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(The Expanse #8.5)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  2,997 ratings  ·  226 reviews
A novella set in the universe of James S. A. Corey’s NYT-bestselling Expanse series, Auberon explores a new and alien world and the age-old dangers that humanity has carried with it to the stars. Now a Prime Original series.

Auberon is one of the first and most important colony worlds in humanity’s reach, and the new conquering faction has come to claim it. Governor
ebook, 78 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Orbit
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Nirkatze I just finished reading Auberon, having read Tiamat's Wrath before Auberon came out. I think in the future I will read Auberon first, for there are a…moreI just finished reading Auberon, having read Tiamat's Wrath before Auberon came out. I think in the future I will read Auberon first, for there are a few mentions of people in Auberon who come directly from Persepolis Rising, and a few minor mentions in Tiamat's Wrath of characters introduced in Auberon. However, all of the shorts and novellas are standalone enough that it works either way.(less)
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Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This latest novella in the The Expanse universe offers a look at one of the human colonies that is now supposed to be brought to heel by the Laconian Empire. Remember, Duarte has executed his plan brilliantly and therefore basically rules humanity. This means he also controls the ring gate(s) and the colony worlds.
Auberon is one such colony planet and Governor Rittenaur is sent there to bring law and order to the world. Moreover, his wife is there to ensure certain research can progress, thus
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, 2019-shelf
I REALLY love the subtext in this novella.

It's not only a novel about the straight-laced Laconian government taking over a thoroughly integrated quasi-mob-based world of Auberon and the clash that arises.

It's also a fantastic commentary on America. With the rife corruption throughout all levels of government... not least with high cabinet members profiting on their positions by having billion-dollar deals in the very industry they should have been regulating... this novella lays out the problem
I'm giving this novella the benefit of the doubt. Independently, it has more or less the same quality as some of the other Expanse novellas like The Butcher of Anderson Station.

Similar with Strange Dogs, we are given yet another insight to Laconian characters, one of which was briefly mentioned in Tiamat's Wrath. Naomi visited Auberon quite a while in that novel so we also got a considerable amount of information about this system.

The characters - a Laconian governor and his scientist wife -
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stars-4-0, r2019, scifi
Maybe not my favourite Expanse Novella but it had a certain weight. Once more, we get to see Laconian’s experience and behaviours in the face of the rest of the ‘verse, and it surprised me. Kingpin Erich is not what you expect, and nor is Governor Rittenaur. Their confrontation very much felt like a game of chess, which was fascinating. Veronica and Mona ended up being pawns, or better still, the Queen and the Bishop. I do wonder if these players will feature in the last novel... It would be ...more
Kevin Kelsey
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
These Expanse novellas just keep getting better and better.
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[3.5/5 stars] A full review for a novella?! Only when it's from James S.A. Corey. These novellas usually focus on periphery characters, and I love how in-depth and meaningful the authors make them. The stories are always about the human connection and digging into what motivates us. Auberon took a few pages to warm up, but quickly built momentum. I was totally enthralled by the end. There's one scene in particular that about had me out of my seat in shock. And that ending! O_O

Auberon dives into
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
One of the interesting things about the later Expanse books is the moral foundations behind them. If the earlier books are a warning about amoral greed and what a lack of empathy in powerful individuals can cause, then the post-Laconia universe shows that the opposite is true as well. Laconia is a militaristic society based on law and honor, but it's also absolutist. We've already seen in the series how that fails with ordinary humans (Santiago Singh from Persepolis Rising). This one basically ...more
Jim C
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a short story that is part of a series. This is not a starting point as this takes place well into the series. In this one, we explore how Laconia's rule is affecting one of the new planets that humans have access to because of the ring.

Not much of a surprise here. Once again this series offers another quality offering and once again I am giving at least a four star rating to it. Seriously. How do these authors keep writing quality stories in this universe? This short story is not the
Mmm. An oddity, not to mention a disappointment, coming straight off Tiamat's Wrath. Perhaps novellas like these would be more cohesive in a collection, giving insight into some of the quirkier corners of the Expanse, etc.
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf, male-lead
Auberon audio excerpt
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The release date has been moved. It's NOVEMBER 12th now. :)

Wonderful news. So far James S.A Corey Expanse novellas haven't disappointed me.
Oh, Erich!
Auberon is a planet accessible through the ring gates that has a lush biome that grows native and Terran crops. The planet has 12 cities, each being in the million but also has many towns, farms, and more scattered around the planet.

Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-ipad
3.5 Stars

An interesting side book for The Expanse series, mostly concerned with Laconia, Duarte and the human limits of any empire.

A fun read, but not nearly as revealing as most of the side books to date.

As usual with my reviews, please first read the publisher’s blurb/summary of the book. Thank you.

