- File Size: 507 KB
- Print Length: 35 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (October 17, 2011)
- Publication Date: October 17, 2011
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0052AHUYM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,022 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Butcher of Anderson Station: A Story of The Expanse Kindle Edition
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The Kindle book is actually quite short. On my Nexus 5, the book paged out as: the first 3 pages are cover and publisher boilerplate, then 48 pages of actual story content, 3 pages of "if you liked, then try" suggestions, and finally a 16 page sample of Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie (terrible book, IMHO). I felt like I finished the story in less than 15 minutes and it might merit 1 re-reading. The story itself uses a literary viewpoint that jumps between two past points in time relative to the timeline in Leviathan Wakes.
My personal preference when reading is to have a real paper and pages book. It would be nice to have all of The Expanse short stories and novellas collected into a single print book (at a nice cost savings to boot) at some point in the near future. The Butcher of Anderson Station is the budget Kindle item in the short stories/novellas for the Expanse, but I don't think I'll buy any of the others until they drop in price a bit or are collected into a printed volume.
"We've Gone Too Far." - "The Expanse" tag line
Five EXPANSIVE Stars. Based on the novels of the talented two-man SciFi writing team called "James S.A. Corey" and also based on the Syfy Channel 10-episode production of their novels, this novella is from that universe. Set 200 years in the future, it shows how fractured mankind has become in this reality.
The storyline of "The Butcher of Anderson Station" picks up with Colonel Johnson drinking in a bar served by a reluctant bartender. His feelings about 'Belters', those born in the weak gravity of the asteroid belt in the solar system, are about to take a sharp turn as he comes to grips with his past military encounter at Anderson Station, meets an unusual man, and he gets a fateful surprise at the end, as the storylines jump between two timelines, past and present. Fans of "The Expanse" may enjoy this highly-detailed prequel-like short story which explains specifically and graphically what the TV show jumped over about the Anderson Station encounter in Season 1, Episode 5, at 32 minutes in. Those not familiar with "The Expanse" may be left hanging, wondering what comes next, and go looking for answers in the other books or on TV. Highly Recommended. Five INFORMATIVE Stars. (Orbit Short Fiction publishers. 70 pages. Kindle Text review.)
I am extremely picky about flashbacks, especially in short stories, but I couldn’t categorize what Fred’s story did as flashbacks. They felt like memory slips. Each moment synchronized with the next. Natural and smooth. The momentum of the story always went forward. This could’ve gone very wrong. Short stories are for a moment in time, a very specific moment for the character. And the authors succeeded in pulling off that moment with effective use of the memory slips.