Caliban's War (Expanse #2)
The alien protomolecule is clear evidence of an intelligence beyond human reckoning. No one knows what exactly is being built on Venus, but whatever it is, it is vast, powerful, and terrifying.
When a creature of unknown origin and seemingly impossible physiology attacks soldiers on Ganymede, the fragile balance of power in the Solar System shatters. Now, t...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
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.
Well for a change the second book, didn't suck! I always find the second book - because of the method of writing a multi-book story - seems to leave e feeling something was left out since the world building and character growth slow exponentially it seems. This makes sense from a objective stance, but as a book reader it seems to make it less likely for me to read a 3 book series than a 5 book, or even a single book over a 3 book story. Too...more
Anyway, this book takes place a few months after Leviathan Wakes and reuses some of th...more
LW had the two very different POV's of Miller and Holden. This one has four POV's: Holden, whose character has hardened a lot since the first book; Prax, a scientist whose daughter is kidnapped right before an attack on Ganymede by a monstrous p...more
I really got into series with the first one so the 2nd book continues on with the same tempo, feels like its the same book.
Anyway, waiting for the 3rd one, that comes out at 4th of June, which could be...more
This is a race-against-time story. Makes me wonder how many authors of successful first books, channeling their inner anxiety about making good and timely sequels, produce race-against-time stories. This was the least compelling of first three books.
The action picks up only halfway through the sto...more
At its heart, Caliban's War is a search for a missing child, though the child in question is missing for reasons much larger than ransoms or family feuding. By the time the story has played out, monsters...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
This book retains one of the viewpoint character...more
So glossing over the basic premise, I’ll cut right to the meat:
This book picks up pretty much right where the first one left off and is a good sequel. Some interesting new characters burst onto the stage, though some are more enjoyable than others. In the first book there were only two POV characters. In Caliban’s War there are four, which can become a li...more
Caliban's War, however, was an improvement. The surviving central characters from the first book are all back, but they seemed more naturally written this time around. Better still, a trio of major new characters are introduced, and all of them are more intrinsically interesting...more
The blurb on the cover says "as close as you'll get to a hollywood blockbuster in book form", and I think that's an accur...more
There is a lot of action between Holden and his crew. Holden, of course, still reminds me of Captain Malcolm in Firefly. Or, now that I've read more of these authors, Marcus in The Dragon's Path. There is some f...more
Voor de rest: rollicking good fun, gelijk ze zeggen.
Het is een jaar na Leviathan Wakes, Jim Holden en crew doen klusjeswerk voor de Outer Planet Alliance (grote politiek-militaire speler nummer drie in het zonnestelsel, na Aarde en Mars).
Ganymedes, de grootste m...more
Basically, it's another summer blockbuster. Splashy, surprisingly...more
The characters, particularly, deserve a mention. Some of the most diverse and interesting people form the points of view in 3/4 of the chapters of this novel (the 4th being Captain James Holden, from the previous novel). Included are Bobbie Draper, a 2 m...more
The author seems to feel that the way to write complex characters is to basically just give each one two completely different personalities, bounce between them and expect that somehow that will create depth. All it really creates is a sense of low-grade schizophrenia. I never felt I knew who these people really were, hence I couldn't really...more
Caliban’s War picks up several years after the events of Leviathan Wakes. Holden’s now working for the OPA and, still, no one knows what the heck is going on with Venus. It’s been relatively peaceful. No major wars have broken out and nothing has climbed out of the second planet’s atmosphere. Things, howeve...more
The characters are fleshed out a little more; some in a more human way, others become even more cartoonish - especially the new characters introduced for this novel.
I know its a soap opera, and I keep telling myself it needs to be a little cheesy, but it sometimes goes a bit too far. I can not shake the feeling that sometimes there are words on the page that are purely...more