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Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City: Prologue: A Tor.com Original | [John Scalzi]

Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City: Prologue: A Tor.com Original

Here is Old Man's War author John Scalzi's sendup of the heroic fantasy genre, now a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story.
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Here is Old Man's War author John Scalzi's sendup of the heroic fantasy genre, now a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story.

©2012 John Scalzi (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Lady BURNSVILLE, MN, United States 11-11-13
    Lady BURNSVILLE, MN, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Wish I'd Read the Reviews"

    I paid for this "short story." My own fault, I guess, because if you don't pay attention, you will pay a price, but this is an all too brief 21 minute of introduction. It should be offered as a free teaser to the actual STORY, otherwise, it's a rip-off. I've already taken responsibility for not being more observant, but were I casting blame, I'm not sure who to point a finger at for not making it clear that this is not a $3.95 story, but rather a $3.95 (or 1 valuable credit) introduction to the story concept. It is, as others have commented, a teaser. I will probably buy the book when it comes out, but for the teaser, I have to cry foul on offering this for a fee.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James Springfield, MO, United States 03-05-13
    James Springfield, MO, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2010

    New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.

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    "Excellent Prologue, not short story"

    I guess the book for this prologue has not been published yet. It was great and I really want to read the series now. It was very intelligent, lots of funny parts and fun.

    I fail to see though how it is considered a short story. There really didn't seem to be much of a plot, yet it is up for a Hugo?

    I got this for free, so I have no complaints, but I can not see why you would spend money on it, since it is really not a complete story.

    It looks like Sclazi is going to Master the Fantasy market as well as he has mastered the Science Fiction Market.

    Narrator and production are excellent.

    As much as I love John Sclazi, I would say what till the book comes out, surely this will be part of the book.

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    Marie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 03-04-13
    Marie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Wait, what, that's it?"

    I really like John Scalzi's books, so I got this one. Is it worth $4 or a credit? For 21 minutes, no. I may as well have sought out the text and read it. The narration is good and the story, what little of it that was there, was a fun listen and I wanted more. There is a good wanting more and there is a bad wanting more, this is the bad wanting more, because there isn't.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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