The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Wayfarers 1 (Wayfarers #1)


English language

Published July 15, 2015 by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.


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4 stars (6 reviews)

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is the 2014 debut science fiction novel by Becky Chambers, set in her fictional universe the Galactic Commons. Chambers originally self-published it via a Kickstarter campaign; it was subsequently re-published by Hodder & Stoughton.

9 editions

De la SF douce et heureuse

5 stars

On suit le quotidien d'un équipage multi-espèce d'un vaisseau spatial. Loin d'une SF où l'humanité guerroie et triomphe, l'univers de l'autrice nous présentent comme faibles, divisés, sous le patronage d'autres espèces plus avancées.

L'autrice décrit de manière très sensible cet équipage qui est un peu comme une famille, avec ses joies, ses amours et ses peines.


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Feel-good sci-fi for the 21st century. A refreshing change of pace.

My complaint is it's oddly short and compact. It feels like about seven of those in-depth character-exploring Star Trek DS9 episodes squeezed into one tiny novel, with not enough space to really develop.

Category: donated because it's good but not so good I need to keep it forever, and other people probably really need this in their lives.

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1 star

I really don't know where to start. This book just plain sucks, sorry. No overarching story and character development is pretty much non-existent. Just finished it, and I'm now sitting here thinking what the book was about. What was the story? I read a lot of not-so-good books, but this is the worst in a long time. Character story lines just come and go, none, except for Lovie is resolved. And that is also badly written. Wtf. I really can't fathom how this book has a 4.16 star rating. Is it because the author was "progressive" with the weird pronoun thing? Am I too old for this book?

What I did like though, where the characters and the energy of the techs.

a story that thrives on its characters

5 stars

The basic storyline of this book is nothing entirely out of the ordinary: Space crew gets dangerous but lucrative job offer, travels to their destinations, stuff happens there and along the way. You can take the title literally: it's a long way but only a small planet (episode).

I liked the world building, but especially the way the protagonists interact with each other. It's a story that is, for once, not driven by toxic behavior and the inability to communicate, but instead based on empathy and mutual support. The characters belong to different alien and human races, they do sometimes face conflicts over their specific needs, but frequently try to find solutions that work for everyone. In some ways, it seemed like an enhanced and more diverse version of the "Firefly" crew to me (which I loved).

This is a read leaves you with more positive than negative emotions, while …

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4 stars