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In this breathless and hilarious followup to Windswept, former labor organiser Padma Mehta’s worst nightmare comes true: she gets yanked out of early retirement.After buying her favourite rum distillery and settling down, she thought she’d heard the last of her arch nemesis, Evanrute Saarien. But Saarien, fresh out of prison for his misdeeds in Windswept, has just fabricatIn this breathless and hilarious followup to Windswept, former labor organiser Padma Mehta’s worst nightmare comes true: she gets yanked out of early retirement.After buying her favourite rum distillery and settling down, she thought she’d heard the last of her arch nemesis, Evanrute Saarien. But Saarien, fresh out of prison for his misdeeds in Windswept, has just fabricated a new religion, positioning himself as its holy leader. He’s telling his congregation to go on strike, to fight the system. And unfortunately, they’re listening to him.Now Padma’s summoned by the Union president to help stop this strike from happening. The problem is, she’s out of practice. And, the more she digs, the more she realises this whole strike business is more complicated than the Union president let on…File Under: Science Fiction [ Fraud Almighty / City on Fire / Let’s Be Reasonable Please / All Outta Bubble Gum ]...

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Like a Boss Reviews

  • imyril
    2019-05-25 07:31

    This book made me cry on the way to work. And it's really hard to explain to a bunch of strangers that no, really, you're fine, you're just SO HAPPY to see idealism and hope not only given space on page, but fucking championed. But luckily I live in London, so nobody was making eye contact / seeing me and I didn't have to try. When you're not looking, Adam Rakunas takes on privilege, socialism, corruption and the politics of anger as Padma Mehta tries to find out just why the hell everyone on Santee Anchorage wants to go on strike. Is her nemesis Evanrute Saarien behind it? Why is the President of the Union so determined Padma gets involved? And is it going to interfere with her six o'clock ritual sip of Old Windswept?A riot (several, actually), with big ideas propelling its comic noir energy and a new host of awesome characters. This is not message fiction. But it's got a message anyway: don't let all the grimdarks and dystopias wear you down. Sometimes you just have to do the work and keep a wrench handy. Full reviewFull disclosure: I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Emily
    2019-05-18 08:17

    Turned out to be an excellent election-survival book.

  • Koeur
    2019-05-05 05:22

    Publisher: Angry RobotPublishing Date: June 2016ISBN: 9780857664822Genre: SciFiRating: 2.8/5Publishers Description: In this breathless and hilarious followup to Philip K Dick Award-nominated Windswept, former labor organiser Padma’s worst nightmare comes true: she gets yanked out of early retirement. After buying her favourite rum distillery and settling down, she thought she’d heard the last of her arch nemesis, Evanrute Saarien. But Saarien, fresh out of prison for his misdeeds in Windswept, has just fabricated a new religion, positioning himself as its holy leader. He’s telling his congregation to go on strike, to fight the system. And unfortunately, they’re listening to him.Review: Is that Padma Longstockings wielding a wrench? Again, the cover art blows. This chick rocks what with her determined mien coupled with a deep and hidden vulnerability that lashes out with intent and variety. She is at once horny, feisty, reflective and scared shitless. She overcomes her shortcomings to do what she thinks is right and never wavers from her goals even in the face of chronic self-doubt. She gets help from old Windswept rum when friends are in short supply and her psychosis comes a knockin’. As you move with her through life, you will find yourself rooting for her in hopes that she somehow is elevated to just rewards. (view spoiler)[“So why you no give 5 stars!!” At about the 60% mark, Padma turns into this self-made martyr whom traipses around performing acts of self-sacrifice and rallying the masses to better their situation in the face of demagoguery. It really pushed the story line into the donkey-dirt and halted the movement. When other characters tend to echo the obvious with understated adulation and compliments, then you know this is headed into the pisser. Padma declines to recognize that she is so great, so it must be ok…right? Nah, it just turns the story line into a smug rendition of an oft used liberal script. At times this was an adroit romp through a maze of politics and real world manipulations. Padma is front and center yet fails to capture the essence that left us thrilled in her first adventure. Although there is an attempt to explain the series of events that culminate in a disastrous state, the reasoning is flawed and doesn’t really hold up under scrutiny. The logical path is to follow the money which would lead to the big three, but what we are left with is a personal vendetta and acrimonious behavior. (hide spoiler)] Anywaaaay, still entertaining.

