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.
"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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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.
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.
I was not disappointed. A very original yarn. Loved it from page one. I especially loved the twists and turns. Well done
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.
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.
I thought that the scene in the mall was one of the best scenes in the book. It offered right imagery.
Don't forget your Tums.
Starts queer and just gets strangely believable.
About the three quarters through when somebody decides to eat their new best friend!!
I like Brian.
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.
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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.
My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.
This is a good story but after hearing this one and Agent to the Stars Scalzi seems to have a fixation with smelly, bodily gasses as alien communication. Most of the people he knows must have bad breath or he himself must eat a lot of Broccoli ... probably not married either. Don't think I'd wanna sit close to him anywhere. But the book was a fun listen.
I got about a quarter of the way through this. It was intersting. It was well narrated. When it got to a section (not overly explicitly but rather lengthily) referring to beastiality, I was done. I can't say more without giving spoilers which is not my intention. If that doesn't bother you... do what you will. If it does, you may want to try Agent to the Stars, which is by the same author and narrator and I very much enjoyed.
Oy, I like John Scalzi, but his writing doesn't always click with me. I give this book 3.5 stars, which I round up to 4 'cause I like the author. I suppose his books could best be described as "sci-fi comfort food"; entertaining, lightweight, nothing that makes you think too hard. The Android's Dream seem to be trying to mine Douglas Adams territory with a mix of space opera and humor; the humor worked okay, but at the expense of the space opera.
Basically, it's the future, and Earth is part of an interstellar Commonwealth which is kind of like a galactic UN except people actually listen to it. Earth's closest allies are more like "frenemies"; the reptilian Nidu, with whom Earth once fought a war. The novel begins with an Earth diplomat wreaking vengeance on the Nidu for their (indirectly) killing his father, which causes a diplomatic crisis that can only be settled by the Nidu being provided with an extremely rare breed of sheep... which turns out to be, through a series of bizarre genetic experiments, a person who doesn't know she has sheep DNA.
It turns out there are rival factions in both the Earth and Nidu governments who don't want the "sheep" to survive, which triggers an interplanetary chase with plenty of action and wisecracks in a story that could have been written for a Will Smith movie.
Not bad, certainly entertaining, but it never quite let me take the story seriously, while never quite being funny enough to make me laugh out loud. I will say that Wil Wheaton does a great job narrating this one, as he takes the right youthful, jovial tone as someone who loves cheesy space opera.
If you don't mind harsh profanity, disrespect and a flippant regard towards religion, and enjoy the idea of men having sex with genetically modified animals then this book might be for you.
There were times when Wil Wheaton's voice was distinguishable between the different characters' voices, but he might as well have been reading aloud to himself. Much of the time I could not tell which of the characters was supposed to be talking.
I listened thru to the end hoping for something to redeem this book even a little so I would not have to feel disgusted with myself for having listened to this book and also hoping that I would not have completely wasted my time and money, but no. This book was a complete waste of time and money. For your information, the slight reference to "Do Android's Dream of Electric Sheep" only reinforces the poor taste of the author to try and use this reference to group these books together somehow, which cannot be further from the truth.
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