Books: Leviathan Wakes, by James S.A. Corey

I just finished reading this book, which I picked up because it was nominated for a Hugo award last year, and it looked like the most interesting of the nominees. It was really very good and very action packed and fast paced. The characters were really deep and likeable and well developed, and the interactions between them made each one feel unique.

As I was reading it on my kindle, I noticed that it was REALLY long, and I started wondering if I was reading an epic sci fi. I looked up the author, and James S.A. Corey is actually a pen name for collaborators  Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.  Daniel writes fantasy, so I thought maybe I was in for a real long story. Then I got to what I expected must be the climax and I was still at the 50% mark and I got real confused. Turns out they tacked a second book–one of Daniel’s fantasy novels–onto the end of Leviathan Wakes. Well, that was confusing.

Anyway, I’d definitely recommend this book, it’s the most exciting and action packed sci fi I’ve read in a long time. It’s a real ‘space opera’ with lots of interesting ideas and real believable dynamic between the characters and the cultures in the futuristic world Corey has created. I’ve already bought the sequel and will be reading that next!

Ps: Yeah, I was reading The Long Earth, but I got kind of bored with the way it was written. Little mini-stories dispersed throughout the novel kept distracting from the main story-line, and eventually I just put it down and didn’t pick it up again. I’ll post something about it if I eventually finish it.

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