Book Review – Tiamat’s Wrath

Tiamat's Wrath (The Expanse, #8)Tiamat’s Wrath by James S.A. Corey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In Tiamat’s Wrath, book eight of The Expanse series, the crew of the Rocinante are scattered across the galaxy, each on their own secret mission. Holden’s mission is to promote discord and dissension within the Laconian Empire. Amos wants to rescue the Cap and blow stuff up. Bobbie and Alex are playing havoc in their stolen Laconian warship, trying to destroy morale as well as military targets. And Naomi is working to have the rebellion infiltrate key positions within the empire itself. But Elvi is on a different type of mission–she is scouring the galaxy for clues as to what killed the protomolecule race before they kill the human race as well.

Tiamat’s Wrath has two main plotlines–the underground rebellion against a dictatorship and the incursion of murderous trans-dimensional monsters. The story is written in alternating viewpoints with no lack of action and suspense. I recommend Tiamat’s Wrath to science fiction fans as well as to fans of the television series, The Expanse, and I look forward to seeing it come alive on the show.

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My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

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I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me @roxannesmolen for more tips.

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Book Review – Persepolis Rising

Persepolis Rising (The Expanse, #7)Persepolis Rising by James S.A. Corey

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It is a time of peace, prosperity, and expansion. The ring gates have opened the way to 1300 new colonies. The Belters have settled into a position of traffic control on Medina Station. But the gates work both ways. Unbeatable warships from a technologically advanced military state cruise through to take over Sol system and its colonies. As Earth falls before it, the outer planets capitulate. On Medina Station, the crew of the Rocinante put together a ragtag underground rebellion in a last-ditch effort to overthrow the godlike dictatorship.

It sounds like a good book. It isn’t.

Persepolis Rising is page after page, chapter after chapter of planning, what to do next, then changing their minds and planning something else. Then when the time comes to actually do something, to implement all their plans, the story shifts perspective to the Laconian overseer who itemizes that this, this, and this happened and he had a really bad day.

I would have liked to have seen Naomi back-engineer the mechanical suits and have them fail their soldiers. I would have liked to have seen Amos rescue the prisoners, or the rebels storm the docks and steal all the ships to blast off for parts unknown. But the authors decided to simply allude to these events rather than actually write them. And the worst part was, the crew didn’t even win. The best they could do was run away.

I don’t recommend that anyone read Persepolis Rising. Only one thing happens that you need to know to finish the series. xx Spoiler Alert xx Holden is captured by the Laconians. There. Now you don’t have to read the book.

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Book Review – Babylon’s Ashes

Babylon's Ashes (The Expanse, #6)Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you enjoy space battles, this is the book for you. The war between the skinnies and the squats has been brewing for decades and finally comes to a head in Babylon’s Ashes, Book Six of The Expanse series.

The Free Navy, made up of militant Belters, has a real shot at taking over the solar system and stopping the expansion to other worlds. Their cause was understandable. It was interesting to see how guerilla tactics play out in space. It was interesting to watch the founding freedom fighter of the Free Navy descend to megalomania. And it was gratifying to see Holden and the crew of the Rocinante outwit him in the exciting finale.

Babylon’s Ashes is good science fiction and a worthy addition to the series. I look forward to seeing how well the book translates to television on The Expanse.

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My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me @roxannesmolen for more tips.

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Book Review – Nemesis Games

Nemesis Games (The Expanse, #5)Nemesis Games by James S.A. Corey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nemesis Games is the continued adventures of the Rocinante crew from the television show, The Expanse. In Nemesis Games, the crew takes separate vacations while the ship is in for repairs. Flipping back and forth between four stories should have made for a fast-paced tale. But it wasn’t well executed.

Alex’s part of the story had him go to Mars to clear the air with his ex-wife. On the way there, he spends a lot of time bemoaning his guilt and regrets. But when he finally gets to her, he tells her he wants to talk, she says no, he says okay, and he walks away. The scene goes nowhere. His need to speak with his wife is just a vehicle to get him to Mars. Later, he decides to look up Bobbie Draper while he’s there, and the story picks up. He should have planned to see her in the first place.

Amos’ side of things has him going to Earth because the woman who helped raise him has died. He spends a lot of time gnashing his teeth and vowing that if she was murdered, he would go on a vengeance spree. But when he gets there, her bereaved husband says no, her heart simply gave out in her sleep. Amos says okay and walks away. Again, the scene goes nowhere. It’s just a vehicle to get him on Earth. He later looks up Clarissa Mao, who is in prison, and the story picks up from there. The woman’s death could be cut from the book and not change anything in the story.

Naomi’s story has a legitimate beginning. But then she is kidnapped, and there is no logical reason behind the kidnapping. All we get is vague conjecture on her part.

Holden stays behind to babysit the ailing Rocinante, and while exciting things happen to him, two of those things have nothing to do with the story at hand. I can only assume they will be revisited in future books.

There is a lot of telling in this book. For instance, two people will start a conversation, and the narrator will break in to summarize the rest of the conversation instead of letting them continue talking. Also, there are more typos than in the previous books in the series. Fed instead of Fred. The instead of they. That sort of thing. I know typos are a minor thing, but they yanked me out of the story every time.

I was disappointed with Nemesis Games. However, I’m still glad I read it. I intend to continue reading the series, and at least this way I’ll know what’s going on.

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Book Review – Cibola Burn

Cibola Burn (The Expanse, #4)Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cibola Burn is the fourth book in the series that spawned the television show, The Expanse. In Cibola Burn, the crew of the Rocinante travels through the alien gate to Ilus, a distant world, to assist the colonists–and wouldn’t you know it, prejudice and treachery are already there.

The show follows the book pretty well, but there are slight differences in the book that make things more plausible. For instance, the appearance of the death slugs makes much more sense in the book. Also, on the television show, Holden jumps into a hole in the floor and falls for hours. Long enough to take a nap. In the book, he’s on a mine train. He still takes a nap, and he still gets to the same place. Perhaps the set for a mine train was difficult to create.

All in all, Cibola Burn is a worthy addition to the series and will be enjoyed by science fiction enthusiasts as well as fans of the television show.

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My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me @roxannesmolen for more tips.

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Book Review – Abaddon’s Gate

Abaddon's Gate (The Expanse, #3)Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am a fan of the television series, The Expanse, and as I read the books that inspired the show, I can’t help but compare the two. In Abaddon’s Gate, pretty much the same events occur, but they happen to different people. I kept getting pulled out of the story saying, “That’s not right.”

Abaddon’s Gate brings us to an alien ring at the edge of our solar system as mankind jockeys for control of it. The story is good and in some ways better than the television version. For instance, the battle for the Behemoth’s bridge was exciting, and Clarissa Mao’s appearance on the Rocinante was suspenseful. Once I got over the shock of having unfamiliar characters take over the plot, I was able to settle in and enjoy the ride.

Abaddon’s Gate is the third book in the ongoing series. Fans of science fiction will find it most enjoyable.

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Book Review – Caliban’s War

Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Caliban’s War is excellent science fiction. It follows the crew of the Rocinante as they attempt to save a little girl from being turned into a protomolecule monster by a group of mad scientists. World-building is excellent, taking us from overcrowded Earth to the domed farms on Ganymede to volcanic Io. There are space battles and political intrigue.

The events in the television series, The Expanse, follow the book quite well. If you are a fan of The Expanse, you owe it to yourself to read Caliban’s War. It’s like watching the show with a little more depth.

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