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The Human Division #10: This Must Be the Place [Kindle Edition]

John Scalzi
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The tenth episode of The Human Division, John Scalzi's new thirteen-episode novel in the world of his bestselling Old Man's War. Beginning on January 15, 2013, a new episode of The Human Division will appear in e-book form every Tuesday.

Colonial Union diplomat Hart Schmidt is back home for Harvest Day celebrations—to a family whose members wonder whether its youngest son isn’t wasting his life clinging to the lowest rung of the CU’s diplomatic ladder. When his father, a legendarily powerful politician, presents him with a compelling offer, Schmidt has to take stock of his life and career.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 498 KB
  • Print Length: 33 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (March 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AF62F20
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Home again, home again... March 19, 2013
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Episode 10 of John Scalzi's novel The Human Division breaks with form while holding with form. In the past 9 episodes readers have been treated to stories alternating between the Clarke and its crew and other events happening in the universe. This week we leave behind the Clarke, as per schedule, but travel home with a member of the crew-Hart Schmidt of the Diplomatic Corp.

Schmidt has returned to his home colony of Phoenix for the annual Harvest Day celebration, the one time a year he steps away from his job as assistant to Ambassador Ode Abumwe, to visit his wealthy, ambitious and connected family. As we all know from personal experience, nothing says family like the drama that ensues during the holiday season.

In previous stories Hart has been relegated to being a sidekick of sorts to Harry Wilson. "This Must Be The Place" gives Schmidt an opportunity to shine on his own and John Scalzi allows Schmidt to make the most of this opportunity, including reassessing who he is and what he does for a living.

While it is hard to see how John Scalzi will be able to wrap up the conspiracy in the three remaining episodes of The Human Division, this was a nice fleshing out of one of the more interesting characters in the story.


I personally liked this episode very much.

I've enjoyed Hart Schmidt in his various appearances. As a character he seems to have a good sense of himself and where he fits in the scheme of things and yet he pushes through, handling the dangerous, sometimes crap, assignments to the best of his ability. He and Harry Wilson banter well and I also enjoy seeing him with his boss, Ambassador Abumwe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I think that many people have failed to get the point of this series of stories. In my opinion, the point of this series of stories is to show what is going on in the rest of the Colonial Union during the time immediately after Zoe's Tale. The best word to describe Scalzi's short stories so far is nuanced. We're getting small glimpses of life all around Earth and the Colonial Union. It's a diverse place that is worth saving, despite the faults of the people running the CDF.

I particularly enjoyed learning about the inner workings of Phoenix politics and the people from Phoenix. I had a smile on my face most of the time that I was reading. If you're wanting non-stop action, go read some David Weber (although, not the Safehold series). These stories are largely character driven and the characters are worth reading about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets better and better March 21, 2013
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I've always believed that the Kindle store was the best place for the rebirth of serialized fiction, and Scalzi is helping to prove me right. This is another great story in the OMW universe that shows me we've just touched the surface.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Home for the holidays March 20, 2013
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Out of the chapters to date, I really enjoyed this tale. While Hart is perhaps a minor character this story really rang true for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chapter 10 March 20, 2013
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Same as always, Scalzi delivers. Ready for the next chapter and the ones after that. I really like his writing style and the universe his stories take place in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Chapter March 20, 2013
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My recommendation would be to wait for all the chapters to be posted so that if you find you like it, you do not have to wait for three months to finish reading it. This one is an excellent bit of background on the diplomat Harndt Schmidt, which leaves you hopeful about the end of the story. My only quibble would be, how come he can always get a furlough at the same time in the Phoenix year?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Calm Before the Storm March 19, 2013
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John Scalzi is a very careful writer. For him to put a quieter, talky episode this far into the narrative -- and starring a character who has NEVER been given the spotlight before -- he must have plans that will play out in the rest of the episodes (and I'm betting the very next one). Is this a change of pace from previous chapters? Absolutely. I would argue that it's a refreshing one; the point of an episodic novel is that each episode can have its own character, and sometimes what you want is a bit of calm before you hit the maelstrom.

I know that my evaluation of Hart Schmidt's character has changed completely as a result of this story; no more the comic sidekick, he is a character in his own right, with his own goals, ideals, and purpose. And I fully expect that we're about to see all three of those tested.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did I download the right book? March 19, 2013
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I thought I was downloading yet another installment in John Scalzi's exciting series "Human Division," which chronicles the adventures and intrigue surrounding the schism between Earth and the Colonial Union. What I got instead was a weird, dry, short, out-of-place snippet about Hart Schmidt's rich family.

I've read every single book and short story by Scalzi - and I've even read most of the archives of his famous blog, Whatever. This was the first time I was bored while reading a piece of Scalzi's fiction. It actually took some effort to keep reading (as opposed to giving up and going to sleep).

Every now and then, Scalzi mixes genres and tries something different in his books. For example, the second half of "Fuzzy Nation" seemed like a half-baked episode of Law and Order, what with all the legal debates, the omnipotent judge, etc. One of the codas at the end of "Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas" made me wonder if Scalzi didn't secretly dream of writing a romance novel that wouldn't feature any science fiction at all. (And maybe he will, at some point.)

Judging by their commercial success, both of those novels were successful despite (or perhaps because) of these genre-mixing experiments. I don't think this will be the case with the 10th chapter of "Human Division." It's a pretty great, safe way to experiment with a new genre because fans (such as yours truly) will download this chapter no matter what. Even so, it feels like a sucker punch. This chapter doesn't advance the story one bit, it doesn't feature a single alien, it doesn't explain what exactly is going on with politics on Schmidt's home planet (did the new developments have something to do with Conclave?
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4.0 out of 5 stars This must be the place
A nice side story that gives the reasons for being in the C D F. It. Alludes to the importance of being the team that cleans up the messy jobs.
Published 15 months ago by Phyllis Boros
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the story
I like the story but I don't like having to buy it buy the chapter! Won't do it again even for Mr. Scalzi!
Published 16 months ago by JD
2.0 out of 5 stars He can/could do better!
He is one of my favorite authors. Or should I say was. I was burned out of buying all his 'cheap' "books" that turned out to be very short stories totaling up to a good... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars another great chapter
I know it must seem boring to hear me say our respected author has hit it out of the park again, but he has with this one! And I don't always think so. Read more
Published 18 months ago by The Captain 230
4.0 out of 5 stars Developing nicely
A good way to round out an easy throwaway character. Hart Schmidt had best be cautious. The universe is a hostile place & on top of that there are humans involved. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars part 10
all Of the parts are separate but flow together. Scalzi is one of the finest and brightest minds writing today!!!
Published 19 months ago by S. Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars A LOT of cash for an e-book series
This whole series was ok--but thin. And considering that the cost is the equivalent of $15.00 for a single e-book, I think it is just too much.
Published 21 months ago by Ridman
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!1!!
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,... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Martin Puzick
3.0 out of 5 stars On its own good book. Incomplete storie for a series. I do like the...
On its own good book. Incomplete storie for a series. I do like the Old Mans War series. Would give more stars.
Published 23 months ago by S1
4.0 out of 5 stars Good extension of the Old Man's War series
This builds on the ending of the Old Man's War series. Without having read that series It might be a bit confusing as not a lot of background information is presented. Read more
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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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