The End of All Things
Hugo-award winning author, John Scalzi returns to his best-selling Old Man's War universe with The End of All Things, the direct sequel to 2013's The Human Division.
Humans expanded into space…only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial
2. The generic logic is the same, only the proportions had changed, four…more1. This book is the second, and concluding half of the Human Division
2. The generic logic is the same, only the proportions had changed, four novelettes, each of them is a few times bigger than the episodes in HD. Very enjoyable I would say.
3. The HD would be a way less frustrating to read, if the EoAT would be available at that time.(less)
It does all nicely come together in the last novella, which ...more
The Old Man's War series was one hell of a ride, from decanting brains out of old people into nice young military types to decanting brains into spaceships against one's will, from never-ending expansion to civil war between Earth and the Colonies to the possible collapse of all human space against the rest of the aliens we didn't try to get along with.
It's pretty epic.
But you know what I like most about this whole thing?
Scalzi's light-hearted humor.
Sure, there's a lot of great ...more
I won’t lie, Old Man’s War is probably one of my favorite books of all time. I’ve always been more of a Fantasy reader, and around the time that book came out, my Science Fiction reading was pretty much limited to Star Wars novels and the occasional Star Trek title thrown in. However, Scalzi’s sense of humor along with the rollicking space action and adventure in these books really helped me along, showing me that there’s ...more
I liked how each novella in this book changed point of view, and how each character showed the impact of the worsening situation within the Colonial Union.
And Ode Abumwe and Hafte Sorvalh--I just loved both women.
So this is the sixth book in Scalzi's Old Man's War series. The first three books are a trilogy, #4 is a weird re-telling of #3, and then Human Division and this one. The last two ...more
This was a straight continuation to The Human Division with my favourite characters back. Once more the narration is divided between several different points of views but this time each section is much longer. This made it a little of a shock at the first transition, for me, but then I just focused on the story. Scalzi of course does it ...more
Life of the Mind
This Hollow Union
Can Long Endure
To Stand or Fall
I greatly enjoyed this book. Scalzi did a great job extending the events from The Human Division. I loved the first three installments, where we got to spend time with secondary or completely new characters, but found the last installment lacking (for reasons I laid out in my review of To Stand of Fall). I think Scalzi wanted to use this book as a pivot to a new galactic dynamic. We saw how much ...more
'The Life of the Mind'
An interesting, if unexpected, start to the novel, having it be the memoir of another person turned "brain-in-a-box" ship -- except, unlike the one we ...more
A Review of Each of the Four Stories Found in The End of All Things:
“The Life of the Mind” - Not bad. An interesting start about a brain that used to be in a body but now lives ...more
Audio book: I've always enjoyed William Dufris as a narrator for this series. In this book, he splits time (2 stories a piece, with bonus material read by Mr. Dufris) with Tavia Gilbert who did the narration for Zoe's Tale.
This seemed like a good choice, as each narrated the story from characters of their gender. Both do an excellent job, and this is definitely a series that works well in ...more
The End of All Things is a sixth book in the Old Man's War series. Scalzi retired John Perry and Harry Wilson became the new face of the series. What I liked about this book is that Scalzi told the story from the different places of the conflict and, like a jigsaw, made them all fit together into one large tapestry. The book consist of four novella's (plus one bonus alternate version): The Life of the Mind, This Hollow Union, Can Long Endure and To Stand or Fall (plus alternate The Life ...more
A series of connected short stories outline a deterioration in the space cold war between the Conclave and Colonial Union caused by an outside agent looking to shake up the galaxy .
The layout works really well as it allows for complete changes in POV for each section.
The book as a whole is insanely intelligent in how it develops.
A great read.
The Old Man's War series started with a bang, and it's a shame the first book didn't win a Hugo when it came out. I chalk that up to Scalzi being a new writer at the time and not having the name-recognition or the ...more
At the very least, the book opens up with a fairly gruesome and interesting story as ...more
Humanity is holding on by the tips of its fingers in space. The Colonial Union has made a lot of enemies, and now Earth isn't supplying them with more people to help keep them safe anymore. They're having to rely on themselves, and they don't really have the resources to do it. Humans on colonial planets are now revolting en masse. And there is a shadow group doing as much as it can to pit Humanity against the Conclave, a group of allied alien nations, and wipe ...more
The universe closed ranks against us. Because some citizens of the galaxy were ...more
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