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    I finished it a while back and while it was not the best book that I have read this year (that is tied between The Tiger's Wife and The Night Circus), it is certainly one of the better ones. Definitely the best SF book that I have read this year.

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    It never entered my mind algernoninc's Avatar
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    finished it. I haven't read many 2011 SF releases, so it really gains the first place in my top reads by default.

    Does anybody else feels that the title is a bit of s spoiler for the ending of the first volume?

    As for influences : I would say Isaac Asimov's Caves of Steel + Naked Sun for the Miller part of the story, plus one of those zombie movies from the 70's for the Eros chapters, only with a casino setting instead of a supermarket. And some Firefly for the crew of the Rocinante.

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    Quote Originally Posted by algernoninc View Post
    Does anybody else feels that the title is a bit of s spoiler for the ending of the first volume?
    Not really, but then again I don't even read into titles.

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    I finally got a (relatively short) review posted for Leviathan Wakes. In general, I liked it and thought it was a good fun book. Though I'm not quite as high on it as many around here. An exerpt is below.


    Leviathan Wakes is not hard SF, but it does feel for the most part like a reasonable possibility. Humanity and its flaws don’t change, they just change location. However the feel of the society at times rubbed me the wrong way – it feels like things are now. I find it hard to believe that society would seem so similar, in spite of few things clearly inserted to try and make things feel advanced – such as the family of Holden, which is a family of multiple ‘parents’ living together in a sort of communal setting and raising a single child (this is also pretty much the only family structure mentioned in the book).

    Of course the most topical aspect of the book that you’ll either love or hate are the zombies. Yes, there are indeed space zombies in Leviathan Wakes – or as the they say in the book, vomit zombies. It’s not a cheesy as I make it sound and it’s actually rather interesting, however for some insane reason I couldn’t help but think of ‘space herpes’ from the 1980s SF movie, The Ice Pirates – which really has no resemblance, but that’s how my mind rolls. But there is quite a memorable scene as Holden and Miller flee from legions of vomit zombies while suffering the effects of acute radiation poisoning.

    In my opinion what is more interesting and much more successful are the political and personal interplay between various characters and factions. The trust, lack of trust, bad judgment, idealism, obsessive devotion and conflicted loyalty show the flawed human spirit in action.

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    Not sure if its still on sale on Amazon, but it was on sale for like $2.99, so if your interested check quick.

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    Leviathan Wakes - Questions *spoilers?*

    I've been trying to read Scifi again, and started reading this book. So far I like it, but I'm curious about something:

    Spoiler:
    Is this a political thriller with Scifi elements or are is there an alien threat looming somewhere? I guess I've read so many different genre political thrillers lately and don't know if I want to waste my time on something less scifi. Tell me I'm wrong and there is some aliens or robots coming soon...


    Thanks for any information!

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    Never mind. I see the light!

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    Leviathan Wakes

    Just finished this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. Good characters and well written dialogue.

    http://www.amazon.com/Leviathan-Wake...eviathan+wakes

    My only complaint would be the ending seemed rushed, but otherwise, it hooked me from the beginning and had nice cliffhangers at each chapter to keep you going. I'm already on to his next in the series, Caliban's War.

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    Its a good book and i really liked it but prepare to be disappointed by the sequel

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    Don't tell me any more. I'm currently reading it.

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    I actually joined this board to ask for recommendations similar to Altered Carbon, and Gridlinked, but now that I am halfway done with Leviathan Wakes, I guess my new question is.: Can anyone recommend me books similar to Altered Carbon, Gridlinked, or Leviathan Wakes? It is very different than the other books, but I am enjoying it just as much.

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    I am not sure if this is old news, but it is new to me, but I just read that the Leviathan Wakes series is going to be 6 books long, which is good news. I also read that James S.A. Corey is going to release a Star Wars book that takes place between episodes 4 and 5. I have never read a Star Wars book, but I have often thought about it. One problem I had was I didn't know where to start. Well now I have my answer. Seems like a safe place for me to start being that I already like the author, and it takes place in between my 2 favorite movies of the series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by runaroundace View Post
    I am not sure if this is old news, but it is new to me, but I just read that the Leviathan Wakes series is going to be 6 books long, which is good news. I also read that James S.A. Corey is going to release a Star Wars book that takes place between episodes 4 and 5. I have never read a Star Wars book, but I have often thought about it. One problem I had was I didn't know where to start. Well now I have my answer. Seems like a safe place for me to start being that I already like the author, and it takes place in between my 2 favorite movies of the series.
    For books similar to Leviathan Wakes, have a look at the various space opera threads. There are lots of good links there to other threads that are more specific.

    As far as starting reading expanded universe Star Wars stuff there is a definite answer: Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire. It's the first book in a fantastic trilogy that takes place shortly after Return of the Jedi. It should be noted that these books are the high-water mark for SW books. I'm looking forward to the James S E Corey SW book too, it sounds fun.

    edit: Maybe someone can help here, I'm trying to find that big space opera thread, it had four or so links (from Rob I think) to other threads and HUGE lists of authors and books. I can't find it.
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    Is this the thread you're talking about:

    http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showt...ht=space+opera

    I finished Leviathan Wakes a few months ago and found it ridiculously addictive. I'm a big, big fan of Daniel Abraham's fantasy stuff so this was an auto-buy for me but damn, this was crack for my space opera cravings. I loved the grittiness of it. This is not a pretty universe they've created and the characters are by no means perfect. Miller dealing with the company exec was a classic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    Is this the thread you're talking about:

    http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showt...ht=space+opera
    No. Thanks for looking though. That's the only thread I came up with also, but there is another one with a huge lists of space opera books and authors. It's disappeared for the time being, but it exists, floating somewhere in the aether of the internet.

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