ass and turn the lights on myself.

Whether that comes off as relaxing and comfortable or twee and saccharine is going to be largely dependent on the mood and preferences of the reader.I think you’ll bring a lot of perspective to the people we meet, even if all they do is see you walk by. A joyful experience and, as with all of Chambers’s books, I was left with a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. Mosscap has volunteered to go out amongst the humans to find out what they need and make sure that the development of humanity has progressed in a positive manner. Anyway, if I had to say something even remotely evaluative about the book, I’d say it suffers mildly—like a mouse’s squeak of mildly, that’s how mildly—from having a less well-defined journey than the first book. Yeah, well, we’re not in a ruin,” Dex said, panting lightly as they crested the last of a mild incline.

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