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A Closed and Common Orbit
A Closed and Common Orbit | Becky Chambers
Nominated for the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel!
Shortlisted for the 2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award!
Embark on an exciting, adventurous, and dangerous journey through the galaxy with the motley crew of the spaceship Wayfarer in this fun and heart-warming space operathe sequel to the acclaimed The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.
Lovelace was once merely a ships artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in a 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, whos determined to help her learn and grow.
Together, 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 young woman with a restless soul and secrets to keep. When she joined the crew of the Wayfarer, an intergalactic ship, she got more than she bargained forand learned to live with, and love, her rag-tag collection of crewmates.
A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to that beloved debut novel, and is perfect for fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon, Mass Effect, and Star Wars.
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When you just read that the author used to do the same job as you (technical writer) and chapter 2 is a quick guide :)

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#7days7covers #covercrush day 3

@guinsgirlreads want to join in? 7 covers you love in 7 days no need to explain them!

@Hooked_on_books @moll @TheEllieMo

Hooked_on_books Great choice. I love it. 2mo
Oryx 👍 2mo
guinsgirlreads Ok!! 👏🏻 2mo
Ruthiella Another set I almost chose for this prompt! I love the simplicity of the UK covers!😍 2mo
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I loved this so much and am so sad I'm done with it! I didn't know going into it that it would be so different from the first book, but I thought it was so well done and engrossing. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

BarbaraJean 💜I love these books so much and I‘m so glad you‘re loving them, too! I feel like the third is different still—more of a “slice of life” kind of book—but still with the same lovely themes of community running through. 3mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @BarbaraJean I can't wait to read it. I was waiting for the price on the last two to come down a bit, think this one was $7, which is a bit more than my usual limit but so worth it... Now I'm itching to buy the third, but also don't want it to end! 3mo
BarbaraJean I know the feeling!! I‘m hoping she‘ll continue writing more in this world. 3mo
rwmg Congrats to the author for getting the Hugo for Best Series for this. 1🥂 3mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @rwmg that's so cool! 3mo
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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My reality today! A big thesis to edit and of course, since I've been working until 10, 11 at night, I have a cold... Think of me/pray for me 🙂 Enjoying the tagged book when I have a few moments!

Cathythoughts Thinking of you 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Cathythoughts thanks so much ❤️ 3mo
shanaqui Remembering my (not too long) dissertations... Much luck! And enjoy this book whenever you get chance; Becky Chambers' books are great. 3mo
JennyM As a fellow thesis writer...I am with you! You can do it, one word at a time! Sending lots of good wishes 😘 3mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @JennyM luckily I didn't write it, just the editor, but my deadline is so tight! 3mo
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Carolyn11215
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July was a good reading month. 8 novels, all sci-fi as I was preparing to vote for the Hugo awards at month end. My fave read was definitely A Closed and Common Orbit. Was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Revenant Gun as well.

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Those disappointed to learn the sequel to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet doesn‘t star the crew of the Wayfarer won‘t be disappointed long. I think I fell even more deeply in love with Pepper and Lovelace in this standalone novel. Becky Chambers‘ optimistic form of sci-fi is the ultimate in self-care reading, and Rachel Dulude is the perfect narrator. I can‘t wait for the next!

Centique These are just so good - I totally agree! 3mo
underground_bks @Centique just finished the third! 3mo
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I‘m enjoying this one so far. Seeing Sidra/Lovelace and Pepper/Jane learning how the world works is really interesting and makes me realize how much ordinary stuff I take for granted.

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I think I loved Chambers‘ second book even more than the first, which is saying a lot. I read a lot of heavy nonfiction and I find myself wanting lighter fiction that is fun but still has substance, and Chambers‘ books fit my needs perfectly. I‘m going to save the third book set in the Galactic Commons for a time when I really need the sweet mental health break I get from these books.

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Carolyn11215
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Oy...I lost track of time and now I‘m racing the clock to finish Hugo nominated books so I can vote for my favorite novel. Her third in the series is nominated for best novel so want to read this second one to ground myself back in the story before moving on to Record of a Spaceborn Few.

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Hey #GroupP! I‘ve pulled some fantasy/sci-fi books of my shelves. Let me know if any of these books interest you or don‘t. I tried to keep them all under 400 pages. My others are longer if you aren‘t interested in any of these.

Others I was thinking of The Secret History of Witches; The Bloodprint; or a few others.

2 of them are ARCs and the NK Jemisin is a mass paperback. So I don‘t know how well it‘ll fit all our writing.

