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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
de Becky Chambers
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It was okay. Cant decide if I'm going to continue or not. Some of the authors ideals perpetrated through the text/story didn't resonate with me. ( )
This wasn't a particularly challenging or hard read, it was a more fluffy, light-hearted space adventured. Which isn't a knock on it at all, it was still excellent! I really enjoyed the cast of characters, they all felt unique. Becky Chambers has an amazing ability to create diverse cultures and make you really understand where the various cultures would clash and why. The biggest issue with the book is there really isn't a central conflict in the book. It reads more like a television series with several episodes with their own mini archs, and then a season finale that isn't really that tied into the previous episodes.
This book is a complicated one for me because while I enjoyed it well enough I can't say that there is more than one, maybe two people in my life I would recommend this book to. I felt as though this book was what would become of Tumblr should it grow up and be a writer. A highly talented, lyrical storyteller, but not what interests me. I enjoy a plot heavy novel more than emotional exposition which is what this book is.
Dare I say, like much of the output of female SF authors of the past 40 years, this novel is rather obsessed with exploring race and gender through the medium of sentient alien species. It's achingly woke, and sails perilously close to didactic mawkishness. I suspect that like the chauvanist SF of the mid 20th century, this will be regarded as very much of its time.
For all that, I enjoyed the plot and cared about the characters, and the different species were imaginative and well realised. For example the Aandrisks' relationships with their offspring was logically related to their biology. While the characters seemed at times to be there just to teach us to not be racist, sexist etc, there was some satisfying character development. Even the least sympathetic character (a middle aged white man of course) proved to have hidden depths.
If you fancy a fun, imaginative adventure with likable characters and you're not turned off by the super-right-on, you'll enjoy this. It could make a terrific movie.
The plot of this book is in the title: a ship named the Wayfarer is on a very long trip to a small and angry planet. The heart of this book is in the characters and their evolving relationships as they work together on the ship and deal with assorted problems. It is sweet and thoughtful and kind of going nowhere...
library book read 3/5/2023
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Rosemary 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 galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman, 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 captain. Life 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 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 universe.
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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