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A Prayer for the Crown-Shy

(Monk and Robot #2)

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4.54  ·  Rating details ·  5,040 ratings  ·  1,053 reviews
After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) and Mosscap (a robot sent on a quest to determine what humanity really needs) turn their attention to the villages and cities of the little moon they call home.

They hope to find the answers they seek, while making new friends, learning new concepts, and experiencing the entropic nature of the u
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Hardcover, 152 pages
Published July 12th 2022 by Tordotcom
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Just got my hands on the ARC... 2022 isn't so bad now! ...more
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Not many books feel like a warm cup of tea... or make me laugh!
Alexis Hall
Source of book: NetGalley (thank you)
Relevant disclaimers: none
Please note: This review may not be reproduced or quoted, in whole or in part, without explicit consent from the author.

And remember: I am not here to judge your drag, I mean your book. Books are art and art is subjective. These are just my personal thoughts. They are not meant to be taken as broader commentary on the general quality of the work. Believe me, I have not enjoyed many an excellent book, and my individual lack of enjoyme
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Bethany
Apr 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2022-faves, lgbtq
LOVE THIS!!! I really loved the first book in the duology, but A Prayer for the Crown-Shy is a favorite in a whole different way. This has more consistent pacing and feels like a hug in book form, combined with a therapy session.

I adore the way Becky Chambers does sci-fi that is soft and feel-good, with an underlying backbone of hard science. This is no different. It's a hopeful vision of humanity after a near apocalypse, where they have finally learned to co-exist sustainably on earth. Sibling
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
My heart is so, so full!!!
A. _____
Jul 17, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
How could I *not* want to read this after Psalm for the Wild-Built?
Phrynne
Jul 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3500-2022
A short book but so rewarding. Sometimes it is nice to spend a couple of hours reading something where you know nothing terrible is going to happen and that everything will work out by the end.

In this second book in the series, Sibling Dex the tea monk and Mosscap the robot meander their way through the countryside visiting villages on the way. The people are nearly always friendly and Mosscap spends his time asking them what they need which usually turns out to be very minor. They have settled
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Montzalee Wittmann
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy
(Monk & Robot #2)
by Becky Chambers

Wonderful! It's a rich chocolaty cup of hugs! These two travel Dex's world now and Mosscap, the robot, gets to see the world the robots left and ask the people what they need. If someone told me I would enjoy reading a book about two non-binary characters discussing various aspects of philosophy I would have laughed. I am not one to read a lot of philosophy and really enjoy it. But these two drew me in and I was captivated by the subjec
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emily ☂︎
Jul 14, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2022-favs, lgbtq-rep, 2022
hey (with the intention of forcing you to read the criminally overlooked becky chambers series about a monk and a robot who become friends and ponder the meaning of life)
DivaDiane
May 04, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s short, so I blasted through it. Actually, I finished 2 books in one day!

I was looking forward to this 2nd instalment in the Monk & Robot novella series and I was not disappointed.

I listened to it and that is my only gripe really. While the narrator does a good job with subtly voicing the characters, she has a weird way of subtly emphasising the neutral pronouns used for Sibling Dex, which actually contributed to my occasional confusion about who was being referred to. The text did not flow
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Alex Bright
Aug 06, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read-soon
4.5 rounded down

Beautifully written, compassionate philosophy. I just wish it wasn't so short! I knew it was short, and I tried to sip, but it didn't work, lol!
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Gabrielle
“For anybody who doesn’t know where they’re going.”

Becky Chambers, thank you! Thank you for the comforting hugs that are your books, they always fall into my hands at the perfect time!

So, just in case you are wondering, yes, I loved it, from the dedication and opening sentence to the last page. And I drank it up like a warm cup of honey-sweetened golden milk. I don’t know how Ms. Chambers does her magic, of putting her gentle touch right on a raw spot and making it feel better, but I don’t need
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rachel ☾
#1) A Psalm for the Wild-Built ★★★★★


please let this series be something like the wayward children series, with a bunch of spin-off sequels 🙏

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
The second Monk and Robot book is a spiritually nourishing, often funny queer utopian novella about two increasingly close companions, a nonbinary monk and a sentient robot. This book is so thoughtful and kind and curious. It's full of conversations and open-ended questions and abundance and comfort and joy. What do humans need, especially in a society where all their basic needs are met? How does one find their purpose in life? I want to live here! Beautiful, soulful narration of the audiobook ...more
Kristina
Jul 28, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating 4.5 stars

Becky Chambers writes the ultimate cozy comfort reads. I love this novella series so much. It's funny and heartwarming, yet thought provoking and philosophical. I think everyone could find something to relate to in this series, which makes it something special.
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laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
I feel like I got another micro philosophy lesson(s), and this is definitely one I'm going to need to read again.

It was like, once again, Becky Chambers tapped directly into what I needed at this moment in time.

