Some writers are prolific. A better adjective for John Scalzi might be “possessed.” You’d think he’d have his hands full churning out novels at a machine-gun. The third book in John Scalzi’s exciting sci-fi series which started with Old Man’s War. This essay, on The Last Colony, is the third installment in an on-going retrospective of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series. Previous.
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Too much politics CU acting like complete morons. The mysterious disappearance of the American colony is so far in the past no one realizes this is a joke on our hapless colonizers. John, hope you enjoy well deserved rest! I think if everyone had really acted like I would assume leaders of large political groups would act, then the story couldn’t have played out the way it did.
Scalzi creates characters you like and then throws them into plots that race from one huge event to the next, and he also injects a welcome sense of humor into the books.
Jun 10, mark monday rated it liked it Shelves: Wikimedia Commons has media related to John Scalzi. But then adding a character named Stross is just a wee bit on-the-nose, wouldn’t you say?
Any technology that needs explanation is explained in a comprehensible manner, not with a lot of jargon. My biggest complaint is the lack of description. Old Man’s War 6 books. I find that odd, because it felt like I got a perfectly delicious amount of closure from this one. Thus, authors like John Scalzi make for the perfect break in your intellectual readings.
While I’m aware that there’s a fourth book and am eagerly awaiting it’s arrival in the mail, I wasn’t completely sure any of colonists would survive. The ony complaint I have is that for the plot to really work at two points people who should have know better make actually some stupid decisions.
Not everybody should do that, in fact. I shouldn’t have doubted Scalzi as the book takes the series to a satisfying conclusion even though I know it continues past this point. The Conclave leader begs John to either give up the colony or secede from the Union and join the Conclave. Maybe just more stories in the same universe?
Mine — uh, the old manuscript, I should say — is a mere 52K. Also, for all those who want to know, the current plan is to have The Last Colony in the stores in May Baffled, the leader tells him to make his peace, and orders the fleet to open fire.
Out tje the third-person chapters, and in came a new focus on John Perry and his point of view. It is the perfect length, and I like that it limits its scope to the story at hand.
The Last Colony
It is very cold, and wet down here. Ich war kurz vor dem Abbruch. After the initial boredom, as the whole scheme goes awry as expected somewhere in the middle of the book, Mr Scalzi goes pollyanna and presents Woodrow Wilson’s wet dream of the universe.
I think eventually it made its case pretty well, and once it did, I had to make sure that I made the case for the book to the readers. I like how the Colonial Union is ruthless, corrupt, and maybe even evil but you have to root for them just a little because they’re the home team.
Meanwhile, the only people who seem to give a shit about the lives of the actual men, women, and children on Roanoke are Perry, Sagan, and the colonists themselves. I’m looking forward to seeing this story’s events from Zoe Boutin’s perspective soon.
I also note Zoe alludes to an joh attempt on General Gau which is off-camera despite its importance to the plot. And that’s when you realize that Scalzi is a devilish little genius with lasst clever plan behind his smile. From the start, it seemed really obvious to me that the Colonial Union was lying about the Conclave and that the Conclave was a much better plan than anything else available. This scxlzi will cause humanity’s eventual extinction due to raw scaozi.
It has more twists and turns than a rollercoaster.