This was an interesting little short story, a surprising ending to an old mans life, written beautifully, and narrated well.
The story line was original, but the execution was not as great as some of Scalzis other works. I enjoyed it, but the plot sort of dragged on, and there was a strange compilation of news style clips just tacked on to the end of the book that really didn't do much to enhance the story.
John Scalzi seems to crank out two types of books, those in the serial style of Asimov, and those with a sense of humor that is uniquely his own. This one is the latter.
The story line follows an alien that finds the way to integrate into human acceptance is not through politics, or systematic desensitization, but with the help of a great publicist.
The humor in this book is what endears me to Scalzis other books of this type and I would recommend all of them.
Wil Wheatons performance is great as usual.
The story was sort of vanilla as far as the genre goes, even trending a little towards young adult. The usual good guy gone bad for all the right reasons, and a love interest thrown into the mix.
The narrator did a good job with the characters and made it worth listening to.
A lot of reviews voice frustration with the philosophical discussion in this book, but I thought it was well ordered, and the theme surrounding the progression of emotion, and change of ideals when faced with mortality was well thought out.
The only reason I did not give it five stars is that the narration was a little mono-toned, and could lull you into sleep
I laughed out loud at this sequel to Off to be the Wizard. The perfect follow up to nerd boy finds out about medieval magic, nerd man finds love in Atlantis.
Can't wait for the next one and hope that Luke Daniels stays on as narrator.
I kept waiting for this book to get good, and I finally gave up half way through. The narration did not help matters.
Scientific mind meets the mind of a complete idiot. All in the same package. I loved this story, though extremely far fetched, it was great to get a glimpse of what technology of space travel might be like, plus I laughed out loud.
If you want a realistic mars voyage story, this is not for you. If you can not wait to see a mars story where Seth Rogan is cast as a scientist trapped on mars for a year, then this book is for you.
If you like Sue Grafton, then you will like this one. Nothing out of the ordinary, but that's what I like about the Grafton books is that you pretty much know you are going to have a decent detective story without wondering if you are going to hear something that you don't want to un-hear.
This is an interesting sci-fi love story set in a time when the worlds aging can choose to enlist in the military with the illusive draw of being young again. There are some strings attached of course, but they make for an interesting story as Scalzi's main character makes a name for himself in his military space retirement adventure.
I recommend this book.
This book made me laugh, it was a pleasure to re-account to my husband at night, though I'm sure my narration style is not as excellent as Luke Daniels. He did an excellent job with this laugh out loud story about a boy who gets in over his head while toying with the ultimate computer program.
I recommend this book if you are looking for a light hearted good time read.
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