The Android's Dream
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...
That's right, a sheep. And if you think that's the most surprising thing about this book, wait until you read Chapter...more
Unlike Heinlein, many authors don't write, or want to write, a single Future History.(less)
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 races, to competing paranoid and invasive government age ...more
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 ...more
Instead of invading, the reptilian Nidu are buying up our suburbs ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Originally published at Fantasy Literature
The Android’s Dream (2006) is one of John Scalzi’s earlier books, and a stand-alone rather than part of a series, so I couldn’t resist given the obvious Philip K. Dick reference in the title. I decided to go into this one without knowing anything about the plot or reading any reviews at all. I know Scalzi’s humor and style from the OLD MAN’S WAR series, Redshirts and Lock In, and I love the ...more
Audiobook: Wil Wheaton does his usual good job at delivering John Scalzi's snark. He reads clearly and with good inflection. He doesn't do voices, but I do feel that audio is definitely a solid option for this book.
After my last book, I was looking for something light and fun, and John Scalzi always fits that description for me. This is one of the few books by him I haven't read. I picked ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
✗ The humor didn't work for me.
✗ There were some plot elements that really grossed me out. like the origin of The Sheep etc.
✗ While there is constant action i still found myself bored at times, which is a rare occurrence for Scalzi's books.
But The Android's Dream still had al ...more
Let's see,negatives. There were some points in the book where it doesn't seem like everything matches up. P ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Overall, this was a typical, fun Scalzi romp. Aliens, conspiracy, bumbling humans, crazy smart humans, sentient computers, and secret ...more
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