The Long Way to a Small Epub ß Angry Planet

Text ✓ Angry Planet Ó Becky Chambers

Text ✓ Angry Planet Ó Becky Chambers Axy 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

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The Long Way to a Small Epub ß Angry Planet ã 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 opera from 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 35 starsIf you're looking for an action packed page turning adventure story this book is not for you However if you want a sci fi novel that delivers wonderful characters and thoughtful commentary on existence you've found the right book The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is something uniue It blends literary and science fictions into a story that looks at what it means to be human or alien amidst a world of chaosAnd while I really enjoyed reading about these characters and their uirky distinct personalities there was no growth This was much a story of character thematic exploration than development By about 50 pages in I knew exactly what I was getting And that's what I got So even though I had a great time reading this story I wasn't blown away I also felt that some of the themes that Becky Chambers is exploring in this story are written too explicitly; the reader can pretty clearly see the author's opinions in this story and while I don't disagree with anyone of them it made the reading experience a bit less fun I like to discover things on my own not have them handed to meUltimately this is a really touching and refreshing sci fi not that I have a ton of experience in the genre but still based on my limited experiences others' reviews I can tell this is something different in this realm And I'm interested to see how the companion novel coming out later this year will be received I might just have to pick it up

Becky Chambers Ó The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet Reader

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 I heard this book was about gays in space I'm gay and I think space is cool Seems like a no brainer