An action-packed novella from New York Times bestselling science fiction author James S. A. Corey, set in the world of his Hugo-nominated Expanse series - now a major TV series
Like many before them, Cara and her family ventured through the gates as scientists and researchers, driven to carve out a new life and uncover the endless possibilities of the unexplored alien world
“There are things I didn’t see before... ...there are other things here.”
Holy shit. This changes things.
I love that we get these short stories and novellas between the main Expanse novels. If the novels are considered big, pulpy action movies with great characters, then the short stories and novellas in The Expanse are tightly focused character pieces, in smaller stories. But this, this is something special in addition to all that. It stands incredibly well on its own as ...more
All said, this short novella, perhaps novelette, paves the road for the strange, strange universe to come. :)
Not too bad. Slow because it *IS* a ghost story, but good for all that. :) Woof! Or, I should say, *chitter*
The story is set on Laconia, the colony that the renegade Martian Admiral Duarte has established as his power-base with the Sol system in chaos (see Babylon's Ashes). For a protagonist we have Cara, the ten year-old daughter of scientist colonists that predate the coming of Duarte and his soldiers. The "stick-moons", orbital military platforms that appear to ...more
We're on one of the planets the rings have opened up to and are following a family - the parents being two scientists. One of their children was born slightly before they came here, the other on the planet even. They were supposed to live on said planet for 5 years but then the events from book 6 happen and they are stranded.
Naturally, the flora and fauna are quite d ...more
What a great novella! The best of the Expanse short fiction for sure. I didn't want it to end and was wondering why they didn't save this storyline for one of the main books (having since read Persepolis Rising, this book works as a great lead-in and introduction to Laconia).
Final verdict: 5 star story, 5 star narration, 5 stars overall
This ‘ghost’ story is set on Laconia at the very beginning of its colonisation and follows a young girl. Cara’s narration is fascinating and, due to her age and perception, has an aspect of wonder that in the hand of an adult would have been horror. Brilliant!
For almost all of this novella (it's around 80 pages, I think, but not sure because I read it on my phone) ...more
By 50%, The authors had done a good job of world building and enough had happened to have me looking forward to the second half of the book.
What was the purpose of the "stick moons"?
Who created the dogs?
How was the proto molecule involved?
These questions and more - not answered.
One page later, the book came to an abrupt end and was bookended by a "preview chapter" for some other science fiction novel.
I've enjoyed the expanse novellas to date, but this one was utter shit. ...more
Presented through the eyes of a child, the seemingly safe and familiar world shifts. A sequel or series would be nice based on this world.
Short but bitter-sweet.
Take Stephen Kings Pet Cemetery stick it on a planet with weird Fauna and Flora, have a character from the main Expanse series make a cameo to glue it together with the main series and call it a Novella.
The only upside of this story is if you enjoy the writing of the geniuses that James S A ...more
That said, it's pretty clearly setti ...more
Set on Laconia. The ship building platforms have just come online. And something else...
I find it eerie, how human and mostly nice Winston Duarte comes across here and in Tiamat‘s Wrath. Other than him nobody of the main storyline makes an appearance. It‘s an unrelated story, except for the pink elephant in the room... Enjoyable. A li ...more
Makes me wonder if any of this will play out in the main storyline.
Strange Dogs follows a 10 year old girl named Cara and her explorations of her home on Laconia. It was cool to see a smidgen more of Laconia, especially before major colonization. There is a minor cameo from a Persepolis Rising character that was neat.
James S.A. Corey continues to write compelling stories. The novellas have been very hit or miss but I think Corey h ...more
This a story set in one of the many new colonies to which the humanity got access via the gate and which became de facto cut off after the war. This is a story of ten-year girl Cara, who all her life was on the planet Laconia with her parents and a younger hyperactive brother Xan. The planet ...more
Of all the Expanse novellas, this would have to be the most underwhelming. It's a solid start, and the usually great world-building introduces us to Laconia, but its too short. I doubt this tale will be resolved in book 7 Persepolis Rising. It's an obvious set-up that Laconia will be a major setting in the next book and well done there..
.. but this story needed an ending. :(
Our main character Cara is sweet, a little girl learning the ins and outs of life on an alien planet, growing up beyond the rings ...more
One of the aspects that I love about this series is that we get different bo ...more
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