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review 2017-02-01 18:00
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey - My Thoughts
Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey

Let me begin by saying that I seldom read and truly enjoy science fiction.  Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series is one that I love, the Pern books, Marion Zimmer Bradley, the Mars books by Kim Stanley Robinson as well.  So I honestly wasn't expecting to be pulled into Leviathan Wakes as deeply as I was.

I had watched the first season of the TV show The Expanse (it's funny, I much prefer sci-fi TV to books and I don't know why) and loved it.  Great genre TV!  I had no intention of starting to read the series of books, but then one day, the first one went on sale and I thought, well, I'd heard about how good it was and how close to the show it was so why the hell not.  :)

It was GOOD!!  People call it a space opera.  Okay, so there's not reams and reams of physics and chemistry and explanations and stuff.  It's an action story as well as a bit of a noir detective tale!  And I like those.  There are characters who some might call stereotypes, but that sets up the exploration of the questions the plot poses.  I also saw complaints about the women in the book not being represented as well as they possibly could have been.  *sigh*  Sometimes it's not about the women, y'know.  Book 2, Caliban's War, seems to rectify that as one of the POV characters is a woman.

Anyway!  Loved the book, it read along at a brisk pace, there were twists and turns, promises kept and betrayals committed and even a sacrifice or two.  :)  One thing I will say is that compared to the TV show, we saw pretty much NOTHING on Earth or Mars - that comes in later books. And yes, I'm hooked.  Going to have to get the others in the series, but will have to wait until they go on sale.  $13 for an ebook just ain't in my budget!

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review 2017-01-29 18:48
Leviathan Wakes
Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey

After having watched the first season of The Expanse on Netflix, I decided to read the first book of the Expanse series. And it is a good book for what it is: a fast-paced, action-packed space opera and a fun read. But stories like these just work better for me with visuals and there is nothing that makes me want to pick up the next book in the series. So I will stick with the TV series, which I really like.

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review 2017-01-04 02:28
Abaddon's Gate (The Expanse #3) DNF@7%
Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey

This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at WordPress, Blogspot, Booklikes & Librarything by  Bookstooge’s Exalted Permission.
Title: Abaddon’s Gate
Series: The Expanse #3
Author: James Corey
Rating: 1/2 of 5 Stars
Genre: SFF
Pages: DNF
Format: Kindle digital edition



 

 

My Thoughts:


Due to a Christian pastor living in a homosexual relationship and that being portrayed as acceptable [by the writers, the readers and the Bible by inference], I will not be finishing this book or continuing with this series.

 

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review 2016-10-25 21:30
Nemesis Games
Nemesis Games - James S.A. Corey LALKJSLKJHODIJHOIELSLIDFGOWLS. Stupid book and it’s stupid ending and stupid authors for not finishing the series yet. AAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH

Which is not actually a review, I acknowledge. If you’ll allow me a moment to compose myself, let me see if I can put something coherent together. So yea, this book… GUYS I NEEED THE NEXT ONE NOW. Ahem, I mean it doesn’t really end on a cliffhanger, but it does a little bit and that is enough to make me want to scream. It’s close enough to a cliffhanger that I am salivating for the next book, for which I now have to wait 6-7 months. For all of you who waited a year, you have my pity. Part of the reason I’m just so antsy is that I didn’t see the end coming on this novel. There wasn’t really a wrap-up, more of a pause. And that’s partly because the events in the novel took a bit of time to get started.

This was not an easy book for me to get into. I’ve been in a bit of a book slump of late and nothing was really gelling. Which is really weird, because this book should have been catnip I couldn’t stay away from. This time, instead of new people to tell the story with we’re told the story through the POV of the four members of the Roci crew. Alex, Amos, Naomi, and of course Jim Holden all have a part to tell about the events in this book. The story took a long time to come together, and once it did it was so horrific that I had a hard time continuing. This is a book about terrorism, and guys it’s awful. Seriously, I’ve said before that the tensions between Belters, Martians, and Earthers come to a head and things go south in previous books. Well in this one, they just go someplace even worse. I mean, worse. But even with the horrific events in this book, I still think the story these guys are telling is a hopeful one. Things look terrible right now, but it’s the beginning of the third act of this story and things always look shitty at that point. Right? Someone console me.

And that is a terrible and horrible vague summary, but I really don’t want to give anything more away. Except to add that in addition the showing the POV of these four crew members, we also delve into their past and how that makes them who they are. Naomi’s is particularly poignant, but holy cow does it make her one of the strongest female characters. Plus Jim is doing his stupid nobility thing that just gives me hearts in my eyes. I really do just love him and his stupid sense of honor.
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review 2016-10-23 14:09
Caliban's War (Expanse #2)
Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey

This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes. blogspot.wordpress.com by  Bookstooge's Exalted Permission.

Title: Caliban's War

Series: Expanse

Author: James Corey

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 583

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

The protomolecule is transforming Venus at a ferocious rate. So much so that everyone, Earth, Mars and Belters, are extremely worried about it.

At the same time someone has figured out how to weaponize the original piece of proto-crap into controllable super soldiers. All they need is children with completely compromised immune systems. But of course, things don't quite go as planned and everything begins to spiral out of control.

 

Now it is up to the crew of the Firefly, errr, Rocinante, a U.N. official, a Ganymedian soybean scientist and a Martian Marine to stop the badguys, save the kids and give humanity a chance to collect its breath before Venus takes everyone out.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

Hot diggity! I am enjoying this series like it is a huge bowl of vanilla bean icecream. It just hits the spot. Thankfully this time around Holden isn't as much a dew'y eyed idealist and I liked this kick ass version of him better, even if he and his Belter lady didn't.

 

The number of viewpoints increased and I was worried that it would make things confusing or unstable. Never happened. Having the extra viewpoints of the soybean scientist, UN official and martian marine simply expanded the scope of the story.  I also felt like "Corey" summed up politics really, really well. A game to those who play.

 

By the end of the book Venus has become it's own player in the story and we see its opening moves. But of war, exploration or a game, we don't know. I am really looking forward to the next book when it comes through my reading rotation in about 2 months.

 

On the tv side of things, I figure I'll read "ahead" to the 3rd book before starting the tv series. I like the books enough that I'm actually hesitant to watch the tv show as it'll put limits of my imagining of the characters and everything. Once I watch the tv show, I'll be picturing those characters as I read the rest of the books. Sometimes that can be good but sometimes it can be pretty bad.

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