I was not disappointed. A very original yarn. Loved it from page one. I especially loved the twists and turns. Well done
I think this was one of the best audio books that I've listened to in a long time. It kept my focus and I was engaged until the very end.
I really enjoyed Talk (I believe that's how his name is spelled). The concept of a Nidu going through a religious quest and the lack of loyalty that serves came off hilarious and enthralling.
I thought that the scene in the mall was one of the best scenes in the book. It offered right imagery.
Don't forget your Tums.
Starts queer and just gets strangely believable.
About the three quarters through when somebody decides to eat their new best friend!!
I like Brian.
I just plain enjoyed the feeling of a well told story, well explained and coherent whilst being outrageous, kind of the same feeling seen in The Fifth Element.
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
I really like John Scalzi, this was not at all bad, but it was not one of my favorite of his books. It did have some quite funny bits, a few interesting ideas, and a several likeable (but not quite well developed) characters, but it was a bit too heavy to be light and fun, and a bit too tongue in cheek to be deeply satisfying. I am never offended by scatological humor but I don???t appreciate it as a pillar of a novel. The narration was right on.
My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.
This is a good story but after hearing this one and Agent to the Stars Scalzi seems to have a fixation with smelly, bodily gasses as alien communication. Most of the people he knows must have bad breath or he himself must eat a lot of Broccoli ... probably not married either. Don't think I'd wanna sit close to him anywhere. But the book was a fun listen.
I got about a quarter of the way through this. It was intersting. It was well narrated. When it got to a section (not overly explicitly but rather lengthily) referring to beastiality, I was done. I can't say more without giving spoilers which is not my intention. If that doesn't bother you... do what you will. If it does, you may want to try Agent to the Stars, which is by the same author and narrator and I very much enjoyed.
Oy, I like John Scalzi, but his writing doesn't always click with me. I give this book 3.5 stars, which I round up to 4 'cause I like the author. I suppose his books could best be described as "sci-fi comfort food"; entertaining, lightweight, nothing that makes you think too hard. The Android's Dream seem to be trying to mine Douglas Adams territory with a mix of space opera and humor; the humor worked okay, but at the expense of the space opera.
Basically, it's the future, and Earth is part of an interstellar Commonwealth which is kind of like a galactic UN except people actually listen to it. Earth's closest allies are more like "frenemies"; the reptilian Nidu, with whom Earth once fought a war. The novel begins with an Earth diplomat wreaking vengeance on the Nidu for their (indirectly) killing his father, which causes a diplomatic crisis that can only be settled by the Nidu being provided with an extremely rare breed of sheep... which turns out to be, through a series of bizarre genetic experiments, a person who doesn't know she has sheep DNA.
It turns out there are rival factions in both the Earth and Nidu governments who don't want the "sheep" to survive, which triggers an interplanetary chase with plenty of action and wisecracks in a story that could have been written for a Will Smith movie.
Not bad, certainly entertaining, but it never quite let me take the story seriously, while never quite being funny enough to make me laugh out loud. I will say that Wil Wheaton does a great job narrating this one, as he takes the right youthful, jovial tone as someone who loves cheesy space opera.
no, this book thought it was a lot more clever than it was and it failed to be interesting or insightful. the dialog seems like it should have been in a comic book.
no, I have loved Sci-Fi since I was a child, this is just a reminder that it takes some searching to find the good ones
The opening scene.
I think pre-teens would enjoy this book
I'd put this book near the top.
I loved the complexity of the story. The author puts a lot on the table and uses everything.
I really like Wheaton's reading style. I feel he give the book some gusto without over doing it.
The shortest thing I can say is "Be prepared to die laughing". Scalzi's humor is perfect for anyone; science fiction enthusiasts and sci-fi newbies alike. It's a fun, light piece of reading that anyone should add to their physical book collection (if you're at all like me and put favorite books in your physical collection).
It's a bit like Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Easy to follow with a huge amount of absurd humor.
The entire first chapter is one of the best openings ever. I repeat BEST. OPENING. EVER.