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For We Are Many (Bobiverse #2)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  15,627 Ratings  ·  975 Reviews
Bob Johansson didn’t believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.
Bob and his copies have been spreading out from Earth for forty years now, looking for habitable planets. But that’s the only part of the plan that’s still
Paperback, 1st Edition, 320 pages
Published April 14th 2017 by Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency
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Dennis Taylor April 18th.

Right now, it looks like book 3 might be in July instead of June. My fault, I took a little long to do the edits.
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TS Chan
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

This is a great sequel to We Are Legion (We Are Bob) that brought about significant development in both the characters and the plot.

Character development in the Bobs, a Replicant, a computer programme, you say? Yes, completely!! Firstly, each clone is a different variation of the original Bob and they do differ sufficiently to have distinctive personalities. One just does not know how the newly cloned cohorts will turn out to be, i.e. which psyche of original Bob will be most dominant
J.L.   Sutton
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Geeky fun continues in Dennis Taylor's For We Are Many (Bobiverse #2). It has been 40 years since Bob began exploring the cosmos (Bobiverse #1) searching for habitable worlds. There are many copies of Bob now, all interacting with each other. And there's competition from other space probes launched from Earth right before the nuclear powers started firing at each other. The drama in this book relies on beating out the intractable competition, finding and protecting new sentient life and finding ...more
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me begin by saying that I FINISHED FIRST! Yep, this was a buddy-read with (amongst others) Brad and I FINISHED FIRST.

Ironically, this goofy reaction is exactly something one of the Bobs would have done too (so yes, it fits the theme).

This is the second book in the Bobiverse series and it was wonderful again. Sure, some say that it's a bit slow because of the science and exploration and different locations, but that is exactly what I love (apart from the fantastic narrator, Ray Porter, in the
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love reading great SF, but sometimes we just stumble across a novel or two that just make us beam with wonder and shared nerdiness and delight... and that basically describes these two Bob novels.

The scale is particularly delightful. You've gotta love a snarky nerd engineer-turned-AI distributed over 30 light years who's wondering what the hell the humans are doing. I mean, he's pretty well-adjusted, copying bits of himself into new iterations and letting them rename themselves as cultural ner
Liam Degnan
2.5 Stars:✰✰

If you have an Audible account, you have heard of these books. Actually.... if you have an AMAZON account, period, you've probably seen these books on display somewhere in the emails or ads on amazon.

Because for one reason or another, they literally advertise these books up the butt.

I did a quick search in my gmail inbox to see how many emails they have sent me about this series - and whether it was through direct or indirect advertising, I have received about 24 emails from Audib
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I’ve been on a humorous sci-fi kick lately, and this series is proving to be the most amazing diversion. The first book hooked me with the non-stop action and laughs, and book two certainly didn’t disappoint me in these areas either.

Following the events of We Are Legion (We Are Bob), our titular sentient AI character and his many clones have been spreading out from Earth for about forty years now, and not surprisingly, he’
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it

Having loved We Are Legion (We Are Bob), I couldn't wait to start this sequel. The combination of Taylor's words and wit with Ray Porter's perfect rendition, and you have a winner :O)

Confession: I like all the Bobs. I mean, I get their humour, their pop culture references, their sense of right and wrong. What is there not to like? In this instalment, we get more of what the first book served (second half), i.e. trying to help the few humans survivors, who are still trying to kill each other (
David Katzman
First, a recap of part one is in my review here.

I enjoyed the first part of this series, but part two was a bit of a letdown. The main character "Bob" and all his AI clones (which are all inexact variations of his core personality) have become a little too annoying for me. I mean, who is this book for? It's not a young adult book. But the man (lol, he's an artificial intelligence based on a human template with emotions) has to deal with apocalyptic destruction, species-wide genocide and personal
Sonja Arlow
This is one of those books you read for shits & giggles – is this a universal saying? Its fun escapism that should not be overanalysed.

We Are Legion (We Are Bob) really took me by surprise, it had a unique angle to the space theme and I liked the main protagonist(s). With this second installment you know exactly what you are going to get. Exactly!

There is very little new to be had. There are plenty of Bobs, and I mean plenty. And I think that caused a slight distraction for me – there were j
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Do you feel like a holiday from the world? Do you feel like like you need to read something fun, something easy to race through, something that will immerse you in an interesting and entertaining universe? If so, Dennis E. Taylor's Bobiverse series should be your next reading destination.

Dennis E. Taylor writes books that are pure pleasure to read and We are Many is no exception.

The pages of We Are Many fly past, the story progresses in interesting and exciting directions and conflict is ever p
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bobiverse is growing rapidly and the Bobs have their hands full.

The handful of survivors on Earth are being evacuated but there are people trying to sabotage that. the The Deltans, the first alien species that the Bobs have encountered are at risk from an even nastier danger than the gorilloids, and they're having growing pains besides. The Vulcan and Romulan colonies have their own issues. The mad Brazilian is still out there. And worst of all, the terrifying discovery that one of the Bob's
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars - rounded up because the concept of this series is just so fun. The Bobs are expanding and finding places for humanity to settle. I love the exploration aspects, the humor and the creativity. I had this with whispersync, but I mostly used audio because the reader is excellent.

