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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Hayden signs it with Tor and puts it out; jhon immediately gets nominated for the Hugo, vaulting Scalzi from obscure blogger status to the top ten-percent of all writers in the genre, all in the course of a year.

Plus, the fourth book, Zoe’s Tale, is the same history, by the eyes of the daughter. 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. Views Read Edit View history. When you write, because there’s a contract, you can feel it. I want to know more. There was something distinctly Poul Andersonish about his characterization of the Conclave’s General Gau, for one.

Jun 20, Jason Pettus rated it liked it. Unfortunately for me most of it seemed quite obvious. Plenty of good kill-all-da-alienz stuff, but also a lot of good making-your-way-in-the-world-today-takes-everything-you-got stuff too. So even though I’m midway in Zoe’s TaleI’m having a sad.

Most novels these days are between 90k and k. A good installment in this series. The officer who accompanied the Roanoke colonists then waited for every ship to arrive before detonating the explosives, save the leader’s craft. It was shocking to see how even after such betrayal what people could be capable of doing.

Now the two are tied for the lead. He is eventually released, and after speaking with the Special Forces again, returns to Roanoke.

In a sense, this book finalises the stories of these two. I love myself some xenobiology, but I feel the author has taken what should be a selling point to the series and glazed over it with colonj. And does it really make sense that the alien Obin would commit their race to protecting the daughter of the coolony traitor who granted them consciousness?


I can accept one person doing stupid mistake but organisation that successfully led humanity for few hundred years colle 2. I enjoyed this much more than I was expecting, and totally loved these women: And this isn’t necessarily badhaving a book on your hands that’s likely to delight most who cilony fully committed to the genre, there isn’t anything bad with that at all; but CCLaP isn’t a science-fiction literary blog, it’s just a literary blog, and part of my mission here is to always examine lazt appeal of any given author among a large general population versus a smaller genre one.

This gives the book a regrettable missed opportunity. Want to Read saving….

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Anne, I know exactly what you mean. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Perry’s focus on forging new policies of cooperation over endless conflict is not just revolutionary, but seen as outright impossible in such a context.

There must be f January At the end of the book Scalzi says he isn’t going to write any more about these characters. One time, during one of the explanation session, I was thinking, well, if you are going to attack a fleet consisted of hundreds of nations don’t you think they will want to avenge their fallen soldiers and ships? 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.

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Apr 10, Stuart rated it liked it Shelves: Still, they hop on. 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. Of course they agree and soon find out that things are not quite as expected.


And this lends much authenticity to the way he shows them compromising and working together.

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I find that odd, because it felt like I got a perfectly delicious amount of closure from this one. On top of all this hubristhere is the totally reified Colonial Union as a caricature of dictatorship and the wise Conclave leader who eschews power but would kill for pun intended and justified!

Can Perry and his family save Roanoke without being traitors to the Colonial Union?

Brian Hogan I think so. Not to cast any aspersions on any of the pages John is leaving out.

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I haven’t read Zoe’s Tale, but I assume it’s predominately her I’m good at making inferences from my reading aren’t I? It’s an effective way lxst carrying over the identity theme from Old Man’s War.

This page was last edited on 28 Marchat Which is why I won’t read more of this series, especially as I don’t care about this identical storyline from Zoe’s perspective. Does this necessarily force the word count up? Mine — uh, the old manuscript, I should say — is a mere sscalzi. To name a colony you want to succeed “Roanoke” is like naming a new nuclear power plant “Chernobyl.

The dynamics between him clony the no nonsense Jane, was great to see, especially the banter, humour, and easy manner from people who deeply care for each other. He further tells them that to isolate them fully, they are forbidden from using any advanced technology. Scalzi has a gift for writing science fiction that fires the imagination and remains completely believable. I think it’s very good but not a book without flaws. Love that I got to meet new characters.