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The Sagan Diary | [John Scalzi]

The Sagan Diary

Jane Sagan: Soldier. Killer. Lover. Dreamer. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Jane Sagan: Soldier. Killer. Lover. Dreamer.

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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    wyatt Albuquerque, NM, United States 03-27-13
    wyatt Albuquerque, NM, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "It's a Poem"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a poem about life and a love letter in book form. If you're looking for plot and action, skip this book. If youre looking for some amazing writing and thought provoking analogies this will fit it nicely after the ghost brigades.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 06-03-12
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 06-03-12 Member Since 2011

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Excellent Brief Interlude in "Old Mans War" series"

    If you're just beginning this series with "Old Mans War"-and take note..these books really need to be listened to in order-the place to listen to this totally different short story is after the second book.."The Ghost Brigades". IMO.

    This short bit is written as a diary when Jane Sagan decides to make a big change in her life as a warrior and become a colonist. She downloads memories and thoughts that are supposed to be part of an encyclopedia on the fighters who have made the decision to change their lives but instead records personal thoughts on her past life (lives) and hopes for her future with John Perry.

    Written in the first person, it's heartfelt, meaningful, and completely unlike anything Scalzi has previously written-and I commend him on his ability to write such a strong female personality into the book. It is good solid writing and Stephanie Wolfe does a grand job on the narration.

    Scalzi himself gives a brief summary on the background of the short story and I am quite happy that he decided to fulfill his obligation by writing this....he really stretched himself and succeeded in making a tremendous addition to the series. A series I've come to enjoy a lot.

    Do buy this if you've gotten hooked on the books-it adds a lot.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-25-13
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2002

    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 Sci Fi and not Poetry"

    I really liked Old Mans War and most of the rest of the series, but this had no story, no action, and the only Sci Fi was second hand. This is a short story length diary entry monologue by Jane about life, love, killing and death. Maybe (just maybe) if I had just finished Old Mans War yesterday, I might have found the references to that story compelling. I doubt it. It takes really good prose to support a format like this. Proust yes, Scalzi not yet. This is not at all bad, but the writing is just not up to this otherwise boring format. I can’t think of anyone I would recommend this to. If you just finished The Old Mans War and really would like to know Jane’s deep internal longings, well. I would read Old Mans War again, but maybe some people would enjoy The Sagan Diary.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Travis Houston, TX 12-21-13
    Travis Houston, TX 12-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Low stars for the low value"

    The writing isn't bad, it actually had some interesting quotes. The problem is I paid 5 dollars for an hour of audio book. This should be free, especially considering it contains no direct value to the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Scarborough, Ontario, Canada 04-30-12
    Richard Scarborough, Ontario, Canada 04-30-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Not what I expected"

    I have always enjoyed Scalzi's work. This is not one of his usual efforts. In the introduction he explains how this piece came about. I think he did a good job of meeting his goal, but it wasn't quite what I wanted. And at the end, I really don't think I learned anything important about Jane Sagan. I'm glad I listened to it, but I'm also glad it was short.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Canberra City, Australia 01-11-14
    Jennifer Canberra City, Australia 01-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Surprisingly dull - couldn't finish."

    I was so excited to get this audiobook, and there was a great interview with John Scalzi all about him trying a new format and really getting into the female mindset - it sounded so good I couldn't wait! All I can say is that he has no idea how women think (or he knows some very strange robot-like ones), and the new format was a mistake. I have never heard anything so boring, and I think it would be just as dull in print. What a shame! His other work is brilliant.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul A. Strand Brea, CA United States 10-27-13
    Paul A. Strand Brea, CA United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2001

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    "A very bad story made worse because I paid for it."
    What disappointed you about The Sagan Diary?

    It was the same as a character development within a story. BUT, without the story. Anyone could have written it. I learned my lesson with Scalzi. It takes years for an author to build integrity with his fans. But a trite experiment of high school quality will lose it faster than your intestines with food poisoning.


    What could John Scalzi have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Warn us. Not print it. If he gives books away as he did here, do it with quality. Sooo disappointing.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Stephanie Wolfe and John Scalzi ?

    Not automatically as before.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The cost was simply set up to rip people off. I will do my homework next time and not trust that this author portrays integrity. Drop 3 or 4 ratings down on radar. Bad books are a warning for those who are not ready. I was had. Lesson learned.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Planetary Defense Commander Catfish City 11-18-11
    Planetary Defense Commander Catfish City 11-18-11 Member Since 2004
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    "No action, no dialogue"

    If you're like me, you are looking at this book because you loved old man's war, ghost brigades, and the lost colony, and you're hoping to get another entertaining, thought-provoking story. Here's a warning that I wish someone had given me:
    In a prologue, the author basically states that he's good at writing dialogue and action, and wants to try a story without those elements. I wish I had just deleted the book at that point. I forced myself to listen to the entire book, although my mind kept wandering to topics it found more entertaining, such as fruit fly genetics. I kept hoping there would be something good later on, but there wasn't. If listening to a woman talk about her feelings for an hour and a half sounds like entertainment to you, maybe you'll enjoy this book, but I'm guessing that isn't the case for most fans of old man's war.

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    Ryan MOTT, ND, United States 11-24-11
    Ryan MOTT, ND, United States 11-24-11 Member Since 2011
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    "I'm really not sure what I think of this."

    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.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Jasper, GA, United States 08-19-09
    Tim Jasper, GA, United States 08-19-09 Member Since 2009

    A middle-aged romantic who grew up reading Heinlen, Louis L'Amour and Richard Hooker. Expect and honest opinion, even if it's not PC.

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    "Incredible"

    This short story is amazing. The words flow with poetic grace and touch the heart and mind.
    I think Scalzi is ever bit as good as Robert Heinlen at his best!
    I can't wait to listen to the Ghost Brigades.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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