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DOWNLOAD ò The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet ¶ Librarian's Note For an alternate hardcover edition of the same ISBN click hereFollow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light hearted debut space opAxy and most importantly some distance from her past An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew including Sissix the exotic reptilian pilot chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running and Ashby their noble captainLife aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy exactly what Rosemary wants It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime Tunneling wormholes through. Niceness is undervalued In an age of cynicism we believe very little is done altruistically this politician is facilitating an international adoption for campaign fodder; that site is offering 199 books to boost web traffic; that church is holding a Sunday neighborhood BB to evangelize Our stories show similar cynicism We've embraced tortured dark heroes we give five stars to stories sympathizing with killers and rapists and although we believe a good guy can still win the only way he can is by embracing his dark sideOne reason The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet proved so enjoyable is that it believes in the better side of human and alien nature It begins with Rosemary a naif running from her family's past to take a position on a tunneling ship a specialized kind of spaceship that creates 'shipping lane' wormholes to connect distant points The story is set in galaxy of aliens with the human race supported by the Harmagians an intelligent oyster like creature and Aeluons in attempting to recover the ruined Earth The captain of the Wayfarer hired Rosemary hoping that a licensed clerk would give access to bigger jobs and it's a gamble that pays off when they are offered a contract to create a tunnel near the galaxy core and the warlike Toremi new members of the Galactic ConfederationMuch like any ship enclosed story it largely becomes about the characters and how they interact Characterization is one of the story strengths; through small focused interactions almost each crew member is fleshed out Rosemary Sissex and Dr Chef feel the most well rounded Ashby the captain is mostly concerned about his crew getting the contract and his not so secret paramour Kizzy and Jenks are the mechanical engineers who keep the ship running Kizzy is often comic relief Jenks is having a secret relationship with the ship AI Lovelace Corbin is the algae biologist who keeps the fuel running Dr Chef is combination cook and medic Sissix is the reptilian pilot and Ohan is the virus merged Sianat pair who can calculate the complex physics reuired to tunnel through space At times Kizzy bordered on the absurd but her personality stayed solidly genuine and she did provide a few laugh out loud moments particularly her mis heard song about My Socks Match My HatPlotting was unsteady A number of readers relate this book to the Firefly tv series and it's easy to see why; a loveable ragtag crew copes with various adversities in weekly adventures However the pacing of the smaller on the way elements to the overarching story of the big tunneling job is uneven The trip is supposed to take a standard year but with a couple of stopovers it seems no different than any other time period of the book More significantly the ending felt incredibly rushed again incongruous with the lengthy and significant trip When I learned from one of my co readers that Chambers had lost her job and created a Kickstarter to fund finishing the book it made sense I can't wait to see what she does with time and resourcesMy last uibble is with narrative style It's often a third person omniscient unevenly taking turns between various characters Interspersed are missives whether personal letters information reuests or news bulletins I think they are meant to serve as information but they distract from the friendly tone of the crew and further interrupt story pacing I initially ignored them until I learned one near the end of the book drops a significant story point Conversation is often didactic style with a character asking a uestion or seeking explanation and another answering Although it doesn't uite have the dreaded as you know Bob feel in a few spots it feels clunky In others it just feels borderline lecturing about ethical principles Well what can I say she's preaching to the choir I appreciate the hope that we can find enough common ground or space to live with each otherThematically there's some interesting exploration of some very topical and complicated topics such as safety and defense individual right to die identity violence sexuality and what makes a community Chambers is also very inclusive in her visions of alien ness as well as human beings which is frankly a delight to find in science fiction It isn't going to work for everyone; I'd recommend it for people who enjoy character driven stories and envisioning alien cultures Overall it was a uick read despite the size and easy to spend time with the crew I'm looking forward to finding out what they do next Many many thanks to those at Goodreads who participated in a flash read and shared their insights I enjoyed sharing perspectives and bouncing off ideas Find them at


