I really enjoyed the books so I'm a bit nervous of watching the series. I get so annoyed if they haven't got the personalities right or change the story in a way that stops the plot making sense. On the plus side, it must be at least a decade since I read the books, so I only have a partial memory of the plot.
In reverse, I have been completely hooked on The Expanse, and am holding off on reading the books until they have finished making the TV series because I'm completely committed to the plot and characters and don't want to find that they are slightly different in the books.
I’ve watched one episode and I think it’s fantastic. Both actors playing Takeshi Kovacs are really good. The product quality is very high too. The world is a little too similar to the new Blade Runner IMO and not exactly how I imagined it to be from the book but the plot is true to the book from what I remember.
I'm a few episodes in now, and feel that I should mention how incredibly hot the re-sleeved Kovacs is, and that he spends quite a bit of screen time topless or nude. You know, so that those with delicate sensibilities can avoid it.
I remember there being a bit of sex in the books, but I don't remember there being so much nudity. It's surprising given that the weather looks fairly chilly in the future, you would think sturdy thermals would be all the rage.
I read the book many, many years ago, so have forgotten much of the plot. I’ve also read a few of the others in the series (Broken Angels and Woken Furies among others). DH started watching the previews a month or so ago and didn’t even realise we had the books in the cupboard. He’s about 3/4 of the way through and so much more up to date with the story compared to me.
We’re only one episode in, but so far I’m quite impressed. There are a few minor changes that I picked up on - such as the length of time Kovacs has been on ice and the Bancroft residence - but I’m pretty impressed with the adaptation so far.
I do see what you mean about Joel Kinnaman but I find his back a bit too broad! Hes like an upside down triangle! Have you all seen the full frontal yet? (sadly, not his) Digitally enhanced or not do we reckon?
I think I'm more attracted to the character than the actor and the attraction to the character is letting me appreciate his physical assets. I don't normally go for that chiselled, fair, athletic type. There are a few Scandi actors around who are quite similar in style and I find them a bit inscrutable and hard to read their emotions.
The constant smoking is a bit grating, it makes the story seem a bit dated although it's futuristic. It's what people in the past considered the future might be like IYSWIM.
Some of it is hilarious, I can't remember whether the books were funny in that way, like granny coming to the day of the dead meal in a special offer sleeve.
The Expanse was amazing. Completely hooked on the different plot threads, characters and sets/cgi. I was desperate to start Altered Carbon last night but OH said 'can't we watch normal TV like Have I Got News For You?' 😥