Monday, June 25, 2012
by James S. A. Corey
The book jacket describes Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey as a "kick-ass space opera." Now, I don't know what a space opera is; when I imagine it, I see fat aliens wearing pig-tailed wigs and viking helmets, and somehow I don't think that's what they're going for. So, after reading this book, I would say a space opera is genre-bending sci-fi, since this book is equal parts sci-fi and noir, with some horror thrown in.
I've never been a huge fan of noir; I usually end up finding it tedious, and Detective Miller did start to bore me by the end. But there was enough tension and horror to keep me interested until the conclusion. The other main character, Holden, was much more interesting, perhaps because his chapters involved semi-functional relationships with several other secondary characters, instead of a whole lot of brooding and binge drinking.
And be warned: the book is long. My copy was 582 pages, and the pages themselves are both longer and wider than your average paperback. So when you pick this book up, be prepared for a long and occasionally memorable ride at zero g. And the story continues in the next book, Caliban's War.
Genre: science fiction
Copy source: library