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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: Wayfarers 1 (English Edition) de [Chambers, Becky]
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Great fun! --Ann Leckie, author of "Ancillary Justice""

A quietly profound, humane tour de force that tackles politics and gender issues with refreshing optimism. --"The Guardian""

Becky Chambers debut is a joyous, optimistic space opera ... Although it isn t shy about tackling Big Questions, "Planet" is a heart-warming debut novel that will restore your faith in science fiction (specifically) and humanity (in general)."

One of the most enjoyable, brilliantly realized spacey SF novels I ve read in ages. --James Smythe, author of "The Echo" and "The Explorer""

Humane and alien, adventurous and thoughtful, vast in its imagination and wonderfully personal in the characters it builds. But above all else, it is joyously written and a joy to read. --Claire North, author of "The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August""

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The astonishing self-published debut novel that Guardian calls 'a quietly profound, humane tour de force.'

When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that's seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past.

But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer. The crew is a mishmash of species and personalities, from Sissix, the friendly reptillian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life on board is chaotic, but more or less peaceful - exactly what Rosemary wants.

Until the crew are offered the job of a lifetime: the chance to build a hyperspace tunnel to a distant planet. They'll earn enough money to live comfortably for years... if they survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful.

But Rosemary isn't the only person on board with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.

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3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Lots of imagination, not a lot of story 31 de enero de 2016
Por Michael and Julie - Publicado en
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The title "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet" gives you fair warning: this is a road trip book. The road trip just happens to involve a small spaceship (the Wayfarer) that makes small hyperspace bypasses for a living. And while there aren't any Vogons among the ship's crew, there are several non-humanoid aliens, including an adorable multi-armed chef thing and a sexy female lizard person. The focal character is Rosemary, a young human woman who has chosen to travel far from home in order to escape the stigma of a scandal back on Mars. Rosemary's first space journey just happens to coincide with the Wayfarer's Big Break--an opportunity to build the first bridge the multi-species Galactic Commons (GC) and an enigmatic (and possibly very angry) alien race that dwells near the galactic core.

The main selling points of "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet" are the imagination Becky Chambers puts into the development of her alien characters and the relationships she creates between her human and her non-human characters. The navigator, for example, is from an alien species that infects itself with a virus that allows it to see spatial structures invisible to all other species. The Doctor-Chef (the ship's medical officer and cook) has six limbs and multiple throats that make human speech a bit difficult. The pilot is from a reptilian species with a complex family structure that involves intense parent-foster child relationships but no parent-biological child relationships. All of the ship's humans that have romantic entanglements with non-humans , including one with an AI, one with her shoes (that's a joke, sort of), and one with a member of an irresistibly gorgeous humanoid species that communicates through skin color. The emphasis is less on how weird aliens are, but on what people (or sentients) growing up in very different circumstances can teach us, both about ourselves and about the nature of life.

This description may make my 3-star rating seem a bit stingy, especially after I say that Chambers writes well and that there are moments of real warmth, humor, and excitement in the book. Still, I had a hard time reading "Angry Planet." So much goes into making the aliens interesting that not a lot is left over for plot, action, or individual character. There's not much of a story beyond what I've already told you, and the most vivid human characters are secondary: ditzy Kizzy, pint-sized Jenks, and angry, angry whatshisname the algae tech. Rosemary makes a couple of daring choices during the course of the novel, but daring is no substitute for depth. High expectations about how her scandal is going to play out mostly fizzle. There's just not a lot of juice here. So, while I might give the novel a 7 on a scale of 1-10, it gets a 3 on Amazon's 1-5 scale.

Bottom line: Worth at least a browse; weakly recommended.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas enjoyable read even if disappointing in some respects 15 de noviembre de 2016
Por LT - Publicado en
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TL;DR: If you're looking for a complex book to fully explore the deep philosophical issues it touches...this isn't it. If you're looking for an enjoyable read that (if you so choose) can remind you that those deep philosophical issues'll do fine.

At core this book is a fun, silly romp across space. The basic setup is classic/borderline-cliché: the reader is introduced to the working class crew of a patchwork ship as they embark on their chance to make it big. Along the way we're given hints at many different cultures.

NOTE: I've tried to limit spoilers but there may be some small ones after this point.

Sadly a few cultures appear as simple cardboard stand-ins for attitudes and viewpoints. But this can be forgiven as they are not the main drivers of the story (even when they are shown as the main drivers of the galaxy). There are also hints of other cultures that could be plumbed for a bounty of interesting stories but are mostly left alone in this book (perhaps future volumes will give more thought to the Exodans, Aeluons, etc.).

