The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet

The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet

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"When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The patched-up ship has seen better days, but it offers her everything she could possible want: a spot to call home, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy and some distance from her past. And nothing could be further from what she's known than the crew of the Wayfarer."--Page [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062444134
Call Number: SF CHA
Characteristics: 443 pages ; 21 cm
Bib Control Number: 847044


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IndyPL_CarriG Feb 19, 2020

An entertaining and fast-reading beginning to an optimistic series about a crew full of misfits on reckless missions. It's purpose is to fill the Firefly-shaped hole in our hearts. Hugo winner.

IndyPL_SteveB Dec 22, 2018

This is an imaginative SF novel, with some of the best aliens ever. It is also a great *workplace* story, with characters that you come to know well, like the *Mary Tyler Moore Show* or *The Office.* Except that this office is a spaceship in the far future. And it’s FUN.

The Wayfarer is a t... Read More »

IndyPL_CarriG Jul 02, 2019

A fun science-fictiony romp through the universe, I will join my fellow reviewers in stating that it reminded me of Firefly. Kindhearted captains who try to act gruff, cultures where sexuality is not seen as shameful but rather a joyful part of existence, a crew that mostly loves working together... Read More »

Rosemary's crewmates on the Wayfarer are as strange as they come. But they're also family.

This quirky space opera is parts Star Wars, parts Firefly, parts Hitchhiker's Guide. Also available as an ebook and e-audiobook.

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Oct 16, 2020

Great development of many different species and individuals. However, the book falls into potty mouth mode instead of being creative. A swear word here and there is fine but at times this book seems to revel in being foul. Made for a distraction from enjoying the story.

Oct 05, 2020

This is a really wonderful series. Chambers has a deft and delicate hand describing complete worlds and characters that you can identify with. This is amazing considering that most of them are aliens from various systems with their local cultures and needs. The story doesn’t require high action or violence but the pace is perfect and there are layers that are applicable to us today.

Sep 24, 2020

Like a comic book converted to a paperback novel. Not an adult read.

Sep 07, 2020

Becky Chambers' novel The Long Way was recommended by a friendly librarian (thanks!) and satisfies on multiple levels. Her characters realistically interact as they encounter technological, social, and other differences on a long voyage. With equivalents of smartphones, controlled substances, and data centers they work through issues around these and emerge with lives improved by their experiences. Set in a galaxy controlled by smarter (and better looking) aliens, its human characters must overcome their biases and get along with everyone else to survive.

Aug 04, 2020

A fantastic science fiction novel that has an old-school feel but is incredibly modern. Lovable characters, interesting plot, totally readable. Highly recommended.

Jul 24, 2020

I really loved this book! It felt more like a television show than a book, which I really loved the layout and I loved getting to know the characters more and more. I really appreciate well written queer female love stories, and this one had a great one, if a little ignored at the back end. If you've enjoyed any of the books on my reading this, this is one not to miss.

Jul 01, 2020

Great book, great read and a perfect example of the type of story where characters are more important than setting. Some science fiction books emphasize the setting or the technology, and that can make for amazing stories. Others, like this, focus on the characters and how they interact and feel about each other. Which is not to say the setting or tech are lacking in this book. They're both very well written and interesting in their own rights, but the heart of the story is the multiple characters who have no ties to each other but those they've willingly made. Found families are just as real and just as precious as any other kind, and this book gives us one of the finest examples I've ever read about.

Hillsboro_RobP Jun 28, 2020

Great book, Becky!
Although it has flaws and many thin spots, it won't stop me from recommending this book to sci-fi escapist readers. I'd order you to read it if I could. The novel is a deep look into the family life of a crew on a working ship. Sometimes it tries for a little more than that, but this is the area in which it succeeds the best. You will love and care for the characters. You will fear for them, and smile with them. This space journey is silly and touching at all the right times.

You can expect high quality from Chamber's other novels as well, and she's quickly become a favorite in the genre.

Michael Colford Feb 15, 2020

The plot of Becky Chambers' science fiction novel, The Long Way to a Samll, Angry Planet is fairly thin, but that's not really the point. Instead, Chambers creates a thoroughly entertaining story about a ragtag, interspecies crew of The Wayferer, a space ship that bores tunnels through space to allow for interstellar travel. Our entry into this tight knit merry band is Rosemary, a young woman hired to be the clerk, and keep their paperwork in order. Rosemary has a family secret in her past that she keeps from the crew, but as they welcome into their family, and we learn about each of the diverse characters, she gradually lets her guard down and secrets are revealed. Yet while Rosemary is terrified that her secret will turn her newfound colleagues against her, instead she learns what real family is.

I love the way Chambers explores each member of the crew, sprinkling in just enough tension and danger to keep the book engaging, all the while creating a beautifully moving character study of disparate characters who prove to each other, and the reader, that family isn't about who you're related to by blood, but by who you choose to spend your lives with. I could definitely read more books about this fascinating batch of characters, all of whom come from fascinating and imaginative backgrounds.

Jan 04, 2020

A wonderful space opera, with fantastic characters and perfectly paced action.

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Nov 10, 2018

Living in space was anything but quiet. Grounders never expected that. For anyone who had grown up planetside, it took some time to get used to the clicks and hums of a ship, the ever-present ambience that came with living inside a piece of machinery… Silence belonged to the vacuum outside.


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