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A human diplomat kills his alien counterpart. Earth is on the verge of war with a vastly superior alien race. A lone man races against time and a host of enemies to find the one object that can save our planet and our people from alien enslavement...

A sheep.

That's right, a sheep. And if you think that's the most surprising thing about this book, wait until you read Chapter
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Hardcover, 396 pages
Published November 2006 by Tor Books (first published October 31st 2006)
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Peggy
Although I've heard nothing but good things about John Scalzi's Old Man's War, I still haven't gotten around to reading it. Which, given how much sheer fun The Android's Dream is, makes me an idiot. Seriously. If you can put this book down after reading the first paragraph, you're a better person than me. It's got action. It's got adventure. It's got power politics and strange alien races. It's got the snappiest dialogue since Nick & Nora Charles set the banter highwater mark. Get it. Read i...more
Jim
3.5 stars or a bit more. It was a fun read, a conspiracy theory, SF adventure with lots of tongue in cheek humor, coincidences & odd aliens. Scalzi has a lot of fun poking sticks at legal systems, religions & diplomacy. There is a lot of computer work in it, including some very interesting points about data collection & privacy that is quite obviously pointed at our current system. An interesting read, although I doubt I'll ever read it again. Half the fun was not knowing what would...more
Erika
I wasn’t going to write a review of this book because I couldn’t really think of anything to say. It was great, funny, wrapped up with pretty much all eventualities covered. A typical John Scalzi book.

The recap: There’s been a diplomatic disaster. Two people are dead - human Dirk Moeller and Nidu trade negotiator Lars-win-Getag. The Nidu are an alien race inhabiting the worlds surrounding Earth. Known for their tempers and disregard for races and species other than their own, the Nidu make unwel...more
Jason
4 Stars

My first John Scalzi book that I have read and I will now grab up his other books as I am now a fan. This is a tough review to write as by saying what I like about this book might make it seem like it less than it really is.

This is a funny book. It is filled with clever wit, funny parodies, and downright corny jokes. The jokes are all over this one and give it a great feel, without actually detracting from the science. This is a science fiction novel, a space opera, and a futuriistic cons...more
Eric
Aug 24, 2012 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of humorous sci-fi
I'm glad I read this after reading John Scalzi's Redshirts. Had I read The Android's Dream first, I would have been slightly disappointed in Redshirts, as it wasn't as funny as The Android's Dream. And it wasn't just funny, either. It had memorable characters, great action sequences, and a plot filled with twists, turns and intergalactic political intrigue.

And to think I almost stopped reading this book in the first chapter when a character kills an alien dignitary with an anal device programme...more
Chris
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Sheila
I always hate it when I don't like a book someone recommends to me, but after a chapter and a half I realized that a) I hadn't found a single character I liked yet, and b) the author and I don't share the same sense of humor at all. So, back to the library with this.
Ric
Scalzi has this knack for conjuring up crazy SF scenarios, and then back filling through info-dumps to make them seem possible, or at least suspend disbelief for the duration of a read. The Android's Dream is as crazy as it gets. It starts with an assasin's killer fart and just goes on from there.

It is entertaining, quite so, and the mix of comedy, action and soliloquizes are just enough to keep one engaged. Of course somewhere midway until the end, I am just dumbfounded at where all these ideas...more
Anita
Aug 14, 2009 Anita rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of slightly twisted humor, Christopher Moore, Terry Pratchett, or Lee Martinez
This is a science fiction novel with a whole lot of political intrigue, comic book style action, and wry humor thrown in. It was so much fun to read! It's science fiction, not fantasy, but if you are a fan of slightly twisted humor, Christopher Moore, Terry Pratchett, or Lee Martinez, you might like this book.

The premise is that Earth is a newcomer to the intergalactic community and has touchy political relations with its biggest trading partner, the Nidu (they look like big lizards). Some secto...more
Ben Babcock
Redshirts wasn't in stock Tuesday, and Kobo's DRM shenanigans made me loath to purchase the ebook despite my shiny new tablet. Fortunately, I had already borrowed The Android's Dream from the library. I try to pace myself between books by the same author, but in this case I suppose I'm making an exception. Not that I mind in John Scalzi's case.

