- File Size: 483 KB
- Print Length: 29 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (April 2, 2013)
- Publication Date: April 2, 2013
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AF62F48
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,132 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Human Division #12: The Gentle Art of Cracking Heads Kindle Edition
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If I was a writer I think at this point I would allow it to evolve into a whole new series. Perhaps one in which young people from Earth and the colonies can enlist and have their 'birth bodies' preserved while they serve. Perhaps the stories could follow several recruits from different places and perspectives.
Scalzi's style is one that I like, and even though I generally find his stuff to be pretty light this does what all good sci-fi should do: show people dealing with a world in which fanciful science-inspired technology exists. That said, I'm not sure that I'm really behind the serial method used to publish this book. The individual stories feel very episodic, much like a Joss Whedon series, and for some reason that's not doing it for me.
I wish that I had bought the book as an entire book (though come to think of it, the chapters might feel disconnected from each other in that case? Hard to say).
Basically if all of these chapters had been combined into one boot in the traditional way, it would have been a short novel, priced around $8 to $10. Instead at a dollar per chapter, the price comes out a bit higher. I can't say that I haven't enjoyed reading them, and I don't feel ripped off, but the length compared to price is a bit off.
I like what John Scalzi is doing here, but I hope if he tries this again we get a bit more bang for the buck. All that said, I don't regret the buy at all. If you're a Scalzi fan, or a fan of The Old Man's War, you should absolutely but this collection.
Read if: You are breathlessly awaiting the last installment.
Skip if: You have mind-control nightmares.
I won't spoil it, but I did enjoy it ( I begrudgingly admit )
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the story but I don't like having to buy it buy the chapter! Won't do it again even for Mr. Scalzi!Published on December 21, 2013 by JD
Another interesting character becomes more interesting & the plot thickens. Blood being thicker than water.
Get your programme folks! Read more
all Of the parts are separate but flow together. Scalzi is one of the finest and brightest minds writing today!!!Published on September 7, 2013 by S. Miller
The Old Man's War was great. This is much thinner on plot and substance--and by that, I mean the whole series, not just this installment. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by Ridman
This was an interesting concept. I needed to accumulate several weeks to make the read worth the effort. As a total read at once it was good but too simple.Published on June 26, 2013 by Rutti
A must read for any sci-fi fan. John creates characters with depth quickly and immerses you into multiple plots of a space opera with ease.Published on June 26, 2013 by SDRootsMan
Well Scazi, you have cured me of serials. I paid a buck for each chapter and felt unsatisfied and cheated. It's too little. Read morePublished on June 6, 2013 by Arant
AWESOME SCI-FI!!!! This is a great story that gets deeper and deeper! Quasi-realistic future scenario based on the classic Sci-Fi Action story of the misinterpreted misfit hero,... Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Martin Puz