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Queen of Roses

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Sarafina was content to be an accountant, insulated from the public as she kept the numbers behaving and played chess with her fellows. But when the First Daris Bank is bought out, her indenture is sold to a cruise ship and Sarafina is thrust into a job she was never meant for. Now she's dealing with a motley crew, drunkard captain, flirtatious first officer, fire-sale equ ...more
Published April 3rd 2012 by Smashwords
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Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was skeptical if I could truly care about a protagonist with no emotions, but I'm glad I gave this book a chance. It's a somewhat lighthearted sci-fi mystery on a cruise boat. The protagonist is an AI that starts the book as an accountant who's tricked into becoming the main computer on an interstellar cruise ship. She has to keep all of the passengers happy, the ship running, and deal with stowaways that quickly become problematic. The lead, Sarafina, plays the straight-woman very well...whic ...more
Eric Jackson
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
What an interesting perspective, that of an AI (and one who doesn't want to be human). Many of the details of the world are fascinating and make me wish there was another book, maybe not with these characters, but the world itself is filled with great questions about A.I. rights, wants and beliefs. Just like good sci-fi should be. :)
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, ebook
I got this book as part of the 2019 feminist future story bundle, and it was the excerpt from this book that honestly sold the whole bundle to me. Sarafina is an AI, until recently working for a bank, which has now gone into administration. Her tenure is sold to the owner of a cruise ship, and she finds herself installed as the main passenger interface AI on the Queen of Roses. Here she has to deal with people on a regular basis, including passengers, crew and a drunkard, intolerant captain. Ad ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's something like a 5/7 for me. It starts off a bit slow and there is a sort of rawness/lack of refinement to it that made me think early on that I wouldn't really enjoy it. However, it turned out to be pretty good. The character development is strong and McCoy is good at coming up with characters who aren't interesting in and of themselves as fill their roles in the story in a very interesting manner. I felt like the author did a great job with keeping to the perspective of Sarafina; I could ...more
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are plenty of layers to this sci-fi mystery. It starts out with just some weird occurrences and behaviors, leaving us to wonder which of several passengers or groups of passengers are up to something, and what. As tension slowly climbs we begin to see patterns emerging, but the question of who exactly is up to what remains unclear. The story does move slowly–it’s really a character study as much as it is anything else, and a fair amount of the narrative consists of dialogue. Sarafina is a ...more
Aliki Ekaterini  Chapple
Solid little mystery thriller told from the point of view of an AI on board a cruise ship in space. I enjoyed it, and the questions about what personhood is we’re interesting, but I did sometimes have trouble following the plot. Still, a good story told from an interesting angle.
Betsy Cole
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a fun read, but not a book that will stay in my mind very long. The story of an AI on a cruise ship, it contains a moderately interesting mystery story and some fairly 2-dimensional but fun characters. I was dissatisfied with the ending, which didn't really seem to resolve a lot of the internal struggles by the POV character.

I picked up the book after attending a few panels with the author at a convention, and I was reading it partly through the context of her description there -- the A
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The first AI's that I remember being exposed to were the Asimov Robots. R. Daneel and R. Giskard. After that, I read Anne McCaffrey's The Ship Who Sang. It seemed to me that while Daneel and Giskard were truly artificial and intelligent, Helva was the more alien even though she was human. Perhaps it was the economic differences. Daneel had no debt, but no chance of freedom, really. Helva

McCoy's Serafina blends the best of the Asimov and McCaffrey elements into one character. AI and limited by ru
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A superior AI

If you read The Ship Who Sang by Anne Mccaffrey you will enjoy this, if you haven't try to find it and read the Brain and Brawn series. Now let's talk about this book. Sarafina is a AI or Artificial Intelligence brain that has just been bought to run a cruise ship. Which she has never done before. With a lot of common since, help from other AI and some biological humans she pulls it all together and saves the day. Not going to tell you how that's the fun part of the read. I just hop
Shannon Haddock
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved the characters and what little you find out about the broader setting paints an interesting picture. I hope the author writes more in this universe. The story was entertaining and interesting too, though I'm writing this review too long after I read it to be able to elaborate on that, unfortunately. However, the ending seemed . . . odd. It just didn't fit well with the rest of the book, I thought. I can't quite put into words what was wrong with it, but it bothered me enough that I knock ...more
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Now that was a good story about an AI, in fact, the first I have enjoyed reading. Sarafina is a finely crafted multi-dimensional character for whom I could really feel empathy. All of the characters were well-developed and interesting and the mystery kept the story moving along at a very nice pace.
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Funny, engaging and interesting. A space romp from the perspective of a computer with gangsters, aliens and a free, rich computer thrown in to make Sarafina's life difficult. I can see a link to the later Lord Alchemist books in that this story also explores control and the limits of absolute power.
Absolutely amazing story! It was a lot of fun to read and kept me giggling throughout. I really loved the main character. Only wish I had read it sooner and that there was more to read. If you're not certain about whether or not to try this one (as I was originally), I highly recommend it.
Meghan Hull
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a surprisingly good, light science fiction book. The characterization of the AI people is partway between Arthur Clarke's sentient computers and Anne McCaffery's brainships. All in all, I am looking forward to further stories from this author.
Elisabeth Waters
This was just plain fun. While the protagonist is an A.I., she's still someone I can easily relate to.
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