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.
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.
I have enjoyed listening to every John Scalzi book I could find, until now. And the rotten thing is, it's my fault I listened to this one. Had I done the most cursory of research, I would have realized that this book is not for me. (I haven't read The God Engines yet because I'm aware of its departure from his other work, fwiw, so I'm not sure what I was thinking.)
The Sagan Diary was written, Mr. Scalzi explains, to increase bids at a charity auction. He wrote in a completely different style than any of his other work- an internal monologue. He reports he loves the book. I am so glad that he wrote this book, enjoyed it and likes the outcome. I think many authors write to please their audience and their work suffers for it. Authors should, if they want to, write new things in a new ways that make them grow and develop as artists. Few things are as disappointing as the 18th (or was that 14th) book in a series that is the third book rehashed without the joy and creativity of the original and with no character growth.
Having said that, we, the readers, need to make ourselves aware of what we are getting into - by reading reviews, author notes, and / or listening to samples. I, unfortunately, did not do any of these things. What this book is and how it differs from all of his other writing are not secrets or even hard to find out about. Shame on me.The Sagan Diary is not my cup of tea. I made it through 2 chapters and then cut my losses. The reading is fine, the writing is fine, but I do not want to listen to someone's internal monologue with no story. I could be wrong, there could be a story and I didn't listen long enough to figure out what it was.
I have a great deal of respect for Mr. Scalzi so I am feeling pretty bad about what I'm about to type. I found this work to be pure navel gazing word vomit worthy of the most vapid sixteen year old.
If you are looking for something different by Mr. Scalzi, read this book. If you are looking for something more "typical" of Mr. Scalzi's work, this book is not for you.
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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.
A beautifully crafted companion piece to Old Man's War. Must read the series though to follow this narrative. Highly recommend to Scalzi readers.
It's a fine work, but is more focused on Jane's internal reflections on her life and relationship. There is no action to speak of.
Although far from essential... It adds a nice voice and a few great points on first love. It fills in nicely the love between John and Jayne that seems to be missing in the Last Colony.
This short book gives great insights into the inner workings of the mind of one of the major characters in the Old Man's War universe. The writing, narration, and themes are absolutely great, especially -- maybe only -- when considered in the context of the previous two books, "Old Man's War" and "The Ghost Brigades". I highly recommend "The Sagan Diary" only after the previous two because they the context of many of the memories in this book rely on the larger context of those novels.
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