Only three cultures are explored in any kind of depth. The soon-to-be-extinct Grum provide us with a truly enjoyable character (Dr Chef who, as the name implies, serves as the ship's doctor and cook). Unfortunately, the Grum culture only serves as an object lesson in self-destructive behavior. The reptilian Aandrisk show us an alternate definition of family, one that is explored in more depth than any other culture in the book. Although that concept of family (fluid, polyamorous, adult-centered) will be offensive to some, the real problem is the role it plays in the story - or rather the non-role it plays: one could easily delete the chapter that focuses on the Aandrisk and lose nothing from the story. Finally, there is the technology-focused, geeky, libertarian modder culture at the fringes of humanity. The modders are presented such that we're not merely to take them sympathetically but any significant negative views of modders are consistently shown as fundamentally wrong.

The biggest failings in cultural presentation center around the Toremi and the Sianat.

The Toremi are newly admitted members of the Galactic Commons and their admission is controversial due to their continued intraspecies wars. Although the fundamental problem is presented as their inability to find peaceful ways to resolve differences and/or acceptance of differences there is a strong undertone that implies that what the Toremi really need to do is drop their strange beliefs. I suppose one could read this in a way that is not anti-religion but it'd take some effort. Even then, my objection isn't to an anti-religious outlook (if I objected to that it'd seriously restrict my reading options). My objection is the lengths to which the book goes to present the notion of accepting that the beliefs and views of others are to be respected...except in this case.

Worse still is the Sianat. We're only given slight hints at their culture but the climax of that storyline is intentionally telegraphed well in advance. The Sianat are a symbiotic pairing of a normal sized being and a microbe. In effect, the Sianat are beings that have contracted a rather interesting disease. The disease reconfigures their brain which allows them to perform impressive feats, including navigating the ‘sublayer’ (hyperspace), but also reduces their lifespan. The Sianat believe this relationship is sacred and should never be severed even if it means dying decades earlier than they would naturally. There is, of course, a 'cure' but the Sianat crew member refuses it. After talking up the importance of respecting this belief the author has one crew member force it on the nearly-dead Sianat. And then...nothing. The Sianat recovers and has no animosity towards the one who violated their core belief in such a personal way. We don't even see the Sianat struggle with their own feelings over what happened. Instead we see a being 'recovering' and seemingly happy to be rid of a symbiot that's been part of them and helped shape their every thought since childhood. This, I think, is the single biggest failing in the book.

There's more I could write about this book. Great strengths like the truly complex and sympathetic character of Jenks who is fundamentally a part of modder culture yet refuses to be modded even to correct a genetic defect or the odd yet tender love between Jenks and the ship’s AI. And also great weaknesses like the cliché that is Corbin (an angry, often mean, self-centered perfectionist who is forced to face his father issues, has an epiphany and is suddenly a changed man). But I'll leave it there as this is long enough.

So, given all my grumbles, why 4 stars? Because it's still a fun read. Would I suggest this book be added to the syllabus for a 21st century lit class? No. Would I suggest someone looking for a fun read grab a copy? Absolutely.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A great new universe to explore! 23 de julio de 2014
Por John Swenson - Publicado en
Formato: Edición Kindle Compra verificada
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is the debut novel by Becky Chambers. The book chronicles a journey of the Wayfarer, a ship which creates hyperspace tunnels between worlds. Right off the bat the ship and her crew reminded me of Firefly. It’s obvious that Chambers either got some inspiration there or was the recipient of a wonderful coincidence. This is not a problem. Firefly obviously did something right, and the characters are not exactly the same. There are no weapons on the Wayfarer and the crew is not all human. I think it was a smart decision, if it was a decision, to start the reader off in a familiar place before throwing a new universe in their face.

The novel begins with a new clerk, Rosemary, joining the Wayfarer’s crew. Unfortunately it starts with one of those overdone scenes where Rosemary wakes up and tries to remember her motivations for signing on to the Wayfarer. Luckily the book quickly recovers from it’s stumbling start. After completing a run of the mill mission the Wayfarer embarks on a long journey; one that will bring a hefty payday.

The characters really drive the novel. Chambers created a wonderful cast of characters, from Kizzy, the eccentric engineer to Dr. Chef, a being with six appendages and a fondness for cooking. My favorite aspect is how the characters interact. They grow and change throughout the novel in how they act and treat each other. This is all set to a mosaic of different cultures and races, and the challenges that this creates. For example, the ship’s navigator is cold-blooded and needs the temperature set higher than some of the crew prefer, creating friction. All in all the group feels like a dysfunctional family. It feels authentic.

I also took great pleasure in the universe. From small details like the way the ships are powered by algae, grown on board no less, to larger things, like the power structure between different races, the universe has been fully fleshed out. There was one scene, where a character was describing watching a human get the news that humans had been recognized as a member race, that drove home the depth of the world. From small moons where humans barely cling to life to bustling space ports the Wayfarer takes a tour through a vibrant galaxy.

One structural issue I had was with the plot. I never was bored reading the book, but it was the characters that drove my interest, not the story. The story was simply a backdrop for their interactions. Now this is not a bad way to structure a book, but I felt that it could have been helped by some better action throughout. The Wayfarer takes a long journey through the cosmos in order to get to their next job, but I didn’t really feel the time pass. There wasn’t much of a struggle for the characters in a journey that was touted as epic. The story jumped from action point to action point on the journey, even though mention was made of the long intervals of doing nothing. I think the downtime could have been expanded upon.

