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.
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"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)
What's your opinion on fart jokes? It's going to influence your perception of this book a lot. This book is definitely not for you if you're looking for serious literature, or really anything deeper than a beach read, but that doesn't mean it's bad. It's not trying to be deep, it's trying to be fun.
This book is funny in places, crude in places, and generally fast-paced. There's no character development to speak of, the story doesn't really go anywhere unexpected, and you have to wade through a lot of "weird for the sake of weird." Wil Wheaton does a pretty good job narrating.
It's kind of the potato chip of books. A little bit is enjoyable, but you wouldn't want to base your entire diet on them.
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This is sci-fi meets political thriller meets satire meets action. Its hard to classifiy this book since there is so much going on. Seriously it would take 4 paragraphs to summarize the plot but here goes my attempt in about 4 sentences. There is a political snafu (a pretty funny one actually) between earth and an interstellar ally (more like "frenemies" than allies here). To make up for this Earth must supply this ally with a sheep - yes a sheep. They need it for their coronation ceremony. If they don't get it then the kingship is up for grabs. Needless to say this rare sheep keeps getting more rare because rivals are killing it faster than anyone can collect one. It turns out the DNA is all that matters and this is where things get wierd - no spoilers but it turns out we CAN find the DNA of one. The difficult part is keeping all the various groups struggling for this DNA from getting their hands on it before the hero can save Earth. Everyone from the interstellar ally rival factions to a religious cult based on this sheep is after it.
This is a pretty fast paced book and I was never board. I was amazed that Scalzi was able to weave so many threads together so tightly and expertly.
I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard.
I loved Blade Runner, and Do Android's Dream of Electric Sheep, so I was pretty excited to hear this novel, and it didn't disappoint. It wasn't my favorite Scalzi, but it was pretty original. The story starts out vulgar, and I was regretting my purchase with all the flatulence, arterial congestion, and bursting things. Frankly, it may turn you green, until the meat of the story really starts.
Although I could see where certain parts of the story would go, the girl was a creative and viable surprise. Not his strongest story, he uses a few deus ex machinas, but Scalzi is a master of science fiction, and I haven't been disappointed with his work yet. His characters are fun and adaptable. The story keeps a good pace. The alien incarnation representing all of our negative characteristics from the obvious to the subtle, was well thought out. The aliens remain dynamic, yet have built their society around all of our major failings. The Nidu are like a crystal ball showing us what would happen if we let Wal-Mart fashion legal doctrine for the entire world.
Really impressed with his cursing. Good cursing is an art. Not everyone can get it right.
Scalzi has imagination, plus! Story is solid and enjoyable. I listen to two to three audiobooks a week as I travel for my work and this was worth the coin. Wil Wheaton is a good storyteller, even though he mispronounces some words (actually worth a chuckle)...so if you like sci fi, you will like android's dream.
Molecular biologist. Musician. Lover of science. Lover of music. Dreamer of magic. Thinker of thoughts. ||| "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" - Arthur C. Clarke ||| As a scientist, science fiction and fantasy inspire me to push the line of discovery forward, beyond conventional imagination, beyond conventional wisdom.
Definitely. This book hits the full spectrum. If you have even the slightest interest in scifi, religious studies, philosophy, action films, extraterrestrial relations, law, biotechnology, animal science, computer science, politics, or fun you will find something to love in this book.
I got used to Wheaton's reading style in Agent to the Stars, where I came to appreciate his ability to convey the emotional state and personality of a character, even alien characters, with great precision. The voices he gives to the individual extra terrestrials are absolutely spot on.
The way Scalzi is able to take ostensibly parallel plot lines and weave them into the intricate climaxes (yes, I would say this book has a few) present in this book gave me goosebumps on a few occasions. I would find myself with a huge smile realizing at specific moments, "My, how clever!"
This is a truly original story. I would love to read a sequel(hint to the author!). I laughed out loud at times. The action is great. Didn't care for the cussing though. The characters seemed well thought out.
Wil's performance is great as it is in Agent to the Stars.(If you haven't read that one, do so!)
Over all I think this would be a great addition to your library if you dont mind the rated "R" speech. I recommend all of Scalzi's books.
Excellent work. After listening to very long novel series, like Hyperion, Wheel of Time, etc, this was a very refreshing book. More fun than Fuzzy Nation, although that was good too. The combination of Scalzi and Wheaton is amazing. Keep them coming, and I'll keep Audible in business.
I like John Scalzi's books. HOWEVER, he REALLY needs to learn to use different ways of having his characters respond to each other. I get distracted (and sick of hearing) the word "said".
I was lured into spending a credit on this book by the short snippet of a preview for it. The interaction reminded me a bit of the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy's ship computer Eddie. Unfortunately, the book never really lived up to that level. On the positive side, there are lots of clever ideas in the plot and a wry sense of humour. So much science fiction and fantasy has been written over the last 50 years that it is an achievement to come up with anything original. It is narrated well by Wil Wheaton, who always seems to do a good job. It just never really sparkled for me - I was happy to listen to it but it didn't completely grab me. One of those books to while away a long journey.
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