  • Adam
    2019-05-01 06:28

    I only regret that I didn't fill the entire book with memes.

  • Chris
    2019-05-05 09:30

    *copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*Like A Boss is the sequel to Adam Rakunas’ debut novel, Windswept, which I talked about rather positively last year.We’re back with the inestimable Padma, now splitting her time between running the Old Windswept Distillery and cleaning out the city sewage system, trying to pay off some rather extensive property damage from the previous book. This is a somewhat wiser Padma though; she’s still just as angry, a pot perpetually on the boil, but there’s a sense of burgeoning self-knowledge there as well. Rather than the recruiter of Windswept, keen to make her quota and retire, there’s a more measured, reflective set of responses in Padma now. She’s running the distillery, a boss, and part of the rum-and-cane co-op which seems to server Windswept as a proto-governing body. But she’s working at being a good boss, working on dealing with people as people. This self-discovery continues throughout the text. Padma isn’t just one thing, which is fantastic – she’s not a heroine, or a misanthrope. An arse-kicker or a thinker. An idol or its shattered remains. She’s all of those things, a multifaceted presence, whose weariness pours off the page around a white-hot core of anger and ideals. She may not be perfect, but that rather feels like the point. Padma is an ordinary, if damaged, person, reacting as people do, and trying to make the best of her life. Whether that includes making it better for anyone around her is a matter for debate. I rather liked Padma in Windswept, and it’s great to see more of her here, and see the gradual, organic-feeling shifts in character over the narrative. That she’s highly skilled (but makes mistakes) and acerbic, but mostly doing her best - this sort of well portrayed complexity means that she’s a pleasure to read about. It would have been nice to have a closer view of the supporting cast – there’s a more disparate group than last time, and perhaps a loss of intimacy, compared to the relationships from the first text. This is counterbalanced in some ways by the tighter focus on Padma - it would, however, be great to see more of the supporting cast in any later books. The world – well, we saw rather a lot of Windswept before. There’s some changes here, in a town kept alive by corporate need. After the events of the last novel, the town is having to cope with the fallout. It feels a bit smaller, and perhaps because of that, a bit more intimate. There’s an intriguing dialogue going on between the folk in the city, processing cane, turning it into rum, and so on – and the dwellers in the kampong, those who cut the cane and deliver it. You can feel the social forces in conflict, trying to find a divide or common ground. It’s a subtle undercurrent in a lot of the dialogue between those two groups, and a division which informs their actions as much as that between the folk of the town and those still inside the corporate enclave. Then there’s the divide between the Union bosses and their cohorts in the city. A sense that the union is bifurcated, that it’s becoming more, for want of a better word, corporate, also pervades the text. Padma sits in the middle, moved into the organising committees alongside her distillery ownership, but come from nothing, and still unclogging a lot of rather clogged piping. The unspoken issue of how the union is run, what it’s for, and why that matters, crackles through the page. It’s engaging stuff, approaching complex issues with humour and a refusal to look away from both the bad and the good. To be fair, as with the country and city division, this one is mostly in the subtext, but it did keep me interested, and keep me thinking, which was fantastic. The plot – well, no spoilers here. But Padma’s retirement is, to put it mildly, nowhere near as comfortable as she assumes. There’s an intriguing array of crosses – double, and possibly even triple. Occasionally I had to re-read bits to make sure I was correct about what was going on, and, critically, why it was happening. But having said that, the political intrigue carries an appropriately lethal level of skulduggery, and there’s some beautiful set pieces, from the action-packed to moments of wonderfully tense emotional vulnerability. The story ramps the stakes up gradually, but never seems to stop doing so – and ties the grander global game with a more personal struggle for Padma in a way which makes for an eminently enjoyable read.Is it worth reading? As a follow up to Windswept, I’d say yes – if you missed Padma especially. It’s a cracking read, and I’m looking forward to seeing where Padma and Rakunas take us next.