#LMPBC

phatsallylee I haven't read or heard of the devourers or the city in the middle of the night! 5mo
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wanderinglynn I vote for The City in the Middle of the Night. 5mo
BookwormAHN I also vote for The City in the Middle of the Night. Although they all sound good. 5mo
Laughterhp @phatsallylee @wanderinglynn @BookwormAHN Great! I‘ll pick The City in the Middle of the Night! 😊 5mo
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I CANNOT believe I waited so long to get into this series. Every minute of it is like the best Star Trek episodes— beautifully thorough characters and nuanced, hopeful exploration of the good and bad of humanity (or sapienity, really). I listened to quite a bit more than I planned to today, because someone was unexpectedly snuggly! #catsoflitsy

Broke_Girl_Reads @Mindelan I cannot describe the degree to which this series is your wheelhouse. The first one is 5mo
Mindelan Yaass going to get on that tomorrow! 5mo
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I was a tiny little bit sad that I didn't get to read about the Wayfarer again, but I still adored this book! The multiple perspectives weren't too confusing, I loved learning more about Pepper's life before and her life outside of the Wayfarer. This is a great sequel, it made me laugh & cry several times and it somehow manages to explore what it means to be “human“ (sapient? it's so confusing) through the eyes of an AI without being too heavy.

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This is cracking me up to no end.

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As someone with a lot of tattoos, that really spoke to me. What a wonderful concept.

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I'm starting my journey on Litsy with A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers! I'm not very far in yet, but I'm quite enjoying it (just like the first in the series).

Lcsmcat Welcome to Litsy! I found it helpful when I joined to search for books I love and follow people who also loved them. 6mo
scripturient-ink @Lcsmcat Thank you! And that's a great tip, I was just about to do that (: 6mo
BooknerdsLife Welcome to Litsy 🙌🏼💖📚 6mo
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rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 6mo
Kaylamburson Welcome to Litsy!!! Hope you love it here!! 6mo
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I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately, but I just finished this, the second in the Wayfarer's series. Becky Chambers is truly talented with character development and dialogue. She makes it feel as though you are actually watching people interact before your eyes. Great book.

Severnmeadows Just got it from the library. Looking forward to it! 7mo
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The second book in the series flew by faster than the first, and it was so good. It‘s very slice of life fiction, but with a sci-fi bent, and I love it a lot. The characters are great, and the gradually unfolded story keeps me engaged.

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I‘m not crying, you‘re crying! This book is so effing sweet. ♥️

Thanks for getting me hooked on this series @Carolyn11215 🙌🏼

Leftcoastzen Love the bookmark! 8mo
readordierachel It really is! 😭❤ 8mo
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Sunday Funday 💗 64% through this one and absolutely loving it 💕 Just the escape I‘ve been looking for!

#sundayfunday

VanChocStrawberry I love love love love this series. 8mo
KathrynElise I‘m seriously loving this glass 😍🌼 8mo
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OMG! First of all I looovvveeddd The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet! And I devoured this one today. It was even better than the first one imo. I loved the exploration of AI. Pepper‘s story was so amazing. I am absolutely in love with these characters and this world. I can‘t wait to read the third one. Thank goodness tomorrow is Sunday! I can‘t recommend this series enough and thanks again for those that recommended it to me! ❤️

amyrohn Omg yes!!! Get the third one as soon as you can, it‘s just as fantastic 8mo
Yeah_I_Read @amyrohn i got it today bc I knew I would need it right away lol 8mo
hermyknee I just finished this book! I‘ve got Record of a Spaceborn Few to start ASAP 💕 it‘s so good!!!! 8mo
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Sidra, an AI, has special programming that gives her pleasant memories associated with different foods and drinks, but she cannot become intoxicated. I really appreciate her musings as she experiences a party for the first time (continued in comments):

hermyknee “She wasn‘t sure how much she enjoyed alcohol‘s effect on other sapients, though. Most of their behavior was cute, even endearing. Blue had told her how glad he was that she had come to them, which was very gratifying to hear (though it lost some of its impact by the third or fourth time). Pepper was loud, but not as loud as her friend Gidge, who had crossed over from smart to sloppy.” 8mo
hermyknee Having only now been on both sides of this scenario (and definitely loud, repetitive, and sloppy more times than I‘d care to admit), I found this moment absolutely hilarious 8mo
wordzie 💝 the review 8mo
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Back to the Wayfarer I go!

Carolyn11215 I so need to finish up the books I have from the library and focus on this series again! 8mo
readordierachel I loved this one even more than the first 💕 8mo
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@Mitch !! The books arrived!
Thank you so much! I was so excited to find this bright red package in my mailbox today. You are the best! Thank you thank you! 😘

Mitch Ahhh, they arrive! My pleasure honey - enjoy! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mitch where do you find the Litsy stickers? I can‘t find them on the website! 8mo
Mitch @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ahhh.. @squirrelbrain sent them to me 👍🏼 (edited) 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mitch I hear you can buy them somewhere, but where.... @squirrelbrain 😉😉 8mo
squirrelbrain Hi Ericka! My husband makes the stickers for me (and for other Littens of course!) They‘re not for sale, although we do talk about setting up a Litsy shop! 😁 If you email me your address at helenharrogate at gmail dot com, I‘ll send you some. There‘s another design too! 8mo
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shanaqui
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Reread. 💙💙💙 Both times I read it I started out vaguely annoyed it was not a straightforward sequel and featured none of the main characters, and both times I got sucked in despite myself.

