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Preview — The Human Division by John Scalzi
The Human Division (Old Man's War #5)
The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source o ...more
Well this is certainly off to a hell of a start. Not only does Scalzi give the requisite background information on the "Old Man's War" universe without being boring or summarizing his previous book ...more
I read The Human Division a few months ago. Since I thoroughly hated it, I tried to return it to the library where I got it from, put it out of my mind, and hope that after a few days/weeks/months, I’d have a more favorable view of it in hindsight. But that hasn’t really happened. Honestly, time has only cemented my personal dislike of this serialized novel, so please understand before you go further that I’m not really going to say anything favorable a ...more
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Is how each part of John Scalzi's experiment in Dickensian Science Fiction would end if the author had stuck to Chucky D's well-established method of chopping what we now know as classics into weekly or monthly episodes - "please sir - can I have some more?" Next week, child, next week - assuming you can pony up another 99c for Audible.
But no – Scalzi wants to have his cake, eat it and still have the abs of a Men's Health cover model. The Human Division c ...more
The back ground to the stories for those not yet enlightened by the Old Man’s War series is that when you reach 75 years old you can join the CDF and have your consciousness transferred into a young body with enhanced capabilities. The main condition to t ...more
The Human Division is the fifth novel set in John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War universe, but it can be read on its own if you are so inclined (although I highly recommend reading the first three books–they are wonderful).
The experiment I’m referring to is that The Human Division was initially released as thirteen separate ‘episodes’ at set intervals, and then collected together in ‘novel’ form and released as a hardcover. I say this was an experiment because ...more
This latest entry into what will probably turn out to be a long-running multi-publication series (that started with the entertaining Old Man's War) is vintage Scalzi. Mr. Scalzi, who apparently hasn't found a gag line that was beyond inclusion in his books, sprinkles The Human Division with his brand of humorous, irreverent, quirky and inventive story-telling. Whether for marketing purposes or for novelty, the author has chosen to piece this book together from episodes of short story length that...more
While constructing a coherent story that is broken out into individual segments can be difficult, it allows for a unique way to explore aspects of the story that might otherwise been ignored and present ...more
So when I found out about Scalzi's new serialized novel based on the Old Man's War universe, I became all excited and got set to pick up t ...more
So, the easy bits. This was typical Scalzi, and I say that in a good way. This was amusing, interesting and engrossing sci-fi in a universe that I already love, by and author I also already love. If you like Scalzi, you'll like this. If you don't, you won't.
There. Now that that's out of the way.
This was, as Scalzi has said in several places, somewhat of an experiment. The individual "episodes" (chapters) were released weekly, and the intention was for them to stand al ...more
As is the nature of short stories, sometimes the reader feels too distant from the story, but thankfully The Human Division is closer to the novel form.
That being said, I was impressed by how Scalzi took advantage of the medium, and changed his writing style between stories. There was some clever authorial experimentation, and it worked.
It's a more serious look at the issues starte ...more
The Colonial Union left earth to colonize space about two hundred years ago. During that time, space-far ...more
And now its been green-lighted for a second "season" - Scalzi's own words. Is it his goal to break out a TV show (probably Syfy - ugh) by introducing this text and then saying to the powers that be "Look, bui ...more
I really enjoy Scalzi's dialogue--he does great banter ...more
The story was an excellent addition to the universe overall. There wasn't much space in the serialized editions to review characters and events, which means it kind of dives you straight in to the universe. I'd recommend re-reading the p ...more
As it happens with many of John Scalzi's works, The Human Division starts in a deceptively rambling fashion, the reader's distraction (for ...more
As for the story itself, I'm not going to say much. It's the fifth in the Old Man's War series (yes, I sk ...more
The overall plot is pretty good, but by the time the next "season" comes out, my surmises and hopes will be so much less present and powerful. I wish there'd been ...more
The episodes had me turning the pages and really looking forward to the next episode. I should state that I am in general a fan of episodic fiction so this really was right up my alley.
The stories ...more
But he is not written or appreciated by other characters as extraordinary -- instead he just muddles alo ...more
This book is set after the not-Federation ("The Conclave") bypasses the not-Evil Empire ("The Colonial Union") and sends a trade delegation directly to Earth ("Earth"), letting Earth know that the not-Evil Empire has been pretty ...more
This book is actually a collection of interconnected short stories that were released episodically, but the stories are all interconnected, so it reads sort of like a serialized TV show. Intimiate knowledge of the previous books in the series is not required; Scalzi makes an effort to describe the universe without assuming the reader has prior knowledge, but as with any series, having re ...more
All of these take place in the Old Man's war universe and happen after The Last Co ...more
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