For someone who didn't intend to wreck the solar system's fragile balance of power, Jim Holden did a pretty good job of it.
While Earth and Mars have stopped shooting each other, the core alliance is shattered. The outer planets and the Belt are uncertain in their new - possibly temporary - autonomy.
Then, on one of Jupiter's moons, a single super-soldier attacks, slaughte
He is described as subhuman, part human, etc.
The title plays with that -…moreCaliban is a character from The Tempest.
He is described as subhuman, part human, etc.
The title plays with that - a war because of Caliban's existence, I'd say.(less)
”It grabbed an UN Marine in its huge hands and tore him in half like paper. Titanium-and-ceramic armor ripped as easily as the flesh inside, spilling broken bits of technology and wet human viscera indiscriminately onto the ice. The remaining five soldiers ran even harder, but the monster chasing them barely slowed as it killed.
‘Shoot it shoot it shoot it,’ Bobbie yelled, and opened fire.
The creature was a relatively slow-moving human-sized target, ...more
One big thing that stands out to me going back to this after reading all the available books in the series is that my complaint about distinct bad guys not getting introduced until very late in the stories was addressed. From this point on we almost always have a face of the threat through most of the action, and that’s an improvement that made a great series even better.
I also wanted to check this out again after seeing the second season of the TV series. The show has g ...more
WHERE I HAD READ THIS BEFORE?
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
I was a little hesitant to pick up Caliban’s War because the first book (Leviathan Wakes) was so amazing, how could the second book possibly compare? I was even worried I’d get bored because I thought I’d figured out which characters we’d be following and what direction the story was headed… Boy was I wrong! And happy to be so. It was definitely different from the first novel, and didn’t lack any of the adventure and excitement!
As I mentioned, I ...more
It's so great doing a re-read. I mean, I was somewhat hesitant at first but it's so rich with detail and the action is perfect. And by action, I don't just mean Bobby in her Goliath suit. I mean Avasarala on her com. :) Avasarala is a FORCE to behold. :)
All in all, though, this second book happens to kick major butt. Venus really stole the show by the end, but all the Powers butting heads was also fun as hell.
Did anyone else whoop when Avasarala and Bobby got on the Rocinante?
It wa ...more
"...“That man’s asshole must be tight enough right now to bend space.”..."
It must be the right time for me and Sci-Fi, because I loved it! Caliban's War is the second installment in the "Expance" series and I actually enjoyed it better than the first one! No, nothing was wrong with the first one either, I even missed our pulp-noir drunken detective with nothing to lose, but fortunately the authors gave us to kick-ass female characters who more than made up for Miller's loss.
After billions of years of being in the Solar system, unable to do what it came here to do, the protomolecule is working hard on finishing its job now, whatever that job is.
We meet a few new players in this second installment, most notably Avasarala and Bobbie. The former is a potty-mouthed deputy to the UN Secretary General, the latter a kick-ass Martian Marine.
These two allow us glimpses at E ...more
Dying without any answers seemed terribly cruel.
I read Leviathan Wakes way back. While I enjoyed it well enough, I wasn’t compelled to rush off and start the next book immediately.
But, here we are. And given that this has now been adapted into a TV series (which I haven’t watched yet), the time has come to pick up where I left off…
“Ladies and gentlemen. This settlement is in security lockdown.”
…and I’m glad that I did! If this book is anything to go by the series is shapi ...more
As exciting and action packed as the first book, and nearly as good. The ending, while spectacular, doesn't quite pack the emotional punch of its predecessor.
This book starts some time after the events of the first book – and the structure mirrors that one a bit too closely I found. In the prologue we ...more
Now I have read it... and I was kinda right on all counts. ...more
Book 2: 4.5*
This one took a while to get going whereas the first one I was engaged from the start. Still this book delivers and the ending is fabulous. I hear a lot of readers saying all the books out there are YA and there's no good adult characters. Abraham/Corey delivers in all of his series this one included.
Avasarala who is a new character to this series is multilayered and beyond that just a lot of fun. I'd love to share a glass of scotch with her just to see how she would insul ...more
“Well, you’ve got a full load of torpedoes and bullets, three Martian warships trailing you, one angry old lady in tea withdrawal, and a Martian Marine who could probably kill you with your own teeth. What do you do?”
Always a bit worried with second volumes but Caliban's War is another amazing adventure, very cinematographic, which explains why the series is being filmed for TV. The plot carries on from the events of Leviathan Wakes and once again Holden is one ...more
I often struggle with sequels, because, in my personal experience, they rarely live up to the perfection of first novels. Therefore, I'm happy to pronounce that Caliban's War was a solid sequel to Leviathan Wakes. I would even go so far as to suggest that it might even be a better novel than the first in some ways.
This novel provides a lot of character development to the cast of misfits introduced in the first book, along with introducing a several new characters. I particularly appreci ...more
Don't get me wrong, because I enjoyed it--and you're damn right I'm reading this series through to the end--but where Leviathan Wakes was a mix of great to very good, Caliban's War was a mix of very good to just okay.
It starts out strong. In fact, the initial setup of the new POV characters was often excellent. Bobbie's and Pax's establishing shots, their journeys through trauma and f ...more
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
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
This story just continues to be one hell of a roller coaster ride. We still get Holden's POV but now the author has added three additional POVs - a high ranking politician, a Marine, and a botanist/father - which broaden the story and gives the reader a more complete 360 degree view of the accelerating crisis. The ending pretty much assures that I will be reading the next book.
**Reread 2018: I find Holden a lot more annoying this time around and Avasarala a lot more awesome. I listened ...more
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