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5.0 out of 5 starsThe Sound of Squee!
Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2013
I'm a huge fan of Mr. Scalzi and have loved the Old Man's War Universe since the first novel was published. This series, released in episode format has been amazing to read, as it returns me to one of my favorite imaginary stomping grounds, and I find that I have looked forward to the weekly release of the novel the same as I would look forward to the weekly release of a TV show that I was a big fan of. Great story, great characters, great great great! Not sure if I can pull it off, but I'm going to throw another great in here for good measure. PS: I'm not as creative as Mr. Scalzi but I do I want to give shout outs for his amazing work so expect to see this exact same review on all of the Human Division episodes that I review because a) I want everyone to know I think it's great and help promote his work and b) seriously I'm not that creative.
I enjoyed this section of The Human Division. The reason I rated this 4 stars is because of the price, compared to length.
Basically if all of these chapters had been combined into one boot in the traditional way, it would have been a short novel, priced around $8 to $10. Instead at a dollar per chapter, the price comes out a bit higher. I can't say that I haven't enjoyed reading them, and I don't feel ripped off, but the length compared to price is a bit off.
I like what John Scalzi is doing here, but I hope if he tries this again we get a bit more bang for the buck. All that said, I don't regret the buy at all. If you're a Scalzi fan, or a fan of The Old Man's War, you should absolutely but this collection.
I guess I was expecting something more cohesive? But each story does contribute to the whole. This has to be a fairly profitable franchise for Mr. Scalzi at 99 cents per installment. So far I've paid 11.88 for 12 short stories. A couple of them took less than 30 minutes to read.
If I was a writer I think at this point I would allow it to evolve into a whole new series. Perhaps one in which young people from Earth and the colonies can enlist and have their 'birth bodies' preserved while they serve. Perhaps the stories could follow several recruits from different places and perspectives.
AWESOME SCI-FI!!!! This is a great story that gets deeper and deeper! Quasi-realistic future scenario based on the classic Sci-Fi Action story of the misinterpreted misfit hero, alien menace, future weapons and deep space warfare! Everything from Nanobots to battle frigate fights to super weapons and enhanced soldiers! This series has it all!!!! Great character development and dialogue, not going to reveal anymore, cause I you have to read each installment yourself! Also not going to write individual reviews for each "episode" in the series, get real amazon! hahaha! If you like great Sci-Fi GET ON THIS!
Another interesting installment in the serial that centers around Lt. Heather Lee & her abduction in Zhuang Guo. She figured out a unique way to map her surroundings & that was most enjoyable. I was more intrigued by the the conversation with the Secretary toward the end & what that's going to mean as we go further than what took place at Zhang Guo. Poor Jefferson. Looking forward to the next.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 3, 2017
Heather Lee returns to the page, although not in good circumstances. Drugged, questioned and about to be tortured, she has only her modified body and her musician's ear to aid her escape. Another fine chapter in the tale.
I am not convinced about the process of this, whilst I enjoy John Scalzi's writing and am enjoying the build up of the tale you end up buying 13 short stories, I would prefer to wait to the end and read as one.
Good continuation of the Series, but it's an expensive way to read the book, will not do this in a hurry again, but wost of all is the fact that to find out what happens I'll need to purchase all the rest of them 67p dosn't sound like a lot but already this has cost me over £6 and I'm not half way through, still errors in the text even though I'm paying more for the electronic version that I would for a paperback of the same lenght. Really disappointed with the setup!