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review 2018-01-18 21:49
Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) - James S.A. Corey

It took a while to get into it, but I'm hooked on the series now! (Currently on the second book).


I found the prologue absolutely electrifying, and couldn't wait to unravel the mystery, but the book made me work for it! The first third of the novel has parts that just don't seem to take us anywhere (though they ultimately do; I learned a lot of patience!). Once the threads converged and everyone was moving towards the same goal, though, I couldn't put it down. I also love how open the end was. There was a world of possibilities for some of the main characters, and I'm curious to see when they'll pop up again.

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review 2017-12-30 15:49
Review: Persepolis Rising (The Expanse 7)
Persepolis Rising (The Expanse) - James ... Persepolis Rising (The Expanse) - James S. A. Corey

Someone asked what I thought of this right after I finished, and my short answer was that the amount of time spent with weird, alien stuff in this one is great, but I'm kind of over the characters. And that is true, but not complete.


My longer response is that this is at least the third book I've read this year about a fascist regime taking over, and it's by far the most successful implementation of this becoming-standard-to-me plot structure. Possibly because, in spite of growing weary of some characters over time, I'm actually already invested in the people and existing political structures and the book doesn't have to spend a lot of time building investment in a reader who knows everything is going to shit at the same time. Especially in a year where real people and institutions I care about are under attack from my own fucking government.


I only have so much bandwidth, but I found some to spare for this. I was rewarded with big ideas, weird alien shit, great characters, and a Tom Stoppard reference. I rarely make it more than a few books into a series, and these aren't small books. There is only one POV character that I was done with almost as soon as he was introduced, but on the balance that works out just fine. And if that's the trade off for having Drummer as a POV character, fine. 


Also, a nice part of making it this far in a series is seeing payoffs for long standing questions. For some of the alien tech, and for a particular "how would that go" that's been hanging out there since book 2. 


On the other hand, I am kind of done with Holden, Alex, and Naomi, and running out of fucks to give for Amos. It isn't even dislike so much as familiarity becoming predictability. They've been the same people in the same roles since early in the first book. And I have failed to warm up to Clarissa. It really is for the best for me that have fewer and fewer POV chapters as the series goes on. 


Overall, a solid installment in a solid series with quite a bit to look forward to in the next volume.

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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 2017-05-06 00:00
Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1)
Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) - James S.A. Corey Earth, Mars and the outer planets find themselves drawing battle lines as ships are being destroyed by one or the others forces.

A freighter discovers the first and finds itself being hunted for its information.

A cop is asked to find a rich kid whose turned her back on an influential family.

As the threads start coming together, they try to stop a war in their own ways.

This was a really good story, each chapter flicking between the two main characters. Holden is slightly naive, thinking that making everything public will mean everyone has all the information to make informed decisions. Miller is a slightly weary cop, more realistic, and not afraid to keep quiet until he has all the facts.

The other characters are well written, and it's tense right up until the end.
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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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