With so many books that I already want to read, I’m not quite sure why I get so excited to learn about even more books that I want to read coming on the horizon. It’s like someone offering you a glass of water when you’re already drinking from a fire hose. Nevertheless, I still get a bit giddy when I learn of tasty, new tomes.

Here’s a slew of forthcoming books on my radar…

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Co-Authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (who write under the pseudonym James S.A. Corey) were interviewed at a recent Authors at Google event. They talk about the origins of the Expanse series, how it was optioned for television, and the latest (and newly-released) book, Cibola Burn.
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James S.A. Corey on The Functional Nerds Podcast!

James S.A. Corey, author of Cibola Burn, joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

Listen below, or at The Functional Nerds, or subscribe to The Functional Nerds Podcast through iTunes.

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REVIEW SUMMARY: An unassuming, I-will-not-spoil-it-for-you look at this just-released novella in the popular Expanse series.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SUMMARY: The spotlight turns on Earth, specifically Baltimore, as a crime syndicate comes under pressure from a private security crackdown.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Gives some solid back story to the first three Expanse novels; gritty portrayal of the criminal element alive and well in the future of Planet Earth; an (electronic) page-turner; satisfying conclusion; contains preview story material from the upcoming novel Cibola Burn.
CONS: Complaints are already out regarding the price and how much story is given at that price point; the full impact of the story is completely ruined if you read the story’s description on sites like Amazon.
BOTTOM LINE: Suckers for…or fans of…the Expanse series are going to want to read this. Each work of short fiction set in this universe has proven to be worthwhile reading, if only because they give readers a glimpse back to see how various aspects of these stories began. The story is tight, suspenseful and whets the appetite nicely for the June release of Cibola Burn.

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Courtesy of Orbit books, we have two covers to reveal to you today: Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey and The Widow’s House by Daniel Abraham! Click either one to embiggen,

Cibola Burn is the fourth books in the Expanse series by James S.A. Corey (the writing team of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck), following Leviathan Wakes, Caliban’s War and Abaddon’s Gate. Cover art is by Daniel Dociu.

The Widow’s House is the fourth novel in the Dagger and the Coin series, following The Dragon’s Path, The King’s Blood and The Tyrant’s Law. Cover art by Kirk Benshoff.

Book descriptions to come!

And…because this is how I get my kicks…here are the covers for each series, side-by-side-by-side-by-side.

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BOOK REVIEW: Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey

SYNOPSIS: War threatens the solar system as forces react and move in a world rocked by the events detailed in Leviathan Wakes.

MY RATING:

MY REVIEW
PROS: strong classic Space Opera; excellent set pieces; intriguing new characters.
CONS: The characterization beats of longstanding characters continues; they are eclipsed by the new characters.
VERDICT: Another solidly entertaining space opera from the team of Abraham and Franck.

Caliban’s War takes off some months after the events of Leviathan Wakes, and ups the ante. In the wake of the heroic (and drastic) actions taken to avert a total catastrophe for humans, the powers in the Solar System have not been idle. In point of fact, metaphors about fighting in a burning house might be extremely appropriate.

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A Dribble of Ink has posted the cover art for the third novel in the Expanse series: Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey (the writing pseudonym for Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck). This novel follows Leviathan Wakes and Caliban’s War.

Here’s the synopsis:
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Del Rey announced at New York Comic Con the release of two upcoming books set in the Star Wars universe.

The first, Kenobi by John Jackson Miller, shows us the Jedi’s life right after the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and chronicles his attempts to, as the author says, “stop being Obi-Wan — and learn to live as Ben”. Kenobi is set for release in late 2013.

The second book announced is the 3rd book in the upcoming Rebels standalone novels, all of which take place between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back and focus on the main characters from the original trilogy. The new, as-yet-untitled book announced will focus on Han Solo and will be written by James S. A. Corey), the pseudonym for Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, authors of the well-received space opera novels Leviathan Wakes and sequel Caliban’s War.

Sword and Laser video episode 5 with Veronica Belmont and Tom Merrit features a chat with James S.A. Corey (Daniel Abraham) and Ty Franck, the duo behind Leviathan Wakes.  Also, they announce the June pick for the Sword and laser book club.

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REVIEW: Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

SYNOPSIS: New Old School Solar System Space Opera, as a solar system is brought to the brink of war by a secret that forces are willing to kill to keep.

MY RATING:

MY REVIEW
PROS: Excellent evocation of classic Space Opera; excellent action sequences, technology and extrapolation.
CONS: Some of the characterization and character beats feel a bit off.
VERDICT: A fun Solar System space opera that earns its 2011 Hugo nomination.
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Grab your ray guns and pressure suits! It’s time for another Book Cover Smackdown!

Here are the contenders…

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best and why.

Books shown here:

NOTE: Bigger, better cover art images are available by clicking the images or title links.