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Klinger knew nothing about him but what she'd been told by Laconia. She would have been just as solicitous to anyone who had come in his position. And if
He let his hand drop to the sofa, near his holster but motionless. It was dangerous to move forward, but he wasn't going to give up ground either. He imagined pulling the gun and firing. How quickly could he do that? How long could it take? The rest of his life, maybe.

4.5 stars very nearly rounded up, because this was just way up my alley, this exploration of Laconian culture and society slamming into another civilisation and struggling to adjust. It's the tale of these implacable Laconian
Shaun Hutchinson
I quite enjoyed this novella. Nothing new or groundbreaking, but I could read little stories about the Laconians and the colony worlds all day long.
Stephen Richter
It is nice when your favorite authors throw a little bone out to you, the loyal readers.
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
“It’s the basic problem with religion, be it Jesus or Vishnu or God Emperors. Ideological purity never survives contact with the enemy.”

It's nice to take a look at what happens in places where the main novels haven't taken us. Here we've got yet another laconian governor trying not to be overwhelmed by the daunting task of ruling a conquered planet. He'll have to give up his silly ideological superiority and compromise with the local crimelord.
A great read as always when it comes to the Expanse
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Things we've learned from this book:

• No one is uncorruptable;
• Auberon really stinks;

That's about it. Still, it was a decent read and I'm happy as always to make at least a glance into the universe of "The Expanse".
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A new novella from the Expanse Universe. The story is set before Tiamat's Wrath (the most recent full length novel) as the Laconian Empire sets about consolidating it's power over the rest of humanities settlements, and follows a newly appointed Governor to Auberon, an important colony world.
This is one of the best Expanse novellas I have read. It isn't particularly like the main set of novels but is a lovely character study of colonialism and conquerors, and how the conqueror is as changed by
As with all of these Expanse novellas, I had a bit of a hard time getting into it (new characters, new setting, very discombobulating), but it had me by the end.

Auberon was published after the eighth book, but it takes place right after book seven, when Duarte's empire is just getting started. The Laconians have installed a brand new Governor on Auberon, one of the many colonized worlds of the gate system that will be instrumental in feeding the empire, and he's our main POV here. But Auberon
Bick McSwiney
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy the Expanse universe, and this novella is no exception. It sets an interesting conundrum in the current timeline, and it is well solved.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A peek into Laconian society by way of their takeover and occupation of one colony. Like other novellas, a decent read but missing the excitement and "can't put it down" excellence of the novels. Still, I'm a sucker for all things 'Expanse,' and it made for a nice transition into Book 8.
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really like how the authors use these novellas to visit people peripheral to the action in the novels, and show the impact of the main characters' actions.
The planet here is one recently taken over by Laconia, and a new governor and his wife have arrived, and have to figure out what situations need their intervention or correction.
I like the authors’ commentary on systems that require rigid adherence, and how these tend to fare when butting up against human behaviour.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Definitely one of the best novellas. It's nice to see how the other worlds are looking and great to catch up with an old friend of Amos. Some very choice lines in there.
Timothy Neesam
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Auberon is an Expanse novella set around time of Persepolis Rising and Tiamat's Wrath.

Governor Biyar Rittenaur is on his first off-planet post, charged with overseeing the colony Auberon for the Laconian Empire, enforcing Laconian rules on a planet riddled with corruption, and delivering justice with public executions.

Rittenaur is determined to bring law and order to the colony, but is soon offered a bribe by an off-the grid crime lord named Erich, who runs his own operation with an iron first
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While well written, unlike the other "short" books in the Expanse series, which filled in the back stories of major characters in the "long" books, this one seemed to have no real purpose, unless there is a demand for information about the home life of Laconian officials, of which I am unaware.
Richard Clouston
Interesting look into parts of the universe you don’t see in the main books, but nothing I’d go out of my way to read in this one. It does help give you a deeper look at the Laconian way of thinking and how that interacts with the more Wild West culture of the new planets. Worth reading, but you won’t be blown away.
Radu Stanculescu
I liked both the story and the writing, but it felt too thin for me. Which is why I rarely care for short form fiction.
Jelena Milašinović
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A rather short, but interesting story from the Expanse universe. I'm really enjoying these short glimpses as the series draws to an end.
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simple - just too short. Already longing for more
Interesting novella fills in a bit of the governance of the Laconian empire as well as provide a few interesting characters. Not very SF-ish, more characters & political, except that it takes place on a different planet.
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every time I forget exactly how awesome this series is and every time I rediscover that to my delight. Even these little nuggets that fill in some detail about the universe of The Exapanse, that create or enhance the other main story characters.
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“Laconia had always been the few and the pure against the many and the corrupt. Like the Spartans from whom they took their name, Laconians were severe within their group, both to forge the iron discipline that had led them to victory and to demonstrate to others the sincerity of their beliefs.” 0 likes
“It’s the basic problem with religion, be it Jesus or Vishnu or God Emperors. Ideological purity never survives contact with the enemy.” 0 likes
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