I bought this on a Kindle deal, and had no pre-conceived notions going in to it. Like at least one other reviewer, during the first few chapters I found the humour self-indulgent and repetitive and nearly junked it. But I'm glad I didn't. The narrative gets more and more desperately bizarre until every other page contains a laugh-out-loud moment.
Having read this book, I'd probably buy another Tim Anderson title (assuming a new one arrives).
This story is not bad if you like the Fred character, and to be fair it does give you a better understanding of his personality. There is an argument that his character should be understandable just from reading the main books, but to be fair it's the kind of story which would not have sat well in the "trilogy" (or quadrilogy now, I suppose), and was probably culled during an early edit.
If you are really invested in the main sequence of the Expanse books, I'd say this short is probably worth its price point.
These aren't just attractive thingummybobs, they are also forcefully attracted to ferrous metals! It's a bit spooky, but after some experimentation I discovered that this enigmatic magic can be used to pin items of paper and card to a refrigerator door.
This is clearly meddling with the dark arts, but I think it's such a convenient gimmick that it's likely to stick. I'll repent on my deathbed.
(You get ten magnets, two each of yellow, green, red, black, and blue. Each one is slightly larger than a pound coin.)