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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.

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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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