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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Geschrieben von Becky Chambers

Erzählt von Rachel Dulude

Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen

4/5

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Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space — and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe — in this lighthearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.

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 who learned early to keep to herself, 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.

SpracheEnglish
HerausgeberHarperAudio
Erscheinungsdatum21. Mai 2019
ISBN9780062969538
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Autor

Becky Chambers

Becky Chambers is a science fiction author based in Northern California. She is best known for her Hugo Award-winning Wayfarers series, which currently includes The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, A Closed and Common Orbit, and Record of a Spaceborn Few. Her books have also been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Locus Award, and the Women's Prize for Fiction, among others. Her most recent work is To Be Taught, If Fortunate, a standalone novella. Becky has a background in performing arts, and grew up in a family heavily involved in space science. She spends her free time playing video and tabletop games, keeping bees, and looking through her telescope. Having hopped around the world a bit, she’s now back in her home state, where she lives with her wife. She hopes to see Earth from orbit one day.  

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  • Bewertung: 1 von 5 Sternen
    1/5
    Book may be good but the audiobook at least on scribd appears to be buggy, jumps in the first chapter.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    Thoroughly enjoyed these thoughtful kind character. I imagine it's hard to find conflict among nice people, but this worked.
  • Bewertung: 3 von 5 Sternen
    3/5
    Plus half a star. Wasn't what I expect of a sci-fi 'space opera' as the book description calls it. But oddly enough more like an early european grand opera where there is not a lot of actual plot and a series of set pieces describes each character, the emotional connection between them, and the development of character.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    This book was another that has been on my TBR pile for a long time. It remained unread for two reasons. The first reason, I simply have way too many unread books that I own and despite good intents I just didn’t get to them. Second, after all the good things I heard about the book, I wanted to love it and was afraid of being disappointed. I need not have worried. This is a lovely, well written space opera that left me feeling like I had read something fresh and different. The plot was believable. The world building just as good; yet, it is the character development that is the star in this story. The author gives the reader just enough to understand the characters and their actions while leaving room for further development in future installments. There is a lot of subtleness in the relationships among the crew members and I am looking forward to what comes next.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    Join the multi-species crew of the tunneling ship, Wayfarer, for a wild ride through intergalactic space. This story started out a bit slowly, but when all was said and done, I absolutely loved this delightful spaceopera. If a book can make me both laugh and cry, plus keep me entertained inbetween, it will invariably earn five stars. I would actually give this one more, if it were possible. It has definitely earned placement on my list of favorites.The story is character driven and thus maintains a steady pace as you come to know each of the characters that comprise the crew of the Wayfarer. If you're looking for a fast pace, nail biting suspense, and unending action, then you'll probably be disappointed. This is not to say there aren't a few exciting scenes, because there are, but much of the suspense is more subtle. If you want to be sucked into a story so you feel as if you're living it, then you'll not be disappointed. Each crew member is not only a distinct individual, but many represent an entirely different species whose appearance, behavior, quirks and cultures were exceptionally well-developed. Indeed, I felt as if I were a member of this diverse crew, observing the relationships and sometimes culture clashes between them, as I have done in the workplace. (I swear some of the people I worked with at NASA were a different species.) Those you spend the day with at work often become family and, of course, onboard a space vessel where you're together 24/7, this will be even more pronounced. The author captured this feeling of comraderie between coworkers, some friends, some not, in a detailed, often heart-warming manner. You felt as if you knew each one, their individual personality and secrets gradually coming out as the story progressed. Their cultures and backgrounds were developed in a fascinating and imaginative way, including unique family structures right down to physical issues such as the discomfort of molting.A major component of any workplace is its environment and the technical aspects of maintaining an aging spaceship as well as its function, to drill wormholes to connect different parts of the Universe, were addressed in a convincing as well as feasible manner. I'm quite particular about the technical side of science fiction and feel strongly that speculation into advanced technologies needs to be believable. It should not violate the known laws of physics, even if the author speculates on those we haven't yet discovered. This was done in an outstanding manner that never jerked me out of the story as some have when they describe situations that were totally impossible, such as F-15s operating in the space environment. Such a faux pas in a story makes me growl.I find such mistakes nothing short of sloppy writing at its worst. It's not that hard to do a little research on Wikipedia and, when you get beyond your level of expertise or comprehension, that's where experts and beta readers come in. Accuracy enhances a story and adds to its credibility, which even stories in the fantasy genre need to maintain, and often provides additional ideas for plot twists. As far as new technologies are concerned, it's better to not explain how it works at all, rather than get it entirely wrong or inconceivable. This story handled that aspect beautifully as well.By the time I finished this book I felt as if I'd done a tour onboard the Wayfarer. I was emotionally invested in its crew and comfortable with its setting. In some respects, the sense of place reminded me of the Alien movies, though without the gore, which was replaced with such things as bureaucratic response coming at glacial speeds, which can be even more frightening.If you'd like to immerse yourself in the future and get some idea what it might be to work on a spaceship, day in, day out, and mingle with those of not only other races but other species, then I can't recommend this book highly enough. I look forward to its sequel with great anticipation.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet(Wayfarers #1)by Becky Chambers20144.5 /5.0Feel good sci-fi, adventurous and exciting. There is danger. There is injustice. How they are dealt with, and with such an amazing outlook and outcome, are truly masterful.Rosemary Harper joins the crew on the Wayfarer, a patched up but still functioning ship that explores the galaxies and planets. Wayfarer is offered a special job-- tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet. Confronting unexpected mishaps, and new adventures, this is an oddball group of diverse characters that must all learn to live together if any of them are to survive. Rosemary learns about love, family and the power of together-ness.Amazing, humble and so many feeling....I cant wait to finish this series.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    I am a dork! Take my poll! With which Galactic Commons resident do you most identify?