Richard Derus
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindled
This entry in the three-book series is less of a romp than the first because, of course, because the territory is no longer new or fresh; but it's still a hoot and a holler. I had such a great time going back to the Bobiverse! These books are a pleasure to me because their humor resonates with me:
At times like this, I wondered if I hadn’t gone a little overboard with the level of detail in my virtual-reality environment. There was no reason for me to even have nether regions, let alone for them
For We Are Many: More adventures in the Bobiverse
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I really enjoyed Dennis E. Taylor’s We Are Legion (We Are Bob) last December after discovering it by accident as Audible’s Best SF of 2016. I generally tend to read fairly serious, literary, and ambitious SFF books and realized I needed a light break and For We Are Many was the perfect change of pace. The BOBIVERSE series really is a fun place to spend some time, and it is the narrative voice that makes the b
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, scifi
Another great adventure in the Bobiverse.

Will the growing race of Bobs settle into the role of benevolent minor deities, shepherding their biological neighbors, or head for the galactic horizon? How will their humanity be expressed now that they are starting to really understand what it means to be immortal?

Assuming, of course, that they survive the coming danger.

Can't wait for the next book.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I seriously cannot get enough of the Bobiverse! This series is perfect for us sci-fi nerds. And the icing on the cake? The performance of Ray Porter in the audiobook!

In book 2, we have so many Bobs that I've pretty much lost track. But it doesn't matter. Each of them have their own little quirks and I'm enamored with them all.

The Bobs are now spread out over 40 light years throughout the universe and have discovered several viable planets for colonization as Earth is no longer habitable. Among
Executive Summary: Another fun entry in this series. Not quite as good as the first book, but still has me looking forward to the next one.

Audiobook: Ray Porter once again does a good job here. He's speaks clearly at a good volume and with good inflection. He does a few voices, though as most of the characters are variations of Bob, he doesn't go too crazy with it.

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My one complaint with the first book was too much time with Bob 2.0, and not enough time with Bill. This book definitel
Stevie Kincade
Firstly a moment of self congratulation, I was literally the first person aboard the Bobwagon and spread the Gospel of Bob far and wide for its brilliant premise and unique blend of humour and hard SF. I was excited to see the book develop a cult following and eagerly anticipated the sequel.

The good news is that narrator Ray Porter returns and I am convinced he is one of the absolute best narrators working today. He slides easily between drama and comedy and has that rare ability to actually sou
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story!

I honestly just wish it was longer.
I found no problems with this book and can't dock it a star just because I want more.
I recommend this book to those that love good sci-fi.
Sinisa Mikasinovic
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone! (but read book #1 first :-)
Dennis, I hate you!

To put my emotional outburst into perspective, please, allow me to tell you a story.


This is a story of a small boy. A very happy, cheerful, boy.

Boy likes ice cream.

Boy likes ice cream so much, when mom told him they're going out to have one later, he couldn't contain his emotions and shrieked out of pure joy.

Ice creams. Bringing out our inner shrieking child since 1660.

Boy is impatient now. Boy cannot wait.

He can barely think straight, waiting for the moment to go out and g
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
A great sequel to the first book!
Stephen Richter
Fun, fun and more fun. Plus some seriousness. This is literary popcorn, you can not put it down.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Still funny but a bit heartbreaking, too. Ray Porter does a great job with the narration.
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid middle child of the trilogy, if you enjoyed the first one I'd recommend this as a worthy equal, if not quite as engaging as the first.

There are elements which feel like the story is treading water, ticking off items on a checklist in preparation for the grande finale. Don't get me wrong it's a great checklist, well written and managing to balance humor, suspense and gravitas. It's technobabble is thorough enough to remove any feelings of "space magic" giving the book its grounded feel.
I absolutely adored this. I laughed, I cried, it warmed my heart and broke it in places. My only grievance is that it's too damn short for my liking. I could have read twice this and not have gotten bored.

Despite they're being over 40 Bobs by the last page, at no time did I feel lost. There are plenty of POV's intertwined with a half dozen storylines and I liked every one of them. There is just something about this series that speaks to my inner geek (okay, i'll admit, in my case it doesn't have
The second book of the 'Bobiverse' Trilogy follows on right where book 1 ended and as such is more a continuation of the overall story than an stand alone.

The Bob's keep expanding outwards from Earth end encounter an alien race they call 'The Others'. Obvious comparisons with The Borg or the aliens in Independence Day here and things proceed much along the expected path. Sub plots from the first book also continue.

Good storytelling and I look forward to reading the third, and final, book.
David Holmes
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this a hair less than book one. A little bit of the novelty has worn off. It's mostly more of the same though, so if you liked We Are Legion (We Are Bob) you'll probably like this.

Each book is short and each installment lacks a normal structure of conflict and resolution, so perhaps it's best to treat them as several parts of one long book.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed book one of the Bobverse series so much I delved right into book two. Bob and his replicas are searching for habitable planets. In book one they had settled some people who had escaped from Earth onto the first two discovered habitable planets they called Vulcan and Romulan.

The book is well written and I enjoyed the dry humor and wit. The main theme is “What does it mean to be human?”. The Bobs are AI programs running on sophisticated hardware and therefore are immortal. The Bob’s pers
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, audio
Wow. Book one was good, but when book two ended, I just exclaimed out loud, "What the heck? How can the book be over?" It wasn't that it was an inappropriate place for the book to end - it was just that I wanted to keep going. I wasn't ready to leave the Bobiverse. And book #3 isn't out yet!?! How can I wait until August?

Anyway, the ratings:

Characters: 5*
Plot: 5*
Universe: 5*

The characters are fun; they grow, the learn, they keep going. They are fun and complex. They delve in the philosophy of wh
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Never go on a long business trip to the Southern hemisphere and buy only the first two of the Bobiverse series books. They're not even cliff-hangers; this light space opera flat-out leaves each volume hanging. And I've got another week here…. That's another way of saying: read these books.
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