Thursday, January 3, 2008

Short Book Reviews

The Android's Dream by John Scalzi - This thoroughly entertaining novel is part space opera, part political cloak and dagger and part adventure, with a nice touch of Scalzi's own brand of sly humor. I was a big fan of Scalzi's Old Man's War and The Ghost Brigades, but I'd been dragging my feet on reading this after the disappointing The Last Colony, but I do believe Scalzi's back on my must read list. Easily recommended because it's Good Fun!


Carl V. said...

Sorry you found Last Colony disappointing. I thought it started out a bit slow but I ended up really enjoying it.

The Android's Dream is great fun, isn't it? It has the kind of caper feel that reminds me of why I love Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat books so much. Harry Creek was such a likeable and entertaining character, as were many of the others. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series, which looks like it may not be out until 2009.

In case you didn't know, and you probably do, Scalzi has a book set in the Old Man's War universe due out in August called Zoe's Tale. Really can't wait to read that one.

David said...

Hey Carl!
I've never read any of the Stainless Steel Rat books, but I've been meaning to for years. I think you've just inspired me to go pick one up. :)

Carl V. said...

If you do, please start with The Stainless Steel Rat. Actually that one along with the sequel, The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge, really should be read together (they are each only about 120 or so pages long I think). They are stories I read as a kid that really hooked me into science fiction. And while it would be easy for me to dismiss them as a bit childish now that I am an adult, I have to admit that I don't find them that way. I've always found Slippery Jim DiGriz to be the person Han Solo wanted to be, or probably was, if his story wasn't glossed over for the kids. :) In the end they are some of my favorite novels simply because they are fun, fast moving stories.

Anyway, since we are talking, what about Last Colony did you find disappointing. For comparison you may (or may not) be interested in my review. I gushed quite a bit so no doubt you'll stagger backwards thinking 'what book did he read?'. But you might be interested anyway:

David said...

Carl, check! I'll start at the begining with the Stainless Steel Rat books.

As for the Last Colony... the sense of humer just rubbed me the wrong way. I generally like Scalzi's witty banter but it didn't work for me in that book.

Carl V. said...

It has been long enough since I've read it that I don't remember the humor aspects. I assume you felt it was different enough from the other two books to be noticeable? Did you enjoy the story itself outside of the humor or was the whole thing just kind of a let down for you?