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A blog about life in general, in as many languages as I can manage. Ενα ιστολόγιο περι ζωής, πολυγλωσσο - σε όσες γλωσσες εχω μεράκι να γράψω.

Review: Strange Dogs

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Strange Dogs Strange Dogs by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasn't sure what to make of this at the start of the novella, but it's an interesting point of view. Seeing the exploratory expedition on a ring world turn into a new home through the eyes of a child. This novella also points to certain protomolecule properties that I am not sure we've seen yet.  I do wonder how these will play out in subsequent novels. Side note: It took me a while to tie the title (Strange Dogs) with what was happening.

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Review: Babylon's Ashes

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Babylon's Ashes Babylon's Ashes by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, Earth and Mars aren't doing so well. the "Free Navy" has taken over the Rocinante crew is back at it, saving this corner of the galaxy. Some quick thoughts:

  • Anderson dying as a result of system shock during high burn. Plausible, but seems like a rather small way for the "butcher of Anderson station" to go.
  • New alliance forming from the remnants of earth, mars, and the belt = cool
  • For a moment there I thought Holden would have been voted in as the leader of this new alliance
  • Belters go from stationary miners (basically) to titans of the shipping industry = nice turn of events.


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Χρόνια πολλά!

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Χρόνια πολλά και καλά Χριστούγεννα σε όσους διαβάζουν ακόμα το μπλόγκ ;-) Ώρα να αρχίσουν λίγο οι χειμωνιάτικες διακοπές (εαν όχι διακοπές διακοπές, λίγο ρεπό)




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Review: Chariots of The Gods

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Chariots of The Gods Chariots of The Gods by Erich von Däniken
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I feel a bit weird giving it 4 stars given the subject matter, but the book was rather entertaining, and not as 'out there' as Ancient Aliens as I expected - the TV show has gotten even more out there over the years. "by why?"  or "ancient astronaut theorists say 'yes'" beg for a drinking game. If you read this book as pure entertainment, it's not bad; if you are looking for educational material, maybe this isn't the place for you ;-)

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Review: The Expanse: Origins

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The Expanse: Origins The Expanse: Origins by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An interesting mini collection of origin stories for the main cast of the Rocinante. I think the Amos one was the one that was most out there. It would be interesting to see some of these mental gears going on screen.

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Review: The Vital Abyss

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The Vital Abyss The Vital Abyss by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An interesting short story from the perspective of a protogen researcher. All throughout I was trying to figure out if this is someone who will be (or was) in one of the main novels, or if it's just world building and expansion (no pun intended). In the end (once I was done reading) I read through the summary on the wiki and I had an "oooohhh!  That guy!" moment.

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Review: Nemesis Games

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Nemesis Games Nemesis Games by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

And here I thought that this was going to be a 'simple' version of: crew goes on holiday while the ship is in dry dock so that they can take care of personal stuff (and of course learn some personal stuff from the past). Did that happen? Of course, but around half-way ... BAM! all hell breaks loose! The final line of the previous novel ("mars is dying") was foreshadowing...and also earth is dying...and the OPA is attacked. Hmmmm... I wonder if the protomolecule is arranging for this extinction on humanity, or if we're doing it all one our own...

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Review: Cibola Burn

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Cibola Burn Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting continuation of the series. We've now moved onto a more colonial part of the adventure (new worlds to explore an colonize), and all the perils that come with it. I do wonder if we'll find out what happened to the old civilization that built the portal system and the protomolecule. Part of this book reminded me a lot of the power that corporations were given when they were essentially deputized during colonial times (see another TV show, "Frontier" as an example)

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Review: Abaddon's Gate

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Abaddon's Gate Abaddon's Gate by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Interesting story as it has unfolded. The thing I don't get is this: are these gates to other galaxies (think Stargate with the Ori supergates)? other parallel dimension (sort of like sliders)? or just other dimensions period? Seems like there is plenty of work for the crew of the Rocinante to go around after this book ;-)  A lot of this I think I saw on screen in last season's TV version of the expanse.  I think Miller (proto-Miller?) is still pretty interesting in how he (the protomolecule?) interacts with Holden and others.

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