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5.0 out of 5 starsRead this before "Tiamat's Wrath"
Reviewed in Canada on May 4, 2020
These Expanse novellas are great - they read well on their own, and fill gaps of curiosity from the novels. This one, in particular, fills in information that is very helpful (though not essential) to know when you get to the latest (at this time) novel, "Tiamat's Wrath".
3.0 out of 5 starsHate to give three stars, but...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 27, 2018
its probably my own fault, really. Sometimes, I pay too much notice to the page counter on my kindle. So when the novelka ended with 55 mins left til book ends, I felt the air escaoe all too quickly! This tale had so much potential yet ended so suddenly, it made the whole thing seem very rushed.
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.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 30, 2020
I am binge reading The Expanse books and this is the first one I have found underwhelming. Reading other people's reviews, I wonder if I missed something. I have never liked reading books from the perspective of a child main character and I found myself doing rapid scans of pages and fast forwarding muttering "yada-yada" until there was something interesting to read. Then, as others have noted, it just stops with, in my case, only 63% of the kindle book showing as completed. In the book's defence it gets better, which is why the abrupt ending was an additional disappointment. I am now several chapters into Persepolis rising and am hoping the way Strange Dogs was left will be picked up.
Apologies for the vagueness of this review, but I wanted to avoid spoilers. This novella is about colonists on one of the systems opened up once the gates have been established. There's a lot of unease here, as well as unanswered questions that are addressed later on. The story enriches and adds colour and depth to the main series of novels, but isn't strictly necessary to your reading and enjoyment of the series. I enjoyed the world building, and though the character development was less of a feature, this is only a novella. It's well worth reading.