The Android's Dream is what I would call clever but zany SF. It's about the race against time to find a breed of sheep to prevent a diplomatic investment...more
Xan
Manual para crear un conflicto interestelar capaz de aniquilar tu propia especie.
1. Asesina a un alto funcionario de tus pretendidamente aliados alienígenas a base de insultos olorosos. La coliflor, en este caso, ayuda.
2. Contrata a un grupo de asesinos para acabar con lo único que puede evitar una guerra.
3. Sorpréndete cando aparece el heroe.

Más cerca de El agente de las estrellas que de Las Brigadas Fantasma, el libro tiene elementos de los otros dos trabajos. Es una novela entretenida, a rat...more
John Boettcher
The story starts off strong, which many of Scalzi's nooks do. That's no a bad mark against it, just stating a fact. The book gets off to a great start and you wonder where it is going to go from there. For those of you who haven't read this one yet, make sure you pay pretty close attention in the first parts of the book, as they will com back later in the story and tie everything together.

Let's see,negatives. There were some points in the book where it doesn't seem like everything matches up. P...more
The Flooze
**A little over three stars.**

“Dirk Moeller didn’t know if he could fart his way into a major diplomatic incident. But he was ready to find out.“


My introduction to Scalzi was Agent to the Stars. The curious pairing of a slick Hollywood agent with a gelatinous alien life form made for fascinating, funny reading. It also made me hate the man. You see, Agent to the Stars was written as a "practice book." Scalzi decided to try his hand at writing a novel simply to discover if he could create somethi...more
Ron
Not quite up to Scalzi's usual standards. Oh, it's a fun read, kind of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress meets Miles Vorkosigan, with all sorts of sly in-side jokes: Creek's initials, Sam's gender, the messaging by scent (expanded in Agent to the Stars), etc. Labyrinthine plot(s).

What's not to like? Scalzi let his send up of organized religion in general (and L. Ron Hubbard's Church of Scientology in particular) derail the story several times. It distracted from the flow.

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress...more
Jack
Dec 09, 2008 Jack rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: sf
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Meg Dobson
Jun 14, 2014 Meg Dobson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: science fiction readers and Mel Brook's Blazing Saddle fans
Recommended to Meg by: who knows.
John Scalzi is a mainstay of science fiction and winner of many awards. His The Android's Dream is a modern classic. As you read it, you can imagine him and friends sharing a beer and laughingly coming up with impossible plots--the result would be The Android's Dream.There's no other way to explain this wild romp through improbable twists and great fun. He breaks all the rules with abandon and you'll love it.

Rule 1: introduce your main conflict within the first pages. WRONG, how about we first k...more
Ron
This book is like a big-budget sci-fi action flick, but in a good way. Let's imagine a Paul Verhoeven spectrum; this novel's a lot closer to Robocop than Total Recall. Or, if you must have a literary parallel: Ross Thomas. Action, humor, biting social commentary... Scalzi's got it all. Can't wait for the sequel!
Michael Flanagan
The human race is looking down the barrel of destruction caused by diplomatic incident. An incident in which a human causes the death of his alien counterpart by the tactical use of flatulence. A rare genetically bred sheep is the only way to avoid the ire of the alien race. It just so happens that all of these sheep are dead and rather recently to boot. Who else but Mr Scalzi can turn such a convoluted plot into a top notch read?

Yet again the author reinforces my belief that he is one of the be...more
Joel Pearson
This book was fairly typical Scalzi faire - cleverly written, with witty protagonists who tend to use their wit to get out of situations more than anything else. Snappy, funny, poignant dialogue. Dramatic situations with alien races who are oddly similar to humans. It's got all the set pieces.

And, as with most of his other works, I loved it. Scalzi writes a certain style, and he does it very well, and there's not a ton of reasons to get away from success. I know this was early on for him, but m...more
Dev Null
So the entire book is essentially one extended pun-reference to Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. We have characters who are, quite literally, both an Android's Dream (Brian) and an Electric Sheep (Robin) and yes, it takes about as much ridiculous contrivance to make that happen as you might expect.

