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Sisters of the Vast Black
Sisters of the Vast Black | Lina Rather
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The sisters of the Order of Saint Rita captain their living ship into the reaches of space in Lina Rather's debut novella, Sisters of the Vast Black. Years ago, Old Earth sent forth sisters and brothers into the vast dark of the prodigal colonies armed only with crucifixes and iron faith. Now, the sisters of the Order of Saint Rita are on an interstellar mission of mercy aboard Our Lady of Impossible Constellations, a living, breathing ship which seems determined to develop a will of its own. When the order receives a distress call from a newly-formed colony, the sisters discover that the bodies and souls in their careand that of the galactic diasporaare in danger. And not from void beyond, but from the nascent Central Governance and the Church itself.
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AutumnRLS
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So good I'm hoping they turn what happened in the novella into a full series. Lots of potential here. Love the nuns in space.

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AutumnRLS
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Nuns in space!

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shanaqui
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I love the way this all came together, and how powerfully *hopeful* it is. Nuns in space sounds like a weird idea (much as Jesuits in space does in The Sparrow) but it quickly feels natural.

There is a Firefly-ish feel to it all, with some similar themes and an "I aim to misbehave" moment.

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imyril
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I began with a problem suspending my disbelief; I ended with a full heart having been told a satisfying tale of dedication, resistance and reparation. An excellent self-contained novella, but I rather hope we‘ll see more of the Sisters in future. Recommended.

shanaqui Ooh, I bought this for my sister, but I've been meaning to give it a try myself. 2w
imyril @shanaqui definitely worth a read. It took me a little to get into it and it‘s sliiiightly too neat narratively, but I love the feel / ethos of it. Now want more stories of nuns rebelling to Do The Right Thing 2w
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ness
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What a fascinating novella! It manages to combine space exploration, interpersonal relationships, religion, and imperialism—even though my short book talk would be queer nuns in space. I hope this gets a sequel!

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ness
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The family‘s going hiking, so I get to settle in with a book.

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Jen2
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Fabulous!!!

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esurient
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Supporting libraries, one Macmillan publication at a time.

(Gosh but it's proving hard to switch back to reading print editions!)

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AthenaWins
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This book began as a curiosity and ended as a kick to the gut. The characters are deep and complex. The story is rich and poignant. 5/5!

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AthenaWins
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"... And they were not one of the orders whose sole mission was to follow the black foot of pandemic as it strode across the systems, leaving footprints of phlegm and bile and blood in its wake."

Holy shit. What a fantastic line...

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Liberty
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WOOHOO! I received one of my most anticipated books of 2019 in the mail today! Three words: Nuns! In! Space! For some reason, I really love sci-fi with religious orders in the future (THE SPARROW, ANATHEM, and my all-time favorite, A CANTICLE FOR LEBOWITZ), so I am sooooooo excited for this one! ❤️🚀📚

thecurlybookworm Ahhh this looks great! 6mo
sbains1980 Oooh sounds so good!! 😍😍 6mo
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