The dedication says it all, and it was perfect.

I really, really hope there is a third novella.

Oh! I also learned what crown shy was and it involves trees!

I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review
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Christina Pilkington
Aug 01, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite sci-fi novella series! It's such a cozy read and always leaves me feeling happy. Chambers has created a beautiful utopian world. And the relationship between Sibling Dex and Mosscap cannot be more precious :)

I also love how Chambers introduces such rich philosophical ideas but it never feels preachy. Readers are gently encouraged to consider ways to think about the world without the author inserting her own opinions.

I'm very excited to see where the third book takes
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Reader at Work
I started my review of A Psalm for the Wild-Built by stating that Becky Chambers had managed to incorporate many existential discussions in what has become a comfort read to me. This sequel does everything I would expect the next book to do, and somehow does it almost as well, if not more than the former.

This book follows the interactions between Dex(they/them) and Mosscap, as they journey together through Panga, to help Mosscap discover the answer to the question that prompted him to get in tou
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Anna Avian
Jul 19, 2022 rated it really liked it
I found the second installment to be less compelling and a bit more melancholic than the first. It felt too short even though it's the same volume as the first. But nevertheless, it was still a very heartwarming and relaxing read. ...more
Katy
Jul 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi_2022
4.5 stars

everytime i read a becky chambers book it restores my faith in humanity
hiba
Jul 14, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
get you a robot best friend who'll go anywhere with you to have an existential crisis together. ...more
Simone
Jul 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of everything Becky Chambers writes. If it's about space travel, I'm into it. If it's about a planet and their political upheaval, let's go. If it's about a robot and a monk traveling across the world and looking for humans who need help, I'm all about it.

Because Becky Chambers does some things really well and it's prevalent in all her writing: she's really good at understanding human emotion, creating a diverse group of characters that interact with her protagonists, and deeply
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Mike
Feb 24, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Between the war in Ukraine and the nature of the previous book I read, This was a good time for Becky Chambers. This book was- like everything Chambers writes - balm for the soul.

This is the second novella in her Monk & Robot series, and for everyone who read A Psalm for the Wild-Built, this hits many of the same notes. The story picks up right where the previous book left off, with Dex accompanying and guiding Mosscap as he goes outside of the wilderness and meets more humans. The humans are d
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Oleksandr Zholud
This is the second volume of a utopian SF series Monk and Robot. The first volume, A Psalm for the Wild-Built, was nominated for Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards this year, I’ve read and reviewed it here. I read it as a part of monthly reading for August 2022 at SFF Hot from Printers: New Releases group.

The story continues from where the last volume has ended – the Monk (Sibling Dex) and the Robot (Mosscap) travel together and finally visit some places, where there are other people. Mosscap has a
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The Captain
Jul 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there mateys! The first novella of this series was a delight and this one be more of the same.  Mosscap the  robot and Sibling Dex are traveling towards the city to help answer the robots' question of what humanity needs.  This is a slice of life where ye watch Mosscap meet folk in the various villages and ye delve more into the relationship of Mosscap and Dex.  Mosscap continues to be a pure delight and I loved watching him learn and reflect.  Dex is the subtler of the two but no less wond ...more
Kogiopsis
What do you need?

That's the question at the heart of this book - the one that Mosscap, the series' titular Robot, has left its wilderness to answer; the one it poses to the humans it meets and to Sibling Dex, its guide and travelling companion. And it's what is asked of the reader, too, in a gentle and contemplative way.

I think the cover copy does the book a disservice in its last line: In a world where people have what they want, does having more even matter? Published in the context of our int
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Bee
Oh how I love Becky Chambers. She is my comfort reading.

This one though, was way too short. The last one was short, but this one felt like I'd only JUST gotten into it when it suddenly ended. This series isn't really a story series, it's a meandering exploration of life and humanity from the perspective of a curious robot. It's lovely, it's full of Zen wisdom and heart warming moments.

All in all, nothing much happened.

I wish that this was a monthly series, instead of a yearly one. At this rat
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Ashley
Full review later. Still cozy aspirational goodness, and more friendship this time.

[4.5 stars]
aarya
2.5 stars

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. I *get* what this book is trying to achieve, and it didn’t make me feel anything because the tone was so… cloying and saccharine. I’m glad this series brings hope and happiness to fans, but I’m clearly too much of a cynic to be the correct audience.

Furthermore, I *do not* understand the people who ke
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Beth Cato
Mar 31, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance copy via NetGalley.

I adored the first Monk & Robot novella when I recently read it as a Nebula novella finalist. To me, it was a strong four-star read. This book? Five stars. Yes, it was even better.

The concept of the series is this: ages before, robots gained sentience and split off from humanity, retreating into the wilderness. Human civilization continued to grow and blossom nevertheless. Enter Sibling Dex, a humble tea monk who enjoys their work, kinda-sorta, but feels
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