And yet, Scalzi saves it from being a moronic Piers Anthony punfest. The reference thing is purely superficial - good for a quick laugh, and then he drops it. And then he touches...more
Matt Pillsbury
The Android's Dream is a bizarre, hilarious take on formulaic espionage thrillers, taking the typical cast of politicians, cabinet officials, diplomats, mercenary thugs and sleazy lobbyists, and moving them into a future where humanity is a new member of an interstellar community of sentient species, and Earth is generally regarded as a minor backwater. While slightly unusual, it isn't the setting, nor the likable but familiar characters, that makes the book shine. Instead, it is the long info...more
Holly Kench
Reading this novel was like watching a fender bender in action: You really want to look away, mostly because you feel embarrassed on behalf of the driver, but also because there isn't much to look at, and yet, you can't help staring. [return][return]I was drawn to it, intrigued by the Philip K Dick reference, but found it completely boring and ridiculous. Still, I was unable to stop reading, even though I really REALLY wanted to. Quite seriously, every single male character was the same, with th...more
Christopher Sears
I've been trolling reading John Scalzi's blog Whatever for a while, and I figured I should get around to reading some of his fiction. I found The Android's Dream at a bookstore, and decided to pick it up.

The tone of the first half of the novel is erratic. There are elements of humor, a political thriller, one section that almost made me sick, and some shoot-em-up violence that goes into great detail. There is very little use of science fiction that is critical to the plot. At one point I thought...more
David
Oy, I like John Scalzi, but his writing doesn't always click with me. I give this book 3.5 stars, which I round up to 4 'cause I like the author. I suppose his books could best be described as "sci-fi comfort food"; entertaining, lightweight, nothing that makes you think too hard. The Android's Dream seem to be trying to mine Douglas Adams territory with a mix of space opera and humor; the humor worked okay, but at the expense of the space opera.

Basically, it's the future, and Earth is part of a...more
Andreas
Earth is very low on the pecking order of the galactic stage. Our closest associates are the Nidu, who are pretty much low-lives themselves. After a diplomatic incident caused by a disgruntled and vengeful State Department employee, the Nidu have Earth in their sights in a Machiavellian scheme involving a coup d’état and a sheep. The sheep, a very special breed, is to be used for the Nidu succession ceremony. Enter Harry Creek, war veteran and problem solver, who now has to find the sheep and ke...more
steven
At first glance along the inside cover, one might form the opinion that this is one of those supposedly humorous books that pointedly fail to deliver on the laughs. Au contraire! The humour is, thankfully, secondary; this is an action-packed novel with an actual plot, along with political intrigue, shoot-outs, and escapes from impossible situations. The jokes are there as icing on the cake, and to make the highly improbable seem like the setup for a well-timed joke.

There are a couple problems wi...more
Sarah Sammis
John Scalzi is best known for his hard science fiction like Old Man's War and The Ghost Brigades but I've so far only read his satyrical science fiction: Agent to the Stars and The Android's Dream. While The Android's Dream isn't a sequel to Agent to the Stars it feels like it could be a far future follow up to the present day satire.

The book opens with a human diplomat insulting and then killing an alien dignitary with his flatulence. Now the world's governments have to come together to stop an...more
Jamie
Oct 08, 2009 Jamie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: diplomats, vets, and people who like a bizarre sci-fi story
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi, political
This is the first non-"Old Man's War" book of John Scalzi that I've read, and although I didn't enjoy it as much as the other books, I still found it quite enjoyable. Scalzi, once again, demonstrates that he can do character development as well as he can write action sequences - he doesn't get so wordy that it kills the pace, but he also writes in a way that you can relate to almost every character (even the bad guys).

Scalzi must have a soft spot in his heart for war vets, and this book seems t...more
Sweetie
Satirical parody, Funny, very irreverent. I chose the audio version which is well narrated by Wil Wheaton. As much as I enjoyed Wil's performance and I am a Scalzi fan, I think I could have saved my $ and picked it up from library. This story just didn't enhance my life. Well, it is funny, if you know Scalzi's work and are in the right mood, you'll like it.

"The Barnes & Noble Review
What do alien-killing flatulence, humans bio-engineered with the DNA of farm animals, the apostle Ted Nugent, a...more
Karen Wyle
I'm rounding up from a 3.5 star rating.

I discovered Scalzi's work around February of this year, after reading his hilarious and scathing analysis of the new contract that several Random House imprints were offering. I figured that anyone who wrote that well and wrote SF would write terrific books. He's one of my new favorite authors. I've been reading everything of his that I could get my hands on, not all in order.

This is, so far, my least favorite of his books -- but it's still pretty good. My...more
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