Can’t-Wait Wednesday – 10th February, 2021 #Brainfluffbookblog #CWC #WOW


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week’s Can’t-Wait offering – The Galaxy and the Ground Within – Book 4 of the Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers – release date 18th February, 2021

#science fiction #space opera #alien viewpoints

BLURB: With no water, no air, and no native life, the planet Gora is unremarkable. The only thing it has going for it is a chance proximity to more popular worlds, making it a decent stopover for ships traveling between the wormholes that keep the Galactic Commons connected. If deep space is a highway, Gora is just your average truck stop.

At the Five-Hop One-Stop, long-haul spacers can stretch their legs (if they have legs, that is), and get fuel, transit permits, and assorted supplies. The Five-Hop is run by an enterprising alien and her sometimes helpful child, who work hard to provide a little piece of home to everyone passing through.

When a freak technological failure halts all traffic to and from Gora, three strangers—all different species with different aims—are thrown together at the Five-Hop. Grounded, with nothing to do but wait, the trio—an exiled artist with an appointment to keep, a cargo runner at a personal crossroads, and a mysterious individual doing her best to help those on the fringes—are compelled to confront where they’ve been, where they might go, and what they are, or could be, to each other.

I have loved the previous Wayfarers books – see my reviews of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, A Closed and Common Orbit and my mini-review of the audiobook To Be Taught, If Fortune. So I’m very excited about getting my hands on this one – particularly as the premise is so very intriguing. Is anyone else planning to read this one, too?

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    • I’m lucky enough to have a review copy – yippee! And I’ve already tucking into it. And I wish you all the best of luck in starting this one – her writing is lovely.

    • Oh tell me about it! I’ve just been reading a review about a series I started several years ago – and now turn around to discover there are SIX books! But if you do get a breather, I highly recommend the series – no one else writes quite like Chambers. And there is always an uplifting, positive energy about her books that is often missing in sci fi.

  1. The two books that came before this one in the series are already on my TBR and I must absolutely bring myself up to date before the new one arrives: I like the theme of complete strangers thrown together by unusual circumstances… 🙂

  2. I would like to read this, but I need to start at the beginning. 🙂 I hope you love this one when you read it, Sarah.

    • Thank you, Wendy:)). I’ve now completed it – and it was an absolute joy. I would just way – the lovely thing about the Wayfarers series is that there is a strong narrative arc between the stories, so you could dot around without too much of a problem:). Each story is very self contained.

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