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    Where is the The Long Way Fan Club and where do I sign up? Seriously, I couldn't have picked a more perfect book to travel with. It made me itch to race to my next lull in activity so I could jump back in with these most lovable characters on and off the Wayfarer. Yes, even Corbin's lovable and that scene at the end where Dr. Chef starts preparing food for Ohan TOTALLY made me get all sniffly on the plane. I want to nuzzle this book like an Aandrisk. Get a round of kick for everyone. Feed it fire shrimp. Flash all my Aeluon love colors at it. And probably read it again here soon, just to get my fix again. So much fun.

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  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    Sweet, scary, sad, and wonderful. This is not your average space opera. It is all about the people, whatever their origin, including the ship AI. I want more books with this crew.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    If you love space operas like Star Wars with a touch of mystery like the Alex Benedict series by Jack McDevitt and Lois McMaster Bujold's stories of intergalactic political intrigue than this is your next perfect read. I adore a good space adventure but get weighed down with too much world-building and not enough character development. This book was the my ideal catnip with just enough romance to keep me interested. Bonus: the trilogy is completed and ready for you to inhale along with a final novella.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    As William Gibson said, science fiction is about the present not the future, and we can see our current cultural concerns playing out in this far-future setting. On one hand it's Firefly or Star Wars – spaceship adventures across the galaxy with a motley crew of humans and aliens. On the other it's very much through the lens of contemporary feminist SF, ticking the boxes of trans, pronouns, disability, same-sex couples (and inter-species!), found families, negotiation over conflict… all refreshingly different from the traditional space opera, but also distinctively of the moment. Not really my style of SF but an entertaining adventure, especially for teen readers.
  • Bewertung: 1 von 5 Sternen
    1/5
    That's it. 42% and I'm done. I hate this book. I thought I would love it but no. Nothing happens. It's twee and insipid with no plot that I can find. It's like Friends in Space - a group of "chosen family" all get up to (not-so-)hilarious hijinks that are quickly forgotten or moved on from by the next scene -with the occasional addition of some Sesame Street moments to show that we may all look different but we are at heart all the same and our differences make us wonderful! (Except for humans. They are annoying, immature, smell bad, and have the irritating habit of being sad when a baby dies. How stupid are these guys? The pink one is definitely the worst though. Even the other humans don't like him.) I saw a review that mentioned Buffy the Vampire Slayer and yes, I can see that. If Buffy had no Hellmouth, no vampires, no darkness other than a few scuffs on used equipment. Seriously, give me a "Starfleet is too pessimistic about the mixing of different species in space" kind of book, but it can't all be sunshine, puppies, and rainbows. (Even the pirates are somewhat honorable in that they only take what they need and doing it for their children. Sure, they toyed with the idea of kidnapping one guy to sell but still, everything that they took will be replaced on someone else's dime so nothing bad really happened!) I need something with at least a little grit, some meat, some conflict, something to make things interesting! Or else bring up some interesting cultural, philosophical, or ethical questions. Something! I mean, I suppose this tries to have some character-study moments with deep topics but it ends up coming across like the thoughts of not even a first year philosophy major but rather a random person that once read a philosophy class syllabus. I had delayed reading this book because I knew I would just love it and I wanted to have time to dig into the sequels. Well, it didn't work out like that and I only got as far into the book as I did through the sheer force of my hate for it.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    I can see why so many people absolutely love this book. It starts out introducing Rosemarie, a young and mysterious clerk recently hired by the captain of an interstellar ship named the Wayfarer. There, she meets the ship’s diverse crew. There’s Lovey (the ship’s Artificial Intelligence), Jenks and Kizzy (the techs), Sissix (the pilot), Corbin, (the fuel algeist), Dr. Chef (the doctor and cook), Ohan (the navigator), and Ashby (the ship’s captain). Together they’re responsible for opening up hyperspace lanes between various parts of space, allowing interstellar communications and transportation to commence.

