Say something about yourself!
The Human Division is organized as a set of Episodes, each of them involving the B-team, a group of low level diplomats with their side-kick and Colonial Defense Forces (CDF) technical expert Harry Wilson, well known to readers of Scalzi's "Old Man's War" series. The B-team is really an A-team that has been recruited to solve unsolvable problems, but they do not know how well they are regarded by the powers that be. This makes for some fun moments and interesting twists as our diplomatic heroes attempt to keep the Colonial Union out of fights it can't possibly win against a conclave of hundreds of other races determined to keep humanity from spreading through the galaxy as quickly as it would like.
You don't have to have read the previous Harry Wilson books to enjoy this one because the episodes are very self-contained and self-explanatory. Indeed, the one flaw in this collection is the redundancy that comes from assembling stories each of which was written so that it could stand alone. That means that the same background material often gets repeated. You will, however, want to read whatever Scalzi writes next in this universe because the episodes end just as new threats and mysteries are revealed. I can't wait to find out where he takes us.
Reader William Dufris interprets Scalzi's sarcastic and amusing characters exactly as I would have imagined them, so kudos on the performance as well.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
WE ONLY NEED THE HEADS
I am a huge fan of Scalzi. I had listened to the first episode, The B-Team for free and liked it, so I got the whole book. I found I liked episode 1, even better the second time around. There are 13 episodes and two stories. You do not get the final two stories if you just get the episodes. The final two stories are funny and great. Many of the episodes are very good I was bored by episode 9 and 10, but the rest were good to great.
THE DOG KING
These are loosely connected, so it is mostly 15 short stories with a common theme. It is rare to have this many good stories in a collection. If you are a fan of short stories this is a must.
WALK THE PLANK
Scalzi's writing in these stories remind me a lot of Asimov's Robot stories. Asimov would expand on his robots and the laws of robotics with each story. Here Scalzi often expands on Smart Blood and what can be done with it. Asimov was not as funny, but it was a different time. If you like Asimov try this series.
As always, Scalzi is very good at wry, cynical dialogue and his space-battle scenes are both exciting and horrific, but he seems to have concentrated more on the novelty of the episodic format here than on a coherent story. I get the feeling (or at least hope) that this book is mostly a transportation step towards an even better story to come.
To my taste, the book has too much politics and conspiracy and too little technobabble. I like my space opera technobabble-heavy.
Still, as usual, a great gallery of well-defined and convincing characters are given extra depth and plausibility by William Dufris great narration.
Worth the listen if you don't expect much from it.
Each of the books in this series captured my attention with complex story lines and characters, great narration and unexpected twists. This book never brought it together.
The quality of the narration is still there but the story never makes sense and leaves the reader up in the air. If there is to be another book in the series to wrap this all up, I can honestly say I've lost interest and won't bother with any more
A TV show.
Probably not. See below for why.
Mr. Dufris is a competent and consistent narrator. He does a good job with Human Division.
I loved Scalzi's Old Man's War and the next two books in the series. I laughed at Agent to the Stars. I'm having a hard time finishing this story. I've met the primary character before. He's the same sarcastic, wise cracking guy we saw in Agent to the Stars, Red Shirts and Fuzzy Nation. The name has been changed, but not the voice. I want new characters in a new book.
A small but irritating point is that Scalzi almost never omits the "he said - she said" after dialog. This intrudes into the narration. Wilson said. Schmitt said. Wilson said. Schmitt said. Wilson said. Schmitt said. Wilson said. Schmitt said. Wilson said. Schmitt said. That works fine for written work, but with more and more books getting made into audiobooks there should be a class for writers that brings home the point that not every utterance needs a he said after it to keep the conversation clear.
Another minor point is that this, strictly speaking, isn't a novel. It reads like a series of TV shows that loosely revolves around a theme and cast. Honestly, it isn't working to hold my interest, and I've read or listened to every novel that Scalzi has had published.
I like Sci-Fi, logic, technical, and fantasy.
This is why I read Scalzi. Excellent book. Great story. This is the best book in the series that I have read.
A little disjointed, but iI like this universe. Great job, I couldn't stop listening. I listen while I walk and I set new fitbit records.
Yea! Being a 1,000 title audible reader, I hated that chopped up release they did. Happy to have another great Old Man's War novel in a normal format. Hope Audible has learned from their experiment that us clients just don't like getting fed a chapter at a time. We're all binge readers ;)
I still really want to know what happens
next. It was nice to see the world from Harry's POV. Counting the days till my next credits.
Fanatical Endurance Athlete, who listens to a lot of books while training.
I have to say, I really like this book, but thought it a bit scarce in detail at the start.Its only when started looking for more books by John Scalzi, that I found out this was not the first book in the series. I have since tracked down the others and it fills the gaps.
The story is classic Science Fiction, which not only looks at issues in the future, but also tries to provide explanation of the technology advances that are highlighted in the book. So its not only a book.
The story seems a bit disjoined, skipping from one scenario to another but it ties together in the end to realise a comprehensive outcome.
Its well worth the read but try to track down the earlier books, and you will enjoy it more.