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The Collapsing Empire (EBook, 2017, Tom Doherty Associates) 4 étoiles

In the far future, humanity has left Earth to create a glorious empire. Now this …

I’m continually confronted with the human tendency to ignore or deny facts until the last possible instant. And then for several days after that, too.

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Somehow even more relevant now than it was in 2017

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Dragonflight (Paperback, 1991, Eclipse Books) 3 stars

HOW CAN ONE GIRL SAVE AN ENTIRE WORLD?To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, …

It always makes me wonder when women write books that are loaded with systemic misogyny (in a "this is fine and normal" way). Does it actually seem fine and normal to them? Or was this required for a commercially successful fantasy series in *checks publication date* 1968?

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Hardcover, 2015, Hodder & Stoughton Ltd) 5 stars

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is the 2014 debut science fiction novel …

a story that thrives on its characters

5 stars

The basic storyline of this book is nothing entirely out of the ordinary: Space crew gets dangerous but lucrative job offer, travels to their destinations, stuff happens there and along the way. You can take the title literally: it's a long way but only a small planet (episode).

I liked the world building, but especially the way the protagonists interact with each other. It's a story that is, for once, not driven by toxic behavior and the inability to communicate, but instead based on empathy and mutual support. The characters belong to different alien and human races, they do sometimes face conflicts over their specific needs, but frequently try to find solutions that work for everyone. In some ways, it seemed like an enhanced and more diverse version of the "Firefly" crew to me (which I loved).

This is a read leaves you with more positive than negative emotions, while …