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Heeeey, @Mitch !
Congrats on your milestone!
For the question on what series I want to finish: the tagged book! I just finished the first one, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, and LOVED IT!
Highly recommend!
#completetheseries

Mitch I‘m at the same point in this series as you! Loved the first one as well..too many good books! 9mo
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#tbrbingo is on track as of the end of January. We‘ll see if this lasts! I‘m already reading a book that isn‘t on this card.

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Need to get to bed but wanted to finish this book. It‘s a pick but I was way more interested in the Pepper/Jane 23 story than in the Sidra/Lovelace story. In a weird way I feel like the relationship between Pepper and Sidra is the least developed in the book. I am definitely interested in reading more in this universe, though.

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Oh boy. I loved the first one ... I ADORED this one! The story kinda carries on from a key moment of the previous story but it goes forward with different characters. Who I ADORED. Chambers writes characters that are so emotionally nuanced, so complete & complex that it's impossible not to be drawn in & held hostage. There is such warmth here, such universality. And several hefty emo-punches that hit square in the feels - that I ADORED!!!!

suzisteffen Yes! This one is SO good. 10mo
BarbaraJean I felt the same way—I liked this one even better than the first! 10mo
mreads ❤ this one was my favorite of the three so far. 10mo
readordierachel Yep, I felt the same, too ❤ 10mo
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Picked up my next #bookclub book from the #library this evening after work. Yes, we all know this is the second book in the series... we like to do this to ourselves sometimes.

Lindy The individual books stand on their own in this series. No worries. 10mo
twohectobooks @Lindy yep, that seemed to be the consensus online. We also did this with reading the second Gormenghast trilogy book, which I would say does NOT stand on its own. 10mo
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The best character arcs I've ever read

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A little presleep reading, although I might end up reading the whole thing

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readingjedi
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Just dropped my daughter off for her first day back at school after the Christmas break. I have so many chores to catch up on!

So I'll just ignore them a little longer and get stuck into the second book in the Wayfarers series. I'm loving Becky Chamber's writing!

Red.Reads That cover is lovely! 10mo
bartsbooks Fantastic series. I‘m listening to the third in the series at the moment! 10mo
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EllanaRose
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I've not yet signed up for #24in48 but oooh I'm excited for it! I love this reading challenge!
For now, just a quick chapter before I sleep

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EllanaRose
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I'm not starting a new book at 5am, you are. #ItsSoLateItsEarly

LeahBergen Oops! 😆 10mo
EllanaRose @LeahBergen - Not the first, and certainly won't be the last! 10mo
readordierachel 👍🏽 10mo
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My books came in the mail today ❤️ my weekend plan to do nothing but read commences now! 😌

JuliaTheBookNerd I have the same amazing plans this weekend 📚💙 with 2 of the same books! #Twinsies 👯‍♀️ (edited) 10mo
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rwmg
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I was disappointed at first not to be following the crew of the Wayfarer but by the end my eyes were leaking happy tears.

luvamystery65 I felt exactly the same. 11mo
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rwmg
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Airplane reading

Emilymdxn I loved this one! 11mo
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Going for a run and then going to read this one. I love work holidays!

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Not usually a big sci-fi fan, but I love this series!

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Marginal pick. The narration was very good! The story itself was okay, too heavy handed with the AI & personhood question theme. I get the message without hammering. I did really enjoy the Jane childhood portion, it was intriguing!

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I love my little reading family. 😍

Bookzombie So cute! 💗 1y
LeahBergen 😍😍 1y
Hollie Perfect! 1y
Suet624 💕💕💕 1y
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Laughterhp
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#BookMail is the best kind of mail! I loved the Long Way To A Small Angry Planet so much, I had to buy the rest of the books that were out!

Now to control myself and not devour them right away! 🤪

#minibookhaul

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PCT miles hiked: 2328
Books completed on trail: 14

Bummed bc book 3 isn‘t available on audiobook yet. Loving this series.

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You guys were right, I totally liked this one better than A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet! I liked the parallel themes in Sidra‘s present day story and Jane‘s flashback chapters and I thought the overall writing was tighter in this book. The resolution still felt rushed, much like the first one, but I was less annoyed by it this time around. Definitely gonna borrow the third one after this 💫🌌🚀

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Aimeesue
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NOT SPAM!! I love emails from overdrive. ❤️
Also: I ❤️ free books.

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Loved it! The second book in the Wayfarer series; I'd read reviews where readers didn't like the book as much as the first and I wholeheartedly disagree. Cannot wait to read Record of a Spaceborn Few (patiently waiting for it in the mail...I wanted all three to match with this specific cover 😬) Now fingers crossed it doesn't get ruined into a mini series or movie. Yikes!

readingrockets This sounds like a series I would like! :) 1y
Kayla.Adriena @LindsayRipley Check them out! 1y
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Such a fun read, I loved hearing about Pepper and Lovelace‘s experiences and lives. What a complex and lovely story, it was better than the first book (which I didn‘t think possible). I can‘t wait to read #3.

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Loved this. So many neat ideas, such a cool and modern sci-fi series with a ton of heart. Can't wait to pick up the next!

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Last day of beach reading and we had a dolphin sighting!!! 🐬

Oryx what a treat! 1y
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