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Ed this even the second time around oh my lanta Even though I knew what was oing to happen I found myself tearing up because I just love these characters so much I need 73823628 hugs Original read 101217 This book felt like a hug So satisfying and lovely and warm I never ever want Becky Chambers to stop writing this series I just want it to The War Planners Series go on and on for the rest of my life The planet was beautiful The planet was horrible The planet was full of people and they were beautiful and horrible too I enjoyed this visit back into Becky Chambers wonderfully optimistic science fiction but it wasn t uite up there with The Long Way to a Small Angry PlanetWe don t join the crew from the previous book but instead we pick up with two of the minor characters mentioned Lovelace and Pepper The ending of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet was pretty dramatic and this book picks right up where that one left offI enjoyed reading about LovelaceSidra s struggles to adapt to her new environment and we alsoot numerous flashbacks to Pepper s childhood trauma which was so interesting to read aboutOverall it still had the positive vibes that were rife throughout the first book but I was a bit sad we didn t Glidepath (Max Fend, get to see any of the oldang Roll on book 3 No matter what happens next she said no matter where we o we re all oing together I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review I flipping ADORED this Once again Becky Chambers has written a Sci fi book which isn t about explosions and battles in space but one which deals with many problems facing humanity today eg Um Natal em Ardmore gender euality sentience free choice racism etc Chambers has an innate understanding of how humans are flawed and she applies this BRILLIANTLY to her works of fiction making character that you can t help but love and root for and characters who you know you ll not forgetThis story is a companion to Becky Chamber s earlier book The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet which I also thoroughly enjoyed It picks up after the ending of TLWTASAP and we follow a character called Lovelace who uickly changes her name to Sidra Sidra is an AI who is sentient She s never had much of a life but immediately she s thrust into a body which doesn t feel right to her and she has to adapt to it Luckily she s helped along by Pepper someone we met in TLWTASAPThe second storyline takes place many years before we meet Sidra and this follows a youngirl named Jane who is part of a system she doesn t even know exists Jane s story was moving right from the start becuase she s being controlled and forced to do things without even knowing what she s missing Of course "these two stories do intersect and they come together in fabulous ways later on I "two stories do intersect and they come together in fabulous ways later on I that there were some excellent moments in the story which made me both tearful and happy and filled with joy One thing I don t often say when reading SF is that I m filled with joy after reading it but Becky Chambers has a way of writing that feels human intellectual but also really raw and fun She Skeletons gets how to write a feelood story and she knows how to confront topics really raw and fun She ets how to write a feel ood story and she knows how to confront topics don t see as much as we should She s pretty much just excellent in my opinionMoving onto the pace I read this at This book arrived at my house yesterday afternoon I then finished it this morning If that doesn t show you how much I enjoyed this then nothing will becuase this book was the one I chose to read over everything else I had ongoing It took priority and it was SO WORTH IT If you ve never read TLWTASAP then GO READ IT If you have read it an you re awaiting this one eagerly until October then I say don t worry it will be worth the wait It s fantastic brilliant and just plain wonderful I hope Becky Chambers continues to write within this universe again and again as I think I could read her books forever 5s highly highly recommended. N intergalactic ship she ot 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 seuel 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 War. A Closed and Common OrbitA story and much like she is revealing characters There is very little dramatic action If you ve read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet you are probably okay with this approach A Closed and Common Orbit is an engaging read that will draw you into Chambers uniue world 45 stars Now that A Closed and Common Orbit has received a Hugo nomination for Best Novel it would seem that Becky Chambers fandom is inescapable That s really not such a terrible thing She s basically invented an entirely new sub subgenre of science fiction the Rainbows Hugs Space Opera RHSO short in which people are basically ood and decent and want nice in which most people are basically ood and decent and want nice to happen to each other in which no conflict cannot be resolved no obstacle not overcome if there is an understanding to be reached between folks who recognize each other s innate humanity in which no amount of meanness by the mean meanies who do 45 I need to third one I ve been looking forward to this seuel for some time and I feel kind of sad it STILL took me so long to Get A Copy Of It a copy of it follows two of the most interesting characters from The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet Lovelace and Pepper but it does so by filling in the aps jumping from the past to the future following the end of the first bookDo not expect a straight continuation of it though This is of a very interesting dual character study full of straight commentary and rather interesting AIAlienHuman interactionsLovelaceSidra and JanePepper are both outcasts and are hiding from the law for what appear to be very stupid reasons fr I understand that some people weren t fans of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet Personally in my heart of hearts I kind of suspected they might be suffering from Grinch syndrome but I respected it because there were indeed a few flawsThis time I won t keep my suspicions to myself if you do not find this book enjoyable you need to witness a little