Everything but the Squeal
Benjamin Washington is a kid in New St. Louis, who is on the verge of getting the boot into th ...more
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I like authors - and directors, for that matter - who leave things to my imagination rather than spelling them out. I was not disappointed here, and the narrator (Alessandro Juliani did a great job of ...more
John Scalzi just knows how to write a story I will enjoy. I love his writing style and his humor. It's easy to read but it's not all fluff and action. In 50 pages he delivers more world building and character development then some novels with 500 and more pages.
Recommended if you are looking for short and fun science fiction story.
Its not bad. The story is humorous and the world is interesting enough for the duration. It doesn't have ...more
What I thought: I love much of Scalzi's work. I ...more
Bought this when Amazon recommended since I didn't recognize the t ...more
The story is part of the first book, METAtropolis: The Dawn of Uncivilization, of a series of anthologies (currently, 3) although it is named "Utere Nihil Non Extra Quiritationem Suis" in it. I'm not generally a fan of anthologies, but I'll put it on the maybe list. It would be cool if there were full novels in the world / with the characters in the future. I'm slightly annoyed that I hadn't realized this story was part of the anthology when I bought it since it' ...more
That was a very neat short story. Metaphorically.
The Utopian universe the story's set in is very exciting and interesting. Hermetically sealed self-sustaining cities. May not be a totally novel idea, but the concepts and intricate details explored in the story make it innovative. I would love to read a novel with this setting. The story itself was fast-paced, ingenious and entertaining. Where does John Scalzi get his story ideas from?? Fascinating stuff!
Great fun for a few hours -- my only complaint is that it's not novel-sized; it would have been a great book. Perhaps the author would consider writing more on this 'universe' on the future?
Rating would be 4.5/5, rounded up to 5/5.
A good morality play / romance wrapped up in a fun Eco-Future SpecFic novella.
A good read. Good style, as expected, a fun, fast moving story that never bogs down. Well executed story telling with a snappy ending that "closes the loop" well.
I only gave 4 stars because IMHO it should have been a full novel.
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