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Cibola Burn: Book 4 of the Expanse [Format Kindle]

James S. A. Corey
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"It's been too long since we've had a really kickass space opera. LEVIATHAN WAKES is interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written, the kind of SF that made me fall in love with the genre way back when, seasoned with a dollop of horror and a dash of noir. Jimmy Corey writes with the energy of a brash newcomer and the polish of a seasoned pro. So where's the second book?"―George R.R. Martin on Leviathan Wakes

"The science fictional equivalent of A Song of Ice and Fire... only with fewer beheadings and way more spaceships."―NPR Books on Cibola Burn

"Combining an exploration of real human frailties with big SF ideas and exciting thriller action, Corey cements the series as must-read space opera."―Library Journal on Cibola Burn (Starred Review)

"The Expanse is the best space opera series running at full tilt right now, and Cibola Burn continues that streak of excellence."―io9 on Cibola Burn

"A politically complex and pulse-pounding page-turner.... Corey perfectly balances character development with action... series fans will find this installment the best yet."―Publishers Weekly on Abaddon's Gate

"An excellent space operatic debut in the grand tradition of Peter F. Hamilton."―Charles Stross on Leviathan Wakes

"High adventure equaling the best space opera has to offer, cutting-edge technology, and a group of unforgettable characters bring the third installment of Corey's epic space drama (after Caliban's War and Leviathan Wakes) to an action-filled close while leaving room for more stories to unfold. Perhaps one of the best tales the genre has yet to produce, this superb collaboration between fantasy author Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck should reawaken an interest in old-fashioned storytelling and cinematic pacing. Highly recommended."―Library Journal on Abaddon's Gate

"Literary space opera at its absolute best."―io9.com on Abaddon's Gate

"[T]he authors are superb with the exciting bits: Shipboard coups and battles are a thrill to follow."―Washington Post on Abaddon's Gate

"Riveting interplanetary thriller."―Publishers Weekly on Leviathan Wakes

Présentation de l'éditeur

The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds and the rush to colonise has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Illus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire.

Independent settlers stand against the overwhelming power of a corporate colony ship with only their determination, courage and the skills learned in the long wars of home. Innocent scientists are slaughtered as they try to survey a new and alien world.

James Holden and the crew of his one small ship are sent to make peace in the midst of war and sense in the heart of chaos. But the more he looks at it, the more Holden thinks the mission was meant to fail.

And the whispers of a dead man remind him that the great galactic civilisation which once stood on this land is gone. And that something killed them.

Cibola Burn is the exhilarating fourth novel in the New York Times bestselling Expanse series, following the Hugo-nominated Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War and Abaddon's Gate.

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  • Editeur : Orbit (5 juin 2014)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 the best of the serie....so far 9 août 2014
Par marco
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Corey is SF with humanity, real characters with such intensity you have to feel something for them. This book is probably the best so far of the expense serie
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 On a envie que ça continue 6 septembre 2014
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J'ai trouvé le quatrième bien fait même si quelquefois la description de l'univers est un peu confuse.
Je vais attendre la suite
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 bon continuateur de la série 20 août 2015
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bon continuateur de la série, que dire de plus? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A transition novel that disappoints a bit 24 juin 2014
Par Todd S - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Previous books in the series have established a future in which the solar system has been claimed by three factions, but the stars are out of reach. The Expanse has done space opera right with touches of Aliens and Chinatown thrown in for flavor. However, much of the momentum created by the preceding novels has been wasted just as the universe has opened up.

Mild Spoilers: The initial setup of squatters versus corporation does a great job of pitting two equally grey groups against each other. Daniel Abraham (one half of James Corey) has always excelled at characters that are understandable despite their awful choices. Yet, the introduction of a stereotypical, mustache-twirling villain in the form of a security chief destroys this balance. The unnecessary escalation of violence followed by random dangers (storms, slugs, and algae) just feels sloppy. None of the new characters add much and the female character who essentially "just needs to get laid" is a bit offensive. The ending is compressed and rushed. Further, the lack of consequences to characters despite the constant cataclysmic events robs much of the tension.
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Don't take my criticism to mean that you shouldn't read the book. I still highly recommend the series and look forward to the next entry, but I hope things pick up. The series is best when the characters aren't confined to a single planet.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Weak plot and one-dimensional characters steal the word Opera right out of "Space Opera" for a plodding drag through the mud. 9 juillet 2014
Par G. College - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I find myself agreeing heartily with other reviewers. I was instantly converted into a fan of The Expanse series, but this book left me with a poor experience.

