John Scalzi’s The Collapsing Empire is the first book in a brand new series from the author of Old Man’s War. I have a sort of love/hate relationship with Scalzi’s writing. I really like most of his Old Man’s War series, but am not a big fan of almost everything else he’s done. He’s a really good writer who knows how to keep you turning the page, but after you’re done, you realize it’s pretty forgettable. And that’s the problem I had with The Collapsing Empire.
John Scalzi’s new book The Human Division was an experiment of sorts and it shows. The book was released as a weekly series of episodes that were semi-related (same characters and related plot developments), but could sit alone without any problem. However, the experimental release format makes the novel not really hold together well, as it reads more like a collection of stories, than a coherent narrative. I don’t want to give the impression that it’s bad, because I did enjoy it. Let’s check it out.
John Scalzi is known mainly for his blog Whatever and his Old Man’s War book series. I truly enjoyed the first book(my review), but the sequels had diminishing returns. The sequels were decent to mediocre and I mostly lost interest in that series. But Scalzi and his publisher have decided to do something different for this newest sequel, The Human Division. They are going to release chapters weekly (starting January 15th, 2013) and then, after they are all released, they will release the full book. The big question is: How is the story? Well, having read the first chapter (The Human Division #1: The B-Team), it’s not bad. Not great, but not bad. Continue to see more.
The Internet has been going crazy the last few weeks for the latest John Scalzi book Redshirts. Set in a fictional Star Trek universe, the book explores the the flipside of the TV show and shows what life is like when you’re wearing the deadly red shirt. While many other reviewers have found it side-splittingly hilarious, I found it decent with a few chuckles and the best part was the last of the three codas. Let’s see what happens when you’re given a red shirt.
I enjoy reading John Scalzi. I loved his Old Man’s War series, I follow (and occasionally comment) on his blog Whatever and look forward to his new books. That’s why I’m somewhat mystified why I haven’t liked his non-Old Man’s War books that much. The God Engines was decent but unsatisfying and then we come to his new book, Fuzzy Nation. The book is an homage (reimagining, reboot, etc.) of Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper. Not having read the original, I decided to wait until I read Scalzi’s book so that I could approach it without any reservations. And I have to say that I was fairly disappointed. So, let’s go see what’s wrong with Fuzzy Nation.
The God Engines is a short novel (novella possibly) John Scalzi that is different in tone and style than his earlier books. Where all his previous novels have been firmly in the science fiction camp, this one treads the line between science fiction and fantasy. But it is still (at its heart) a science fiction novel. So, how does it compare to Scalzi’s previous novels?
The Sagan Diary by John Scalzi is a novella set in the Old Man’s War universe. It has an interesting history, which Scalzi documents in the introduction. Orderwise, this book sits between The Ghost Brigadesand The Last Colony. It is significantly different than any of Scalzi’s other book in style and tone. Is it worth tracking down?