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An Election [Kindle Edition]

John Scalzi
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When his city council representative is hit by a bus, David Sawyer decides to run for the newly-vacated seat. One problem: He's a human in an alien-majority district that hasn't voted in a human in half a century. Can Sawyer pull it off in a race that includes a politically smooth, physically gelatinous front runner, a carnivore whose entire platform is on the right to consume pets, and two literally bile-spewing sisters? A tale of aliens, politics and humor from the author of "Old Man's War" and "The Android's Dream".

Product Details

  • File Size: 146 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press (January 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006UKNF74
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,694 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Politics in perspective. May 6, 2012
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It is only right to have read this public service offering of Scalzi's in an election year. Though this story is about a local election, I'm sure the issues that our candidate, David Sawyer, must consider are as deep as those before our state and national candidates.

Surely, running against insects and other non-human species will be tough for a human candidate, especially since humans are in the minority in the district. What do you offer to voters whose wants are totally incapable of being understood? What do you offer voters who speak such a variety of languages that you can't communicate with more than a few?

Oh, yeah, this is politics. None of that matters if you can instead get enough publicity to overcome all rational reasons for people casting votes. So, there is no difference between David's candidacy and that of our regular candidates. Scalzi has captured that concept perfectly.

Throwing in David's husband, James and the interesting participation of Latasha Jenkins, the author presents the campaign and election in a nutshell, or nutsomething. Humorous throughout, "An Election" does also trigger a few reactions in other parts of the readers' brains. Though that can never be good for those seeking office.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Short Review March 22, 2012
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This is such a very short story, it really only warrants a short review. So here it is:
It's a cute short story. It's a sci-fi political satire. It's funny and well written. You should probably go read it now.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light story that's good for a quick chuckle. February 5, 2012
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An Election is a very short story that focuses on a human named David, his perhaps unwise decision to run for office in a predominantly alien district, and the hijinks that ensue.

So far all I've read by Scalzi are a few short stories, all of comedic bent. His writing style suits the material well and David's tale is enjoyable. The characters and setting are well developed, almost too much so. There are great details to everything that would seem to support a more substantial offering. While good this was a little lacking for me personally.

David's campaign escapades are amusing and certainly worth the current price ($0.99). If you are more of a fan of comedic shorts than me you will likely enjoy it more.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! March 13, 2012
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Great Scalzi work! Love the fact that he's writing more 'shorts'. Harkens back to the golden age of Sci-Fi, Astound! and the like.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Needs development July 10, 2014
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Really too short. Are we trying to get a better return by publishing sections (chapters?) priced as a short novel?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Or How to Win an Election without Really Trying June 18, 2014
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There really needs to be a part two to this short story. We need to know if Canadians will be banned, if pets will be eaten, if massive corruption will be exonerated, thus ensuring the status quo. It ends like a guillotine. Hey, wait a minute, I'm not done with that!

While this is mostly a farce, and a review of current political climes extant today, it does have a measure of potential, that all is not as large and bad as it seems in the mirror. This is not a Heinleinian take on politics. This is closer to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, in the way it feels. One of the disenfranchised has decided to take on the establishment, even if the odds are stacked to a ridiculous degree against. There is hope and salvation in the made attempt.

I don't think you have to be a political junkie to enjoy this story. And maybe if you take your politics far too seriously for your own good, this may not be for you. But if you want a small taste of why so many do not want to have anything to do with politics, this will be an interesting read for you.

I didn't give it 5 stars because it needs as Paul Harvey would say, "The rest...of the story."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious satire of elections and politics June 9, 2014
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This story is just what my title says. It's one of Scalzi's funnier short stories, the incongruity of alien lives and practices overlaying the American election system. Well worth the price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like it a lot January 29, 2014
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One of the things I really enjoy about Mr. Scalzi's writing is his humor and her he is again with another wonderful tale that is interesting and just plain fun to read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars but a good
To short, but a good read
Published 2 months ago by Philip A. Stein
5.0 out of 5 stars I love John Scalzi
John Scalzi is one of my favorite (relatively) new SF authors and I've devoured everything he's written. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hillel Kaminsky
1.0 out of 5 stars Should Have Been Free
Way too short and not much of a story. I know 99 cents is not a lot of money but it was too much for for this "book."
Published 6 months ago by J. J. Campbell
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun story
Can't go wrong for 99 cents. That is what I think and so in six five four three two one done.
Published 11 months ago by whoislike
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy yet intelligent entertainment
Not bad at all. Golden age scifi/space opera with a modern outlook. Scalzis specialty, if I am not mistaken. Worth what I paid.
Published 12 months ago by Just reading
4.0 out of 5 stars another fun read
i really enjoy Scalzi's take on things and his writing style, so i may be biased here. i enjoyed this light read and laughed throughout the entire story.
Published 13 months ago by L. C. Pinkerton
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best
The book was a 6 on the chart of 10. I'm a great fan of John's work. However, this particular one left me not very interested in the character. Sorry, John.
Published 13 months ago by Sherry
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable!
Really cute and amusing short story. John Scalzi is one of my favorites, and I love these little gems that cost a buck or two.
Published 16 months ago by Tara Easton
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Interesting But Too Short
This is actually an interesting story but its so quick and straight forward that it's over before the reader has accepted the end is near. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tenchi in DC
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More About the Author

John Scalzi writes books, which, considering where you're reading this, makes perfect sense. He's best known for writing science fiction, including the New York Times bestseller "Redshirts," which won the Hugo Award for Best Novel. He also writes non-fiction, on subjects ranging from personal finance to astronomy to film, was the Creative Consultant for the Stargate: Universe television series. He enjoys pie, as should all right thinking people. You can get to his blog by typing the word "Whatever" into Google. No, seriously, try it.

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