Caliban's War (The Expanse #2)
On Ganymede, breadbasket of the outer planets, a Martian marine watches as her platoon is slaughtered by a monstrous supersoldier. On Earth, a high-level politician struggles to prevent interplanetary war from reigniting. And on Venus, an alien protomolecule has overrun the planet, wreaking massive, mysterious changes and threatening to spread out into the ...more
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I think that at its core, this second book is was too much similar to the first one.
I mean, there is a search for a girl (different age but the same basic idea), a mystery about a threat, and the tensions between the policital powers.
The only difference is that while the first book, Leviathan Wakes can be read a stand-alone book if you wish, maybe since the authors weren't sure to get the chance of... expanding it (pun intended)... for ...more
Humanity has expanded throughout our solar system, colonizing Mars and various moons and asteroids. Since people are always gonna be people and will therefore suck, political tensions are high between Earth, Mars, and the Belters, and the events of the first book in the series have the threat of war seeming higher than ever. And just like in Westeros ...more
Now I have read it... and I was kinda right on all counts. ...more
An enjoyable follow-up to Leviathan Wakes, this is worth it for Avasarala alone, whose habits and language made me laugh out loud. By the third chapter of hers I was grinning in anticipation.
Of course, there's much more to it than Avasarala. Cap'n Holden is back and we get introduced to Gunny Bobbie Draper. Love this series and I'm about to go download the novella.
Caliban’s War, the second book in James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse series, is at times the best Space Opera I’ve read, and in others hard to keep reading. It took me ten months to finish. Part of that could be that the ending was partially spoiled, another because it is a big book to lug around. There is an element to the story telling that contributed to the ten month span, but it’s hard to put my finger on.
George R.R. Martin calls this Space Opera the wa ...more
This story starts up not long after the ending of Book #1 with the 'protomolecule' as a major focus for most of the Universe because of the ever evolving problems it poses. We follow Holden, a character ...more
Audio book: Jefferson Mays is once again a good, but not great narrator. He doesn't add much to the story. He does an decent Indian accent for Avasarala, but reads everyone else the same as far as I can tell.
Unlike Leviathan Wakes, this book started slow for me. It's likely due to thre ...more
Spaceballs, was this good or what! I had some slight trepidation going into this for a couple of reasons; I’d just finished a 5 star book which usually means the next book I read gets a lower score as it can’t keep up with the previous story; I wasn’t blown away away by the first book like some reviews led me to believe I would be and their reviews of the follow up weren’t as positive; My favourite character from the previous story wasn’t going to be around and the one who was didn’t exactly ...more
Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain't coming back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can't take the sky from me
In the second book in pseudonymous authorial duo James S.A. Corey's Expanse series, the Rocinante, captained by James Holden, takes on a much stronger Firefly vibe. Holden and his crew begin the book still working for the Outer Planets Alliance, hunting pirates. The alien protomolecule that crashed into Venus last book is still doing....something down there. And a giant Polynesian ...more
Again this book doesn't leave us hanging but completes its main plot lines. It does however give us a bit of a teaser at the end that has me itching for the next book in the series.
Continuing on where the first book left off, Jimmy Holden is ...more
I have had so much fun discovering this series, I'm only upset that I now have to wait for Abaddon's Gate. The crew of the Rocinante really gels into a likable unit in this book and the new characters of Chrisjen and Bobbie do not disappoint. My only regret and also relief is that nobody you love dies. An excellent follow-up to Leviathan Wakes.
Set a few months after Leviathan Wakes, Caliban’s War moves things along on a bigger and grander scale. Some of the events of LW continue to make their mark. The planet Venus is being altered by ...more
Caliban's War is the middle tome of the planned trilogy, Expanse, by the dual author James S.A. Corey. I have a biased opinion about middle books in general as I find that they tend to be mediocre or even regressive. By my reckoning, whether right or wrong, having a weak middle tome sets a lower bar for the finale, or presents a starker contrast to notch up our appreciation of the full work. As I said, this is a personal bias.
In the case of Caliban's War, the story thread is a secondary offshoo...more
A fabulous and very different sequel to the fantastic book one of the Expanse series by James S.A. Corey. This book is much more a horror science fiction novel than it is a space opera. Holden is back and he and his crew are back for a fun thriller of a ride. The mystery behind Venus is growing, the cover ups are coming to light, and Ganymede is the new center for this book.
I loved this page turner and loved how much it reminded me of the Browncoats or the crew of the Ketty Jay. I also ...more
Zamislite jedan prosecan horor film u kome se prvih sat vremena ne desava skoro nista bitno, a zatim u poslednjih
pola sata monstrum konacno izlazi iz tame i pokusava da popravi utisak onih dosadnih sat vremena...
E pa, takva je meni bila ova knjiga. Vecim delom dosadna, i poslednjih stotinak stranica akcije, koja nije bila ni blizu onoj sa kraja prvog dela, niti je mogla da ublazi utisak o celokupnom nastavku.
Novi likovi nisu uspesno zamenili ...more
Basically, it's another summer blockbuster. Splashy, surprisingly ...more
James uses his narrati ...more
Readers of Leviathan Wakes will be able to step into the pages of this book without pause. The writing duo that makes up James S.A. Corey took an approach I have to respect - there's no backstory, no summation of the previous novel, not even an awkward chapt ...more
I've read some criticism about how the plot in this one is too similar to the first book, but I read it more as a "we don't learn from our mistakes" story. And frankly, from looking at the world around us, it's as real a story as it gets.
Avasarala is a hoot, while the TV actress is decent enough she is not as ...more