- File Size: 367 KB
- Print Length: 48 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (March 12, 2013)
- Publication Date: March 12, 2013
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AF62F1G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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The Human Division #9: The Observers Kindle Edition
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- Book 9 of 13 in The Human Division (13 Book Series)
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Top Customer Reviews
It doesn't take long as one the earth party, the leader, is found dead and an autopsy reveals that it looks as if the Colonial Union killed him. It's up to Wilson to figure out what really happened before this whole thing blows up the Colonial Union's face.
The trail of mysterious sabotage continues to dog (hah) Ambassador Abumwe and Lt. Wilson, and only a nasty suspicious pair of minds and a series of fortunate coincidences enables them to figure out part of what is up.
There is still hilarious dialog:
"The romance of the diplomatic life, Lieutenant Wilson," Abumwe said.
"We are living the dream, ma'am," Wilson said. Abumwe stared at Wilson for a moment, as if she were slightly disbelieving the two of them had actually just made a commiserating joke together.
There is also the tiny budding of a romance for Lt. Wilson. Good for him.
Read if: You are enjoying this serial. If you like the moment when everyone realizes it was Col. Mustard with the pipe wrench.
Skip if: You are looking for any resolution to our persistent mystery to happen in this installment.
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.
Dialogue is an obvious strength of Scalzi's writing and we get plenty of witty banter here, especially between Harry and a woman from Earth who has been brought on board to observe the diplomatic process. Things are starting to come to a head now, pieces are moving into position, and I think the threat has just about been revealed. This big threat has been many years in the making, and the connections to John Perry are becoming harder to refute.
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.
If that is too expensive for a book this size then do not bother buying the next one. Getting off the series now is very uninteresting.
This chapter builds up various themes, one important one is who is the mysterious enemy. It will not be confirmed until the last chapter but it is shaping up nicely. I had forgotten that Wilson was an old ship mate of
John Perry. See what happens when you do not reread the original novel!
What I liked:
- Keeps the overall story moving right along, while presenting its own self-contained story (although the story has a couple problems, as explained below).
- Good character development; Scalzi explores a few character relationships which weren't really fleshed out before.
- More Harry Wilson, which is usually a good thing. He's a great character in my opinion, and I love reading about his antics.
What I didn't like:
- Yet another "Problem presents itself, Harry Wilson uses a plot device from earlier in the chapter to fix it" scenario. This is getting a little overused at this point since almost every Episode with Harry Wilson uses this format.
- Yet another overly sarcastic character is introduced. These seem to be a staple in the Old Man's War universe, and another overly sarcastic character is brought on board in this Episode. To Scalzi's credit he has a lot of diverse characters in The Human Division, and I realize there's only so many character personalities out there, but this new character's sarcastic personality is unnecessary in my opinion.
- No Hart Schmidt. I think the "bromance" between Harry Wilson and Hart Schmidt is akin to Holmes and Watson, and it's a shame Schmidt wasn't there to constantly complain about Wilson's actions.
Overall I enjoyed this read despite its flaws, and I look forward to the next installment of The Human Division!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good stories, but its too bad you have to pay $1/chapter for the entire series!Published 22 months ago by JOHN P GAMERTSFELDEER
The Human Division is an awesome supplement to the Old Man's War series - it takes the universe we came to love in Old Man's War, the Ghost Brigades and The Last Colony/Zoe's Tale... Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by Plays_with_FIRE
Again, another cliffhanger. I'm sure that all will be resolved. I would prefer to rate the entire series at once. As for this section, I enjoyed how the truth was discovered.Published on January 13, 2014 by Phyllis Boros
I like the story but I don't like having to buy it by the chapter.... Probably won't do that again even for Mr. Scalzi.Published on December 21, 2013 by JD
I think with Wilson our author has found his signature character! He is a fully fleshed out person, even if he is green! It's interesting to see where he will take us and Earth!Published on October 12, 2013 by The Captain 230
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
I do enjoy John Scalzi very much and the whole Human Division "chapter-base" series is very interesting. I would give it five stars if it was in a novel format. Read morePublished on July 13, 2013 by Daniel J. Dubriwny
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