The Human Division
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, fortunately, I got over it. Mostly because I have friends in buddy reads who made me feel guilty as hell. But even more, I have a lot of fond memories for the series as a whole and I think I may have been plain WRONG.
Yeah. So. Eating crow now.
These are a bunch of great short stories here that don't feel all the connected at first ...more
After the atrocious Zoe’s Tale, I have fully expected to hate the Human Division. It turned out to be OK, just a kind of a cash grab. It still disgusts me, but I am an honest enough reader to admit that Mr Scalzi is a skilled writer and can get away with it.
Why a cash grab? Two primary reasons: Firstly, the fact that Human Division is branded as the fifth instalment in the Old Man’s War series is misleading. This is not a con ...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 cast is wide but features recurring characters, especially the B-team, ...more
I really struggled through this but it was just not very engaging, and honestly, quite boring in more than a few parts. I think perhaps the serialized format might have worked better for me if I had ...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
Audio book:William Dufris is a great fit for this series. I really like Wil Wheaton for Scalzi books, but I was really missing Mr. Dufris for Zoe's Tale (though I totally understand why they didn't use him). He does a great job delivering the snark and really just the dialogue in general that I'll 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
Video review: https://youtu.be/4-Mi5wb-pJs
The Human Division by John Scalzi is Scalzi’s writing at its very best. Scalzi’s ability to take over a dozen different stories, with a different tone in each, and weave them together, to form one unifying overarching storyline, that has this many complexities, is simply fantastic.
5/5 21/25 possible score
Type of Story: Sci-Fi space opera with multiple short story like segments.
Plot – 4(Strong)
There's a conspiracy going on. Who's shooting down spaceships. Kidnapping humans and aliens? Who's behind it all.
It's a set up to make CDF look bad. Earth isn't too happy with CDF.
It's Harry we the readers follow through this book he's a nerd with a BrainPal.
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
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 becau ...more
Old Man's War: John Perry (smart-arse)
The Ghost Brigades: John Perry's girl friend (mostly non-descript, mildly bad-ass)
The Last Colony: John Perry and now wife (smart arse and stereotypical loving Mum, (still mildly bad-ass))
Zoe's Tale: Zoe Perry (smart-arse)
The Human Division: Wilson (smart-arse, seems to have had a personality transplant from John Perry)
Fuzzy Nation: A smart-arse lawyer
Lock-in: Disabled (but is he really? That's the point) son of an over-privileged busine ...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
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
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 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 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
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