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review 2019-01-08 06:32
The End of All Things by John Scalzi
The End of All Things - John Scalzi

The End of All Things is aptly named because the last 2 books of this series absolutely ruined it. The books were good and enjoyable but just dragged the series down because it had nothing to do with the original 4. OK, it did, in a way but not the way I was wanting. This like the 5th book, The Human Division was made up mostly of short stories that only had maybe 4 or 5 stories that could have been connected and had a far better outcome for me, anyway.  Me, the armchair writer and storyteller that can sometimes have a rough time putting a sentence together in conversation, not counting writing.

 

Scalzi basically admitted that he had a lot of material left over after writing The Old Man's War series so he put these into two different books.  I did say I enjoyed them but I love to read series and these last two were not series material for me.

 

As an armchair writer and storyteller, or call me a Monday morning quarterback, I would have made this a different series, just the same universe as The Old Man's War. But hey, I'm not John Scalzi.  He makes a living writing.  I don't.

 

The End of All Things are stories of an unrecognized group of races called the Equilibrium, a never heard of secret consortium of races and planets that wanted to end the two most powerful governments in the known universe, the Colonial Union, which is made up of the human race with the exception of Earth and the Conclave, an alliance of 412 races that's technology far exceeds earth. The CU and the Conclave have always been at war and with the unknown Equilibrium always trying to stir up trouble between the 2, peace will never happen. These last two books are about all the worries and woes, politics and battles, and unsuccessful attempts at peace.

 

The End of All Things by John Scalzi

The 6th and final book in the Old Man's War series

 

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review 2019-01-06 05:21
The Human Division by John Scalzi
The Human Division - John Scalzi

WOW.  I was not expecting this book to be as good as it was.  This book is made up of 13 episodes plus extras. I'm hoping these episode set up the next book, The End of All Things which I'm starting as soon as I finish writing this. The last few episodes were really good and made this worth the time to read.

 

I'm not going to do a review, because it would be 13 different reviews, but I can only say that the novellas or short stories or whatever you call them are as good as anything comparable.

 

I hope after the next book that I can say that this series is worth the read.  So far it has been.

 

The Human Division by John Scalzi (2013)

The Old Man's War series

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quote 2019-01-06 01:38
“I have no idea, Jim,” Lowen said. “I’m a doctor, not a private investigator.”
The Gentle Art of Cracking Heads - John Scalzi

From "The Gentle Art of Cracking Heads" Episode 12 - The Human Division

 

I like modern day trivia thrown into sci-fi books . . .

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review 2019-01-05 22:55
The Observers by John Scalzi
The Observers - John Scalzi

If you look at my bookshelf it would look like a scoreboard for John Scalzi.  The reason is that I started reading the Old Man's War series by Scalzi and the 5th book is The Human Division, which consists of 13 short stories.  I cheated a little and read the liner notes of the 6th book, The End of All Things and all these short stories from The Human Division seem to set the background for book 6.  I see some short stories or novellas after the 6th book so I don't know if there are to be any books after this.  I guess I'll find out later.

 

The Observers is about a group of Earthers that come aboard the ancient Clarke, a Corvette series ship over 50 years old that is also very small for a CU ship.  While observing, the death of the lead observer happens and now it is up to the 'B Team', introduced in the 1st story of the Human Division, to solve. Lieutenant Harry Wilson, a CDF technical advisor comes o the conclusion that somebody is setting the Colonial Union up for murdering the observer and saves the day.

 

Harry Wilson is one of the original old farts, a group of 75-year-olds that came from Earth to join the CDF and has been in 3(?) of the books so far and it looks like he will be one of the main protagonists in book 6.

 

The main reason for this review is if you have read my review this much, then you should know that you should not assume like I did and just think of The Human Division as just a collection of short stories. While you could probably skip this book, a lot of back stories and questions will probably be answered.  But then again, I haven't even started reading the 6th book, The End of All Things.

 

The Observers by John Scalzi

Book 9 in The Human Division Series

Episode9 in book 5 of the Old Man's War

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text 2019-01-04 20:28
1st Impressions - The Human Division by John Scalzi
The B-Team - John Scalzi

I'm not a short story guy. I'll read some of the short stories in my favorites like Reacher, Bosch, Dresden, Iron Druid, The Expanse and others.  I thought about shutting down on reading this because there is only one book left in the series and after reading a brief description of the book, the next book contains a character that has been in a couple of earlier books, and also in the B-Team, a story in The Human Division.

 

I just made it through the second novella 'Walk the Plank' and the stories seem pretty good. I guess I'll read it. The complete Human Division series, that is.

 

As long as I am entertained, then I will read it.  I just prefer book series.

 

Also, thank God for Grammarly.

 

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The Human Division by John Scalzi

Book 5 of the Old Man's War series.

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