Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months.

I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Series: Wayfarers #3

Published by Harper Voyager

Publishing date: July 24, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction

400 pages

Synopsis: Hundreds of years ago, the last humans left Earth. After centuries wandering empty space, humanity was welcomed – mostly – by the species that govern the Milky Way, and their generational journey came to an end.

But this is old history. Today, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a place many are from but few outsiders have seen. When a disaster rocks this already fragile community, those Exodans who have not yet left for alien cities struggle to find their way in an uncertain future. Among them are a mother, a young apprentice, an alien academic, a caretaker for the dead, a man searching for a place to belong, and an archivist, who ensures no one’s story is forgotten. Each has their own voice, but all seek answers to inescapable questions:

Why remain among the stars when there are habitable worlds within reach? And what is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination?

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I read the first book in this series and it was really good. I still need to read the second book, but when I saw the third book coming out I decided I need to tell others about this series and remind myself to read the second book!

Waiting on Wednesday: June 8

I’m participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m looking forward to in the next few months.

Check out Breaking the Spine for more information.

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I read the first book in this series–The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet–last fall and I can’t wait to get back to this world and see what’s happening next.

a-closed-and-common-orbitA Closed and Common Orbit

by Becky Chambers

Series: Wayfarers #2

Publication Date: October 20

Genre: Science Fiction

Synopsis: Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who’s determined to help her learn and grow.

Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible world of Rosemary Harper, a young woman with a restless soul and secrets to keep. When she joined the crew of the Wayfarer, an intergalactic ship, she got more than she bargained for – and learned to live with, and love, her rag-tag collection of crewmates.

A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to Becky Chambers’ beloved debut novel The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and is perfect for fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon, Mass Effect and Star Wars.

 

The Leftovers–Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reviews

Another set of mini-reviews from books I read in 2015

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambersthe-long-way-to-a-small-angry-planet

  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet #1
  • Published 2014, 518 pages
  • Science Fiction (space opera)
  • Action-packed and fun, rollicking science fiction space opera.
  • I read this book as part of Sci-Fi Month 2015 and a read-along in November and even though the last part of November (Thanksgiving) kept me from participating in weeks 3 and 4 of the read-along I loved talking with others about this book. You can check out my week one and week two posts. However, if you plan to read the book watch out for spoilers!
  • Reminded me a little of the television series Firefly. The crew of the Wayfarer are all different–not only in looks, but also in their actions and interactions with each other. There are five humans, a sentient artificial intelligence and three other alien lifeforms on the ship. They work together as a crew, but some better than others…lol–for example, one of the humans doesn’t play well with anyone.
  • The Wayfayer is a space tunnelling ship creating black holes so ships can move to distant parts of the universe.
  • Also lots of action in the book as the Wayfarer travels in space to planets and space stations meeting many species.
  • Their ultimate goal is the small, angry planet to complete a tunnelling contract–and no one, but a few have ever seen it. The planet may be angry, but so are the species who claim it.

Grade: B+

Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrewssweep-in-peace

  • Innkeeper Chronicles #2
  • Published 2015, 237 pages
  • Urban Fantasy set in Texas
  • I love just about anything written by Ilona Andrews!
  • This is a great series–fun to read. I love the whole innkeeper idea.
  • Dina DeMille is the innkeeper and needs more guests to help keep her inn viable. Every other inn has turned down the opportunity to host a peace summit between three warring species because it’s so dangerous and has so many ways it can go wrong.
  • She agrees to the summit because she doesn’t have any other options–and then she has to make it work. And that’s not so easy!
  • Dina and her Shih Tzu named Beast are fun characters. Beast isn’t what he seems and is quite scary even among the many galactic scary characters. Dina is a very capable innkeeper.
  • I didn’t like this book as much as the first book–Clean Sweep

Grade: B+

2015 Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge
  • New Author Challenge–hosted by the Literary Escapism blog

Have you read either of these books? How’d you like them?

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet Read Along, Wk 2

Sci-Fi Month 2015 is a month-long event to celebrate science fiction hosted by Rinn Reads and Over the Effing Rainbow. You can view the schedule here, follow the event on Twitter via the official @SciFiMonth Twitter account, or the hashtag #RRSciFiMonth.

the-long-way-to-a-small-angry-planet-read-alongI’m reading The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers and participating in this Read Along for Sci-Fi Month. The Read Along is hosted by Over the Effing Rainbow. sci-fi-month-badge

This week we’re taking a look at “Port Coriol” to “Cricket.” And Chris over at Galleywampus is asking the questions.

