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The Human Division #1: The B-Team by [Scalzi, John]
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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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I've been waiting for Scalzi to return to this world setting, and enjoy the story, but the pricing is a bit ridiculous.

This is on top of how ridiculous it is that ebooks are priced what they are to begin with, but serializing this story, if one was to do the simple math, will make this the most expensive short novella I've ever bought by a long shot by the time it's finished (note: subsequent chapters are much shorter, but priced the same).

I applaud he and the publisher for trying out different ways to deliver content, but I would not recommend this exact model again for future endeavors.

I hate to grade this story on the mode of delivery, but as that mode is kind of an integral part of this serialization experiment, I consider it fair game. I feel strongly enough about the issue that the two stars reflect that. Had The Human Division been released in its entirety (or, if you're looking for novel delivery methods, as part of a reasonably priced subscription as it was doled out in chapters), where I wasn't going to end up paying multiple times more than a normal novel, I'd likely give it 4 stars.

I realize that taken in a vacuum, the extra money spent on this story isn't going to make a difference in my finances, but it's the bigger picture worry of books going this route and the perfectly acceptable gradual increase in book prices taking an unacceptable jarring mammoth leap that impels me to leave this feedback.
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