John Scalzi does it again with the Humane Division putting us back into the universe of The Old Man's War with a cast of characters that we can emphasize with and root for. Total Sci fi bliss.
Fun, engrossing Scalzi book!
I love the humor combined with technical aspects... and, in this one, the individual dealing with politics of chain of command.
Loved the usual Scalzi humour of this story set in the same universe as the Old Man's War series, perfectly read, as usual, by Dufris.
My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)
Since this is just Episode 1, I'll have to reserve my full judgment until after I get a few more ep's into this series. But, for now, I can say I'm not a fan of the episodic format.
I'm tuning in because author John Scalzi AND narrator William Dufris have "cred" with me from the first 3 books of the Old Man's War series. Those are the ONLY reasons I'm tolerating this episodic / serial type format thingy. Also, I recognize that creative types have to try new things to keep their creative juices flowing. So, I support Mr. Scalizi's experimentation here as far as that goes.
That's it for now! Tune in next time, for Mel's Review of... THE HUMANNNN... DIVISION. (Cue music... Fade to black.) :-\
This could be a really great audio book if the author could just write his dialog descriptive a bit better. It's really the only thing holding this book and this series back. After listening to all the installments in this serial I really wanted to choke him too. He said. She said. He said. She said. He said. She said. All the stories have great flair but he can't take the time to give us more description of how the characters talk instead of just stating, he said - she said? Come on, can't his imagination stretch to cover that? Why aren't they groaning morosely or stammering anxiously or laughing maniacally? Perhaps it's something one glosses over when you're reading the written word in a book but when you hear it incessantly in the audio version you eventually want to scream and claw someone's eyes out. At least I did anyway. The narrator did a good job considering what he had to overcome. Still overall, the stories themselves are good. They are witty and funny and entertaining. I think the Dog King is my favorite in the serial.
That would depend on how good of a friend they are. If they are a good friend I would recommend they buy this book to evaluate this author before spending more money on his other books. If they are a not so good friend I would recommend they buy one of this authors other more expensive books. If they are a really good friend I would tell them not to wast their time and money but if they insisted I would let them listen to my download of this audio book so they could evaluate it before spending any money on it or any of this authors other books.
I thought the Narrator did ok considering what he had to work with.
“Look, Jane, look! I have a manuscript for a new book,” Dick said. “Oh, I like new books,” Jane said. “It is for a science fiction book written by John Scalzi,” Dick said. ”Oh, I like his books,” Jane said. “Me too,” Dick said. “Let’s publish it right away,” Jane said. “That is what I said when Sally said that Jack said that John said that he hoped we would publish his book,” Dick said. “John said that?” Jane said. “That is what Sally said Jack said John said,” Dick said. “I am glad you said what you said when Sally said Jack said John said that,” Jane said. “You said it!” Dick said. “Ruff! Ruff!” Spot said.
The B team takes place in the familiar universe of "Old Man's War" and is a welcome continuation of tales from that universe
A great listen
The Human Division is a departure for John Scalzi. It is a book(ish) in the Old Man's War universe, but published in an episodic nature. I am intrigued because he seems to try out different styles with the episodes, and from different perspectives, but maintains the story line throughout (granted I am only half way through at this point). I love his return to Old Man’s War. He revisits lesser characters from previous books, but from a different aspect. This is reminiscent of George R.R Martin’s change of story perspective throughout the Game of Thrones epic, but without killing of all your favorite characters. I can only hope Scalzi learns a lesson from Anne McCafferty’s Pern novels, that there is infinite story potential once a solid foundation has been laid (feel free to write 30 more books).
WARNING: DON’T BUY THESE WITH CREDITS: Before you buy any episodes with credits, LOOK AT THE PRICE. Audible has priced these episodes at a about a buck a piece, but have done us a disservice buy adding their default “OR 1 CREDIT”. We generally think a credit gives us a full 12 to 40 hour book. If you don’t pay attention, this episodic “book” could cost you 13 credits (virtually $130), or it could be $13 if you bought each episode with actual money. I believe, in the future, Audible will offer “The Human Division” for a single credit, just as was Jim Butcher’s “Side Jobs”, a collection of Dresden short stories. However, that does not help us now.
In summary, good move Scalzi, bad move Audible.
I enjoyed Old Man's War and was glad to see other stories set in that universe. I think the format of linked short stories will be fun. This story sets the stage for some intrigue and mystery well without making it feel like the story was unfinished. I'm looking forward to the next one!
It's the same narrator as Old Man's War that I thought did a wonderful job of portraying the kind of thoughtful and circumspect view of older adults in the story.