In John Scalzi's best-selling Old Man's War series of science-fiction novels, we see this warrior woman as the other characters see her: silent and strong, from the outside. But now The Sagan Diary shows us Sagan from another point of view - her own. As she prepares to leave military life and join her new husband and adopted daughter on a colony world, Sagan reflects on her life, in her own words - recalling friends, battles, and experiences; illustrating all the violence and wonder of her times; trying to fit "an entire life into this compressed space".
For fans of Scalzi's works, it's an intimate and surprising glimpse into one of his most popular characters. As read by Stephanie Wolfe, it's unlike any other science-fiction story you'll hear this year.
©2006 John Scalzi; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
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I am really only rating this book as '3 Stars' out of honor for the other books in the series, which were VERY good in my opinion... If I'd listened to this book as a "Stand Alone" I probably wouldn't have even bothered to rate it, but since I enjoyed the other books in the series, I guess I have to give it at least a 'three' for filling in a little background on one of the main characters... Having said that, it's not a book I'd listen to again just for the enjoyment, and to be honest, I struggled to finish it.
As I said in my review of the first book in the series ("Old Man's War"), "The Sagan Diary" seems to be some sort of "Side-Step" to the main series, and in my opinion didn't really add anything important to the "actual" series. It was written as a "prize" for the highest bidder when one of the other books in the series was auctioned to benefit a library... I'm sure it's a masterpiece of prose, but I like "Sci-Fi" and action, not a deep treatise that I now remember only as "how do I feel about feeling when not born to feel?" (Those aren't exact words, but it's the "feeling" *I* got from reading it ;)
The narration by Stephanie Wolfe was very well done, and I truly think her performance was just about the only thing that actually kept me paying attention to the story overall.
As the title says, I'm really not sure what I think of this. On an intellectual level, I thought it was a mostly well written piece. However, I didn't really enjoy it very much. I won't give any spoilers, but there was an event towards the end of the second book that Sagan went into more detail about in this book. That was the only part of the book I really enjoyed.
There is also a chapter in the book completely about sex. In the first two books I thought that the way sex was handled was mostly well done and pretty tastefully done. Tastefully done in the context of the characters anyway. In this book I could say the same thing if the chapter had been about half as long as it was. I found myself rolling my eyes after a while and just wishing it would hurry up already.
This is also a personal preference, but I've never particularly enjoyed women narrators. It's rare that I think one ever does a great job. Something about a female voice tends to let my mind wander more than usual. That problem is especially bad in such a short book, but as I said, this is just a personal preference. Stephanie Wolfe wasn't particularly bad, but she wasn't very engaging either.
this is one of those character development books that makes me hope that she is in future books as I work through the series. a worthy read for this who are already hooked on the story line
Not any time soon. It is like eating a really bad meal in a local, comfortable beanery. It makes you think you should check out what they have in other places. You know you might come back at some point, but only long long after the memory of the bad meal fades.
Anything else will be better. I like science fiction and believable aliens. Scalzi does a pretty good job of providing believable aliens. This story does not have them.
The entire POS is Jane Sagan talking to herself. Stephanie does well enough reading Scalzi's drivel. Don't blame the messenger on this one!
Anger - I feel ripped off with this title. First it isn't long, and even if it was great, the cost is higher than any other audio book you will listen to.
Sadly, it isn't a good use of your time. Scalzi appears to be proud / self-congratulatory of this truly bad story. Seriously, it isn't even close to so-bad-it-is-good. It is just disappointing and does not add to the story-line of the Old Man's War books.
I feel like this story is as close as Scalzi can come to expressing his contempt for women. He said in the forward that this was his first attempt to write a story from the point of view of a woman, and although he beats rippling alliteration to death, he somehow thinks that is all there is in how a woman might think.
Avoid this like the pox ridden plague carrier it is. Scalzi has written plenty of acceptable pleasant time wasters. This isn't one of them.
Have you ever looked at something labelled art and said "I can do better than that" and came to the conclusion that it really wasn't art, after all? That is my reaction to this.
one of the best short stories I have read in a long time. I loved it totally. I am sure John's macho readers will disagree but they are wrong. I wept.
If you like "Dear Diary" romance, this is the book for you. Otherwise, skip it.
Absolutely. I've loved everything else I've listened to by him.
Problem is the story - nothing would help.
The whole premise. Don't think editing would have helped.
To tell the truth, I couldn't finish it. It was putting me to sleep in the road. In fairness to Mr. Scalzi, It takes a lot to keep my attention. So it may play better with others.
In the opening Mr. Scalzi said he was trying something new. It may be the style rather than the content that failed with me.
If you're into poetic existential angst, this has you written all over it.
This is a companion story to the Old Man's War series, but it's been a while since I read it, and the speaker doesn't give context for her stream-of-consciousness ramblings, so it all comes off as the whiny, existential angst of a teenager.
John doesn't actually narrate at all -- he included a forward which is not part of the story itself. Stephanie read with almost no emotion at all. It was very similar to what I imagine it would be like to hear Siri read me this book.
I suppose if you'd JUST read the series, or had a much better memory than mine, it might be more meaningful.
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A quick read which helps give depth to the Character of Jane Sagan. As the author admits in his preface it’s a bit of a departure from the other books in the series which have a lot of action this takes place in Jane’s head and gives a new look at the life of a CDF special forces soldier. It’s some excellent writing and gives the reader a new appreciation for the side of characters that we don’t necessarily see on the pages.
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