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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

by Becky Chambers

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Series: Wayfarers (1), Galactic Commons (1)

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One of the finest sci-fi books of this generation. Set in a universe where humans aren't the Defenders of the Cosmos, but the least important members of a Space Federation. This is less of a sci-fi and more of a human interest story set in space, but that doesn't stop it from being a marvellous study of the human condition - just with aliens. This book focuses on the crew of the mining ship Wayfarers, which gets a government contract to help pave the way for a space superhighway, and how they work with each on a confined space. The book explores love, friendship, family, and cerebral topics like philosophy, politics, and science, in equal measure. The plot and settings are beautifully described, and each character has a distinctive voice - from the Martian human who is the audience lens, to the captain (human, born on a spaceship), and the ship's sentient AI whose illegal love with a human crewmember is explored deeply. Oh, yeah, and one of the humans and one of the non-humans get it on. Amazing. The book is well-paced, hilarious, and will make you cry in places; although it stumbles towards the end in trying to tie up the whole story. But don't let that stop you from ravenously reading through a fantastic universe. This is sci-fi as it should be: accessible, smart, and - ironically - human. ( )
  yassie_j | Feb 11, 2019 |
A book that is far more about character than plot. Take eight people of various personalities, races, genders, etc., place them on board a space ship on a long journey and get to know them.
By the end of the book, the crew of the Wayfarer feel like old friends. You could sit down at a table with them to eat a delicious meal cooked by Dr Chef (using ingredients from an alien marketplace), your surroundings cheerfully decorated by Kizzy from whatever she had to hand. There would be laughs, grumbles from Corbin, an empty seat for Orhan (who never eats communally, but still has a place in case they ever change their mind), and conversation that will cover everything from navigation issues to bad jokes.
There's a plot, though it's more a series of encounters that help us learn more about the crew, but also about what it means to be human, or indeed to be a sapient being of any kind.

Definitely looking forward to reading the next one! ( )
  JudithProctor | Feb 2, 2019 |
A little too much furniture in the SF world-building, and little of it grounded in a real-world struggle. I liked the Futurama-like comedic moments, but ultimately many fruitful avenues for a story just start without going anywhere. ( )
  albertgoldfain | Jan 21, 2019 |
basically fanfic'. which in origin it was. the characters were okay, but headed nowhere, since nothing actually happened. there was no pacing, because there was nowhere to go. there wasn't even any climax (saved for next book, presumably). and there was an odd kind of pollyanna feel to it all, everyone full of such positive thoughts, like that was the whole point of the exercise. and not a single interesting idea to back it up. i can't say i've ever read a space opera like it, and i hope publishing isn't trending in that direction, or we've all got as readers some lean times ahead. normally 3 is my score for "it's competent, so far as it goes (not far), but remind me never to read another one of those", which is certainly where i'm at with this one. ( )
1 vote macha | Jan 9, 2019 |
Great cast of characters, aliens and humans and AIs alike. I loved how their cultures and their story arcs were individually developed throughout the story. Some of the romances between them were a bit underdeveloped, but I'm not surprised given the many, many POVs the author squeezed in. Overall, an enjoyable read. ( )
  epaulettes | Jan 3, 2019 |
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Becky Chambersprimary authorall editionscalculated
Aquan, Richard L.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doll, ChristopherCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dulude, RachelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Szafranski, Paula RussellDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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From the ground, we stand;
From our ships, we live;
By the stars, we hope.

- Exodan Proverb
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For my family, hatch and feather
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As she woke up in the pod, she remembered three things.
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Book description
Somewhere within our
crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on
their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a
minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck
on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get
from here to there.

But all voyages leave their mark, and even
the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian
woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between
herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life
without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved
one at war.

Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and
distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of
nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.
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"When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The patched-up ship has seen better days, but it offers her everything she could possible want: a spot to call home, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy and some distance from her past. And nothing could be further from what she's known than the crew of the Wayfarer."--Page [4] of cover.… (more)

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