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
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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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Basically, it's another summer blockbuster. Splashy, surprisingly ...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
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
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.
Maybe I just have a thing for elderly ladies that take charge and make everyone around them dance to their music. Maybe I am a much bigger fan of a basic space opera than I ever will be of detective noir. Maybe I just really didn’t enjoy a race through a space station of ‘vomit zombies’ that seemed to go on forever in the first book of this series.
Whatever the reason, I found Caliban’s War to be a much stronger outing than Leviathan Wakes.
The first book of the series set the s ...more
Despite a body count in the thousands (mostly at ...more
Anyway, this book takes place a few months after Leviathan Wakes and reuses some of th ...more
The book is set a couple of years after the end of the last book ( I believe). The first and second chapters of the book are gripping- great writing! Bobbie, the Martian Marine, ends up being about my favorite character in the book. Although we certainly get the picture- she's a big girl, yes, she certainly is big.
Another reviewer noted that the plot is alm ...more