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These posts mostly relate to books I am reading or series I am collecting to read in order (I tend to collect the series and then read it in one block). You can see a see a list of the books I am currently seeking, as well as a list of all the books I've bothered to catalog if you're interested.


Sun, 02 Aug 2015



The End of All Things




    ISBN: 1447290496
    LibraryThing
    I don't read as much as I should these days, but one author I always make time for is John Scalzi. This is the next book in the Old Man's War universe, and it continues from where The Human Division ended on a cliff hanger. So, let's get that out of the way -- ending a book on a cliff hanger is a dick move and John is a bad bad man. Then again I really enjoyed The Human Division, so I will probably forgive him.

    I don't think this book is as good as The Human Division, but its a solid book. I enjoyed reading it and it wasn't a chore like some books this far into a universe can be (I'm looking at you, Asimov share cropped books). The conclusion to the story arc is sensible, and not something I would have predicted, so overall I'm going to put this book on my mental list of the very many non-terrible Scalzi books.

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Tue, 25 Nov 2014



The Human Division




    ISBN: 9780765369550
    LibraryThing
    I originally read this as a series of short stories released on the kindle, but the paperback collation of those has been out for a while and deserved a read. These stories are classic Scalzi, and read well. If you like the Old Man's War universe you will like this book. The chapters of the book are free standing because of how they were originally written, and that makes the book a bit disjointed. The cliff hanger at the end is also pretty annoying given the next book hasn't been released.

    So, an interesting experiment that perhaps isn't perfect, but is well worth the read.

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Wed, 08 Oct 2014



Lock In




    ISBN: 0765375869
    LibraryThing
    I know I like Scalzi stuff, but each series is so different that I like them all in different ways. I don't think he's written a murder mystery before, and this book was just as good as Old Man's War, which is a pretty high bar. This book revolves around a murder being investigated by someone who can only interact with the real world via personal androids. Its different from anything else I've seen, and a unique idea is pretty rare these days.

    Highly recommended.

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Thu, 14 Feb 2013



Redshirts




    ISBN: 9780765334797
    LibraryThing
    I was super excited to get my hands on the latest John Scalzi book because I've really liked his previous stuff. Unfortunately while this book is fun I feel that the underlying concept is pretty weak... Its more of a toy boy than something which makes you think, which is a disappointment to me.

    Don't get me wrong, the overall execution is good, but the book feels lazily plotted, much like a badly done Harry Harrison does. So, if that sort of thing annoys you, give this one a miss.

    Tags for this post: book john_scalzi exploration comedy space


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Wed, 14 Nov 2012



Fuzzy Nation




    ISBN: 9780765367037
    LibraryThing
    Yet another excellent Scalzi novel. This one took me a while to really warm up to, but it was worth the patience. The ending is fast paced and excellent.

    Tags for this post: book john_scalzi sentience mining colony


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Sat, 14 Apr 2012



The Android's Dream




    ISBN: 9780765348289
    LibraryThing
    This is a Scalzi book, so its clever and funny, and has possibly one of the best first sentences I have read ever. It is a light read, and I finished all of it apart from the last 50 pages or so on a single flight. Scalzi also plays again with the idea of transferring consciousness, which is something which he deals with a lot in the Old Man's War series. I liked this book.

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Thu, 29 Dec 2011



The Ghost Brigades (2)

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Fri, 23 Dec 2011



Old Man's War (2)




    ISBN: 0765348276
    Tor Science Fiction (2007), Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
    LibraryThing
    I've been in a rut recently where I haven't really been enjoying the books I've been reading. The number of books I read has also dropped off a lot since I moved back to Australia. Some of the drop off is associated with living in a house instead of an apartment -- there is constant maintenance work to be done, and I might never finish painting this place. However, I was worried that perhaps I simply wasn't as into reading as I was a couple of years ago. So, I decided to go back and read a book I enjoyed before, and see if I still liked it. This was that book.

    The answer is hells yes. This book is still fantastic, and I really enjoyed it. I also knocked it over in a time similar to when I was in the US. So, its not me that's broken -- its the books I'm reading. I need to find more books to be enthused about, instead of letting reading be a chore.

    Original post about this book.

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Wed, 22 Dec 2010



Agent to the Stars




    ISBN: 0765357003
    LibraryThing
    There is something a little bit annoying about Scalzi. Take this book for example -- it is his practise book that he wrote to see if he even could write a coherent book. He didn't even intend to ever publish it. Yet it is really really good. Oh, its not his best book, but it better than many other books I've read. Its funny, interesting, entertaining, and yet thoughtful as well. I loved it.

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Thu, 18 Nov 2010



Zoe's Tale

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Wed, 17 Nov 2010



The Sagan Diary




    ISBN: 9781596061033
    LibraryThing
    I think I'd be a little bit peeved if I'd paid the recommended retail for this book, because its a 100 page book (in an unusually large font), and they want $45 for it. Sure its a limited edition, but that's a lot of money for what is basically a short story. I paid $18, and I still think that's a lot of money for this much book. This book is a series of reflections on the life of Jane Sagan. These are beautiful, but if you're expecting a book in the same vein as the rest of the Old Man's War books you'll be disappointed.

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Mon, 08 Nov 2010



The Last Colony

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Wed, 03 Nov 2010



The Ghost Brigades

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Mon, 01 Nov 2010



Old Man's War

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