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Review: Cibola Burn

Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey

There's a lot in this one that I love. For example, a space welder who welds in space welding in space in more than one chapter. And pretty much everything about Chapter 54. Man, could have read a whole book about the two characters in that chapter doing anything - laundry, grocery shopping, slashfic, whatever. 

 

Alas, there's also quite a bit in this one that doesn't work for me. Most of which boils down to two things.

 

One, western just isn't my genre, and while I certainly was a fan of Firefly, one of the things I enjoy about this series is the tie-in between what happening with Roci's crew and the rest of the solar system's politics. So I'm kind of primed to not have much interest in the events of just one world cut off from the rest of humanity.  Even with the communications delay, it felt like I was missing out on the obvious implications back in our the solar system.

 

Two, this is, I think, the 15th Daniel Abraham book I've read and his foreshadowing is starting to appear in neon lights.

 

Note that neither of those is actually a problem with the book.

 

Also, I'm really excited about the next one. Oh so excited.