"As much as Scalzi has the scientific creativity of a Michael Crichton, he also has the procedural chops of a Stephen J. Canell to craft a whodunit with buddy-cop charm and suspects aplenty—most of them in someone else's body." —USA Today
John Scalzi returns with Head On, the standalone follow-up to the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed Lock In. Chilli...more
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I am a big fan of the world Scalzi has created. The science of the threeps, Hadens, and how that can all play into a mystery are very fascinating. I think that this book would be accessible to both mystery and sci-fi fans alike – it is just a bonus when you are a fan of both.
Also, I have to say that I think I liked this better than Lock In. That is likely due to one of the two following reasons (or both)
1. Getting used to a new world with the first book ...more
Ahem, anyway, moving on. < /fangirling >
This is the next step in the adventures of Chris Shane, an FBI agent, a trust fund kid and a Haden. Hade ...more
Lock In was one of my favorite Sci-Fi worlds ever. I really appreciated all the thought John Scalzi put into how life would be different if the person you presented to the outside world was basically a robot. The prequel Unlocked (which should actually be read after Lock In) was fantastic, as it was presented as a documentary on how 1% of the population ended up being locked in their minds, not able to move and how all the science was d ...more
I'm one of those readers who are very partial to the SF stuff and I like a good mystery, too, so I had a great time on that alone. But here's the funny part: the sports aspect is unique as hell and full of some great twists. :) Such as getting your head pulled off during the play to be used as a football. As p ...more
Damn you, Scalzi! We still don't know if Chris is a male or female. You just like mind-fucking us don't you?
Now who's messing with us? VEGAN cookies? Eww... no thanks, I'll have crab juice instead.
Chris is out narrator and he/she is in the FBI, and look, I'm just going to assign Chris a gender right now because I'm not writing out he/she for every stupid thing I say. Chris is a girl. I've declared it because:
1. I want Chris to be a girl because she's so fr ...more
Scalzi continues the great momentum he built up in Lock In with this excellent sequel. Once again the daring duo of Chris (of the indeterminate gender) and Van find themselves involved in a complex investigation that intersects with the Haden community. In this case Hilketa, a sport that combines football with gladiatorial combat and robot bodies. Of course all is not as it appears, billions of dollars in investments are at risk, and death is always just around the corner.
As f ...more
In a world where 1% of the population interacts with the rest of the world in something akin to C-3PO this was a game that was bound to be invented.
The reason Hilketa is so popular is that the players score points through simulated decapitation, and go after each other with melee weapons. It’s team gladiatorial combat, on a football field, with a nerdy scoring system. It’s all the violence every other team sport wishes it could have, but can’t, because people would act...more
I’m a huge fan of John Scalzi, having read almost all his novels, and when Lock In came out a few years ago it quickly became one of my favorite books by the author. It was therefore with great excitement that I picked up Head On, which is described as its standalone sequel. And indeed, you may choose to read this without having read the first book, but personally I feel you will be missing out on the subtler nuances of ...more
Our main character is a Haden named Chris, whose gender is never actually specified, but I just went with male. He’s an FBI agent and child o ...more
The murder mystery is treated in the usual way, focusing on the FBI Agents Chris Shane ...more
This is the second book in the Lock In series, which started with 2014's Lock In. You don't need to have read the first book if this one tickles your fancy, but you should, because it's great. The premise here is that in the near future, a disease called Haden's Syndrome (after the first lady of the US, it's most famous victim) makes it so that a portion of the population are locked in ...more
I thought that this was an excellent follow-up to the brillian ...more
This is an FBI procedural story set in the near future where the case is focused on robot controlled medieval gladiatorial sports, Hilketa. I wish there had been more sport, but this emphasized the political and economical consequences of Hadens, especially how business and legislation are in a constant push and pull. It feels like a Washington D.C. story with the lens decidedly on the business side.
The trajectory was good, b ...more
wheeler looked at vann, exasperated. “what are you, an asshole?”
“yes,” vann said. “i am an asshole. now tell me where to park.”
head on is the technothriller follow-up to lock in.
again featuring our favorite investigative duo, agents chris shane and leslie vann. one a rich rookie with haden’s syndrome, which means they often walk around piloting an android body, and the other a bitter veteran with Bad Cop written all over her.
though this one can be read as a standalone (all the worldbuilding ...more
It took at least 50 pages for me to get into this. Once the story picked up I loved it, but there were too many ups and downs for me. One minute I was glued to the book and the next I was a little bored. I just wish there had been more consisten ...more
In my review of Lock In, I mentioned that its strength was its excellent world building - on par with any Asimov out there - while it was let down by its poor storyline and paper thin characters.
Rejoice! I liked the story in Head On and the characters, while not robust, are definitely better portrayed this time. John Scalzi choses to focus on t ...more
Would a person who had Hayden's from such an early age even have a sex? Several times we're told that every Hayden victim has their brain reordered by the d ...more
Overall: 4 stars, but I sure wish there'd been more Scalzi silliness. ...more
Let me start out by saying I don't think this is a bad book. Furthermore, there were parts of Head On that I enjoyed and that actually gave me hope of finally "getting into" this book. But, unfortunately, it just didn't do much for me—the story, the characters, the writing... none of this went above average, hence the 2.5 out of 5 rating. It was just... OK. The idea of Head On is definitely much better than the execution, especially considering how interesting Lock In was. ...more
I always enjoy Scalzi’s books. Always fun and fast passed Sci-Fi. If you like mysteries and sports, you would enjoy this book.
Second book in Lock in series is around a unique violent game for Hadens, small percentage of population who cannot move physically but are present in real world nonetheless through their Threep. Although violent no player should be in real danger but everything changes when a player dies during a game and one of the audience is Chris , the most famous Haden which happens ...more
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