Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1)
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 Scopuli," they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secr...more
I loved this book because in a lot of ways it humanized a BIG SF world in a way that is normally tough. I cared about the characters, I yelled at them a lot, and I enjoyed every minute! It felt modern and current, and created a really believable world that I wanted to live in and learn about. The politics of Earth vs Mars vs the Fringers, the mystery and vaguely noir-ish su...more
**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
However, add a little science fiction and the mix can be brilliant as demonstrated in Leviathan Wakes.
Leviathan Wakes (LW) takes place solely in our solar system, which is a rare thing for most SF works it seems and yet it felt just as fu...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
Probably not the same thing. But I did realize that my last attempt at reading a "space opera", The Warrior's...more
I loved the way the universe was set up, the way we've colonised the solar system but haven't managed to get further due to very practical concerns such as water and air. The political structure is really well set up and makes for a fantastic story.
Most interesting perhaps is the difference between th...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
I loved it!
Great characters, flawed heroes, but most of all, believable humans in space. This book never attempts to say that humans can skip across interstellar distances with a magic warp/wormhole/stargate drive. Everything's contained in our own solar system, which is at least plausible. The political fa...more
And I was right. I liked the book.
First of all, maybe you already know but anyway, I want to mention that "James S.A. Corey", the author, is a pen name used by two writers that they collaborated to make this book. Daniel Abraham...more
Audio book: This is the first book I've listened to read by Jefferson Mays. He does an alright job, but nothing special. He doesn't really do voices or accents that I remember. He speaks clearly and is easy to understand with decent inflection.
I started this book thi...more
The book is an interesting h...more
A fast, entertaining, easy read. The plot pacing was good, at no point did I want to put this down and go read something else. In fact I've gone ahead and bought the 2nd book in the series, Caliban's War, to read immediately after. This first book in the series is stand alone so you are not going to be left hanging, but you are left with enough to know that there is...more
I really enjoyed it. My favorite part of the book was the setting. The Two Writers Who Together Are Known As "James S.A. Corey" created a space opera that is fully contained in our solar system. There are different governments, cultures, and we are even on the cusp of human speciation as the inner planets square off against the "belters" and...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
The last quarter of the book dragged and meandered around enough that I nearly dropped a star, but the ending wrapped up nicely enough and left me satisfied, saving...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
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
Leviathan Wakes started out as a 5 star novel for me, but then became 4 by the end. More on that later.
It takes place relatively recently after humanity became a space-faring species, where we've only expanded to the planets and asteroids in our own solar system.
The little details are what completed this fantastic experience for me—everything from the technology to the culture to how our perceptions change once we start...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
Leviathan Wakes has a lot to get exci...more
I'm not the hugest fan of novels in space.I know that seems strange coming from someone who reads as much science fiction as I do! I just prefer when it is indicative of some greater concept, but this book is more like a mystery or crime novel with the setting of space.
I think the last...more
I am thrilled to say that James S.A. Corey has proved me wrong. LEVIATHAN WAKES is part police procedural, part techno-thriller, part military action story, part good old-fashioned space opera, and all awesome. It features flawed, yet...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
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