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

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