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The Expanse Read-along: Abaddon’s Gate – Week 3

Everybody wants to get their hands on Jim Holden – but Mars got to him first. As Baca tries to persuade the survivors to join him aboard the Behemoth, the Martians refuse to hand over their prisoner – and Captain Ashford becomes increasingly volatile. Meanwhile, Anna shows Melba just what a priest can do when she puts her mind to it…

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The Expanse Read-along: Abaddon’s Gate – Week 2

Every political power has a fleet at the Ring – and they’re all painting the Rocinante with their targeting lasers as Melba’s gambit pays off. So if you were Jim Holden, hanging in front of a mysterious alien gate with no control over your gunship’s guns or comms, what would you do? WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

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The Expanse Read-along: Abaddon’s Gate – Week 1

Drunk synopses are honest synopses: Book 3 picks up in the outer solar system, with Mr Corey testing our ability not to snigger like teenagers as the protomolecule creates an enormous ring just outside the orbit of Uranus.

Grown up. Honestly. There’s a bevy of new characters in book 3, and – as usual – this first week is all set up as we slowly build up to the rollercoaster. Also, Holden sees dead people.

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The Expanse Read-along: Caliban’s War – Week 4

Crunch time: can Avasarala, Bobbie and the crew of Rocinante survive – let alone stop a war and rescue Prax’s daughter – or have they finally been out-gunned? We’re at the point where everything is hard to put down and – and book 2 ends on a cliffhanger (that last line) so I’ll be barrelling right through to Abaddon’s Gate.

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The Voyage of the Basilisk: around the world in 80 dragons

Book cover: The Voyage of the Basilisk - Marie Brennan (a sea serpent and a whale, illustration by Lady Trent)When you’ve stopped a war, been declared a traitor and jumped off a cliff on a dragon-bone glider, there’s little left to fear. But long sea voyages require capital, so it has taken Isabella a few years to prepare for her around-the-world trip. And this time she plans to take young Jake with her.

ADVENTURE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

The Expanse Read-along: Caliban’s War – Week 3

Tensions boil over as Avasarala finds herself bundled off to Ganymede on a luxurious space yacht and Jim confronts Fred about the protomolecule. As alliances finally become clear, it’s starting to be obvious who their friends really are – but can even friends be trusted?

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The Expanse Read-along: Caliban’s War – Week 2

As Holden and his crew search Ganymede to try and find Prax’s lost daughter, the negotiations on Earth stop abruptly. Although Avasarala is tempted to figure out who is pulling the strings – and why – she knows someone needs to keep an eye on Venus. She’s not wrong…

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The Expanse Read-along: Caliban’s War – Week 1

It’s been 18 months since the Phoebe incident, and the system has settled into an uneasy stand-off as Earth and Mars marshal their forces and try to avoid a shooting war. Holden and his crew are officially working for Fred and the OPA – and when something terrible happens on Ganymede, they’re the obvious choice to investigate…

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The Expanse Read-along: Leviathan Wakes – Week 4

Just when you think it’s all over, the post-human horror goes full planetbuster and shows the squabbling politicians what escalation really looks like. Pretty much nothing went as I expected in the final act of Leviathan Wakes, guaranteeing I’ll be back for more…

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The Expanse Read-along: Leviathan Wakes – Week 3

We ended on a cliffhanger last week, with Holden and Miller in a tight spot after a series of traumatic experiences. The action picks straight back up – and remarkably, races right up to what feels like a climax. But the story isn’t done yet. There’s still a week to go. My word there’s a lot packed into this one… So let’s talk about it.

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The Expanse Read-along: Leviathan Wakes – Week 2

So much has happened in this second week of the Leviathan Wakes read-along I’m struggling to remember where it all started, and it’s been compelling enough that I’ve totally failed to take notes. And I’m pretty sure I can’t be the only person who hears Gina Torres every time Naomi calls Holden sir. On to the questions!

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The Expanse Read-along: Leviathan Wakes

It’s been a while since a full-blown read-along, and we’re blasting back into space to find out what all the fuss about The Expanse was about. With that devastating prologue and two tense storylines split by politics, police work and half the Belt, this space opera potboiler gets off to a super-heated start…

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