  • Roy
    2019-05-06 11:27

    Political space setting unions/strikes with a rum distillery operation (alot of different things going on). I didnt read the 1st but this still made sense. Id expect reading the 1st would make this even more fun.

  • Sheila
    2019-05-17 07:20

    At the very end of this book, Adam Rakunas includes a little blurb about the process of writing this book, & he notes that writing Like a Boss was the fastest turnaround time he'd ever done. It kinda shows.Don't get me wrong, this was packed full of great Padma moments, stumbling from one bad situation to the next in her own way, but I can't help but feel like he bit off more than he could chew with the scope of this plot. By the end, there were still many unresolved issues and the central nefarious plot lacked sufficient motive for me to believe that it was natural. In a way, I think what happened was the effort to make this book a direct allegory to current events distracted from the direct development of the details of the plot. That said, it was nice to see such idealistic events (a workers' revolt! RISE UP!) in a sci-fi novel! I'm sure Marx & Lenin looked down and smiled upon this book. I really really really do like Padma though, so I hope lessons can be learned from this book for the third instalment!P.S. OH and apparently Rakunas is a major Kameron Hurley fan so, you know, big bonus points for that :D

  • Dan Moren
    2019-05-19 09:22

    You like action, right? Of course. Ornery but lovable protagonists? Naturally. Labor disputes? Yeawhaaaaaaa? Look, the book is titled Like A Boss. You should know what you're getting into. Following the events of Windswept, it really seems everything's going okay for Padma Mehta. You think that's gonna last? Pretty soon she's running for her life, trying to quell a planetwide strike, and make it home in time for her evening finger of rum. I'll admit that Adam's book is funny and fast-paced, but what I can't forgive is that it actually makes me think about the implications of planetary economics and sugarcane. Damn it. I think I need some rum myself.

  • Amy Alcain
    2019-05-04 08:20

    3.5 solid follow up to windswept. i appreciate the strong characters. the plot is believable and well paced.

  • Daniel
    2019-05-26 06:27

    This review orignally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.5 of 5I wasn't entirely thrilled with the first book in this series (see review here), finding it to be tremendously average. But when most of a book is centered around union rabble-rousing, it's challenging to develop an interesting sci-fi story. But it wasn't worth abandoning entirely and so I went in to this, the second book in the series, trying to keep an open mind.I liked this book much more.Padma Mehta was once a union labor organizer but then bought the Windswept distillery and was hoping to retire comfortably with some really top-notch Windswept rum. But her enemy, Evanrute Saarien, who had been in jail for crimes committed at Windswept, is stirring up the pot again, trying to tell anyone who will listen to him that they should go out on strike. And the people ARE listening to him.Padma is yanked out of her retirement dreams by the current union president who has proven to be ineffective in controlling the union members. Padma is coerced more than encouraged to fight for the union once again, but Saarien's damage isn't just contained to the distillery workers - it's a planet-wide strike.This book is a thrill-a-minute train ride with plenty of action. As different groups get in to the striking fray, we have a build up of more and more violence and potential violence. Padma doesn't trust either Saarien or president Letty but she can see that she needs to choose a side in order to get her distillery operating again.Author Adam Rakunas does a nice job of portraying Padma as the reluctant hero. We see her tortured decisions and her reticence to get involved. But at the same time, she is driven and committed once she makes a choice and we see why she was successful when she worked for the union and why she's successful as a distillery owner.The secondary characters are not quite as clearly defined. Letty and Saarien are essentially the same character but on opposite sides of an issue (I know ... that's sort of the point) and there isn't much to make them stand out.I might have once said that the plot is hard to believe - a planet-wide strike! - but as I write this it is voting day in the United States and I've seen a lot of polarizing political behavior and suddenly the idea of behavior on such a scale seems much more possible (it helps that this planet is not quite the same in size as our Earth).Overall, I had more fun and was sucked into the story a little more although I would have liked a little more depth to some of the secondary characters.Looking for a good book? Like a Boss by Adam Rakunas takes us back into the Windswept series with plenty of action in a political sci-fi adventure.I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