The first thing that took me out was the premise and the plot. The opening idea is that, as soon as we are faced with the ability to jointly colonize thousands of worlds, a single ship made a run for one of them and started squatting there. This is asinine. First of all, I don't understand how a mom-and-pop ship of motley Ganymede outcasts would beat the UN, the OPA, and Mars to probing the new worlds, let alone just flying right past Fred Johnson and the OPA's Medina Station to go and squat, and everyone just allowed them to. Previous books in the series have always been about the power-struggle between these forces, and how they never give an inch, but an independent vessel shooting through the ring (which is the one and only ship who got this idea in the whole of the Sol system, apparently) just glides on through.

So if we suspend our disbelief enough to allow for this, we can now have a plot contrived around the idea of the Wild West, and who can claim land and who makes the laws. If you didn't catch on to that initially, it will be mentioned repeatedly during the struggle between Holden and his obstinate, cartoonish antagonist.

Which brings me to the antagonist (and his equally obstinate right-hand man). They are simply self-destructive, unrealistic hazards that somehow ingratiated themselves into the upper eschelon of a massive corporation that we are repeatedly sold to the notion are one half of a morally grey tapestry, and are reminded constantly that they're not the bad guys, they're just here to claim what has been given them by the various governments of Sol. Except they employ psychopathic megalomaniacs, and employ scorched earth tactics when faced with opposition. It becomes very hard to see the "grey" in this conflict. And erstwhile good-intended characters follow along with this mania, because they're just "following orders".

This is the Michael Bay version of The Expanse. It's a situation of humorously-escalating apocalyptic stakes, one-dimensional characters who behave outside the realm of believability, and a deus-ex-machina (literally) that solves the plot in an "everyone wins but the bad guys" scenario. It doesn't detract from the Bay comparison that the former kepeers of Ilus indeed remind one of the modern Transformers (another lazy creation).

But the thing that bugs me the most, out of everyone, is the character of Elvi Okoye. We are constantly reminded that she is attractive, but quirky to the point of being unaware of how dorky she is. I guess it should be hilarious (?) every time she starts passionately talking about science and then whomever she is talking to verbally pats her on the head (this happens many times). Worse still is her immediate puppy-dog infatuation for James Holden. She is immediately head-over-heels in love with the intrepid hero, to the point where it is ruining her ability to function as a normal human being. And how is this resolved? By her getting laid. The one-dimensional female caricature is "fixed" by simply getting some, and her obsessive fantasies dissolve. Once again, she is simply pacified by the men around her.

I get that not every woman in the universe has to the the bad-ass ambassador for women's rights (though I would've loved some more Bobbie Draper in this book, to be sure), but this is patently in the wrong side of the field. I was honestly insulted by her character.

This is a transition novel in every sense of the phrase. I have no doubt that the payoff resulting from this will be great (the last line of the book spoken by Avasarala gave me a chill up my spine), but the road there is bumpy. I feel like there is this grand notion of where the series is going, but to get there we had to just suspend rationality and accept this novel as the bridge that got us there. If I find myself reading The Expanse again (I will no doubt re-read the original trilogy), I will be skipping Cibola Burn.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 A Clunker and a Dud 9 juillet 2014
Par Neil Hepworth - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book was the clunker to end all clunkers. The dud to end all duds. The turd in your soup, if you will. In other words, it was a bad book.

