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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 Wayfarers Novels Book 1

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.

'A quietly profound, humane tour de force' Guardian
'Joyous...will restore your faith in science fiction (specifically) and humanity (in general)'
'Enjoyable, brilliantly realised' James Smythe, author of The Echo

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  • Editor: Hodder & Stoughton (16 de marzo de 2015)
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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 Great for the Characters, not so Good for Space Opera. 9 de mayo de 2017
Por Andrew - Publicado en
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This book got a lot of good reviews and was picked by one of my online book clubs as a monthly read. Went into this without any real expectations since a lot of hyped books turn out to be pretty bad.

Turns out this was a pretty good read. It's a story focusing almost entirely on the characters, the crew of a small star ship. Personally I prefer science fiction with big ideas, exploration and some adventure. Not a lot of that here but what makes this book special is that several of the crew are non-humans. There's lots of gorgeous detail on their particular cultures, back stories and interaction. I think if the crew had all been human it would have read like Big Brother in space. There is an overall plot but that is really secondary.

Not a five star book as there were a couple of eye rolling moments with the few technical details present, lack of overall story, unresolved points etc. I will probably read the next book by the same author at some point.
3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas All are nice and mature, and they get along so well... 18 de julio de 2017
Por Paul - Publicado en
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In the distant future, humans have all but destroyed life on Earth, but, by accident, they have been discovered by the galactic organization of sentient species. The main characters are the captain (and ship owner/employer) and mixed human and non-human crew on a star ship that makes star gates between star systems. They take on a commission from the galactic conglomerate to create a star gate to one of the worlds of a potential new member species. Most of the plot revolves around the mini-dramas of the main characters and their relationships.
The writing quality is acceptable and lacks major flaws.
The species, their cultures, and the characters are interesting, original, and described well.
The narrative embraces diversity of species, culture, sexuality.
It tackles important philosophical and ethical issues: Is inter-species romance normal? Do A.I.s have rights? Is it O.K. to accept a lethal infection if this is part of your religion or ideology (even though the infection is what causes you to believe in this ideology to begin with)?
The written expression is not original, inspiring, or creative. It also has minor flaws.
The complex philosophical ideas above are treated casually, as if they have easy resolutions rooted in having good relationships with people.
Although repeated emphasis is given on cultural differences among species and how important it is to mind one's behavior as to not offend other species, in fact most the main species are presented in a way that makes them seem rather similar as far as relationships with others are concerned. There is even an uninspired passage in the book trying to rationalize it away by arguing that all species are alike because of universal biological principles of evolution (although it is unclear why this should translate to the obvious similarities in mental processes among all the species).
The main characters are bland: They are all essentially mentally healthy, well-meaning people with good social skills and mostly healthy ways of relating to other people.
The characters have very minor failings, and they all overcome them, except for the one guy that is trying to do something illegal: He doesn't get what he wants at the end. (Well, they also use the sci-fi version of cannabis, but they get away with it, because they use the mild, safe version.)
Legally or interpersonally, everyone does the right thing, rises up to the challenge, and acts mature.
The central plot is not well developed, so the novel reads more like a TV series about the various interpersonal mini-dramas of the characters. These are not real dramas, however, because everyone is very kind and understanding and everyone does the right thing by the others.
Midway through the novel, as soon as the characters have been introduced, all surprises end, because it is so easy to predict what the characters will do at each new challenge.
4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Cozy space roadtrip novel 5 de marzo de 2017
Por Kriti Godey - Publicado en
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Rosemary Harper is the newest member of the crew of the Wayfarer, a spaceship that drills holes in space-time to create new faster-than-light routes between planets. The Wayfarer is unusual in that it has a multispecies crew, and they’re all one big family – something Rosemary never expected to find.

There’s no overarching antagonist in this book, it’s just about the crew of the Wayfarer (humans, aliens, and AI) going on a space roadtrip, learning about themselves and growing as people, and becoming even closer. It’s cozy, and you end up liking everybody by the end. The worldbuilding is great, it’s pretty much everything that makes a science fictional universe fun (to me, at least) – lots of alien species that are actually different from each other, faster than light travel, galactic politics, a run-down spaceship with a ragtag but loving crew (okay, that’s more the characters than the world), and even a galactic Wikipedia-type thing.

I really enjoyed this book, but it still had some obvious flaws. Every crew member in the book gets their own character growth arc, and even though that was satisfying in a lot of ways, it also made the book seem too neat. Not everyone got a happy ending tied up in a bow, but they all changed in important ways, and it all fit the timeline of the journey. It also made the characters seem flat, and too convenient at times, and it made me not invest in them as much. I didn’t end up feeling close to any of them, like I do with the best character-driven books.

Despite its problems, this book was good enough that I’ve pre-ordered the next book, A CLOSED AND COMMON ORBIT. It arrives in about ten days and I’m pretty excited to read it.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Feels good to read 8 de mayo de 2017
Por Brandon Cooper - Publicado en
Formato: Edición Kindle Compra verificada
This book was recommended to me by a friend in the publishing business. She said that it was a story that was about the characters aboard a ship, and that it was one of those stories that you just fell in love with the writing. I couldn't agree more. It's so good to read this kind of book. It's got some of the quirkiness of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, but with a less pretentious feel. It's a fascinating exploration into the characters set to the background of a really great adventure.
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