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The Human Division #3: We Only Need the Heads [Kindle Edition]

John Scalzi
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The third 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.


CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson has been loaned out to a CDF platoon tasked with secretly removing an unauthorized colony of humans on an alien world. Colonial Ambassador Abumwe has been ordered to participate in final negotiations with an alien race the Union hopes to make allies. Wilson and Abumwe’s missions are fated to cross—and in doing so, place both missions at risk of failure.


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Product Details

  • File Size: 599 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (January 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AF62EVM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,609 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "We only need the money" February 18, 2013
By U.P.
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Scalzi is a great writer, and I've enjoyed his full length books. This series, although Scalzi's character and plot development are on track, is just a transparent effort to cop 13 bucks for an ebook.
C'mon, John, either get back to writing or switch to infomercials. You're better than this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm not a fan of serial books February 21, 2013
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A few reviwers have commented "this reads like a chapter" and that's because it is.

Scalzi has basically taken a novel and released it as 13 sections (chapter it seems like) at a time. I've now read the first three chapters and while I'm enjoying them I don't plan to buy the rest.

That's partly because if I buy them as they are released, I forget what's going on between readings, so I suggest if you suffer memory lapses like me, you get them all at once and read them all at once (which has its own little niggle that you need to keep dropping out to "Home" on your Kindle to load up the next chapter). It also means I lose my emotional link to the players so I'm not as invested in finishing the whole thing.

But mainly beause they are expensive. That dollar adds up per-chapter and while Scalzi is a good writer, there are many equally good writers for less.

So, nothing against Scalzi per se, or his storyline it seems good, and I'll keep a look out down the track for the complete set in a single volume (and hopefully for about $6, that seems a good price to me).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep em coming... January 31, 2013
By Shawn
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Third episode of The Human Division, a bit stronger than the last episode and starting to bare some teeth into where this is heading. Being a newbie to Old Man's War series I don't feel lost without having any prior knowledge to the series, and I'm intrigued by what John Scalzi has created here. Now I have to wait another week, damn....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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My complaint is that a good author, with clever stories, has created a business model of releasing chapters over time and priced individually that defeats the entrainment value of the stories. They read start stop start stop, and are no longer fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just a chapter? February 28, 2013
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Scalzi writes well, but dammit, I wanted more than a chapter. This sort of carry-on makes me wary of buying any of his future books, if that is waht they are.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dont like the webisode feel of these 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 these.

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

I don't mind paying for good books, and I don't mind authors splitting them up into multiple parts. But I don't like feeling I am paying for 20 minute shows on TV. I don't watch TV because I don't like 20 minute episodes of almost anything, even when it is free.

So either package these together in 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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hats off January 29, 2013
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Still short, though slightly longer than the last installment. After some initial trouble remembering who these characters were, got sucked into the narrative and remembered why I started buying these in the first place. Good stuff!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story to follow! May 10, 2013
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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, alien menace, future weapons and deep space warfare! Everything from Nanobots to battle frigate fights to super weapons and enhanced soldiers! This series has it all!!!! Great character development and dialogue, not going to reveal anymore, cause I you have to read each installment yourself! Also not going to write individual reviews for each series, get real amazon! hahaha! If you like great Sci-Fi GET ON THIS!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 7 months ago by JD
4.0 out of 5 stars Again no disappointment
Not only not disappointed...delighted! I especially liked the abrupt#2 story that segued so deftly into this. I'm liking this better than any sequel in ages
Published 9 months ago by Hypermyke
5.0 out of 5 stars part 3
all Of the parts are separate but flow together. Scalzi is one of the finest and brightest minds writing today!!!
Published 10 months ago by S. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Short, Entertaining, Quirky Characters
I recommend reading them. I like the plots, the editing, the story flow, and the characters. The only stand out thing I don't like is that they are short stories which feel like... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Reagan Chamberlain
4.0 out of 5 stars It makes sense now.
This chapter finally connects chapter 2 with the rest of the story. Keep going to see what happens with the alien Bula.
Published 13 months ago by E. Hackerd
1.0 out of 5 stars serialized literature was a good idea in France circa 19th century,...
The original Old Man War idea was a treat for this Starship Troopers fan. It was good while it lasted - for all of two books. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars dissapointed
Too short. Put all books in this series in one volume and it would be worth three books, not all listed.
Published 13 months ago by Gene Tornatore
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Storytelling
I bought a few of the books in this series. The stories were good. I would have liked to continue with the series but the value didn't measure up. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gerald R Claytor
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 15 months ago by S1
3.0 out of 5 stars The Bula are too human
Scalzi's done good work in his novels depicting the psychology of two alien races: the Consu and their creation, the Obin. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Joy
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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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