Fun for Monday: Mid-Year Check-in Tag

This tag was loads of fun to do last year, but I nearly forgot all about it this year, what with one thing and another. Thankfully, I’ve seen it doing the rounds, so while I’m a bit late, I’m here now. Hi! I’m kind of in a weird place at the moment. I’ve been taking it easy on the bloggy front and trying to sort out some work things and some personal things that have me feeling … a little blue. I’m hoping talking about books will get me out of my funk and maybe get me excited for some … Continue reading Fun for Monday: Mid-Year Check-in Tag

Fun for Monday: The Get to Know the Sci-Fi Reader Tag

Maryam the Curious SFF Reader found this tag over on the booktube channel BooksWithEmilyFox and answered the questions for SciFi Month back in November last year. I wasn’t able to squeeze it in back then, so the All Systems Read mini-event is the perfect excuse to do this now. Because Yay for tags!     What is the first science fiction you read? I read both The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and Eva by Peter Dickinson when I was about eight years old, and then Moonwind by Louise Lawrence when I was about ten. I’m pretty sure they were the … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Get to Know the Sci-Fi Reader Tag

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

As comforting as the previous two Wayfarers novels and as thought-provoking, Record of a Spaceborn Few continues to explore broad themes through smaller, everyday stories. Throughout these books I’ve felt that Chambers wants to mostly show the best that people can be, and as I am always ready to read that she remains a great fit for me. So, let’s be absolutely clear: I enjoyed this a lot. My mistake, when I read A Closed a Common Orbit was to expect more of the characters from The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and to find it wanting because … Continue reading Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Fun for Monday: The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

The Orang-utan Librarian did this tag last week and I’m jumping aboard because I wanna do a tag to cheer myself up (it’s a grumpy Sunday over here as I’m writing – I’ve no idea why). So what better way to do that than with a half-year (already?!) squeeing over books read and books still to read? Here we go …     Best Book You’ve Read So Far This Year   It’s between Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho and This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. Don’t make me choose. … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

  Reading The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet was like reading a warm fuzzy hug of a book where the point was not to get into world-altering life-threatening situations but to make friends and find a place where you could be yourself. Like iyashikei manga it was a celebration of things that give comfort: companionship, food, and home (wherever that may be). Yes, there was drama, but really the reader knew everyone was going to be OK. Chambers is a glass-half-full writer, interested in the good that can be found in people and in life, and I enjoyed … Continue reading A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

  Book Bingo – Aliens! = Achieved!   (Thanks to the worst night’s sleep I’ve had in, like, forever, this will be brief). 7 things to love about The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet: The pick-n-mix crew of lovable characters that live and work together aboard the Wayfarer, (think Farscape, Firefly and Star Trek: Voyager). Their job is to ‘punch’ holes through space, creating hyperspace tunnels between planets for space traffic, but this book is all about the soft and gooey centre: this crew is a family, with all the banter and squabbling and love that that entails. … Continue reading The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers