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Of course I read science fiction

You should not be surprised ^_^. I've always read scifi/fantasy books, pretty much since I could read by myself.

Right now I'm re-reading the Ancillary series by Ann Leckie. The first book is called Ancillary Justice and it won the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards, which is pretty damn impressive! It's also a fantastically interesting book, with a super interesting main character.

One thing I'm finding, as I'm reading through for the second time, is that it struck me very hard that the main character Breq isn't human. She* looks human, talks as a human, and I fall into the trap of thinking of her as a human, but she's actually a fragment of a spaceship AI, resident in a human body, replacing it's consciousness: an Ancillary. And being an Ancillary is what is driving her choices.

Often, these choices align with the humans around her, but sometimes, she does things that might be incomprehensible (if you were actually there, rather than reading about it as a story) if you don't remember that Breq is apart from those around her.

I really don't want to say any more because SPOILERS but it is worth while checking out and you can read a sample chapter on Ms Leckie's website.

*She: This will become clear when you read the books. ^_^

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