When I downloaded the first book, I got the impression that these were self contained episodes. The first one was over 2 hours in length, and the story seemed to stand on its own.
I foolishly didn't take notice of the length when I downloaded the second. I figured that if these were episodes in the vein of television series' that they would all be of similar length. I was wrong. Not only is this "episode" only 39 minutes long, it doesn't tie in with the first episode in any way at all! There's no context for what's going on here, and it just ends abruptly. It's abundantly clear that this episode DOESN'T stand on its own.
Now, I'm sure that future "episodes" will tie these two incidents together, but that's not how episodes work! These aren't episodes at all, it's all just one continuous book that has been broken down into sections. It's a cheap trick which I imagine is intended to build anticipation but it ends up just being annoying.
Sure, other books often require a continuation of the story, but in those cases they tend to end at some properly dramatic point. They don't just end in the middle of some minor challenge.
There's no way I can give this story high marks - it's incomplete. If I'm a teacher and you hand me an incomplete essay, you'll fail. Same here. The performance was pretty good though, I found no fault with William Dufris.
This may be a riveting story when it's complete, but right now it's not. Cutting up the story into sections like this really ruins the flow. It's complete nonsense.
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Yes, While short it has all that's needed to add to the overall narrative
The way he conveys the emotion of the scene
I recommend the Audible edition -- the narrator adds great atmosphere and tension to the all dialogue episode. Even though it's short, it stands alone as an emotional and fascinating story.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
Episode one had a lot of interesting events in it... that would happen in any "TV Show", but the second episode is talking about something different and has no mention of the first episode's events.
as a 39 minutes book, it wasn't bad, you get to know some of the weird actions that occur and start to think "Whats going on?", but that wouldn't do until you read the next books.
So overall it was ok.
Its really hard to review a less than an hour book.
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Good start but it leaves you hanging, like it is supposed to. Dont know where it is going but eager for the next installment.
Wow. This is the darkest thing yet in Scalzi's OMW universe. We all knew life on extrasolar colonies was hard, but wow......
I thought this might be interesting and bought the 1st. one in series. The 2nd. made no sense to me and it is much to short. The story doesn't tie in with the 1st. book No story anywhere. This is not for me.
My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)
(This follows my review from episode 1.) I'm still a fan of author John Scalzi and narrator William Dufris. The momentum of their cred is still strong following my first exposure to Mr. Scalzi's work in the Old Man's War series. (Mr. Dufris can do no wrong in my opinion, since I've followed his work since the Destroyermen series. So his cred has lifetime membership as far as I'm concerned.) :)
But, now 2 episodes into the Human Division, I have to say I'm still not a fan of the "episodes" experiment. And, since the summary promised that these would be "...a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories set in the Old Man's War universe..." then on the merits of this being a "self-contained" short story, I have to rate it fairly low. Call me old fashioned, but I still like my stories to have a beginning, middle and end. This one was all middle.
I know, I know... the storyline gets picked up again in Episode 3. I get that? But again, as a "self-contained" short story, this didn't do it for me.
That said, am I buying Episode 3 next? Absitively. But then again, I'm a fan.
Tip: If you get Episode 2, then you might as well go ahead and get ep 3 in the same online session.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
I'm assuming this will tie in with the story at one point. A different group than were in the first short. I like to read these as a pallet cleanser in between books.
I must say that I truly enjoy John Scalzi's work. I have every book of his available on Audible. I really enjoy his “Old Man’s War” series of books, but there is one thing that irritates me. Scalzi overuses the word “SAID”. In all of his books, it is “John said”, “Jane said”, “John said”, “Zoe said”. It is never ending. There is no other word that is used more in his books than the word ‘SAID”. Now, for the first time, there is a written work by John Scalzi without the word “SAID”. It was so refreshing. I feel free.
However, it didn’t last. The remaining episodes go back to the “SAID” monotony. There was a flirtation with the word “ASKED”, but “SAID” won out.
Did I say mention that this is a cool series? This episodic adventure is a nice departure from his other works. I like that he has expanded on the “Old Man’s War” universe. As someone who has had 15 surgeries in 15 years, I’d go back in the military for a new body. This is fiction, right?