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  • File Size: 584 KB
  • Print Length: 93 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (January 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AF62EX0
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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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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jason Baker on January 15, 2013
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*No real Spoilers, just a name.

This is so Charles Dickens. I'm glad to see the serial is becoming popular again and I'm stoked that John Scalzi is all in.

If you haven't read Scalzi and you're a fan of Robert A. Heinlein (Starship Troopers) or in general a fan of Sci-Fi (Whatever), you'll like the this episode. For Scalzi noobs I would recommend starting with Old Man's War. That said: this serial will stand on its own.

Scalzi's writing is gritty and brutal at times. He describes the Universe as a hardscrabble kind of place to be where each race is willing and quite capable of erasing a competing race. I'm just grateful he hasn't decided to kill off earth and the Colonial Union yet.

Consider $.99 an episode for thirteen episodes like making payments on CL-Class Mercedes-Benz (or in Darke County, a loaded Super Duty 4x4 pickup truck).

Great job on the first one, John! I'm ready to spend another $.99 next week.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jlowman on January 15, 2013
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This is not a book. This is a 13 episode TV show that you read.
Given those to things, this was an awesome Pilot for a show I can't wait to see more of. Set in the same universe as Old Man's War and featuring one of the minor characters from that series, Harry Wilson: High School Teacher. Like most of Scalzi's work it was fun and fast paced.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Anissa Annalise on January 15, 2013
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This is the first of thirteen installments & I quite liked it. No spoilers but the characters were crisp (Wilson & Schmidt had great banter) & made for an easy read. The mystery of what happens to the Polk unfolds smoothly. Very good beginning & I'm really looking forward to the next part.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jason Short on February 22, 2013
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First, I don't mind the storyline. It in fact seems like it has some potential, but I will not be buying any of these rest of this series (I read up to #3).

At first I though this was going to be like the A-Team from 70's TV in a modern telling. But it is not nearly that interesting.

It is really a single book spread out over 13 chapters you buy one a time. To me that is a little like having to pay each time I pick up my drink and take a sip rather than just buying the whole can. I cannot imagine why publishers think this is a good idea.

When I can read an entire episode while waiting to get my teeth cleaned at the dentist they are WAY too short.

So either package these together into true Novellas with multiple parts, or try something else. I understand that publishers and authors are experimenting with different ways to make money in the new ebook world, but this is not one that I will support.

Now this is actually pretty sad that my review is much more about the publishing model than the actual book, sorry. I like John as a writer and have gone out of my way to buy copies of Old Mans War to give them to friends just to expose them to the concepts and writing. I will not be doing that with this series.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 15, 2013
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I love Scalzis books. He is in fact one of my favorites. The reason I did not give The B Team a high rating was the monotonous dialog between characters which by the end of this novellett had driven me crazy. The story was good but in an effort to lengthen it, I think Scalzi put in these juvenile needling interplays back and forth between the characters. Hey, character development is one thing, overdoing it the way he did would not work well in a real situation and does not work well in a otherwise good story. This in no way makes me think any lesser then I do as John Scalzi is a brilliant author. It just seems like that good charter interplay was not his concern. Read Old Man's War, The Ghost brigades and The last colony. All 5 star from John Scalzi. The contrast from those books to this is why I was a bit surprised.
Enough Said
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 10, 2013
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I have read all of Scalzi's books and have really enjoyed them. I even thought this first installment was pretty good. However when I bought the second installment and it only took me about 5 -10 minutes to read it, I was seriously disappointed! This is just another thinly veiled scheme to get more money for less story (just like the "Vitalis" series I stopped reading after #3 was so short). While I may pay $13-$17 for a hardback, I will have that on my shelf that I can share, sell or donate to my local library. There are way too many excellent ebooks out there for $0.99 - $4.99 to have to spend $13.88 for several small digital files... Don't get suckered into this... Go try the Armageddon books by Anthony DeCosmo( bad cover artworks but great story), the human chronicles by TR Harris, anything by Vaughn Heppner or BV Larson, Kelley Blake series by Rodney Smith, Exodus series by Robert Stadnik, Star Crusades series by Michael G Thomas, Spirit of Empire series by Lawrence P White, etc. There are way too many good ebooks that are reasonably priced to read before getting trapped by this "series".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chrysis<LT> on March 5, 2013
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This is a great story, no doubt - I'm currently at #6 in the series. But they are much to short, and this review reflects all of them released so far. After #3 I really felt I had only read a short sample of a story, not a stand alone episode, and felt kind of tricked.

I have no objection with the series-format, dividing a story up into several smaller installations can be a great way to engage the audience. However with each episode being this short, it feels like you need to wait at least three or four episodes to get enough reading to counter the fragmentarized experience.

And with a total of 13 of them coming, this will be a rather expensive novel. With each episode at almost $4 each, the full novel will be a whopping $49.
(EDIT: As I understand it, in the US each ep is only .99$. Not here in Sweden though. With added VAT, they are exactly 3.75 each)

I can't help feeling the series format has just become a new way of increasing the price of the overall product.

This said, if you like Scalzis writing, and I do, and if you don't object to pricing and the length of the individual episodes, the overall story so far makes for a great read.

EDIT: After contacting Amazon they offered me a full refund, and I'll wait for the full novel in May. Hopefully not at $49...
EDIT2: And after having contacted them, they have lowered the price for us Swedes as well.

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Serial formats
I'll also wait for the book. The idea of serialized e-book is good - however for foreigner users Amazon charges 3.80 USD instead of 0.99. I love Scalzi's works but I'll not pay 4times more for this series...
Dec 27, 2012 by Merras |  See all 9 posts
So how long is this really?
This serial arrangement is for the birds! I'm going to wait until it's released in a single volume. If it never comes out in a single volume, oh well, I didn't need to read it after all.
Dec 19, 2012 by William L. Sexauer |  See all 9 posts
Other Scalzi books first
It can be read as a stand-alone but I'd definitely recommend reading the first three books. Book 4, Zoe's War, is optional and I didn't care for it very much. This storyline picks up where The Last Colony left off.

Plus, you're missing out on some great sci fi if you don't read the other... Read More
Jan 31, 2013 by James R. Scarborough |  See all 2 posts
Serial formats
I agree. The story line looks good. I'm a Scalzi, Old Man's War Fan. When is it coming out in hard cover?
Dec 22, 2012 by Jonathan N. Wood |  See all 3 posts
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