First of all, the book can’t figure out it’s own plot. Twenty pages in and the book thinks it’s going to be about immigration, evil corporations and land rights. Oh, but then it’s not. Halfway in and the book thinks it’s going to be about natural disasters. But then it’s about killer slugs and orbital decay?...neither of which was interesting. At the end, the book things it’s going to be about the big, mysterious alien race and object. But just kidding there because nothing is revealed about them in their completely forgettable and awkward scenes. So, after having finished the book, I’m hard pressed to tell you what it was actually about because none of the plots mattered. The immigration section had no bearing on the later portion of the book. The natural disaster had no bearing on the book. And the final encounter with the aliens was shoehorned in and didn’t matter one whit. Lots of stuff happened but nothing actually happened.

Nor did the plot create any tension or fear. I was never nervous that the bad guy would win or that a main character would get hurt. Nothing. No emotion. No connection. Just irritation that I was five hundred pages in and nothing of consequence had happened. Strike one.

The novel’s characters were equally crap. Holden, our hero, should have been the most interesting, what with Miller floating around in his head, but he spends the majority of his time mediating (without actually mediating) and killing killer slugs. And never has killing space slugs been so boring. Holden’s crew was just as dull: Amos was turned into a two-dimensional good-guy who follows the captain’s orders, but would be killing you if he wasn't following the captain’s orders. Blah. Alex and Naomi are just sorta there. Did they do anything? I can't remember. All three of Holden’s crew could have been removed from the book and no one would have noticed. Strike two.

What about the other point-of-view characters? you ask. Well, Basia could have been an interesting character as a would-be terrorist seeking redemption for killing people in terrorist-y ways, but instead he mopes and whines.

The antagonist, Murtry (now there’s a name that strikes fear in your heart) was also stupidly two-dimensional, nothing more than a “I love the Comp’ny! and have been charged with protecting the Comp’ny! Therefore, I will smile smugly while I shoot you in the face (or back) with my Comp’ny gun! just to make a point for all these rubes here who need to know that I love the Comp’ny! And an intelligent thought will ne'er enter my brain-box!” type character.

And finally, in the category of Worst Character of the Year, the most egregious of all, scientist Elvi, who single handedly set back the feminist movement by decades. Elvi is a young-ish biologist, who, after experiencing tragedy in the opening chapters, cries crocodile tears at the drop of an estrogen-fueled hat, until our hero, the sexy James Holden shows up. At which point she turns into a 1930’s girl, coming up with every excuse to see sexy James Holden so she can get that mushy feeling inside while she babbles (because, you know, a girl in love can’t help but talk at the speed of light when her secret crush is around), and falls asleep at night dreaming of sexy James Holden running his manly hands all over her body, to the point that she can’t function as a scientist. Until, that is, her fellow scientist (who is not sexy James Holden) suggests that she could do her job better if she just got laid, and oh, he’s available for sex right now. And she accepts his offer. And after she’s gotten some piece of action, she turns back into a cold, calculating scientist. Ah, the magic of sex. Robert Heinlein, eat your heart out. Strike three. Yer out!

This book missed everything that makes science fiction fun to read. Action scenes? Poorly written. Interesting plot? Tissue-paper thin. Compelling characters? Nadda. Brain-twisting science? Nope. Sense of wonder and awe? Never. Strike four...?

Man, I haven’t even touched on the completely pointless algae that makes you go blind subplot, either. Strike five...?

This series had great potential after its riveting start - I really enjoyed the characters and set up from Leviathan Wakes. Books two and three, Caliban's War and Abaddon's Gate, had some great ideas and moments, but the cracks were starting to show. In this book, the house came down...or the batter struck out...after five strikes... (hm...metaphors are not my strong suit...). This book was nothing but fluff and nonsense, and I doubt that I’ll be reading the next one.

It’s just too bad - I really wanted to like this series...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Excellent Work Continues, But This Is More Of A Transitional Novel 19 juin 2014
Par Jeffrey Frank - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Put this on your "to read" list if you have enjoyed any of the earlier novels. Put this on your "must read" list if you loved Abaddon's Gate. This novel is like a workhorse episode of one of your favorite science fiction TV shows (not the one that hooked you, but one of the middle ones you really liked), and it shows that James S.A. Corey can tackle this universe from the smallest to the largest scale.