  • Crittermom
    2019-05-25 06:39

    Like a Boss surpasses Adam Rakunas's first novel Windswept - a surprising feat to accomplish when you consider just how good a novel Windswept is. The series has everything that makes for a scifi classic - a richly imagined world, a plot that is thrilling and thought provoking while successfully commenting on current issues, a diverse well developed cast of characters, and that touch of magic that comes from an author gifted with eloquence and imagination.The universe in which Like a Boss is set is controlled by a conglomerate made up of 3 giant corporations. Everyone is born into corporate indenture. Every part of life is dedicated to either increasing corporate revenues and efficiency or consuming the products in accord to corporate dictates. Life, death and everything in between are dictated by the Big Three. It's no surprise that a number of people are willing to risk jumping ship despite the dangers posed.Life on Santee Anchorage is hard, but it works, as Walwa is dependent on the planet's exports of cane and rum. But the black stripe that blighted numerous cane fields offset the balance. Padma Mehta isn't a hero. She is just a woman who wants to do her job each day and know that the rum distillery she owns is staying in production. The last thing she expects is to find her workers deserting and the Coop threatening to buy her out. On top of everything Evanrute Saarien who tried to kill her is out of prison amassing a following. Whispers of "strike" are flowing through the city. The Union president wants Padma to stop the strike, but something smells, and it isn't the freshly pressed cane. Between struggling to unravel conspiracies and keep Santee's population from killing each other, Padma has just about all she can handle - and that's before the bombs start.Like a Boss is very different from the run of the mill scifi adventure, but don't let that stop you from picking up this amazing read.5/5I received a copy of Like a Boss from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.--Crittermom

  • The Captain
    2019-05-23 08:21

    It's time to abandon ship me mateys! And oh I be highly disappointed. I just re-read the first book of the series, windswept and gave it me second reflections. While I still loved that novel, I should have skipped this one completely. I made it to page 51 of 375. Two things made me grumpy: 1) the mention of Jackson Pollack (pg. 41) and 2) the bad guy (pg. 50).Now I have no real hatred of Jackson Pollack, but the mention of him was just so incongruous that I was taken aback and thrown out of the story. And to be fair the story was fine up until that moment. Then the premise of Padma's new problem to solve was introduced on page 51 and it made me furious. It seemed both unrealistic and a lazy choice. I had no interest in this storyline at all. Had I read the blurb for the second book, I would have known and not purchased it. But I normally don't read book two synopses because I like being surprised.Mistake on this one. Wish it had stayed a standalone.Check out me other reviews at https://thecaptainsquartersblog.wordp...

  • Liz
    2019-05-13 09:27

    Even better than Windswept! In Windswept, Padma started out somewhat self involved. She initially focused most, if not all of her attention on signing her last few Breaches so she could retire and buy the Windswept distillery. She eventually realized how much she had been ignoring people - her people. In Like a Boss, she starts out owning her distillery but also working one of the worst jobs available to make up for some of what she feels is her fault from the first book. She was an enjoyable character in before and she's even better now. She's smarter, wiser, much more tuned into everyone around her but still just as sarcastic and willing to knock heads together to make her point.

