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review 2017-01-03 15:02
Book Review - The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers

I got my latest read, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet as a gift, and had a great time reading it.  The first novel from Becky Chambers, it follows a young woman named Rosemary as she joins the crew of a tunneling ship (basically they make shortcuts through space) as they get a big contract that could very well set them up for bigger and better things in the future.  But with that comes danger, especially in a universe where humanity is NOT at the forefront of the great intergalactic governing body, but a minor cog.


The cast of characters are adorably quirky, with the long-suffering Captain Ashby putting up with all sorts of shenanigans that would feel at home on Farscape or Firefly.  I also love the care that was taken to make the aliens truly alien.  Cold-blooded aliens, aliens with differing numbers of limbs, aliens that are symbiotic with a weird virus, the works.  The story of the tunnel the ship needs to make is the overall driving force of the story, but most of the book is a series of what feels like episodes, with each crewmember having an adventure or getting some backstory in.


If you've been overwhelmed by Dark and Gritty™ sci-fi or are in the middle of a 74-book high fantasy slog and need a break, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet works great.  It manages to be light and fun and still have a lot to say about gender, relationships and artificial intelligence.

Source: www.honkifyoulovejustice.com/2017/01/03/book-review-the-long-way-to-a-small-angry-planet-by-becky-chambers
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review 2013-04-03 23:39
Farscape: House of Cards (Farscape (A&E Video))
Farscape: House of Cards - Keith R.A. DeCandido,Rockne S. O'Bannon Perfectly in character
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review 2011-03-03 00:00
Farscape Forever! Sex, Drugs and Killer Muppets - Glenn Yeffeth There is a wide mix of essays and articles, some quite good. Of all the Benbella Popsmart series I have read to-date, this was my least favorite.

Dear John by Tee Morris - funny, insightful. Written as a letter of reprimand from the mission boss.

The Big Brother by Amy Berner - an interesting look at Crais as defined by his role of brother. Worth a read as it was nicely done.

My Imaginary Friend by Jody Lynn Nye - On Harvey and John

Unrealized realities by K. Stoddard Hayes - John's journey as a video game What choices would you have made?

Superior Villains is okay. Masks of Transformation is an overview and an interpretation of the Peacekeeper Wars.

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review 2010-10-30 00:00
FARSCAPE VOL. 3: GONE AND BACK (Farscape (Boom Studios Paperback))
Farscape: Gone and Back - Rockne S. O'Bannon,Keith R.A. DeCandido,Tommy Patterson Quite good. Though the ending happened a little too quick - it seemed like right when they were getting into the action, they cut and bam. Ahh well. Still very enjoyable.
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review 2010-06-06 00:00
Farscape: Dark Side of the Sun (Farscape (A&E Video))
Farscape: Dark Side of the Sun - Jim Mortimore Parts were quite funny, and mostly it was in character... but still, not the best Farscape novel out there. Good for an afternoon read, though.
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