Lizard Brain is a shared blog about Science Fiction and Fantasy from Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.

First Caliban’s War review!

by Ty Franck

It looks like Publisher’s Weekly liked it.

I especially like that they are “itching for the third book.”  I guess that means we did it right.

Don’t skip to the end or anything, but I came up with the last line of this book, and I think it’s the coolest thing I ever did.  It’s all downhill after this.

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  1. Awww man! I can’t wait!!

  2. Awesome! I can’t wait to read your final line…and those that follow in the third book.

  3. Starred review!

  4. Hey, any chance you’ll have a Caliban’s War desktop wallpaper soon? I have three monitors — two portrait, one landscape — and would like to start a collection. 🙂

  5. I’m halfway through Leviathan Wakes for my Genre Book Club Theme Party June selection. I honestly can’t put it down (it’s in my mouth as I type this). Very, very good writing. Stoked part II is just around the corner.

  6. how many books will be in the series, don’t know what you call it, that includes “the dragon’s path” and “the king’s blood” and the unnamed third book that you mention?

    i very much liked the “long price quartet series.” i’ve purchased the first two in your new series, but like to start reading a series after all the books are out.

    • Hey. The series name is The Dagger and the Coin, and it’s five books. I’m finishing up the third right now, and I’m under contract for the next two. That fifth one will sew the story up, though.

  7. Just finished Leviathan Wakes. Can’t wait for this one!

  8. I preordered on Amazon in case they pulled a ‘King’s Blood’ on us and released early.

    (I am crossing my fingers that they do!)

  9. Leviathans Wake was so good I read it twice, the second time only a couples weeks after the first. I never do that because I know how it’s going to end. I grew to like the characters and the setting so much, I just had to go back. Thanks for such a great story and I can hardly wait to get a hold of Caliban’s War!

    • I read the book, then turned back to the first page and just read the book again. This is up there with Ben Bova’s Grand Tour series in terms of a plausible yet operatic and sweeping milieu. Perhaps not quite as hard sf, but way more plausible than the Hollywood fantasies that get classified as sf.

      So when will these books be made into a most epic and kickass movie series? It would be awesome, just don’t let a production company dumb it down and take all the science out of it. Maybe have Massive Attack. some Asian Underground artists and someone ala Steve Roach do the soundtrack, not the standard issue orchestral schmaltz. Ok I’m armchair movie producing. But oh what a movie this book would make.

      • It would be sweet to have it adapted to different media, wouldn’t it?

        Anyway, I’m delighted to hear that the new book worked for you. Ty and I don’t have any distance from it, so it’s always great to find out someone with no skin in the game had a good time with it. 🙂

  10. I am so excited for this one! I need to re-read Leviathan Wakes first, but I don’t see that as a bad thing!

  11. Hey Mr. Abraham,

    How many books do you plan to write in The Expanse Series? I thought Leviathan Wakes has to be one of the best sci-fi space operas I have ever read!

  12. When will Leviathan Wakes and The Dragon’s Path be available in mass market paperback?

    • They may not, at least not in the US. A lot of publishers are moving away from hardback/mass market to trade paper/ebook. Part of me really regrets that, because I *like* the mas market size, but there are some fantastically weird things that only happen with mass market books that I’m also pleased to let fall by the wayside. The returns system of stripping books has always made me crazy, and as far as I know, that only applies to mass market. (Take a look at: )

      • Shame. I think your publisher is severely limiting your audience (and sales) by not releasing them in mass market.This is especially hurtful internationally where hardback and ebook sales are barely a drop in the ocean.

  13. I was browsing the science fiction section of a bookstore by me last summer and impulse bought “Leviathan Wakes” and I was extremely glad that I did! I absolutely loved it! I just ordered “Calibans War” today and really can’t wait to read it! I’m happy that it’s getting good reviews and also that there are more books coming up in this series.

  14. That was a really, really nice read guys – sets the bar up high for other space opera series. Good luck with part 3… My review:

  15. Amazing books… these and the Takeshi Kovacs books are my favourite sci-fi of the last 5 years. Can’t wait for part 3. Great work!

  16. Hello,
    I finished reading recently ‘ Caliban`s War ‘, and another good read, pushing the story onward at a suitable pace. If I had any criticism to make, It would be the over use of effing this and fuck that, and so on. I understand the need, to create the character in question, but I found it a distraction, and quite honestly, tiresome as the story progressed.
    Having said that, the storyline remains strong, and I will, of course buy the third title when it is released – too good to miss 🙂

  17. Love 1 & 2 read them both in two days.. and where is / when is the 3rd…4th..5th Expanse books?

    Cant wait.. can I pre order now?

    Kind regards,


  18. Ahh OK found it.. and pre ordered 😉

    Abaddon’s Gate: Book Three of the Expanse series by James S. A. Corey (2 May 2013)

  19. Also found this:

    The Butcher of Anderson Station .. Sadly kindle only as I do like paperbacks but might try it on the iPad…

  20. I have been reading sci fi for over fourty years (starting with The Lord of The Rings) and The Expanse series has to be the best space based stories ever. Can’t wait for the next volume.
    Keep it coming guys.

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