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review 2017-11-04 20:49
Leviathan Wakes by S. A. Corey (audiobook)
Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey,Jefferson Mays

Narrated by Jefferson Mays

 

Series: The Expanse #1

 

I quite like this book although the conflation of speed and acceleration still irks me. This was a reread, obviously.

 

It was also my first audiobook listened to via the Kobo app, and I have to say that my experience was pretty good. Inside the listening screen, Kobo likes to just give you a rounded number of hours left and display the chapter time counts but the screen before that gives both the percentage read and exact time left in the book (which I didn't realize at first, so I was frustrated by the chapter display).

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review 2017-08-13 00:32
Review: Strange Dogs (Expanse Novella)
Strange Dogs: An Expanse Novella (The Ex... Strange Dogs: An Expanse Novella (The Expanse) - James S. A. Corey

This may be my favorite installation in the Expanse short fiction published so far. The protagonist is interesting and the alien world is sufficiently weird. I do hope this ties into one of the upcoming books.

 

I'm of two minds about the ending. On the one hand, fuck yeah, but on the other, it felt rather abrupt. Like we had only just gotten going when suddenly we stop. That isn't even a real criticism from me, though. See every review of a novella I have and you'll see me make a similar complaint time and time again.

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review 2017-08-10 19:10
Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey 
Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey

So, I have way too many books sitting around half-read or less. My various TBR stacks and Currently Reading stacks come to a hundred or so, which is just way too many. So I decided I'm not going to check out any more books from the library or buy any more until I have gone through all of these and either finish them, or admit they're abandoned and put them in the donate box.

 

Except, I did go ahead and place a request for the 5th book in the Expanse series. Another one of these incredible 900 page jobbies. Because that's how much I love them.

 

I am just a skin sack full of contradictions.

 

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review 2017-08-07 18:09
Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey 
Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey

Each one of these suckers is equal to about three regular-length books, and every one of these bajillion pages is good. I particularly like the way the authors made a future full of people of various colors, but the prejudice isn't racial, it's place of origin (Earth, Mars, Asteroid Belt). Way to represent and make it all future-y. Also an array of relationships that span a quite large gamut, and are all equally valid. And a good thing with age wherein no one's specific age is given, only their relative appearance to others. Keeps it universal by being unspecific about numbers but very specific about interaction.

But diversity isn't everything: they've got really interesting ideas about possible weird universal truths, and a firm grip on how people mostly behave and how they can behave, if they choose. Lots of alien stuff for the humans to react to. Just entertaining as all get-out.

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review 2017-07-12 00:22
Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey 
Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey

Better than the first. It's got most of the same elements, but instead of the noir mystery aspect this one has hardcore politics. And a non-stereotypical female main character who has agency to spare. And another non-stereotypical female main character who has nothing in common with the other one. A diverse cast and while intimate relationships aren't the focus, they are used to good effect to make the characters and the culture well-rounded.

 

I can't hardly wait to read the third one.

 

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