The planning of various things is underway here for this year’s Sci-Fi Month, which I recently announced I will be co-hosting (details here) – and one thing I am hoping will really see some bookish participation is a Read Along that I’m putting together for The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers!
Here’s a synopsis (from the hardcover jacket):
When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn’t expecting much. The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that’s seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past.
The crew is a mishmash of species and personalities, from Sissix, the friendly reptilian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life on board is chaotic, but more or less peaceful – exactly what Rosemary wants.
Until the crew are offered the job of a lifetime, tunneling through space to a distant planet. They’ll earn enough money to live comfortably for years… If they survive the trip.
But Rosemary isn’t the only person on board with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover the space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.
I recently read this book after its UK publication in August by Hodder & Stoughton, who bought the book after its self-published success – and let me tell you, this is easily one of my favourite books of this year. I am evidently not the only one who feels this way, as Small Angry Planet is already a UK award-nominated book*. After trying to review it and generally failing to be able to discuss why I enjoyed it so much without getting obscenely spoilery, which I try to avoid in reviews here, I decided a different approach might be more fun to play with. Hence my intention to organise a Read Along!
According to my copy, the book is around 400 pages long. This makes it a great fit for a four-week schedule, if we read approximately 100 pages per week. So that schedule would look like this:
Week 1 (Friday, November 6th): “Transit” to “Port Coriol” (95 pages)
Week 2 (Friday, November 13th): “Port Coriol” to “The Last War” (110 pages)
Week 3 (Friday, November 20th): “The Last War” to “Heresy” (107 pages)
Week 4 (Friday, November 27th): “Heresy” to end (90 pages)
If you’ve been following this blog at all lately, you’ll know that Read Alongs have become a regular feature here (check out my SF/F Read Alongs page), and you might also know that there’s a Goodreads group for readers who enjoy that kind of thing. I will be making use of this page to keep things organised if there’s enough interest in this Read Along, so if you would like to take part and haven’t joined yet, feel free to do so! You can also leave a comment on this post and/or email me using the form on the Contact Me page, but depending on the number of people who sign up I may be making more use of the Goodreads page to keep everyone up to date.
On that note, I am also looking for people to host the Q&As with me! This is still open to arrangement, so if you’d like to take up the baton for one of the scheduled weeks, let me know either on the Goodreads page or in email and I can finish putting that schedule together.
I am seriously excited at the thought of being able to properly discuss this book with fellow readers. So whether you’ve read it and you feel the same way, or you haven’t and you’re curious, come along and take part! You don’t necessarily need to blog about it – comments, tweets, other social media… they’re all usable, and all welcome! If you require a hashtag, there’s #RRSciFiMonth and/or #SmallAngryPlanet, and my Twitter handle is @EffingRainbow. I can’t wait to hear from you!
*2014 Kitschies Award Nominee for the Golden Tentacle (Debut)