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The Butcher of Anderson Station: A Story of The Expanse (edition 2011)

by James S. A. Corey (Author)

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A new story set in the world of The Expanse. One day, Colonel Fred Johnson will be hailed as a hero to the system. One day, he will meet a desperate man in possession of a stolen spaceship and a deadly secret and extend a hand of friendship. But long before he became the leader of the Outer Planets Alliance, Fred Johnson had a very different name. The Butcher of Anderson Station.… (more)
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Title:The Butcher of Anderson Station: A Story of The Expanse
Authors:James S. A. Corey (Author)
Info:Orbit (2011), 35 pages
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After enjoying the two books of the Expanse Series that have been released to far, I decided to give the two released novellas a shot (This one and [b:Gods of Risk|15837317|Gods of Risk|James S.A. Corey|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1345774827s/15837317.jpg|21510740]). And after fighting my eBook Reader for more than one hour, I finally managed to purchase the book (Seriously, **** you, Sony). This book takes place before the events of [b:Leviathan Wakes|8855321|Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)|James S.A. Corey|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1289046195s/8855321.jpg|13730452] and describes the history of the de facto Leader of the OPA.

I enjoyed the novella quite a bit. The history of Fred Johnson explains some of his actions in the main books, and made him quite a lot more likable in retrospect. Corey also managed to pack a lot of character development into the 20 pages of the novella (about 10 pages of the novella are a preview of the first chapter of Leviathan wakes).

There isn't much to say about the novella, other than that it is worth the $2 for fans of the main Expanse books. ( )
  malexmave | Oct 3, 2019 |
Mais uma curta prequela, desta vez com Fred Johnson no comando.
Quando o conhecemos na saga, é o líder controverso da OPA na Estação de Tycho e o inevitável patrão de James Holden e resto da tripulação do Rocinante. Em The Butcher of Anderson Station, é um homem tentando beber até à morte, ou pelo menos tomando todos os riscos sem querer saber o que lhe acontece à vida, porque não consegue estar em paz com o os eventos que lhe deram o sobrenome de Carniceiro, tal como o título do livro.

A qualidade e forma de escrever continua obrigatoriamente a mesma do costume, os autores não desapontando. A construção do mundo e cenários é sempre a habilidade que mais gosto neles, e nada como um estilo noir como:

“[...]talvez quando tinha cinco ou seis anos, viu uma erva a crescer na escuridão no porão do seu tio. A planta era pálida e fina mas duas vezes maior do que as que estavam no pátio, deformada à procura da luz do sol. O homem atrás do balcão parecia exatamente assim: alto demais, pálido demais, esfomeado por algo que nunca teve e nunca terá. Belters eram assim.”

Esta escrita quase simbólica não é abusiva e tem que baste.
A história salta entre presente (Fred bêbado) e passado, três anos antes, quando era ainda Coronel das forças da Terra e numa missão de controle de uma insurgência em Anderson Station. Enquanto salta de um ponto para o outro, aprendemos os motivos do líder atual da OPA e ainda como é que chegou ao cargo.

Gostei muito, e para todos os fãs de The Expanse, é mais uma pequena obra a não perder.

É um conto muito interessante sobre um homem que tinha tudo, perdeu tudo e ainda assim a sua experiência não deixou de ser um recurso vital a qualquer organização que o estime. ( )
  Igor_Veloso | May 12, 2019 |
The character of Fred Johnson, head of the OPA (Outer Planets Alliance) always intrigued me: it would seem almost impossible for an Earth-born to reach such levels of power in Belter society, where outsiders are looked at with mistrust (and that in a best-case scenario), even more so considering the shadow cast on him by his past as an Earth soldier – and therefore the enemy, from a Belter point of view, the one who has been dubbed “Butcher” for his past deeds.


Full review at: SPACE AND SORCERY BLOG ( )
  SpaceandSorcery | Dec 25, 2018 |
This is very short (it took me about twenty minutes to read), and it provides some backstory on Fred Johnson, the man who used to kill Belter terrorists but ended up leading an Outer Planets Alliance faction himself. Basically we get parallel stories about his last mission for the Earth military and his recruitment by the OPA. I like Fred Johnson in the tv show, and this provides more detail than its flashbacks too; I was surprised to learn that Anderson Dawes recruited him given the two always butt heads philosophically on screen. This won't wow you, but it does what it says on the tin.
  Stevil2001 | Nov 25, 2018 |
Hurray for getting to know Fred Johnson better! I really enjoyed this novella. ( )
  VLarkinAnderson | Sep 24, 2018 |
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