Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
James S.A. Corey is a writing team to watch. Listening to this gives me the same feeling I got in the 1970s reading the early works of Larry Niven. This is now my second Corey Expanse novel and I am liking what I hear. Corey, like the early Niven, keeps getting better. The characters are great and plausible and interesting. His character building is top flight and, importantly, he competently imparts a sense of wonder all the while.
Jefferson Mays continues his journeyman effort. He also continues to improve as this series goes on. I still root for him to inject a bit more emotion into his rendering. The characters provide plenty of material to launch a bit of melodrama, which would really elevate these books into the stratosphere.
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It was a fun read but nowhere near a s good as the first. And anyone that plans on reading this novel needs to read the first book as this story takes up where the last left off. This book ends in a cliff hanger, so I hope the next one is as good as the first.
Ok this was an excellent 2nd book. The first book took me a bit to warm up to but now I like it. Good intrigue in this book and the characters to me are growing and we are finding out more about the alien biologics and it doesnt look good. Narration is done well no negative marks on that from me. If your looking for a good story this certainly qualifies on all points.
Caliban's war lived up to the reviewers praise. The story line built on the last book and the moved forward in the lives Holden and crew. One thing that I really liked about the book is it's charachter transistions. Characters exit the scene when it makes time sense. The perfect example is the Holden losing his job with the OPA. Holdens character is to always go off half cocked.He accused the leader of the OPA of purposelly releasing the last sample. Thus he was fired and the natural transistioning out of the OPA. Story wise and character wise the exit was perfect and the reader was not left to wonder.
The hole left in the story when detective Miller left was smoothly replaced with another story line. The story line followed along with what we knew about Holden and his crew. The missing daughter gave Holden the avenue to remain famous by pleeing for help. Bobbie a troubled Marshian Marine was also introduced into the story. Her trials and tribulations go through out the book and I think she will be the next member of the crew.
Best of all was the end of the book. Detective Miller is back and I cannot wait to fond out what is next. Just like a good soap opera, the surprise will keep you coming back.
Venus is alive.
The last sentence of the book gave me goosebumps, and has me waiting impatiently for the next instalment.
Mays does a masterful job voicing Avasarala. She is a strong character to begin with, and Mays gives her a biting, ascerbic edge that is pitch perfect.
The moments between Amos and Prax are touching.
This performance is so strong, you would be cheating yourself to only read the book.
Yes I would and have. The way this series of books is written you have parallel threads from differing viewpoints telling the story. This means that If you have a favorite character you can skip ahead following that character and for the most part retain the sense of the storyline.
Then you can go over it again with another character etc.
Bobbie the Martian Marine was my favorite.
He does a good job of simply reading the story so that you forget who is reading the book and the characters take center stage
The very end when an old character makes an unexpected appearance
I can't wait for the next book.
And, you should too.
More character perspectives than the last book and they were glorious! It allows us, as readers, to find out about the person organically, rather than a paragraph of description. I'm invested in these characters and I can't wait to start the next one. Bye!
Oh, and Jefferson Mays' narration is delightful =]
One of the best performances I've heard. There are so many important characters that the narrator does a great job differentiating.
Too many to chose.
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Mr Corey caught me again..!
I love the characters he built and am so looking forward to the next book in the Expanse series. If you like science fiction and a great story, this is for you. Thank you, James S. A. Corey, and Jefferson Mays!
Liked - a lot - and highly recommended.