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

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Product Details

  • File Size: 600 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (January 29, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AF62EVM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,126 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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By barbermot on 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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Wilson and Schmidt are back and in rare form in this edition. Harry Wilson is onboard a CDF ship with a mission to rescue a wildcat colony on another species planet. The wildcat colony is the one from "The Human Division #2: Walk the Plank" but Wilson will find no one alive when they finally arrive to the planet. Then Wilson finds something that shouldn't be there, not on a wildcat colony, a brainpal implanted into 2 of the colonists, which no civilian would have. Meanwhile Schmidt and Ambassador Abumwe are negotiating with the Bula over the planet Wilson and the CDF ship are currently on. Needless to say things don't go as planned.

If you loved "The Human Division #1: The B-Team" then you are going to love this one. All these are leading up to one big story and they tie in nicely together. I love these little series. All these episodes are entertaining and keeps you coming back for more. I can't wait to read #4.
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