- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,840 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Human Division #1: The B-Team Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 13 in The Human Division (13 Book Series)
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This does read a bit like a TV show but I don't mind it. It helps to have read the authors other books to have an understanding of some terms and the state of the universe in... Read morePublished 28 days ago by A. Peterson
Turned out better than expected. Character development was a little slow but got better. I would recommend this to my friendsPublished 3 months ago by Philip D Miller II
This is a fast paced space tale that never slows down. I recommend it to everyone. It's the first in a thirteen book series. I hope they're all this well written.Published 6 months ago by Larry Knott
Scalzi is becoming a legend in Sci-Fi genre. Enjoyable and fast-paced. This isn't fine literature, but as entertainment, it is top notch.Published 7 months ago by Johnny
Would have rated a "five" except for the brevity. Great characterizations, measured suspense, and the Good guys won. Good story.Published 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
John Scalzi is writing some of the best science fiction available. Grounded in sound science, his Human division series is engaging and compelling fiction that is sure to please.Published 20 months ago by Richard Childers
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