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The Android's Dream | [John Scalzi]

The Android's Dream

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.
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Publisher's Summary

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony.

To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire, who with the help of Brian Javna, a childhood friend turned artificial intelligence, scours the earth looking for the rare creature. And they find it, in the unknowing form of Robin Baker, pet store owner, whose genes contain traces of the sheep DNA. But there are others with plans for the sheep as well: Mercenaries employed by the military. Adherents of a secret religion based on the writings of a 21st century science-fiction author. And alien races, eager to start a revolution on their home world and a war on Earth.

To keep our planet from being enslaved, Harry will have to pull off the greatest diplomatic coup in history, a grand gambit that will take him from the halls of power to the lava-strewn battlefields of alien worlds. There's only one chance to get it right, to save the life of Robin Baker - and to protect the future of humanity.

©2006 John Scalzi (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"With plenty of alien gore to satisfy fans of military SF and inventive jabs at pretend patriotism and self-serving civil service, Scalzi delivers an effervescent but intelligent romp." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Mr Australia 08-28-12
    Mr Australia 08-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A good scifi story with plenty of humour added in."
    What made the experience of listening to The Android's Dream the most enjoyable?

    Interesting and engaging story, hit enough tropes without going too far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Android's Dream?

    Murder via by talking out of their ass, literally.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    Pronunciation of the alien names so matter of factly, good understanding of the genre.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lee harvey STEVENSVILLE, MONTANA, US 08-28-12
    lee harvey STEVENSVILLE, MONTANA, US 08-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Will Wheaton a really good reader"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Android's Dream to be better than the print version?

    With Will Wheaton reading yes I could not have did as good a job in my head as he did on the audio book


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes Agent to the Stars just as entertaining


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could have


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Levant, ME, United States 08-27-12
    Kindle Customer Levant, ME, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Scalzi and Wheaton:Superb combination"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Android's Dream to be better than the print version?

    For me, undoubtedly.


    What other book might you compare The Android's Dream to and why?

    Fuzzy Nation - same dry wit, same excellent narration.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    Sometimes I have to remind myself that one person is doing the narration. And he captures Scalzi dry wit so well, making me almost laugh out loud at times as I listen.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Scalzi at his dryest.


    Any additional comments?

    Even if the story doesn't grab you, the way Scalzi writes, will. You can't help but become a Scalzi fan.

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    Mark PEORIA, AZ, United States 08-17-12
    Mark PEORIA, AZ, United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2010

    [RATT]LandShark

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    "Hitch Hikers Guide meets the Pink Panther"

    Witty dry humor with cultural undertones gives this novel a flavor that honestly, I have not seen. This book is funny, action packed and yet not predictable.

    The reason I mention HHG is because it has those cultural “Easter Eggs” tossed in for people who are just a little too sophisticated for their own good. At the same time, it offers a base humor that will entertain the unenlightened masses.

    So I guess what I’m saying is that this book has something delightfully entertaining for everyone, a Rubrics Cube of literary style.

    If you are a sci-fi fan who likes like humor, this is simply a book that you must get, you won’t be disappointed. And if you happen to be a little dimwitted, don’t worry, you’ll still like the book.

    One more point. For the technology based community, the writer is obviously a bit of a geek. This may sound bad, but it isn’t. Nothing and I mean nothing is more annoying than lame technology, that is, tech that is described by non-technical authors. THIS author obviously knows computers, and can talk about them in a way that will not leave the non-technical crowd bored. I’m a software developer, I know the difference.

    Get this book.

    You will love it!

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    Adam Shields Marietta, GA, USA 08-16-12
    Adam Shields Marietta, GA, USA 08-16-12 Member Since 2003

    Book blogger at Bookwi.se

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    "Great Sci Fi Comedy"

    I enjoyed reading Agent to the Stars so much that I picked up another John Scalzi book. Again this was a audiobook so I picked one that had Will Wheaton as a narrator.

    Both of Scalzi’s books that I have read so far have not been primarily concerned with the science. Instead they are science fiction settings (there are aliens, it is in the future) but it is really just the setting, not the main concern of the book. So people that do not traditionally like science fiction might like these.

    Android’s Dream is more of a spy book than a science fiction book. Harry Creek is a former cop, a former war hero, a computer specialist and currently works for the State Department giving aliens bad news.

    His more ‘special’ talents get him tasked to find a particular breed of sheep to stop an interplanetary war that the Earth will be sure to lose. Of course he ends up finding a girl that needs help. He has to escape both the aliens and the humans that want to encourage a war.

    The end had a very nice twist that took the book in a very different direction.

    Scalzi writes with a lot of humor. So it feels a bit like Christopher Buckley or Carl Hiaasen but with a science fiction setting. I will be reading more Scalzi, especially with Will Wheaton as a narrator.

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    WebTaylor Saint Peatersburg, FL United States 08-14-12
    WebTaylor Saint Peatersburg, FL United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not sure why I chose this book but am glad I did"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This story was nothing like what I expected. I really love it when an author takes science and gives it a little twist and creates a unique story. That is what the author did here. The story was totally refreshing and even if you couldn't relate to the characters, you still wanted to know what happens next. The Android's Dream was fast paced and fun. I have recommended this book to my students.


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    Mark Launceston, Australia 08-14-12
    Mark Launceston, Australia 08-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very entertaining"

    I was not disappointed. A very original yarn. Loved it from page one. I especially loved the twists and turns. Well done

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    Meg Jordan 06-06-12
    Meg Jordan 06-06-12
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    "I loved this book"
    Where does The Android's Dream rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I think this was one of the best audio books that I've listened to in a long time. It kept my focus and I was engaged until the very end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really enjoyed Talk (I believe that's how his name is spelled). The concept of a Nidu going through a religious quest and the lack of loyalty that serves came off hilarious and enthralling.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I thought that the scene in the mall was one of the best scenes in the book. It offered right imagery.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't forget your Tums.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pablo MEXICO CITY, Mexico 05-14-12
    Pablo MEXICO CITY, Mexico 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "FUN!!!"
    If you could sum up The Android's Dream in three words, what would they be?

    Starts queer and just gets strangely believable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Android's Dream?

    About the three quarters through when somebody decides to eat their new best friend!!


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

    I like Brian.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Absolutely laugh!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I just plain enjoyed the feeling of a well told story, well explained and coherent whilst being outrageous, kind of the same feeling seen in The Fifth Element.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 11-13-11
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 11-13-11

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Not just right...."

    I really like John Scalzi, this was not at all bad, but it was not one of my favorite of his books. It did have some quite funny bits, a few interesting ideas, and a several likeable (but not quite well developed) characters, but it was a bit too heavy to be light and fun, and a bit too tongue in cheek to be deeply satisfying. I am never offended by scatological humor but I don???t appreciate it as a pillar of a novel. The narration was right on.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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