Hype Train #6 – Expanse Novella, Broken Earth #3, White Sands Vol.2, Andy Weir, LotFE #3, Trials of Apollo #3

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Hype Train #6 – Expanse Novella, Broken Earth #3, White Sands Vol.2, Andy Weir, LotFE #3, Trials of Apollo #3

The Expanse – Book 6: Babylon’s Ashes – By James S. A. Corey

Jared,

It’s taken 3 months to finally get this bad boy……Which is way too long for me personally. It taunts me and then I have to rush and get the book finished before the library loan expires.

babylonsashesTitle: Babylon’s Ashes
Series: The Expanse; Book 6
Author: James S. A. Corey (Pen Name)
Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Audience: Adult
ROTS Setting: CU, Futuristic, FTL Gates
Synopsis: A revolution brewing for generations has begun in fire. It will end in blood. The Free Navy – a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships – has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the thousand new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them. James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone. Outnumbered and outgunned, the embattled remnants of the old political powers call on the Rocinante for a desperate mission to reach Medina Station at the heart of the gate network. But the new alliances are as flawed as the old, and the struggle for power has only just begun.
Recommendation: I strongly recommend this book to mature audiences only. (Late teens or adult.) This is due to the quantity and detail of the violence.

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The Expanse – Book 6: Babylon’s Ashes – By James S. A. Corey

The Expanse Series – The Butcher of Anderson Station – By James S. A. Corey

Jared

Just a little short story to get me back in the Expanse mindset. Once again I’m amazed at the detail in this series. What can I say? I just love this series.

butcherofandersonstationTitle: The Butcher of Anderson Station
Series: The Expanse; Short Story
Author: James S. A. Corey (Pen Name)
Genre: Science Fiction
Audience: Adult
ROTS Setting: CU (Current Universe), Futuristic, No FTL Tech
Synopsis: Fred Johnson was just doing his duty, but when the events of Anderson Station are broadcasted across the system it’s too late.
Recommendation: Make sure to read in order of publication or later. Recommended for anyone who likes the Expanse.

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The Expanse Series – The Butcher of Anderson Station – By James S. A. Corey

TV Series Review: The Expanse – Season 1

the-expanse-full-bannerI’ve been meaning to write a bit about this first season of The Expanse since I finished it. Having read the books, I’m actually very impressed with the quality of the show. For me, Syfy is more synonymous with low budget cheesy TV movies than epic scifi. So the fact that the acting is pretty good, the visuals are top notch, and the writing is sticking close to the source material while still adapting for the difference between books and TV, it comes as a bit of surprise. Pleasant surprise but it’s still a bit of a shock.

As I mentioned already I think the storyline has been pretty good. I love that they introduced Avasarala from the beginning. It’s earlier than the books but she’d been able to build her character, and Holden’s, while providing a good overview of the massive changes that Holden heralds. I can’t remember specifics but there are other minor changes that either take advantage of future knowledge or they are taking advantage of the switch to television.

TheExpanse_gallery_ConceptArt_14Holden is more annoying because of his apparent younger age. Comes across whiny. He’s had decent acting and writing. Naomi, has been a strong character, but I’m waiting for her to be developed a bit more before passing judgement. Alex seems a little weak, but that sort of fits the books and the actor hasn’t settled into the role yet. Amos……he irks me and I don’t know why. It could be a minor slip in the acting and scripting, but he just seems off from the books. Not tough enough and too baby face? There’s just something off.

I love the ships and stations. Seriously the visuals beat out some triple A games and big budget movies. The designs are both futuristic and yet very practical. The form/function combo creates an amazing atmosphere.

Really, I can’t wait for the second season which should air in “early 2017”. Almost as much as I can’t wait for the next book coming this fall. If you’ve read the books but haven’t taken a look at the show, I urge that you do. Then come back and let me know what you think.

Robert


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The Expanse Series – Book 1: Leviathan Wakes – By James S. A. Corey

Hey Jared,

If you recall from my last review I mentioned “half a million word monsters.” I’d now like to introduce you to one. Honestly, I don’t know how many words it’s got but it’s a BIG book with relatively small print. But, on to the break down.

Leviathan WakesTitle: Leviathan Wakes
Series: The Expanse; Book 1
Author: James S. A. Corey (Pen Name)
Genre: Science Fiction
Audience: Adult
ROTS Setting: CU (Current Universe), Futuristic, No FTL Tech
Synopsis: James “Jim” Holden is just an officer on an ice hauler until he ends up in the center of the greatest period of change in human history. On Ceres Station Josephus Miller is a corporate police officer tasked with keeping the peace as the solar system slowly unravels. Both their journeys will collide while driving humanity to the brink of all out war.
Recommendation: I strongly recommend this book to mature audiences only. (Late teens or adult.) This is due to the quantity and detail of the violence.

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