  • Jo(Mixed Book Bag)
    2019-05-20 09:25

    I loved the twists and turns in Windswept, Book One in the series. Once again Padma Mehta is in trouble. It all starts with the rum distillery and moves on from there. Like a Boss has some additional back story and world building along with a almost new cast of characters. There is a lot of trouble in the wind and Padma is the only one who can find the cause and a solution. Great follow up to Windswept. There is the same tension, plot surprise and humor that is a hallmark of the series. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

  • John Balog
    2019-05-07 03:40

    This was an excellent book. I also read the first book in this series: Windswept. I plan to re-read both which is high praise for any sci-fi novels. These were not space opera combat novels. However, the insights to complex needs for planetary industry were provocative and very persuasive in content and structure as well as how the events were played out. I highly praise this author and his works. For your benefit I recommend reading them in sequence, but you will find this is not needed which is also very rare among writing styles.

  • Domnitzira
    2019-05-14 06:30

    Fantastic story. Not an actual follow up to Windswept, but rather a completely separate tale with some of your favorites from the past. Excellent pacing and plot. Great character development with much deeper psychological examination. A fast read with smooth transitions. Very much an A+ book in the Windswept Universe.

  • Tina
    2019-05-10 06:36

    A wonderful commentary about our modern world and current events, told in a creatively fictional story set on another world in another time. Union workers, non-union laborers, government conspiracies, financial mismanagement, racial disparity, back-stabbing, miscommunication, inequality ... this sequel to Windswept is even better than its predecessor, and I liked that one a lot!

  • Burgoo
    2019-05-26 11:38

    I had no idea that this book would address so many issues that seem so important in 2016. Because it's all about regular folks working together and not letting the elites divide them. Ain't no time to hate, people! I'm sticking with the Union!

  • Kevin
    2019-04-30 09:17

    I love when Sci-Fi reflects the struggles and difficulties of everyday life. This is that kind of Sci-Fi. I give this book my highest recommendation.

  • Eurico Cabral
    2019-04-30 03:26

    I love this series. I love the fast paced, witty writing, and I wish we could count on padhma for decades. Looking forward to the next and final installment.

  • Jacob Hodges
    2019-05-22 03:22

    Read my full review and others at Eyes and Books! sequel to Windswept! No drop off in quality.

  • Martin Willoughby
    2019-05-18 04:26

    Cracking read. Tense and funny.

  • Coolcurry
    2019-05-05 05:25

    Like a Boss is the sequel to Adam Rakunas’s rousing sci-fi novel, Windswept. I’m not sure if I enjoyed it quite as much as the first book, but it was a good companion when I was sick in bed with a cold.Former Union organizer Padma Mehta has finally achieved her dream: she’s bought her favorite distillery and settled into a well deserved retirement. Sure, she’s working a lowly slot in waste management too and lots of people are mad at her for the events of last book, but you can’t have everything.But Padma’s peaceful retirement is not to last long. Evanrute Saarien, the antagonist from the last book, has just gotten out of prison, and he’s started a cult. And he’s telling all his followers to go on strike. Including the workers at Padma’s distillery. Then, the Union president starts demanding that Padma prevent the strike, and that’s only the beginning of Padma’s problems…The good news is that I still really love Padma as a heroine. She’s got this brassy confidence that makes her so great to read about. However, I wish there were more overlap in the supporting characters from the last book. I miss Jilly! How come we didn’t get to see her? Besides Saarien (and he basically doesn’t count), the only returning character I noticed was the chief of police. I like her, but I think series are strongest when the build up a good supporting cast, more than just one or two characters. In general, I don’t think the supporting cast was as good as Padma.I’m glad that Like a Boss continues to address Padma’s mental health issues. It was an interesting aspect of the first book, and it’s developed more here. Padma has something she calls the Fear (I read it as intense anxiety), and she’s been treating it with a nightly ritual of a sip of a specific rum. Hence, her obsession with owning the distillery and maintaining her supply.I found the plot of Like a Boss confusing, and I don’t know how much of that was because I was sick and how much of that was because of the book. Sometimes I would have to skip back and read a few pages again, and I’m still not sure I understand what the villain’s motivation was. On the other hand, even if Like a Boss was confusing, I still enjoyed the ride. All in all, I can’t wait for book three.Originally posted on The Illustrated Page.

  • 3sm3
    2019-05-01 08:28

    Even better than the first one.