Cool Starship


This is not a space opera, and I need people to stop categorising it as such.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry PlanetChambers, Becky

ISBN-10: 1473619815

As titles and book covers go, it looks like a good read. I picked it up as it was recommended and was the only one on the list I could find for sale in Cork City. I bought it used from Vibes & Scribes. The blurb isn’t promising. It doesn’t give you anything new to enjoy. Essentially you could pick the plot up and plop it into a fantasy setting, and it’d work. This is why I don’t believe this book is Science Fiction but is instead just a book set in space.


Rae likes a book which can double as a yoga block, door stop, or a wheel chock for her imaginary Cessna. When left on the bedside table, the type of science fiction or fantasy book that can be used in self-defence.

Rae’s ultimate comfort read is The Elenium and Tamuli series by David Eddings. She is heartbroken as the audiobook is narrated horrifically. Her go-to Space Opera will always be The Culture books by Iain M. Banks. Peter F. Hamilton’s books are grand but needed an editor.

I have gotten into Audiobooks (since 2015, I have racked up four months, 12 days, 2 hours, and 21 minutes of listening time). And my top narrators are Kate Reading, Michael Kramer, John Lee, Peter Kenny, and Ric Jerrom. Most of my new listens are found when searching through those narrators’ back catalogues.

I’ll be writing reviews and writing shorts. I avoid Young Adult like the plague and will give self-published a chance- however, I haven’t had much luck there!

Much love from a mountain in Ireland.

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