    At the start of the book, the Wayfarer picks up a big contract to open a tunnel between Galactic Commons space and Toremi Ka space. Expanding their workload and making lots more money is something they have been wanting to do for a quite while.

    The plot meanders along at a steady pace but the character-centric nature of the story means there is not an overabundance of action. This book is all about the journey and in fact, it felt a bit random at times, especially as the crew experienced one encounter after another in the depths of space. This is a story about the characters and their individual arcs. The author had to balance nine characters and their stories, and each one really did have their own arc.

    I could not wait to return to this book every time I had to stop. I listened to the audio which was a heartwarming tale filled with hope and love. This book is all about the characters, each one touching and poignant. it's one of the best ensemble casts of characters I've ever listened to.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    Such a fun, lovely book. I enjoyed every word of it.
  • Bewertung: 3 von 5 Sternen
    3/5
    This was...definitely a very socially liberal book. The way that all the issues were handled, how everybody interacted, etc. Which I guess was the point - once you've assumed that everybody is competent at their job, it just becomes the interaction of all the species and that can still cause problems. Except nothing was really a big problem. There was no big conflict or problem to be solved. I can't really talk about it as a whole without talking about the end, so, spoilers.


    The handling of the Toremi Ka seemed really defeatist to me! It really felt like there was a political message being made there about "leave the crazy murder people alone and let them ruin their own planet" that I didn't like.

    And I *still* don't see how Corbin injecting the antidote into Ohan is morally okay for the crew. I guess Ashby's still mad at Corbin so there's that. But after all that talk about consent, it's a real cop-out that I still don't understand. The characters *talked* about how it was a bad thing, but they never came out and said why it was okay in the end.

    I also don't agree with Pepper's reasoning for putting Lovelace in a body at the end. "It's okay for me to do it because I'm *rational*, and Jenks is *in love.*" Still pretty fucking illegal.


    AND THERE ARE NO REAL CONSEQUENCES FOR ANYBODY EVER. EXCEPT MAYBE JENKS, BUT WE'RE NOT GOING TO DEAL WITH THAT IN THIS BOOK. Urgh.


    I didn't particularly care for the info dumps at the end of some of the chapters. It's probably a combination of the text being much smaller on my Kindle, but it was also not in the same voice and I didn't like it as much.

    I dunno, I was mostly okay with the book until the ending, which felt like it ruined all the messages it was trying to build up.
  • Bewertung: 3 von 5 Sternen
    3/5
    What a charming book. It reminded me of Farscape in a lot of ways- humans as a minority group in a vast universe full of alien species with more knowledge and experience.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet tells the story of a far-future work crew tasked with creating wormhole paths across the galaxy for the Galactic Commons, a multi-species governmental consortium. While there is an overarching plotline, the book is mostly based around chapter-long anecdotes that help the reader get to know the crew members and the larger world. Each chapter usually presents a small point of conflict, which is resolved by the characters by being reasonable people and having empathy for one another. While this sounds a little facile, I found it to be incredibly refreshing. Everything about this book just made me feel good. This is the comfort read that I didn't know that I needed.
  • Bewertung: 3 von 5 Sternen
    3/5
    This was recommended to me by a friend. I did it on audio and the narrator was great. I've only read one other sci-fi/fantasy book that did anything like this book did and that book changed tactics about 60% of the way through the 1st book. It's really just "a day in the life of a starship crew". There is basically almost no plot, but the character development and therefore the characters is/are amazing. Imagine if you took the characters from Firefly and wrote a novel about them just kind of poking around. There were some big things going on in the universe, and they're only tangentially connected to those events. There were no heroes, though there was occasional tension. My feeling reading this went kind of like this:Wow this is really kind of boring.Oh wait, these characters are great!Is anything going to happen?This guy really seems to know his science.Oh that was cool, and these characters are awesome!Boring...This universe seems totally realistic.Pretty cool how that worked out.Boring, but man I love these characters.So I guess I would give this 2 stars, but an extra star for taking a risk and doing something different. If I would have just read it I'm not sure I would have loved the characters at much, the different voices gave them even more life.Very curious if there's more plot in the next book.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    Rosemary needs to leave her past behind, and she's on a shuttle to a new job writing reports for a spaceship that creates tunnels in space for faster travel. Ashby, the captain who hired her, is told to watch news feeds for a potential big job. And as the title and the old saying attest, sometimes it's more about the journey than the destination.The narrative point of view shifts among the several crew members, including both humans and other intergalactic species. We come to know several of their backstories on the way to the big job - creating a tunnel for a species that is known for its violence but about to make a treaty with the Parliament - and if it slows the action some, it also allows the reader to sympathize with each one of them. They don't always get along, but ultimately they care about each other and have created their own space family. The ending left a smile on my face, and I will happily continue the series soon.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    This book is science fiction, but the type of science fiction likely to appeal to those who do not usually gravitate to this genre. The book has great character development and is a fun romp.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    Absolutely wonderful chararacter-driven science fiction novel. Where most science fiction stories focus on key plot set pieces to drive tension and momentum, this book focuses on character's experiences and growth.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    I 'read' the Audio book and really loved it. The narrator Patricia Rodriguez was amazing, she brought the book to life, my favorite character was Kizzy, I never would have pictured the character as vividly if I'd read the novel. This has to be the most character driven science fiction novel that I've ever read. I love SF, usually the plot is an action adventure or a what if or even sometimes a philosophical take on a scientific issue and like I said I love SF but often the characters suffer, rarely are all the characters as fleshed out as in this book. All the characters were distinct and you learn quite a lot about the aliens and humans that make up their universe, like I said Kizzy was my favorite every scene she just reminded me of Kaylee (Jewel Staite) one of my favorite mechanics. I'm already looking forward to reading the sequel.

