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

Best blurb ever, but too long.

by Daniel Abraham

Abaddon’s Gate came out today, and my favorite line from the reviews thus far is from

What happens at the Ring once all these players converge will affect not only these individual characters, but also all of humanity. And not in any abstract, indirect, or metaphorical sense either. Along the way, readers will encounter space battles, hand-to-hand combat, mutinies, terrible acts of terrorism, wrenching deaths, philosophical discussions regarding faith, redemption, and forgiveness; fart jokes (OK, one), an epic moment of mind-blowing grandeur and scale; lots of humor (not involving farts), acts of cowardice, selfishness, and self-aggrandizement; acts of compassion, empathy, bravery, and self-sacrifice.

Hell.  Now I want to read the damned thing.

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  1. Where should I buy the ebook that will get you guys the most money? I’d rather buy direct than via Amazon

  2. Hi from Ireland. I found out about this series when i seen your interview on the sword & laser video show. so you can thank them for this fan 🙂 Its being along time since i was able to really get into a series, one after another i was reading the first of the series while enjoying never really interested enough to continue or at least i said i might get back to it later but this series really grabbed me straight away the characters and the story I couldn’t but it down. I read levithans wakes shortly before calibans war came out and went straight through calibans war as soon as i was finished it. I got Abaddon’s Gate on my kindle yesterday and already quarter way through and loving it. So I’d like to thank the both of you for an amazing series!

  3. Any ideas on the release date for the audio book?

  4. I just finished the book. I almost got fired from work I kept reading it at every opportunity, including at work. So thanks for that fellas!

    Is this the last book in the series? Or with those characters?

  5. Thanks for this whole series. I would say that reading each book was like watching a tabletop RPG session go so, so right.

    I was wondering, were any of the scenes in the series part of your play-throughs in Ty’s Expanse RPG, or maybe even from the original?

  6. Thank you guys.
    I also had a hard time putting down Abaddon’s Gate. Loved it.

  7. Just finished it, loved it, loved the whole series. Makes me want to read more science fiction. Only problem was that it cut into my exercise time, I didn’t want to run on the treadmill since I couldn’t read it then, had to settle for watching something on netflix. Ah well, first world problems.

  8. This probably doesn’t belong here, but I cannot find the Long Prince Quartet via either library card or my Audible account.

    I’m addicted to audiobooks. Where can I purchase the Long Prince Quartet?

  9. Just finished Abaddon’s Gate. Wow, just wow. 🙂

  10. I finished the book last week.

    I wont try to criticise it. As you say, if ou concentrate to much on dissecting something you get good at it, and it takes away from the experience. But here are my feelings (no spoilers).

    First: I loved the book. The action is not as thrilling as the last one, but I guess the a so many ways to battle inside a ship.

    But the characters are saying very interesting stuff all the time. Things you think about. Thank you for that. I loved the religion angle. I loved the humane way you treated the religious people. I loved the respect you showed (in passing) to the mormon church. It is cliche to bash them. And I am not a religious person at all, I just respect them.

    But in general it was just good, very good fun. Fun concepts, fun battles, good characters and no anoying ridiculous simplistic stuff to take away from the experience. Quite the opposite, it adds to the experience. And that, ladies and gentlements, is hard to find.

    This is why I read all your books (well, except the Hanover ones, but I guess I have to give them a try).


  11. I also just finished reading the book. And I really have to say great job, it was the best book I read in a while. I just can’t belive how lucky I was to stumble accrose this books. Its one of the books that I am preapared not to read in my own language. 🙂
    And it’s really nice to hear that there will be two more books. Can’t wait.

  12. Just finished Abaddon’s Gate. Great work again.

    I was very impressed with how the whole series has turned so neatly from the threat of the protomolecule to something so much bigger. A huge leap in the stakes, and one that really gives meaning to the name, ‘The Expanse’.

    I do like the conceit of having Holden be the carry-over POV, and adding new characters for POVs in each book, but I would just say that there can never be too much Holden. He’s a great protagonist, and always sympathetic even when you’ve got the urge to slap him upside the head for doing something boneheaded. In fact, whenever Holden is not on screen, all the other characters should be asking, “where’s Holden?” Just something to consider, of course.

    Also, more Holden usually means more Naomi, Amos and Alex. And these guys are some of the best supporting characters I’ve read in a long while. Supportive, but honest and not afraid to hold and voice their own opinions.

  13. Just finished reading the book. It was awesome! I am thrilled to find out that there is going to be more to the series.

  14. Love the books. Have them both in physical and in audio. Can you confirm if Jefferson Mays is narrating the 3rd book. He puts so much into it and really brings the books to life.

  15. Hey guys,

    First of all I have to say I’ve read the book twice now and I absolutely love the entire series.

    My brother handed me his Kindle about six months ago and said, “Just read the prologue of this book”(Julie from LW) and after reading it I was hooked. I bought Leviathan Wakes and Caliban’s War the next day and finished them within the week. When he told me the third book was coming out in June, my only regret was that he told me about the series leaving me with 5 and a half months to anxiously await the arrival of Abaddon’s Gate.

    It was worth the wait.

    I’m really excited to hear you’re writing 3 more books, and while I can’t say I’m looking forward to counting the days until the next release, I know that if you guys keep up with the amazing storytelling, the wait will always be worth it.

    P.S. I know I shouldn’t complain, a book a year is a pretty damn impressive pace

  16. Hi Mr. Franck,
    In a recent AMA on Reddit, ‘Mr. Corey’ talked a bit about originality. Just wanted to say thanks for this because it made me feel a lot more comfortable going forward with my own scifi cop story without feeling like I was ripping you guys off. Good luck on the next three books.

    P.S. Do you have an update on your zombie book? I’m not usually a fan of zombies, but your take sounds awesome.

  17. Hi. Big fan of the Expanse, imo the best near future inner system stuff ive read in a long time. Specifically, the last novel i really enjoyed with a similar setting was Banks’ Against A Dark Background – – and before that the wonderful first Motie book.

    I would humbly ask, since book 4 is almost done, what it is to be called.

    In any case, you have my respect and im sure that your collaboration will be one of the most memorable of our generation.

  18. I really liked this third book in the series!

    Caution: spoilers from this point on!

    The new characters are fantastic, though Iv’e got to say I’m aching for some more Avasarala… and I was hoping that Miller would actually be the resurrected Miller 🙁

    Also, when I thought about the story of the book I realized something – this could arguably be a book with no “bad guys” – Clarissa Mao obviously started out pretty bad and many of the harrowing events that followd were “her fault”, but…

    1)The alien space station wasn’t really trying to harm anyone, it just wasn’t program to “care” if it causes damage while protecting itself. so the catastrophic “car crash” that killed so many people was purely an accident

    2) Carlos was motivated by what he perceived as a will to save humanity when he freed the captain of the Behemoth, and it’s a bit unclear but I think most of the people working with him were feeling the same. Meanwhile, Holden and his allies were also willing to kill to do what they thought (correctly) would save humanity

    what we get is an entire book filled with fighting and massive amounts of death, which all happened because of an astounding chain of mutual misunderstanding and mistakes in judgment. Very interesting and a refreshing change from always having bad people working behind the scenes.