village of Whos holding hands and singing even though you just stole their Christmas Beast Or just possibly it is completely not your style of book I m fairly certain those are the only two choices hereDon t et me wrong as this by no means a sugary sweet singing festival there is a lot edginess with subsistence living and even a touch of horror but there s something eually wonderful or better in the story as a whole It isn t at all a direct seuel to A Long Way although the ending of that book does o a long way I couldn t help myself towards explaining the premise of this story No matter as Chambers is kind enough to start just twenty eight minutes after the last book although without the Wayfarer crew It begins with Lovelace the AI program fresh in her new synthetic body which she continually refers to as her kit It s a brilliant little device that constantly distances both the former Lovelace and the reader from her new housing Eventually she picks a name Sidra Narrative then jumps into the story of Jane 23 a young female who works first cleaning then repairing parts with her clone sisters Chapters Bible Prophecy go back and forth between the two but are occasionally interrupted by a type of underground message boards where less than law abiding citizens talk shop Often I dislike this narrative techniue but there s solid continuity as well as thematic parallels As both were written well but with different plotting tensions I found myself both eager and reluctant at the end of each chapter to resume the other story In a way both are stories of survival and of identity and they dovetail beautifully I do have a lingering uestion or two primarily Sidra s solution view spoiler of installing herself in the walls of a bar I thought it was reasonably clear from the AI manual that she mightrow bored being in one place and that a variety of customers does not seem adeuate stimulus Linking available or not hide spoiler Re read 82818 I lov. Her learn and rowTogether 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 Yes I cried a little in the book That s What I Do People Don T Judge Me Lol It I do people Don t judge me Lol it a ood cry though I loved the first book and I loved this one too Holy crow This book starts off when Pepper and Lovey leave the Wayfarer together Lovey is in an ai body and is not in an AI body and is not happy because that s a lot to The Astral Codex get used to when your used to being an AI of a ship and not in a teeny tiny person body This bookoes back and forth from when Pepper was a little Here There Be Witches girl to tell her story and the present with Pepper Lovey Blue and Tak Now Pepper told Lovey to pick a name for herself and Lovey came up with Sidra so I moing to use that from 4ish starsJust as cute as the first book but with its own emotional depth this Story of the Liberty Bell goes further into exploring some interesting themesiving it a Fake Mustache greater focused sense of purpose than TLWTASAP whoa that s an intense acronym Even so than the first book there s not much excitement There are no villains It s the opposite of a nail biter It s of a coming of age novel with a few existential crises thrown inIt s cute in the same way a lullaby is cute It s not saccharineag inducing sweetness It s comforting reassuring It s all Desert Rose and Her Highfalutin Hog going to be okay because there areood people in the world and ood things can happen sometimes Some reat character work makes up for the fact that we don t ever see our favorites from the Wayfarer crew The heavier philosophical uestions make up for the much smaller scope Though at first Hey Wait a Minute! Five Rough and Reluctant Sex Erotica Stories glance it doesn t seem to push any boundaries or tread particularly newround I think in some ways it actually expands the scope of what it means to be science fiction Obviously there are aliens and it s the future and it takes place in space but all of that is mostly happenstance tangential It explores culture and humanity the same way the best social sci fi novels do but without seeming like it s trying to make a statement It utilizes inclusion and Drawing Straws gives voices to atypical characters without making a particular point to do so When it comes down to it honestly not much actually happens It just is It just floats along and asks a uestion we all kind of wonder about and tells a story in the process just as naturally as our lives tell a story It s about who we are and where we come from about what we do next and what the future will hold and isn t that okay Does it need to be exciting or satirical to be 21st century sci fi Trippy or challenging Does it have to be new to be progressive This makes areat

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that the answer no which sort of makes it new in the process Posted in Mr Philip s Library When I see the ocean I feel calm It makes me want to to keep eating candy to keep oing To keep trying new things To keep living An engaging and beautifully written slice of life dive in Becky Chambers world of complex characters and newly imagined relationships between space faring species I somehow feel like I should begin this review of Becky Chambers A Closed and Common Orbit with provisos even though I really enjoyed it I went into this second book in the Wayfarer Series knowing it wasn t exactly a traditional seuel In fact this standalone doesn t even follow the adventures of the principal characters comprising the Wayfarer crew Instead it focuses on Sidra the AI Lovey who ran the ship and engineer Pepper Chambers excels at complex and likeable characters The story here oes back and forth between Sidra making new friends while Ethical Responsiveness and the Politics of Difference getting used to her new kit a body as opposed to an entire ship and Pepper s past asenetically modified child slave Jane 23 who escapes her old life There were lots of little details I especially enjoyed like reading about the pet that is purchased for Sidra It reminded me of the Deckard s desire for a pet in Blade RunnerDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep It was about revealing Sidra s evolving sense of self Still it feels less like Chambers is telling. 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.

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