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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Sci-Fi Book Series Review

The Expanse Series


Caliban's War
Abaddon's Gate
Cibola Burn
Nemesis Games
Babylon's Ashes


Over the Christmas break, I've been reading this series. Hollywood based a television science fiction series on The Expanse (Syfy Channel), and I frankly had a difficult time following it. The second season is due to hit the air on February 1. The books series is much better than Hollywood's treatment of the series. 

If you were to ask me what I liked best about the series, I would tell you that the writing is very good. I didn't want to like the series, because I'd seen the Syfy Channel's take on it. But the writing, the character development, the plot point management and the story in general is very well done. The authors, James Corey (pen name for a writing team of two guys living in New Mexico), delivered.

Season 1 Trailer
Season 2 Trailer

Leviathan Wakes is James S. A. Corey's first novel in the epic, New York Times bestselling series the Expanse, a modern masterwork of science fiction where humanity has colonized the solar system. 
Two hundred years after migrating into space, mankind is in turmoil. When a reluctant ship's captain and washed-up detective find themselves involved in the case of a missing girl, what they discover brings our solar system to the brink of civil war, and exposes the greatest conspiracy in human history.

6 comments:

  1. I'll check it out, if I can concentrate long enough in between bouts of laughing at Chuck "Head Clown" Weiner. Sorry, Schumer.

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    1. As I commented on your blog, Schumer is a man trying to crawl along the edge of a straight razor without getting cut. He's a scoundrel, of course. Anthony Weiner may even be his love child? I don't know.

      I started blogging when Barack took office because I wanted to leave a species of historical record that not everyone agreed with what he was doing. I thought that when he left office that I'd stop blogging. But the drama continues. So I may keep at it. People like Schumer, Weiner and Trump, make blogging fun.

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  2. LL, A question regarding this series. Is this series "space opera" type fiction or a similar future history type of work? I have been an avid Science Fiction reader for the past 56 years starting with Tom Swift books in elementary school. I have found that I don't much like science fiction fantasy or even some works that borders on it. Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke, Niven, Pournelle, and similar are to my likes.

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    1. I think you'd like it, Bill. The TV series is more like a space opera than the books, which offer a far more realistic approach to space, living in space, and so forth. It's sci-fi but more in the old school approach than some of the current work people are doing. For example, there are no swords, there are no magic propulsion systems, etc.

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    2. I have found that with very few exceptions, a book is usually better than the cinematic adaptation. The Expanse book series sounds interesting. I've been a lifelong science fiction fan and I'm always looking for a good read in the hard sci-fi genre because unicorns, elves and forests make my eyes roll up into my head.

      I'll give you swords, but "magic propulsion systems" which I assume to mean "warp drives", are a bit necessary to moving the story along to galaxies far, far away. Some disbelief must be suspended until we do find the scientific drive which isn't magic, but just appears as such.

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    3. I'm with you, Cube. Give Leviathan Awakes a try and let me know what you think.

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