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A Closed and Common Orbit

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Yes I cried a little in the book That s what I do people Don t judge me Lol it was a good 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 real happy because that s a lot to get used to when our used to being an AI of a ship and not in a teeny tiny person body This book goes back and forth from when Pepper was a little 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 m going to use that from now on Pepper s name when she was oung was Jane 23 I m not going to talk a lot about JanePepper s childhood because I don t want to give that away It s sad and good and something ou just have to read for ourself I enjoyed those parts the most in the book until things changed at the end and a great big wonderful thing happened JanePepper was raised by an AI from age 10 to 19 and that s all I m going to say Reasons behind it are horrible and stuff Pepper gets Sidra back to her home where she lives with Blue Pepper has a shop where she fixes stuff and what not I mean she is an engineertech a little bit of everything Blue decides to spend his time at home with his painting while Sidra works with Pepper Sidra is still not having a great time being in a body She just wants to be what she was before And let me just say that this story has such a happy ending that it made me feel all fuzzy inside and I needed that right now MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List 4ish starsJust as cute as the first book but with its own emotional depth this goes further into exploring some interesting themes giving it a 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 saccharine gag inducing sweetness It s comforting reassuring It s all going to be okay because there are good people in the world and good things can happen sometimes Some great 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 glance it doesn t seem to push any boundaries or tread particularly new ground 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 aliens and it s 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 "the same way the best social fi novels do but without seeming like fi novels do but without seeming like s trying to make a statement It utilizes inclusion and 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 a great case that the answer is 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 going 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 goes back and forth between Sidra making new friends while getting used to her new kit a body as opposed to an entire ship and Pepper s past as genetically 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 a story and much like she is revealing characters There is very little dramatic action If ou ve read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet ou are probably okay with this ap. 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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Proach A Closed and Common Orbit is an engaging that draw ou into Chambers uniue world 45 stars Now that A Closed and Common Orbit has received will draw into Chambers uniue world 45 stars Now that A Closed and Common Orbit has received a 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 for short in which most people are basically good and decent and want nice things 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 mean things to people cannot be endured and transcended by the kindness of the kindBecky Chambers leaves no sentiment unexpressed and is unafraid to A Sixpenny Christmas yank mercilessly atour heartstrings until Last of the Few you either submit to her gentle benevolent will or die of myocardial infarctionThere s absolutely nothing wrong with writing reading or being a fan of RHSO rainbows are pretty hugs makeou feel all warm inside If My Darling, My Hamburger you don t like rainbows and hugsou re probably kind of a shit and no one wants Love Virtually you around anywayAnd herein lies the problem A Closed and Common Orbit is full of all sorts of pleasant things pleasantly competent writing pleasantly likeable characters pleasantly imagined settings Enough unpleasantness arises to generate the struggles and stumbling blocks necessary to ualify this as an actual story but nothing that can t be conuered with a little plucky determination and a helping hand from a friend just likeour parents and teachers and every children s book Our Island Guide you ve ever read won t stop tellingou It s not a bad book I guess but it is a mediocre one predictable safe reassuring But it s also a novel that ou can t actively dislike without being the asshole in the room and honestly I think I like that even less than a novel that I can just go ahead and dislike for being mediocreSo I m with ou Becky Chambers fans You are good people who want to believe in a better future full of better people where decency and graciousness and magnanimity will carry us all through this life I want to believe in those things too Sadly I m the jerk who wants better fiction to take me there 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 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 gaps 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 from the reader s PoV but it s all about context It might as well be about same sex relationships but indeed this is much interesting for a SF fan a love story for an AI in an illegal puppet body and the intense relationship she has with an outlaw techie Their histories are uite the ride Don t let me simplify this too much for Horn (Horn, you because we ve got a huge cloning consortium continuing tragedy loss starvation and love for the only friend an AI who is lost on one side of the coinAnd then we have the search for identity and sensation and the deepest need to be free to reprogram oneself and live the fullest life that one canTogether or separate I think I could follow these two character arcs forever It s the writing than anything else The world building is fantastic the kinds of aliens diverse but it s the depth of character exploration than cinches the deal 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 ifou do not find this book enjoyable تعلم jQuery فى 120 دقيقة you need to witness a little village of Whos holding hands and singing even thoughou just stole their Christmas Beast Or just possibly it is completely not our style of book I m fairly certain those are the only two choices hereDon t get 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 go 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 ref. Her learn and growTogether 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 oung woman with a restless soul and secrets to keep When she joined the crew of the Wayfarer Ers 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 that constantly distances both the former Lovelace and the reader from her new housing Eventually she picks a name Narrative then jumps into the story of Jane 23 a oung female who works first cleaning then repairing parts with her clone sisters Chapters 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 might grow 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 loved this even the second time around oh my lanta Even though I knew what was going 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 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 also got 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 get to see any of the old gang Roll on book 3 No matter what happens next she said no matter where we go we re all going 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 in space but one which deals with many problems humanity today eg 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 ou can t help but love and root for and characters who ou know ou 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 the ending of 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 În excavator (Trilogia Nomilor years before we meet Sidra and this follows aoung girl 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 think 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 gets how to write a feel good story and she knows how to confront topics we 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 An Accidental Woman yesterday afternoon I then finished it this morning If that doesn t showou 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 Poppet (Jack Caffery, you ve never read TLWTASAP then GO READ IT Ifou have read it an The Siege Winter 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 got 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.

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