When we met Fred Johnson in LEVIATHAN WAKES, he was the leader of the Outer Planets Alliance (OPA). We learned that at some point after he brutally liberated Anderson Station on behalf of Earth (earning him the nickname the Butcher of Anderson Station), he defected to the OPA. The novella The Butcher of Anderson Station by James S.A. Corey (the pen name used by Daniel Abraham (Twitter) and Ty Franck) helps fill in some of those missing details surrounding Johnson’s past.
The novella is short (very short in fact, coming in at less than 40 pages), and the plot is somewhat predictable, but Corey takes advantage of flash forwards and flash backs to create a compelling pacing. And readers learn about the many sides of Johnson. By giving the character increased complexity, Corey has made him more sympathetic.
But this is really the literary equivalent of a snack between meals. It’s a little something to tide over readers between books and to keep them interested in the Expanse series. In that way, it succeeds. Corey once again demonstrates “his” skill at mixing cool, space-opera tech with well-defined, interesting characters. I don’t think there is much that would turn me off of the Expanse books, and I’d rather have a novella than a trailer or something like that. I look forward to Corey’s next “snack.”
I’ll admit, when I first saw the trailer for Man of Steel, I wasn’t super excited. But with each subsequent trailer, I’ve grown more and more excited about Man of Steel. This latest trailer is no exception.
This one focuses on General Zod (Michael Shannon) features prominently, and we get a sense of Supe’s (Henry Cavill) many struggles.
The theatrical trailer for “The World’s End,” has been released. It’s the third movie in the Cornetto trilogy–the humor/genre mashups starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and directed by Edgar Wright that has included Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. It stars trilogy regulars Pegg, Frost, Paddy Considine, and Rosamund Pike, as well as Martin Freeman (who while not new, gets bumped up to a major role). What starts out as a bar crawl/midlife crisis turns into a disaster movie when a town is taken over by robots.
I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of humor and genre-based easter eggs found in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, so I can’t help but think I will enjoy this one too. What do you think?
Despite the brief server issues, Fantasy-Faction is back up. Now, first, if you like what Fantasy-Faction does, please consider making a donation to keep the site alive. Second, here is part one of my interview with Chuck Wendig.