- Hardcover: 100 pages
- Publisher: Subterranean Press; 1st edition (February 10, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596061030
- ISBN-13: 978-1596061033
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Sagan Diary Hardcover – February 10, 2007
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I've read both the positive and negative reviews from this book and can honestly say that I understand both opinions. This is a niche book in what is (undeservedly) considered a niche genre and one that is very, very different from the aforementioned novels.
If, like me, you have been swept up into the lives of John Perry and Jane Sagan, I truly believe that this book will further cement your love for the characters. Reading Jane's thoughts caused me to reflect on my own life and love, and for a science fiction story to do that it has to be remarkable.
I think John Scalzi did a marvelous job of capturing the essence of who Jane Sagan is, which paves the way for her further adventures with John Perry in Scalzi's next novel, The Last Colony. In spite of all the very enjoyable action and adventure in this series, it is the romantic subplot that helps elevate the books for me and this is a welcome addition to that aspect of the story.
Subterranean Press has put together a very beautiful book with wonderful pencil illustrations by Bob Eggleton.
I highly recommend that you read Old Man's War and the Ghost Brigades, then pick this one up and let it whet your appetite for The Last Colony.
Personally, I'm thankful that I got it from the library before spending my money, altough normally I'm perfectly comfortable "taking a chance" on books by authors whose other work I like. But this... well, to me it felt like pure stream-of-consciousness, literary diarrhea (sorry, I know that's unkind) with little to no editing on either the author or publisher's part. Of course, I don't know that was the case, but that's how the book felt to me. I really have trouble believing this particular manuscript, or this type of writing in general, would have had much chance of being published if it weren't capitalizing on the success of the first two "Old Man's War" books.
The free online version will let people make informed decisions for themselves without risking their money. I applaud the publisher and the author for taking that step!
The Sagan Diary differs radically from Scalzi's other published works. Unlike the Old Man's War trilogy, in whose universe The Diary is located, this is not a military sci-fi action tale. Unlike The Android's Dream, The Diary isn't premised on fart jokes. Instead, it is an introspective rumination on life, love, and words. Indeed, the first half might fairly be called a great writer's (prose) song about his love for words. The second half is a moving prose Valentine, in which Scalzi's Sagan ruminates on the experience of loving another.
I've been a fan of Scalzi's since he burst on to the scene with Old Man's War. Yet, The Diary shows an emotional depth at which his prior work has only hinted. It proves that this is a writer in whom one ought to invest for the long haul, as it suggests that he has only scratched the surface of his potential.
If you haven't read John Scalzi's `Old Man's War,' this new story might be a bit confusing to follow. But for those who have -- this `diary' offers insight into the thoughts and feelings of Jane Sagan, a Special Forces warrior - and love interest of John Perry (around whom the `Old Man's War' is written).
In the earlier work, John Perry is living a second life - inside a new, warrior's body. His wife (of his first life) chose not to be reissued. But her DNA was still re-cast - with a new life `born' fully grown into it - who became Jane Sagan.
This story reveals that John Perry and Jane Sagan, against all odds, somehow survive their ten year tours-of-duty and retire - to live out their `second' lives together in peace (as warriors no longer).
This diary is Jane's account (written to John) of her hopes and regrets - as she transitions from her `first' life (and body) - to her `second.'
Scalzi uses Jane's perspective to show us that a manufactured human, a warrior -- is still very much a product of her physical self and her experiences - and is yet a human being, nonetheless.
As originals, I guess it's always easy for us to assume that our form of human -- will forever remain the gold standard, but John Scalzi subtly unveils for us - that that might not always be the case!
The `Sagan Diary' is but a very small, thought-provoking piece - of a much larger pie - and one which I enjoyed immensely! I'm sure you will, too!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a waste of time! The best thing about this book was the reason the author wrote it. So far 'Old Man's War' is by far the best book this author has written. Read morePublished 1 month ago by No Bull56
Totally not of interest to me. The rest of the series was top notch. This book was something else entirely, and while it may well appeal to some readers, I think it's safe to say... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ben
If you've read any of the Old Man's War series, you know what wonderful sci-if it is, along with how well it's written. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kirt Liedahl
If this is a piece that people either love or hate, Im definitely in the first group. I read it in one sitting and had to stop many time and say "damn that was good... Read morePublished 3 months ago by nesaru
Illuminating. Backfills from the viewpoint of an exceptionally mature, intelligent young lady with a major burden to bear.Published 4 months ago by F P Andersen
I LOVED the Old Man's War series, but this novella is a bit disappointing, because there's no action. I wanted a story! Interesting background info, but no real substance. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Annette
Who would have guessed the private and inner thoughts of Jane Sagan. Not just a leader of troops in combat but more......so much more. Read it and see.Published 5 months ago by CAimp
The Sagan Diary is Scalzi's stab at psychological realism. It is unclear if he is attempting literature or pastiching New Wave SF of the 60s, a period known for its introduction of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gregory Alan Wingo