The long way to a small, angry planet

Paperback, 404 pages

English language

Published Nov. 23, 2015 by Hodder & Stoughton.

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4 stars (7 reviews)

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 reptilian 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.

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queerer than I expected

4 stars

Becky Chambers shows us a hopeful future. Sure, the world she creates still has familiar problems like bigotry, exploitation, and war. But most of the characters we see are fairly open minded, diverse, emotionally intelligent, and culturally sensitive.

I really started to appreciate the book more about 2/3 of the way through. All the world building and character development of the beginning finally led up to some interesting social commentary and ethical questions, as well as some queer bits. At one point we meet a character who had to pretend to be something they weren't to survive in their society, until they were able to escape to get treatment to fully become what they knew they were inside. Which seemed like an obvious trans metaphor to me.

I love how the book ends with an open ethical question that the author doesn't resolve for us. We only get to see …

Fluffy en warm

4 stars

Je moet er een beetje van houden denk ik, het is een beetje fluffy en lief met allemaal aardige mensen die het beste met elkaar voor hebben. De Grote Geheimen waar het in de flaptekst over gaat zijn niet heel erg wereldschokkend, en zelfs de (weinige) slechteriken zijn grotendeels niet echt slecht. Niet echt een nagelbijter dus. Maar ach, het is bijna kerst, en we kunnen wel wat woke feelgood gebruiken in de wereld.

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4 stars

I had my issues with the book at first. Highly praised, I had gone in expecting an ass-kicking story with diverse, interesting characters in an SF world. The book most definitely had the most diverse cast I have ever experienced in any SF universe. What it did not have was an ass-kicking story. Once I got over my disappointment that there's basically no plot and opened myself to the character relationships on the Wayfarer, then the book clicked for me.

The Wayfarer is the a punching ship, a spaceship that opens travel routes through out the galaxy. Humans are just one race amongst many in the Galactic Commons, the alliance that controls the galaxy. The Wayfarer has a human captain, a pilot from the reptile race of the Aandrisk, a doctor and chef in one person called Dr. Chef from a race that is described as a mix of gecko …