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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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ebook, 400 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Tor Books (first published October 31st 2006)
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Lyn
Sep 26, 2014 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got a fever, and the only prescription is more Scalzi.

Could have read The Ghost Brigades, could have read Fuzzy Nation, but if there is a book in the “to be read” stack whose title is an unmistakable Philip K. Dick reference, then this was clearly the right choice.

And it was a good choice

Like a book by PKD, John Scalzi’s The Android’s Dream packs a lot to think about into an economically written, tightly wound package. From the genetically designed electric blue sheep, to a variety of alien ra
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Algernon
Feb 02, 2013 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017

Please don't judge this book too quickly. It gets better very fast after the infantile opening scene with the 'fart-machine'. It's one of the things about American culture that had me baffled for a very long time : where I come from we get over scatological jokes by the time we start school, but it seems they never go out of fashion around Hollywood. Even with my personal reservations, I must give credit to Scalzi for finding a new angle in the field of fart humour, and turning it into an alien
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Peggy
Aug 14, 2007 Peggy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Michael
A delightful romp of a space opera crossed with an espionage caper. For this entertainment we bid goodbye to the gloom of dystopias and dark post-apocalyptic struggles (with or without zombies) and return to a time when humans of merit have the agency to save the world from villains. The villains here include aliens with colonial exploitation of Earth in mind and bumbling, backstabbing bureaucrats vying for a piece of their action.

Instead of invading, the reptilian Nidu are buying up our suburbs
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Jason
Aug 05, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2011
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
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Jim
Dec 14, 2009 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, 2fiction, 1paper
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
Eric
Jul 20, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Erika
Jan 10, 2009 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chris
Jan 11, 2009 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Veronique
Sep 27, 2016 Veronique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another completely mad plot, totally out there, meant to crash and burn, and yet… and yet… Scalzi pulls it off of course.

For want of a better word, this is a scifi comedy, full of action, fast-paced chases, colourful characters, aliens, jumping shoes, spacecrafts, politics, conspiracies, fart language, sharp dialogue, and sheep, well one particular genetically modified one that is. And if this wasn’t enough, an homage to Philip K Dick. Yes it IS silly but, like Agent to the Stars, this is not a
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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
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Jeraviz
Es el claro ejemplo de cómo escribe Scalzi: humor, historia rápida y entretenida, mucho diálogo y bastante infodump.
Es una novela bastante amena de leer a pesar de tener el primer capítulo más absurdo que he leído en mucho tiempo y que puede hacer que cerréis el libro pensando que todo va a ser así. (El día que hagan libros con olores intentar acordaros de no leer este libro).

La historia tiene muchas referencias a la cultura actual, a las religiones y a las posibilidades de la inteligencia arti
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Wiebke (1book1review)
Oct 25, 2015 Wiebke (1book1review) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I went into this blind, as usual, and really didn't know what was going to happen and it was hilarious. The beginning had me laughing out loud wondering if Scalzi was serious and wondering where the story would go from there. And he managed to keep it going to the end.

The events were funny, captivating and action filled.
There were many characters pulling different strings. I really liked Creek and Robin and their interactions.
I Like how nothing ever seems too serious in Scalzi's novels, no matte
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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.
John Boettcher
Nov 30, 2013 John Boettcher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Fred Hughes
Mar 09, 2014 Fred Hughes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Scalzi has a dark sense of humour and a sarcastic bent that comes out in his wise cracking characters. Inside his characters have grit and poise but the outside version we see in his stories is anything but sarcastic, cocky, irreverent and side splitting funny.

Humanity and the alien Nidu are at peace. At least on the outside. Inside humanity has major problems with the Nidu. Half the world wants to kick them back to their home world while the other half wants to exploit any advantage they h
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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
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Anita
Jul 13, 2009 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nicholas
I listened to this book on audible.com. Fun read, but don't expect androids. As usual, John Scalzi delivers an entertaining adventure story with wit. In this world, all information is available to the diligent and talented hacker. The gathering of this information (while stretching the limits of willing suspension of disbelief) drives the storyline. The storyline is filled with scenarios found nowhere else in science fiction. It is low on SF tropes and high on new fresh and imaginative situation ...more
Cherie
Warning: this story is not what you think it is!

IF you think it is about an android dreaming about sheep, you are wrong! Ignore the summary and just start reading. I especially recommend the audio book version narrated by Wil Wheaton.

After re-starting twice because of the gross opening, the humor finally kicked in and I was able to enjoy this book. Everything "works out" in the end.

I would really like to thank Wil Wheaton for his entertaining narration! A 10 star performance. I was amazed at how
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MTK
Mar 15, 2017 MTK rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comedy and SF is not a mix one finds easily, so I tend to appreciate it when I do.
Laura
Jan 12, 2015 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any book where the only significant female character is the damsel in distress, who is snarky enough to be readable but not self-sufficient enough to get past her role in the princess who needs to be saved trope, is going to be a hard sell to me. In fact, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have finished this book if I hadn't been on a 5 hour road-trip with no other un-listened to books on my audible account. It really did take 5 hours (half the book) for me to care enough to want to finish.

Listening to
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Timothy Ward
I came into Android's Dream hoping to find a strong read and I was impressed beyond my expectations. Wil Wheaton adds his touch to smart scifi that has quite a few laugh out loud moments. The plot takes turns and weaves political intrigue with funny and empathetic characters who must outsmart enemies who've been planning this for so long even their people have forgotten the original masterminds. With two or so hours left I thought, okay, I know what's going to happen, how is he going to keep thi ...more
Ric
Jun 09, 2014 Ric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Xan
Jun 28, 2013 Xan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ron
Jan 07, 2012 Ron rated it liked it
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
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AndrewP
I listened to the one as an audio book read by Wil Wheaton. For me, Scalzi's books, read Wheaton are a win win combination. Wheaton has just the right voice, and does just the right tones and inflections to match Scalzi's odd humor.

The title of this book comes from a genetically modified breed of sheep with bright blue wool. The name 'Androids Dream' is based on an obscure literary reference :)

This is a story of humorous interstellar politics, weird alien races, a human who is 20% sheep DNA, a b
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Jack
Dec 09, 2008 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
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Mercedes
Aug 05, 2015 Mercedes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cita-a-ciegas
Una historia de ciencia ficción con ciertas dosis de humor y un final inesperado. Me encantan los finales sorprendentes :).
Mi primera "Cita a ciegas" ha sido todo un éxito.
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(If you want to contact John, using the mail function here is a really bad way to do it. Go to his site and use the contact information you find there.)
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