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The Human Division #2: Walk the Plank [Kindle Edition]

John Scalzi
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The second 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.


Wildcat colonies are illegal, unauthorized and secret—so when an injured stranger shows up at the wildcat colony New Seattle, the colony leaders are understandably suspicious of who he is and what he represents. His story of how he’s come to their colony is shocking, surprising, and might have bigger consequences than anyone could have expected.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 525 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (January 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AF62EW6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,406 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Is This a Joke? February 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Interesting business model for a writer. I bought #1 and thought it was a nice read at 93 pages for 99 cents. Then I picked up #2 without bothering to find out that it was only 32 pages. So I'm reading along what I took to be the introductory chapter, turned the page and THE END....
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a typical book, but does it have to be? January 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
So there seem to be three main issues people have with this (mini) book, I'll address them separately.

1. Length
It was never a secret that this series Scalzi is doing will be short, it's not what people have come to expect from ebooks and writers, but I like it. Some other indie authors are experimenting with 3-4 month release cycles of full books and I think it's good to shake the dust off of SOME writers who keep us waiting for years for the next installment *AHEM* Patrick Rothfuss.

The other side to the length argument is pricing, but if you look at Scalzi's other books, they're in the $10+ range. As an example, Redshirts (a few months after it's initial debut so probably a bit cheaper now) is $10. The length is 320 pages, so if we do the math here... 320/10..carry the two..damnit..*calculator*...32 pages per dollar! So you didn't get ripped off. Scalzi just has a lot of readers, and can get away with charging more (well, his publisher can).

2. Format
For anyone who read the Three 'Codas' at the end of Redshirts you got the idea that he likes to experiment with different ways of telling a story (many writers do) One was told entirely in blog posts and featured a blog post where he dictated the dialogue between the blog writer and someone they were interviewing in much the same style as this book was written. Another if I'm remembering correctly was told in second person or something strange like that. The point is, not all books are going to be alike, and that's a good thing. That is also what short serials like this are good for; trying out new things.

3. Substance
Unlike the previous book in the series this didn't really feel like a full story. It was, but not the story we thought we were going to hear.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but Short January 22, 2013
By Jlowman
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I liked it overall, but it really didn't live up to the first installment. If the first episode was a hour long TV show pilot, this was a webisode. At 32 pages, it was more of an interlude then a episode.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm waiting for the book. January 28, 2013
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The first episode was very exciting, fast moving and full of believable science. The second episode was good, but it was also disappointingly short. I then realized that I would have 13 disconnected episodes cluttering up my Kindle library instead of one book, so I've decided to wait for the book. Nice experiment, but it doesn't match my needs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How to waste ninety-nine cents February 18, 2013
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It's hard to believe one can feel taken advantage of for less than a buck, but this "installment" was so pathetically short, I felt cheated.

I can appreciate a writer attempting a different way to deliver content, but I can't see spending any more on this series when this is what you get.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars unsatisfactory May 13, 2013
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Scalzi is a favorite author of mine - but this very short volume ended my reading of this series. Too bad
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh April 16, 2013
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Well written--as expected. Not much to it. Too short. So is my review. Seven more words are required. Here you go
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I feel robbed!! April 5, 2013
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I am an avid sci-fi reader and have never posted a comment before.

I read the first book in this series and found it a good read even though it was a little short. This book had nothing to do with the original story and was so short I was stunned when I was done. Is that all!!! I read it in about an hour. This is a rip off. They are trying to get you to pay twice as much for a book by putting out episodes. All thirteen books would probably only equal the length of a regular book. Don't buy this series. I am done with it and anything written by John Scalzi
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The good is a chapter
I do not like presenting chapters as books so I had to buy many books at a rather expensive price and get the book in scattered chapters on my kindle. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Life on the frontier
Despite the fact this story was pure dialogue in the form of an audio recording/ interview I found it gave a nice glimpse at life on a hostile backwater planet and how the colony... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Zombitologist
5.0 out of 5 stars thoughtful realism in a sci if story
I'm a Scalzi fan and this one is heavier on ethics and hard choices than action. His voice is always enjoyable - looking forward to more.
Published 7 months ago by K. Martyn
1.0 out of 5 stars Rip off even at $1
This "chapter" should have been a summary paragraph or two in another chapter. The actual events add very little to the overall story.
Published 8 months ago by C. Wolf
1.0 out of 5 stars not worth the $0.99
Too [bleeping] short. I've heard of short stories but this was ridiculous

Words added to make the word count requirement.
Published 8 months ago by Matthew P. Deris
4.0 out of 5 stars Rather intriguing
Pretty brief. I'll reserve judgement as to how essential after I know enough to have an educated present I can't say but this writer hasn't disappointed yet
Published 10 months ago by Hypermyke
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting...
Great writing, John Scalzi is one of my favorite authors. But at $0.99 per chapter, story, or whatever it just doesn't add up. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Philip Duclos
2.0 out of 5 stars very short
Didn't add much and could only be considered a chapter at most. unless it was free, it was overpriced! Disappointing!
Published 10 months ago by Le F. Hook
5.0 out of 5 stars part 2
all Of the parts are separate but flow together. Scalzi is one of the finest and brightest minds writing today!!!
Published 11 months ago by S. Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars good read
Enjoyable but the ending is dark view. I would have liked it better if there was more humor. This is a good reds
Published 12 months ago by kevin albee
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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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