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4 stars (178 reviews)

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reviewed Cibola Burn by James S. A. Corey

A Short Story Expanded to 500 Pages

1 star

Cibola Burn continues James Corey's experiment with new POV characters every novel, which means there's a chance that the new ones are boring. Additionally, the author decides to take an isolated colony plotline that's been done a thousand times by other science-fiction writers, and stretch out hundred pages of plot into five. The result is a slog through chapters of filler where nothing happens, people monologue and threaten but never act, and you find yourself wondering how you were ever entertained by these novels.

Let's start with the characters: they're shallow and one-dimensional. Prax had two qualities and they've been split into Basia and Elvi. The former is only a husband who is afraid for his children, full-stop. If he's going to say something, it's about saving his children. Similiarly, Elvi is only a scientist so wrapped in their own work that she'd probably forget to breathe. Her internal …

Review of 'Cibola Burn' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

All of nature was a record of crisis and destruction and adaptation and flourishing and being knocked back down again.

Going in to Cibola Burn I braced myself and expected there to be a decline in quality. The book was very much enjoyable but the constant setting on Ilus / New Terra did have a negative impact.

We fly out here to this new place, and because we're civilized, we think civilization comes with us. It doesn't. We built it.

What bothered me the most is probably what the book was trying to illustrate: humanity is always in conflict with each other. There may be external forces at play but history has shown that people don't get along at the best of times and when there are racial and class differences on an entirely new and unfamiliar world then it's a recipe for disaster.

Humans fighting with each other on …

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3 stars

Finally got around to reading this volume. Still good near-future space opera.

The crew of the Rocinante feels even more like an RPG adventuring group in this volume than they have before in how they end up in the middle of this situation despite having no real reason for ending up in the middle of this situation.

Still not sure how I feel about the "romance" subplot, but otherwise an enjoyable read.

Edit: Getting around to watching Season 4 of the show, it reminded me just how much I disliked certain elements of this book involving the head of corporate security character. Lowered my rating by one as a result. To paraphrase part of my original intro: Still good near-future space opera, but not quite as good as the first three books.

Review of 'Cibola Burn' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I love the split narrative style of the Expanse. Cibola Burn focuses on the aftermath of the huge system changing events of Abaddon's Gate.

The crew of the Rocinante is dispatched to be mediators in a conflict over who has rights to a new colony. Of course, this being the Expanse, the shit hits the fan and suddenly everyone is trying to just stay alive. There's less space war action than the other books, but you really couldn't tell it from the pacing. There are rescues, terrorist groups, corporate tyranny, and all the goodness an Expanse reader comes to love about the series.

Review of 'Cibola Burn' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

As I read more of these books, I am increasingly impressed with houw the authors can keep widening the scope, such that every time ou as a reader think you have nailed what kind of book this is, they manage to "zoom out" and reveal thwt so far we've only been looking at a smaller part of the greater picture.

Also, I am impressed with how they use their world in a new way in each new book, making each book a different kind of experience even though they are all part of the same greater narrative. Cibola Burn was no exception, possibly the best of the books so far, in my opinion.

I partly agree with some other reviewers that not all the new POV characters are equally interesting. Especially, Havelock was a bit boring IMO. But I liked Basia well enough, and Elvi was a great addition to …

Review of 'Cibola Burn' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This is the song that never ends.. people get mad and stick it to their friends! La la la la la..

A year+ away from home, got an entire new planet to populate--space galore, there's no problem here right? HAAAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH.. Yea for you to be reading this means you read the previous books. Be ready for it. Don't blink. Doooon't blink.. You blinked. It happens again.

I say it often, I enjoy this series. It frustrates me like my workouts--I know they are good for me, but that last set I really want to quit, I really want to stop. My brain, my body, says stop. But if I do, I know it's not as good for me. So.. you have to finish, and when you do, all the pain and worry eases off you with a nice wave of endorphins.

You get me?

The rings are open, there are …

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