Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1)
Humanity has colonized the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond - but the stars are still out of our reach.
Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, The...more
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**UPDATE 6 September 2013** More Suckass News Dept, from SFSignal: "Variety is reporting that scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Iron Man and Children of Men) will script the pilot of the how called The Expanse, which is based on the series of novels written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck under the pseudonym James S.A. Corey.
The book series cosnsists of Leviathan Wakes, Caliban’s War, Abaddon’s Gate and the soon-to-be-released Cibola Burn.
The Expanse will be an hour long Sc...more
The book is an interesting h...more
I really love space operas, and Leviathan Wakes is a very good one, albeit a light one. This is not a hard science book like an Alastair Reynolds novel, but it is a true space opera in that outer space is one of the main characters.
The story centers around two very different protagonists that each view the world in a very different way. Miller and Holden are both good guys that try and make the world a better place by being the best at...more
Vamos por partes. Primero unos antecedentes: no soy un especial seguidor de este género. De hecho creo que es la primera vez que leo una space-opera.
Ahora lo bueno. La trama está bien. Organizado à la Martin -quizá demasiado evidentemente- con capítulos en forma de POVs de los personajes. Estos suelen estar bien construidos y tienen gracia sobre todo los femeninos, aunque a veces no lo parezcan mucho. Havelock me ha caído bien, y la historia det...more
The reason why it's like Bebop is because it has this feel where there's space but it's still mostly focused near to the solar system. It's kinda like Firefly because it adds in that Western aspect (OPA being akin to the Browncoats) while keeping the space flavor. I think the bo...more
The opening was solid, and this was certainly a competently written book, but to my mind, it lacked a lot of heart. I never really got interested in most of the characters. Two key characters are Holden, a...more
Many authors are in the unfortunate habit of overusing he/she/[name] said, but never before has it bothered me that much, perhaps because there was always enough to make up for it. This novel however tried my patience and occasionally made me downright angry. While some purely narrative passages were well written, atmospheric, at times even beautiful, the dialogues left muc...more
This is a multilayered story that deals with events on several levels. At base you get a "sort of" mystery story with a bedraggled cop drawn into a missing person's case that turns out to be so much more. It's also a "sort of" first contact story of a rather original type (yes you've probably seen this type of first contact but it's not been d...more
LW feels like an homage to popular science fiction and fantasy of the 21st century. Four survivors come together to form the crew of a ship, their personalities much like those from Joss Whedon's Firefly. The comparison: Captain Holden(Captain Malcolm Reynolds), muscle man of little conscience Amos(Jayne Cobb)except more wise like (Zoe,)...more
I haven't read anything by the two authors who comprise James S.A. Corey, but they can, collaboratively, spin a yarn. In particular, the SF elements of this book rank among the most engaging in recent years, with an escalating sense of wonder that is firmly rooted in "possible" science (as opposed to, say, pure fantasy). The vibe is part Firefly, with an honorable schoolboy captain and his motley crew, and part high-adventure. They traverse the solar system that has established societies on Mars...more
First of all, I need to give some kudos to Orbit Publishing. I was first exposed to Orbit a few years ago when they released the Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks in its entirety over a few months. This strategy provided Weeks with a strong shelf presence and offered reader's an assurance of a completed story arc.
Last week Orbit released The Dragon's Path, Daniel Abraham's highly anticipated first book in a new series. Attached to the end of the eBook ver...more
The story got me thinking about several things.
One: besides fighting over resources because of need and necessity (m...more
As you can see, the themes dealt with in Leviathan Wakes aren’t new. The blurb, drawing parallels with Peter F. Hamilton, is accurate enough, although any number of authors might have been referenced, interchangeably. That said… this book is a strangely rewarding beast, given some pa...more
Humanity has expanded out beyond Earth. Earth, Mars, and the "Belters" are the major players, but then something....else comes along in the form of brown goo and vomit zombies.
Jim Holden--ship captain, bad habit of ha...more
Humanity has reached the outer limits of our Solar system, colonizing the Moon, Mars, the asteroid belt and the satelites of the outer planets. Yet human nature hasn't changed much with the centuries and this futuristic set...more
This week, I devoured James S. A. Corey's Leviathan Wakes, much like (view spoiler)[a hungry alien virus might devour the population of a small space station (hide spoiler)] and could hardly wait until the library reopened so I could go and track down Caliban's War.
Holy crap! Was that first book good (and book 2 seems to be on track to...more
I loved the length of the book. It was a bit long and allowed the author to really develop the characters. I loved the fact that the main characters all have obvious flaws, most notably with our "hero". He's really quite an...more
First, I must admit that the setting was right up my alley. It is far enough in the future to have many aspects of everyday human life be very different than what we experience now. But it is not so far that you couldn't imagine...more
I especially liked the scope of the novel, which is set a few centuries in the future, when humanity has colonized much of the solar system but still has not reached the stars (or found alien life). Sadly, human politics and jingoism haven't changed much. Earth and Mars are in an uneasy alliance, and the humans living out on the asteroids of "the Belt" feel like exploited colonists. A fringe grou...more
The Expanse is fun. It's worth buying and worth reading. Corey doesn't introduce mind-blowingly new space opera concepts (no Conjoiners or pocket universes hidden inside asteroids), but it's clear that he understands th...more
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