Thursday Quotables: Caliban’s War


Welcome to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
(published 2012)

This is book #2 in the amazing Expanse series, and I’m loving it. The characters, the plot, the technology, the drama… all make for a fantastic sci-fi read. It’s actually a little challenging pulling out quotes that will make any sort of sense without context.

This piece make me chuckle while reading my current chapter:

“Well, if it’s talk to some little gramma from the UN or get my ass shot off by six destroyers, I’m thinkin’ we can break out the cookies and tea, right?”

Fun dialogue abounds, even in serious moments:

“Okay, I could be hearing you wrong, but did you just say that the thing that ripped its way into my ship, threw a five-hundred-kilo storage pallet at me, and almost chewed a path straight to the reactor core is more delicate than a four-year-old girl with no immune system?”

And then there’s the top-notch political gamesmanship:

They’d made a fool of her. She should have been humiliated. Instead, she felt alive. This was her game, and if she was behind at halftime, it only meant they expected her to lose. There was nothing better than being underestimated.

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

If you’d like to participate in Thursday Quotables, it’s really simple:

  • Write a Thursday Quotables post on your blog. Try to pick something from whatever you’re reading now. And please be sure to include a link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your post (, if you’d be so kind!
  • Add your Thursday Quotables post link in the comments section below… and I’d love it if you’d leave a comment about my quote for this week too.
  • Be sure to visit other linked blogs to view their Thursday Quotables, and have fun!






2 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: Caliban’s War

    • Well, you do have to enjoy science fiction and space adventures to enjoy this book — and it’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea!

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