This novel still gets 5 stars in my book, because compared to other science fiction series it is one of the only ones left that I would still buy just knowing that it is by a particular author.

- Masterfully remixes plot and character elements from the series, especially Abaddon's Gate
- Sets the series up for more stunning political & economic challenges that have always been a key part of what makes these books great
- Maintains a fantastic sense of suspense, excitement, and wonder while feeling remarkably grounded - one of the best elements of this series is how if feels meticulously attentive to detail and how it hews to most hard science fiction conventions before adding one major improbable element to the mix just to see what happens.

- Core / returning characters who are better together are split for long parts of the novel
- Only around half of the key characters introduced in this book really seem to earn their major actions later in the novel, so there are a lot of moments where readers could justifiably ask why they do what they do
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Slow (and very predictable) burn 3 juillet 2014
Par JPS - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I am afraid I will have to disagree with all of the five and four star reviewers, and even, to some extent, with the three star ones. This book did not work for me. I believe that it is the weakest of the series to date, even weaker than the previous one. I had problems with both the plot, which I found both slow and very predictable, and with some of the characters, which I found unbelievable, especially the villains.

With regards to the scene setting, the whole action takes place on the ground of and in the space around “New Terra”, one of the numerous worlds that the human race is poised to colonise since, through the use of the portal left over by a mysterious and long gone alien race, all of these have now become open to human colonisation. One of the problems here is that to understand and keep up with the story being told, you need to have read the previous ones in the series. To be fair, I should quickly add that this was not a problem for me, since I had read the three previous instalments. What was a problem, however, is that the authors’ seem to have an increasing to write “episodes”, rather than fully-fledged titles. This was already the case to some extent with Abaddon’s Gate (the previous title). It is even more the case with this one and I have to agree with previous reviewers that felt that this book was a bit of a filler.

One of the main themes of the plot is a conflict that develops between a group of “free-lance” and poor colonists who have nothing to lose, do not bother with claim or title, and have rushed of on their rickety ship to be the first to settle the planet, and a planetary exploration “state-of-the-art” spaceship full of scientists and belonging to major human corporation which has title to explore and lay claim to the planet but which reaches New Terra a distant second. This theme, although not exactly original, would have been an interesting one to develop, provided the authors took care to avoid “clichés”. Unfortunately, they went straight for these so that, quite obviously, the competition between the two quickly becomes a rather violent conflict, with James Holden, his mates and the Roccinante (a fast reconverted Martian warship) thrown in to act as somewhat unlikely mediators and peacekeepers.

A second valuable point was the implications that opening up the whole galaxy for human colonisation, with hundreds of planets made habitable, were going to have on the inhabited planets and asteroids of the Solar system that are already populated but which are less hospitable and lack a breathable atmosphere. The potentially devastating economic impact that this sudden opening could have on Mars and the Belt, for instance, is hinted at, but could have been worth a more in-depth treatment.

Another interesting theme which would have deserved a better treatment is that the planet itself is simply not what it seems to be, and it reserves a number of rather “unpleasant” surprises for all of the humans. Unfortunately, the sheer accumulation of catastrophes that come in thick and fast is simply incredible. Despite this, there is very little suspense, if ant at all, because you know almost from the beginning that things will “pan out” more or less well in the end, despite all the disasters. In this largely because of this that the novel is totally predictable and, at times, even rather boring, as some other reviewers have also mentioned.

A fourth interesting theme is the role of the vanished alien race, or rather what is left of them, and, in particular, the role played the character of Miller and his interactions with James Holden. I will mention no more about these features, however, because this would lead to major spoilers.

My second set of problems relates to the characterisation. I found that some of the characters, for instance Basia, were rather good, well-rounded, and believable. I even felt that James Holden was more credible than usual. However, as a number of other reviewers, the villains in general, and a certain head of corporate security in particular, are cardboard caricatures and rather artificial. I even got the impression that the authors made them quite deliberately in the belief that this kind of ploy would add some extra drama. Unfortunately for me, it only made this drama less believable and more contrived.
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