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
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
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
Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.
In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgas...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
The book is an interesting h...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
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 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
The author writes in the afterward:
There’s a lot of science fiction that talks about the near future. There’s a lot about great galaxy-spanning empires of the distant future. But there’s not much that talks about the part in between. The Expanse is playing on that brid...more
After that, there are some ups and downs...but mostly ups. This book had more than I bargained for. While it's sci-fi, there's also a bit of mystery, some thriller, and even some horror thrown in. That's all I'll say about that last part, because I don't w...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
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
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
The second time, I got hooked. It's not my favourite book of the year, by a long shot, but it's an interesting story.
I would have liked more women, though - the two 'real' women in the story are both secondary characters (although one is central), and really just objects to hang the male main character's character development hooks from.
That said, I'll probably read the second one...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
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
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