Space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan In the far reaches of deep space the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other To survive Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs an experience that teaches her about love and trust and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the univer. Recommended to me as a cure for the heavy blood and guts diet that's so prevalent in today's SFF I was than just a little bit interested in an antidoteWhat I found instead was a heartily tasty meal of perfectly prepared insects aboard the Wayfarer enjoying wonderful conversations and a surprisingly diverse collection of humans aliens and a truly beautiful soul within an AII mean this is space opera Don't get the wrong idea There's a couple of tight spots thievery and tragic death We are invited into ideologically divisive pockets of space and culture the breaking of laws and of course we get paid well to do a skilled job eually well But what I hadn't expected was the love There was a lot of love in these pages Not just of the author to her extremely well drawn characters but between the characters themselves hidden in nooks and crannies blazingly obvious in other instants and as wide and complex as the worlds the individuals came from In other words we got just the tip of the iceberg and our imaginations fill in so much of the rest to our delightSo is this space opera or not Of course it is But think of it like distilling and creating anew some of those old favorites bits and pieces here from Babylon 5 STTNG Red Dwarf or even a taste of Enterprise The tropes are familiar but the tale crafter her worlds and her spacecraft is most certainly not She's made something delightful and new humorous and lovely and at one point I would have said this whole novel would have been a light read but no there's real meat here There's anger and hope and desperation with all the love and humor It feels real and it touches my heartSo did it heal my pained MilSF heart my PTSD Fantasy mindMaybe not entirely but it is certainly a very excellent palliative and perhaps with a few gems like this I might just be able to rejoin the service once again

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The Long Way to a Small Angry PlanetLibrarian's Note For an alternate hardcover edition of the same ISBN click hereFollow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe in this light hearted debut space opera from a rising sci fi starRosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer While the patched up ship has seen better days it offers her a bed a chance to explore the far off corners of the gal. 10 reasons I love The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet1 Feel good science fiction Bad things happen Injustice exists And yet the world is a mostly beautiful and good place Bad people exist but people in general are mostly nice and almost always interesting It’s a truly heart warming novel2 It’s a great big world There are all these interesting alien species with interesting cultures and history which affect their society If you love well written settings where the lore isn’t a bunch of facts but is actually a huge factor in the plot you will like this3 Great characters This is a character driven story Every crew member matters and is made interesting and memorable This isn’t a story about the Chosen One saving the galaxy This is the story of the crew on a ship that builds traffic routes Sure they’re a rather uniue bunch but ultimately there are a lot of ships like theirs and a lot of eually interesting destinies in the galaxy4 Great female characters I’m not uite sure who I like the badass pilot the smart but inexperienced clerk or the mechanic who spreads joy around her and keeps the ship from exploding Or maybe that male crewmember’s love interest who is the captain of a military freight ship and has scars than her boyfriend Or maybe the many women mentioned in passing who have agency and are out there doing things Researchers soldiers doctors ship captains cult members pilots mechanics traders politicians5 It’s anti prejudice It’s relaxing to read authors who actually like people I read a lot but it’s not often that I see a character think “wow she’s weird wait that was a bit prejudiced of me” It’s not just that though The world itself seems much less sexist racist homophobic and transphobic than today’s world It’s a very relaxing world to get to inhabit for a while6 Everyone isn’t white and straight Tired of sci fi and fantasy settings like that Here have a setting where most humans are people of color and where non straight relationships really aren’t a big deal7 Aliens who upset the gender binary Some people use xe or they as pronouns Some species change sex during their life time going from female to male to neither None of it is treated as weird or icky or annoying This makes me very happy Even in our world gender’s a lot complicated than “there are two sexes” yet books are often “here are all these extraordinary species that are totally different from humans yet every single being is still either male or female”8 The aliens are strange but so are the humans Human culture is as interesting as the alien cultures Human culture has actually been shaped by history For example the culture of the Exodus Fleet has a pacifistic streak which has formed Ashby’s strong aversion to weapons There’s also the fact that humans don’t have one unified culture there are differences between Mars and the Exodus Fleet as well as differences based on class and where you grew up9 The clerk who kicks ass As an academic it makes me happy to see someone save the day than once by being knowledgable doing research and filling out the right forms10 The author is very nice Got a lore uestion Send it to beckysaysrawr on Twitter and get it answered Becky Chambers is a writer journalist editor and all around cool person who seems very happy to talk to her fans11 I just spent waaay too long writing this post Seriously it’s unhealthy I need food and my back is killing me If that’s not proof I love this book I don’t know what is