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"Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home."
- Anna Quindlen

Reading progress update: I've read 386 out of 561 pages.

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) - James S.A. Corey

Ugh, you know what would be nice?  Some character development.  When 350 pages in, one POV character discloses that he is in love with another character, it would have been nice if any sort of chemistry or romantic feelings between them had EVER been hinted at, at any point prior.


And when that other character turns him down, citing his history of hittin' it and quittin' it with other women, it would have been nice if THAT aspect of his character had ever been... you know... mentioned at all.


Finally, when the object of his affection is given exactly no character traits other than "the only chick in the book who isn't dead", it's hard to figure out why he's been spending 50 pages moping over her rejection.  Just find yourself some other girl who is... you know... breathing.


Look, I know better than to look to pulpy space opera for character-driven stories.  I look to pulpy space opera for cheesy aliens and laser guns and spaceship battles that defy the laws of physics.  So I can't figure out why the authors here keep slowing down the action to insert character scenes that are so inept and pointless.  If you're not going to give anyone character traits beyond the roughest stereotypes, then you can't wallow in their feelings for dozens of pages.  You haven't given me any reason to care about these people!  Can we please go back to shooting things?