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In April, we will be reading The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers


Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.

But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.

Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.



And here are the chapter breaks.

Week 1: Stop reading when you see the chapter title 'Port Coriol'
Week 2: Stop reading when you see chapter title 'The Last War'
Week 3: Stop reading when you see chapter title 'Heresy'
Week 4: Finish

So, who's reading with us?
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Re: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Who's reading with us?
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2015, 10:34:36 PM »
Well since I always sulk when my choices don't win, I probably should join in now one of my choices have won!
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Re: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Who's reading with us?
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2015, 12:34:18 AM »
I'll be in.
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Re: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Who's reading with us?
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2015, 05:35:10 PM »
I will be in as well considering I seconded the novel, first time I've been in book club for a while  :) Malazan distracted me haha  :)
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Re: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Who's reading with us?
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2015, 09:06:53 PM »
Meeeeee
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Re: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Who's reading with us?
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2015, 12:46:49 AM »
Synopsis piqued my interests and it's self-published.  I'm in.

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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2015, 12:55:07 AM »
I am in!

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Who's reading with us?
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2015, 11:26:10 AM »
So far I'm in. Will know for sure by the end of the week.

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Re: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Who's reading with us?
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2015, 03:29:59 PM »
Can people check if they are still able to purchase this?

When we voted it in, the self published ebook was available in both the UK and the US. I saw that it had been picked up by a publisher, but didn't realize that the existing ebook version would go away.

I went to buy it today (instead of buying it immediately like I evidently should have) and the ebook is gone. There is a preorder for the published version which will not be available until August. I checked the UK, but I can't tell the availability for the ebook due to territorial rights. The physical book looked to also have an August date.

So, if those planning to read can check if they are able to get this book (or let us know if you already have it), that would be great. Unless I find a way to get a copy (which looks like it might be hard/impossible), I am going to have to sit this one out. If no one is able to get it at the moment, I propose sliding Pratchett to April.
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Re: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Who's reading with us?
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2015, 03:31:22 PM »
I purchased ebook when we first selected it. I'm okay moving Pratchett to April.
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« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2015, 04:46:51 PM »
Amazon.de lets me still buy the ebook (13 Euros) but the hardcover isn't available before August and there is no paperback.
I don't like buying eBooks (I mostly read short stories, novellas and the occasional ARC on my tablet), so I'd prefer to wait until the physical copy is out. That's 144 days to go, though.
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« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2015, 04:54:11 PM »
Amazon.de lets me still buy the ebook (13 Euros) but the hardcover isn't available before August and there is no paperback.
I don't like buying eBooks (I mostly read short stories, novellas and the occasional ARC on my tablet), so I'd prefer to wait until the physical copy is out. That's 144 days to go, though.
Which is A Long Wait for a Small, Brave Volume.
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Re: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Who's reading with us?
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2015, 05:36:29 PM »
In the UK the ebook is available now (and would suspect it is in America or the publishers are just opening themselves up to piracy) but no physical copy till August. But before it was always the case there was no physical copy available.  Double check the existence of an e book in America.
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Re: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Who's reading with us?
« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2015, 05:57:19 PM »
In the UK the ebook is available now (and would suspect it is in America or the publishers are just opening themselves up to piracy) but no physical copy till August. But before it was always the case there was no physical copy available.  Double check the existence of an e book in America.

It is actually quite common for ebooks to be available in one country and not the other. Just to appease you, here are screen shots of my search for the title at amazon, my search for the author at amazon and then another search at Barnes and Noble. The older cover from the self published version is not available (it used to be the Kindle version, now it says paperback) and the newer one is August.

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« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2015, 06:03:15 PM »
Sorry. Didn't mean to be abrupt. That opens up another debate - as surely it is just opening yourself up to piracy if people want a book and can't buy an e-copy. I believe you.
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