Overall I really like The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. The characters were great, the universe was deep and the writing engaging. I hope that we get a chance to take another journey on the Wayfarer.
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3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Not quite all that I had hoped for 22 de enero de 2017
Por Ellkay Kay - Publicado en
Formato: Edición Kindle Compra verificada
I didn't love this book, but it had real strengths. This is, I think, a story about the building and re-definition of family. With the exception of the pilot, none of the characters here had a close relationship with immediate family; and even the pilot spent the vast majority of her life half-way across the universe from hers. So what is a family? According to this book it is a group of people who band together and put each other's welfare ahead of their own. I know that sounds like an exercise in the obvious, but it is less obvious and less easy when the people in question are of radically different cultures, races, species, body types, needs... And I find it a real strength that Chambers succeeds in making the reader believe in the family she creates. It is the two techs who put this notion of family into words near the end of the book--that they ARE brother and sister--but I think it applies to the rest of the crew as well. This is the aspect of the book that earned my three stars, well that and the wonderfully different alien species Chambers created.

Still I didn't love this book. Most of the action, until near the very end, consisted pretty purely in the "getting to know you" interaction between the human Rosemary, totally new to the ship, and the very strange--to her--people she encountered there. Which is to say, there was not a lot of action.

Lots of other reviewers commented on the above, but not on the other element of the book that bothered me. I found the number of interruptions of the action, such as it was, with chronologies of time passed, pages from reports, etc. very clumsy. Yes, these interruptions frequently offered information that was useful to have--the history of some of the other cultures aboard ship, the history of the cultures they were contracted to meet, the amount of time that had passed, etc. I think, however, that another writer might have found less disruptive ways of conveying the same information.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas More a Lenghty Character Study Than an Actual Novel 27 de enero de 2017
Por AustinTiffany - Publicado en
Formato: Edición Kindle Compra verificada
Short review: A well narrated, colorful space travel story that suffers from a lack of any clear direction or plot building. As a relatively easy, casual read, this is a great book to rinse your mental palette between heavier or denser tomes.

Longer Review: I'm going to give this book 4 stars even though it was not terribly memorable and a little frustrating to read, just because the narration and character development in this book are above average and even pretty good at times. There's nothing OVERTLY or objectively bad about this novel, but for anyone that has read "harder" sci-fi, or sci-fi noir or whatever you want to call it, this book is a bit of a softball entry.

First, the big down-grade factor: this is less an actual story or narrative than a relatively detailed character study set on a spaceship called the Wayfarer. An actual directional plot point doesn't start until I think about 10% in, which isn't too bad, but we're talking when the plot TECHNICALLY starts; doesn't mean anything really happens yet. Actually, another way to think of this story is it's a classic road-trippin' style novel, except in space, and the characters don't reach their destination until about the 90% mark, at which point some things quickly happen, there's some drama, some emotion, some resolution, and the curtain drops. All of this isn't BAD per se, but it does mean that any hardcore military sci-fi readers will find this novel to be without substance. Even if you don't come from that crowd, this novel is a bit lacking.

As a character study, this novel is pretty good, but even there it has some holes. There's a turn at the end of the novel involving one of the characters that is a bit spoiler-ish, but I can say that it's ironic because this character is probably one of the least explored characters in the entire book. Most of the rest see pretty heavy play at one point or another, and I do give kudos to the author for really digging into the culture, the thought patterns (in a broad sense), and the historical and biological nature of just about every character aboard the Wayfarer (other than the one). By the end, even if you don't necessarily relate to all of the characters, they all feel very distinct and you know their names and could talk about them to someone else.

In general, we also get a sort of tourist-on-a-whirlwind-tour perspective of the galaxy and some of its history. Obviously, given the focused nature of this novel, this is severely lacking, and the exposition that occurs from time to time for the reader's benefit can be clunky or heavy relative to the surrounding narrative. And yet, while the author is very detailed on her visual descriptions of some sapient creatures, she is just as oddly vague on others. This is frustrating, especially since the denizens of the "small, angry planet" in this novel are given a brief pass-over but are otherwise entirely a plot point, not actual people or characters. In fact, due to this lack of focus or detail, the brief chapter or so that gives some narrative from their perspective is perhaps more confusing than if the narrative viewpoint remained with the Wayfarer crew.

Conclusion: what the author lacks in technical knowledge or in building a plot-driven story, she makes up for in emotion and character development. While a bit rushed for some characters, we do see most of them go through arcs of change and adaption that make them more just cardboard cutouts. This would have been even more stark and powerful had there been a good, solid plot driving this, but as is, this story makes for a good, casual read between denser material. I'd ultimately recommend reading this book, as it's not bad per se, but nothing that really stands out or will leave you excited.
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