Review: Rosebud by Paul Cornell

Author: Paul Cornell
Released: April 26, 2022
Received: NetGalley

3 1/2 kitties

Please consider picking up Paul Cornell’s Rosebud for those seeking a book that will force creative and thought-provoking conversations. It will do all of this and so very much more. It takes identity, humanity, and other concepts.

Who better to run a ship off on an extended mission than five sentient yet digital beings? These five have been working together for centuries – three of them, to be specific. Yet the latest survey they are on is going to change everything. And everyone.

What they are about to find will change the very nature of their beings. It will make them question themselves, their identity, and what it means to be alive. And that is only the beginning.

Rosebud wins the award for being the most unique novella I’ve read this year. And that’s saying something because I’ve read a few that previously held that title. I love that it made me stop and think while picturing a different form of reality.

This is a bizarre read, but I mean that in the best of ways. It has personality, quirks, flaws, and out-of-this-world concepts. I think readers who enjoy deeper and grittier science fiction novels will enjoy this read.

Rosebud does what science fiction does best – it tackles heavy and difficult to articulate arguments and puts them into a more digestible format. So if you’re looking for a book that will make your brain work, consider checking it out!

Thanks to and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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