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- Print Length: 82 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (July 18, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 18, 2017
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06ZZ1MKW8
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Strange Dogs: An Expanse Novella (The Expanse) Kindle Edition
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Corey's splendid fourth Expanse novel blends adventure with uncommon decency.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Cibola Burn"
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Second up, while it is set on Laconia, don't expect to meet any of the known Expense characters, apart from a cameo by ex-MCRN Admiral Winston Duarte.
Third up, this has a different tone to the mainline novels. In particular, it is through the eyes of Cara, a young girl who only knows life on Laconia.
Being a short, it's hard to really critique without giving it away, but let's just say Cara stumbles on to some amazing/horrifying aspects of the local wildlife and uses it to right a wrong. Of course, being young, Cara is not to know that such things hardly ever go to plan, and tears typically result.
I liked that Cara is well portrayed, though she is perhaps wiser and more mature than you'd expect. That's needed to drive the story and is not a major issue. The rents are barely there, as would be expected in the circumstances, until they are totally there and suddenly wondering what they did wrong. And the implied tension between the civilian population and Duarte's soldiers is neatly done.
This short fills in a few fine lines that are revealed in the immediately last Expanse novel (think it's Book 7 from memory), but you can read it out-of-order, it is neither a reveal or compelling knowledge for the mainline sequence.
And that's probably the take away. It is interesting, but it's not really an "Expanse" story in that sense. Indeed, apart from Duarte and your knowledge of the protomolecule from the mainline, it can easily be read totally standalone as a kind of "new to this alien planet" horror story.
So a fine tale, the basics of which a master American horror author writ large decades ago, but not compelling or necessary.
An engaging protagonist,believable world building and Corey’s quality writing make this a keeper.
Mild caveat-I have noticed a increasing trend lately of publishers labeling/marketing short stories as novellas, this ‘novella’ runs about 55 pages by my estimation.
It also poses the question of just because you can do something, should you?
There is a theme of having more power than you know what to do with in this story which I think is one of the main themes the series itself is working toward with the humans taking more and more control of the protomolecule and applying it to their purposes before they really know what it means.
I'm glad I read this little novella, but it is quite short. I reached the end and started scanning around for the next chapter, as I figured there had to more than just this little bit. But, that indeed is all there is. I find this somewhat surprising, given the 'thickness' and scope of the novels, and I almost feel a little taken advantage of, and ripped-off. The 8th novel won't be available until some time near mid-2019. In the meantime, I can pay what amounts to about the Kindle price of one of the novels to get a number of little snippets that, by all rights, probably should have been in one of the novels anyway.
(eg: When Cara refers to an book illustration of an old French woman feeding pigeons, one of the details is the "beautiful, twisting Daniau tower" in the background. A web search shows a French scientist named A.- L. Daniau is a major contributor to a study on the "Predictability of biomass burning in response to climate changes". What a great little Easter egg - a climate scientist commemorated in an era where people have seen the ultimate outcome of global warming.)
ABSTRACT (edited for brevity)
Climate is an important control on biomass burning but... Analyses of paleo-fire data show ... that temperature is quantitatively the most important driver of changes in biomass burning over the past 21,000 yrs... our results signal a serious cause for concern in the face of continuing global warming.
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Like visiting Ilus in Caliban's War, in Strange Dogs, we get to visit another planet surtounding an alien Star beyond the gates. With the treasonous Admiral Duarte taking charge with his soldiers, recent colonists are slowly learning all about their new home world and its wildlife. Young Cara is about to learn a lot more and fast!
I have to add that as a fan of the series The Expanse and all Corey's works so far, it really pained me to leave such a low rating. The novella lost a star for hurried storytelling and another for filling the second half of the book with rubbish. Sorry, Ty and Daniel.
It provides more depth to Duarte and gives us a glimpse of the weird setup of the protomolecule on Laconia, similar to what we saw on Ilus.
But this story puts a new spin on what we think we know. I'm excited to see how things play out in Persepolis Rising!
Not exactly a must-read for casual fans, but if you love the main series and the other short stories, you shouldn't skip this one.
The ideas used within seem almost reminiscent of a Neil Gaiman fantasy at times. Magical.
Be aware that the eBook finishes at 65%, followed by the first chapters of two other books.
Presented through the eyes of a child, the seemingly safe and familiar world shifts. A sequel or series would be nice based on this world.
Short but bitter-sweet.
This one gives a few details of early Laconia. It won’t spoil any of the books after the third. Not as good as I’d hoped for. Not a lot happens. Bit slow.
I did not buy promotions. I just wanted a longer story about the Expanse.