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    reread this time read the book didn't listen to the audiobook and enjoyed it every bit as much as I did the first time.
  • Bewertung: 3 von 5 Sternen
    3/5
    I wasn't sure I was going to like this one. I had previously started it, and just couldn't get into it. Maybe it just wasn't the right time for me? At any rate, I was recommended to read it when I asked about good books set in space, so I gave it another shot. I'm glad I did! A ship in space, a motley crew, aliens and humans, and an AI. Soooort of got a little Lunar Chronicles vibe, but in a different way.

    It was just a little slow sometimes, and the action felt more... I don't know, muted? Like, were there for it, but it just seems far off still, in a way. The characters are pretty nicely fleshed out. I felt like I could guess what kind of reaction each member of the team would have in situations, and I was right every time.

    Overall, it could've used a little bit more of something, but I enjoyed the journey!
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    I really like this book. It is story of a small group of spacefarers on their way to faraway planet where they have a lucrative contract to fulfill. The book focuses mostly on the trip. It involves quirky characters, exotic planets, plenty of action and interesting relationships.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    The Wayfarer is a small tunneling ship that creates passages through subspace. When its captain accepts a more lucrative job than usual, it looks like a great opportunity for the whole crew. Of course, it means a year or more aboard ship, and they'll be traveling to possibly hostile territory. What could go wrong?This book gave me delightful Firefly vibes in terms of crew interactions, with the added fun of cultural dynamics between several alien species. I had one tiny quibble with the way a certain thing was accomplished at the end of the book, but it didn't spoil my pleasure in the reading experience. If you like space opera, don't miss this tremendously fun read.
  • Bewertung: 3 von 5 Sternen
    3/5
    I'm glad I chose to listen to this book rather than read it. I liked the narrator, and I knew quickly that I never would have wanted to read the whole thing with my eyeballs. This isn't really a book with a storyline. It's primarily world building. I even lost track of what thin plot there is, but that was okay because it wasn't important. This book seems designed to introduce us to this world, teaching about its technology, its history, its species, and even its politics. It was a little too sweet, but I also appreciated that sweetness - this isn't a book that will stress you out. The world was intriguing and I will check out the sequels.

    Chambers also wrote "To Be Taught, If Fortunate", which I thought was superb.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    Not a perfect book, but so unusual and delightful that it gets five stars from me anyway.
  • Bewertung: 3 von 5 Sternen
    3/5
    A little too pat. Everyone is so kind, unless they are really bad people. No one seemed to have any anterior motives or even bad decision making. I enjoyed reading it but came away with a sickly sweet taste in my mouth
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    Incredible. I couldn't put it down. One of the best author in the biz! No question.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    Excellent. A workplace drama comedy in space. This authors strength is in creating fully rounded and very relatable characters whom you care about. Excellent performance as well.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    A very very good sci-fi such interesting characters and great writing. Highy recommend.