Spoilers below!

There has been significant conversation about AI, what it means to be alive, whether or not AI should have rights, whether or not a person can fall in love with a specific instance of AI, etc. This is a bit of a sticky situation. After the discussion between Pepper and Jenks, how do you feel about Lovey’s and Jenks’ relationship? Should they move forward with their plan?

I think this will be a problem for Lovey and Jenks. Lovey has never had a body so that is going to be very strange plus it’s illegal so they will have to hide her. Another problem could be the mechanics of the body, the tech. It may not work as it’s supposed to. It could fail and Lovey could die. Also the tech selling the body may blackmail them. All sorts of things can go wrong.

There is also the idea which has been written about in science fiction for years: what happens when an Artificial Intelligence is smarter than humans and thinks they can make better decisions than humans. Especially if they’re tired of being treated as slaves or second-class citizens.

In the chapter “Intro to Harmagian Colonial History,” we see Dr. Chef’s perspective of having been a mother, though he is currently male, and Sissix’s perspective that children aren’t people yet. Ohan is referred to as they/them. The Akarak are referred to as xyr/xe. These perspectives and preferences are perspectives actually held by different groups of humans in our own world. Do you think assigning these perspectives to aliens rather than humans make them easier or harder to sympathize with?

I think it’s easier to sympathize with alien perspectives. We expect aliens to be different and maybe strange, but we usually expect humans to follow our rules and morality.

How might the ship robbery have been different if the Wayfarer were armed?

People would probably have died. If Wayfarer had weapons she would have fired on the other ship when it first appeared. If the crew of Wayfarer had weapons with them ready to fire there might have been a shoot-out with people from both sides getting injured or killed. Considering the crew had never encountered pirates before they would probably have hesitated to fire their weapons, but the pirates wouldn’t have hesitated.

If Rosemary hadn’t been able to speak to the pirates some of the crew probably would have died and would have starved or run out of fuel if the pirates had stolen everything.

As I finished the fourth chapter in my section, “Cricket,” I thought it might be a good place to stop and talk about some of our favorite humorous moments so far. What scenes really tickled your funny bone? Who makes you laugh the most and why?

These are two of the scenes I thought were funny. I think most of the funny moments for me are when the different species try to understand each other.

The different species trying to understand the food of others:

I thought it was some sort of spicy potato.”

“I have never understood potatoes,” Sissix said. “The whole point of a potato is to cover it with salt so you don’t notice how bland it is. Why not just get a salt lick and skip the potato?’

“Don’t ask me,” Ashby said, standing up. “Potatoes are a grounder thing.”

 

When Sissix is moulting and irritated and angry about everything:

“Do you ever get tired of Humans?”

“On occasion. . . .”

“I’m definitely tired of them today.” Sissix said, laying her head back. I’m tired of their inability to smell anything. I’m tired of how clingy they get around kids that don’t even belong to them. I’m tired of how neurotic they are about being naked. I want to smack every single one of them around until they realize how needlessly complicated they make their families and their social lives and their—their everything.”

Dr Chef nodded. “You love them and you understand them, but sometimes you wish they—and me and Ohan, too, I’m sure—could be more like ordinary people.”

“Exactly.” She sighed. . . . But today . . . I don’t know. It feels like having a mess of younger hatchmates who won’t stop playing with your toys. They’re not breaking anything and you know they’re only trying to please you, but they’re so little and annoying, and you want them all to fall down a well. Temporarily.”

I’m looking forward to what everyone else thought about these questions!

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet Read Along–Wk 1

sci-fi-month-2015

Sci-Fi Month 2015 is a month-long event to celebrate science fiction hosted by Rinn Reads and Over the Effing Rainbow. You can view the schedule here, follow the event on Twitter via the official @SciFiMonth Twitter account, or the hashtag #RRSciFiMonth.

the-long-way-to-a-small-angry-planet-read-alongI’m reading The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers and participating in this Read Along for Sci-Fi Month. It’s hosted by Over the Effing Rainbow. This week we’re taking a look at Part 1 – “Transit” to “The Job.” And Over the Effing Rainbow is asking the questions this week.

Note: if you haven’t read the book, there will be spoilers!

  1. First things first, we get to meet the central cast – the crew of the Wayfarer. What are your first impressions of this crew? Which members, if any, stand out the most to you and why?

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