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. 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. The third book in John Scalzi’s exciting sci-fi series which started with Old Man’s War.
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And it’s no wonder that John wrote Redshirts, because it allowed him sccalzi go wild and carefree. The main characters are our old friends, John Perry and Jane Sagan. The ending is the biggest twist of all, but it fits logically with the rest of the story. 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. I guess i have no choice though. And again, we have more conversations between John and different generals, quick dead-pan delivery sentences that sound like arguing but in fact are manifests of self-righteousness, more ‘no offense none taken’ moments, and the identical personality repetition for each and every character.
I would happily read many more stories about them.
Aug 11, The Shayne-Train rated it it was amazing. Both these plots get picked up in Zoe’s Tale but that just means their exclusion here was noted by the author as having been a mistake.
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I also note Zoe alludes to an assassination attempt on General Gau which is off-camera despite its importance to the plot. I was hesitant about John Scalzi’s take on the subject with the story of Old Uohn War protagonist John Perry taking up the role of a colony head in a book series primarily about the evils of colonization.
Maybe just more stories in the same universe? John is no longer the wise old man, he’s a maverick Marine who wants to do good, regardless of what the Universe needs or thinks. And that’s when you realize that Scalzi is a devilish little genius with a clever plan behind his smile. The plot here concerns a fiendish plan by an alien and human renegades called Equilibrium to get rid of both the Colonial Union and the Conclave by fomenting a war between them.
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Aug 02, Lyn rated it liked it. I loved this book almost as much as I loved the first in the series, Old Man’s War. The Last Colony is the final Old Man’s War universe novel with John Perry and Jan I think Scalzi’s a fun author to read, one you can always go back to knowing you’ll have an entertaining read.
And here, within lasst pages, we go from Scalzi making fun and playing with the genre to Scalzi turning preachy and pushy. Politicians — whether in the CU or in Washington — never seem to figure out that the enemy colong read their script, and wouldn’t particularly see fit to follow it even if they had. This time the focus is less on those Heinleinesque battle scenes and more upon the consequences of playing politics with people’s lives.
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In many ways, his novels hearken back to the days of Asimov, Clarke and Salzi. We may forgive him. So, techically I would deduct a half-star for this, so it is a 4.
I find that odd, because it felt like Wowzers. I like the man cilony but – Common! I, for one, am entirely comfortable with humanity being volony bad guys in the universe and lagging behind while everyone else is getting their crap together. Think of the movie, man…. This would work a lot better if, as John Perry was unpacking all of the political secrets, he and the reader were really able to constantly re-evaluate this conflict and make judgments about whether the Colonial Union, Conclave, or some other position is right.
I would definitely recommend it anyday for someone in the mood for a bit of fun. And then, for reasons beyond my understanding, John and Jane decide to abandon this quiet corner of the universe in order to participate in another venture sponsored by the Colonial Union. Killing off the main character early in the story rarely happens in movies these days. Mine — uh, the old manuscript, I should say — is a mere 52K.
Personal copy 1 September The Obin have technology that allows them to communicate as a sort of group consciousness with other Obin. In fact, this is always an interesting thing to start with regarding Scalzi, that his entire career sorta came about in a fanboy-wet-dream style: View all 16 comments.
Aug 12, Igor Ljubuncic rated it liked it Shelves: And I wrote four chapters lastt that book before I realized something, which was that if I kept writing the book like this, the book would end up beingwords long. It gives me hope to know that you experience false starts and have to wrangle plot structure just like the rest of us mortals. Let’s take, for example