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Speaking of THE EXPANSE...

As Ogre Jenni details below, we will be hosting the world premiere of SyFy's new EXPANSE series tomorrow at the JCC, screening the first two episodes on our big medium-sized screen. First fifty people to attend the 4pm booksigning will get tickets for the 8:30 screening; the rest of the tix will be available on first come, first seated basis.

However, it's the latest Expanse novel that I want to talk about here.



NEMESIS GAMES is just terrific.

This is definitely one to keep in mind when filling out your Hugo ballot this year. The first of the Expanse series, LEVIATHAN WAKES, was a Hugo nominee (and loser) back in 2012. Subsequent volumes have not made the ballot. This one should. I don't know if it will be the best SF novel published in 2015 (I still have a lot of novels to read), but I can't imagine that it won't be one of the top five. Fans of space opera, of classic old school SF done really well, of great can't-put-it-down storytelling, should love this one, I'd think. Fans of military SF as well; the Expanse books have all the excitement of the best military SF along with a lot more. Two-headed Jimmy Corey has created a detailed, vivid, well-imagined, lived-in world, peopled it with a great cast of characters, and here welded all that to a page-turning plot that takes us places I never imagined they could go.

Those of you who live near enough, come to the JCC tomorrow and get Jimmy to sign your books and catch the EXPANSE premiere.

Those who don't... go out and grab NEMESIS GAMES. It's a hell of ride.

Comments

Andy Marinkovich
Dec. 2nd, 2015 08:33 pm (UTC)
Do you have to read the Expanse books in order?
I am assuming if one wants to read the Expanse series books they need to start with LEVIATHAN WAKES and read them in order, correct?
grrm
Dec. 2nd, 2015 08:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Do you have to read the Expanse books in order?
I don't think it is strictly necessary... but it would certainly be the best way to read the books.
filkerdave
Dec. 3rd, 2015 07:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Do you have to read the Expanse books in order?
I didn't much like Leviathan Wakes so I haven't read the others, but based on this recommendation I'll look them up.

Edited at 2015-12-03 07:02 pm (UTC)
volvox_42
Dec. 7th, 2015 03:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Do you have to read the Expanse books in order?
Leviathan in a Song of ice and fire - it's just that whales or sea dragons in the Bible? I'm sorry for offtopic.
Lincoln Narcelio Thomaz Noronha
Dec. 3rd, 2015 01:08 am (UTC)
Re: Do you have to read the Expanse books in order?
You definatly should. Less from the overarching story itself (although that too), but more for the character development. You can, however, skip Leviathan Wakes and catch the series, to get a fell for the books. Than, I guarantee you will jump on the second one like a candy apple on a State fair.
clonedllama
Dec. 3rd, 2015 03:53 am (UTC)
Re: Do you have to read the Expanse books in order?
I think the best experience would be to read them in the order the authors intended them to be read in. That said, "Nemesis Games" can *probably* stand on its own for the most part. The plots of the books are all intertwined but they can also sort of work as standalone adventures.

A lot of the character development and plot in "Nemesis Games" expands on the previous books and it will definitely have more impact if you read it as the fifth book instead of the first. If you like sci-fi (or just good stories), it's worth the time investment to read the full series in order. :)

Edited at 2015-12-04 07:01 am (UTC)
dragonborngurl
Dec. 3rd, 2015 01:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Do you have to read the Expanse books in order?
I started reading the series last year and honestly, Leviathan Wakes is FANTASTIC and I shot right through it I loved it! I mean, you can do whatever you want, but, I think you do kinda need to read them in sequence because the events that happen and the characters have personalities you get to know. And Leviathan Wakes sets up the whole story. There are a couple of insert stories I've read that give you a side stories and/or set-up stories of certain B characters that I loved too, what was funny, was one of those stories I had NO idea what was going on and who was the main character until kind of the end and then I was like, "ah HA!! Clever clever writers, I see what you're doing there..." haha!!
I've been reading them in sequence. It's not really a big deal since it's the future and the idea of being "dated" is irrelevant.
I mean, I would never recommend you read the main books of ASoIaF out of order, you know? (well except for the historical books like Dunk & Egg and the History readings which I love the way my dog loves brussel sprouts and carrots, which he tries to steal from the shopping bags.

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