Cool. I'll start reading maybe tomorrow, have to finish the second Dunk and Egg story first.
Quoting rules from the book club thread.
x4n0c7.jpg1. Make thread, 1 week notice ahead of time when the reading will officially start.
2. Poster creates poll, 5 book options. Highest vote is the book to be read. The 2nd and 3rd most popular voted books may be included in next RBCT poll perhaps.
3. Sony you have 14 days.... Posters establish reading length time. Spoilers obv need to be in just about every post. Format would be "Im on page XXX: Spoiler"
4. After the established time has passed, people can being posts without spoiler tags, and a new thread could be proposed.
5. The most requested books of last months book thread will be included in the next month's poll.
It's like herding cats with you bastards. Fine. I change my vote from Redshirts to Old Man's War.
Next month's poll will have the two highest runners up, the two most suggested books in this thread, and the winner of January's wildcard contest.
John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army.
The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce--and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So: we fight. To defend Earth, and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.
Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity's resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force. Everybody knows that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don't want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You'll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You'll serve two years at the front. And if you survive, you'll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.
John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine--and what he will become is far stranger.
Book thread posted 1st of the month and Wildcard contest begins.
Reading begins 8th of the month.
Wildcard contest ends: 15th of the month.
Spoilers lifted 22nd of the month and next month's poll opens.
No posts from 1st-7th about the book or plot, can only post that you're participating.
Post a picture of your copy of the book with a highlighter. Optional: photoshop the cover of the book to include a highlighter. Best picture wins the contest and can pick one book for the next month's poll.
Last edited by Himeo; 01-02-2013 at 03:45 AM.
Cool. I'll start reading maybe tomorrow, have to finish the second Dunk and Egg story first.
Just in time, finished catching up on WOT yesterday.
" I wonder if you are destined to be forgotten. Will your life fade in the shadow of greater beings?"
Finishing up Wise Man's Fear right now (Jesus I'm ready for that book to be over with), so will be able to start on this one on time.
Grabbing a copy today. Looking forward to this one.
Got the paperback version today at Barnes & Noble for 8$ after taxes. Looking forward to starting this on the 8th.
Last edited by Himeo; 01-02-2013 at 07:46 PM.
I'll grab a copy while I'm out today and give it read.
I should note that this will likely be a big departure for me. I mostly read horror or comedy, with a bit of fantasy thrown in from time to time. I'm hoping I don't have trouble getting into it.
Last edited by Teddite; 01-02-2013 at 08:04 PM.
Bought the audiobook version of this a couple weeks ago. Won't get to it until after A Memory Of Light, tho.
I just read this book a few months ago, but I'll try to participate. This was also the only book we tried to read as a group on FoH, and it quickly failed (but there were a lot of negative nancys).
I'm not really all that into sci-fi but I plan to give this a shot. Sounds fun!
ty for the ebook download btw
Reading begins tonight, you can post about the story but please include spoiler warnings until the 22nd.
I'm about halfway through the book, just finished Chapter 8 I think
I'm up to chapter 17...
I just finished it. I'll wait until spoilers are lifted to post further thoughts. It was a pretty easy read, though.
Does anyone have digital copies of the other books in this Universe?
Yeah I do, I'll throw them up when I get home. Or the torrent is on Pirate Bay if you want to be adventurous.
Blazed through the book in an afternoon. Not typically a sci-fi fan but I enjoyed it and will definitely thumb through some of his other novels. 7/10 for me!
Haven't read a sci-fi book in a while but the blurb sounds interesting .
Thanks for the link, look forward to reading this on my journey too and from work this week.
Read it a while back, I enjoy Scalzi. Curious to hear you all chime in.
P.S. book 2 in the series was not nearly as good by half. Try Fuzzy Nation instead
Alright. I liked this book for what it was. It felt like kind of "sci-fi lite" which isn't a bad thing. I could see this book being approachable to people who typically wouldn't consider sci-fi to be their thing.
It did fall short in some respects. It seemed to build up to a climax that never happened. The standoff with the Rray didn't really meet expectations. The Consu were interesting, at least at first, but the actual meeting with them felt kind of like bullshit. There was a lot of talk about a huge, expansive universe but the text didn't do a good job of conveying that. Instead we were relegated to a small corner of it. And the tiny aliens were ridiculous. I guess that was supposed to be funny. It wasn't.
I don't think I would read the rest of the books in the series, especially knowing that people here said there was a decline in quality to the second one. I don't regret reading it or anything, it was a good and easy read, but I don't feel invested in the universe or care to slog through another lesser quality book.
Last edited by chaos; 01-22-2013 at 11:31 AM.
I liked it well enough, particularly since it didn't beat us over the head with descriptions of people, places, and things. I tend to get discouraged by lengthy descriptions of every tapestry on every wall, so a book that just gives you the basics and lets you form your own mental images of the characters always has a leg up in my mind.
I agree with what chaos said about it being a good book for people that wouldn't want to read "harder" sci-fi, and while I've read my share of that, I think that's why this book sat well with me. It was an easy, quick read after slogging through (but enjoying) Wise Man's Fear, so the contrast with how quickly things happened and how immediately engaging the main character was probably made the book seem better even better for me.
The chance meeting with his wife is one of those events that you just have to accept, but normally it would bother me quite a bit. From the name of the next book I have to assume that is the direction it takes. I'll probably read them because they should be fast and easy reads, and I liked it well enough. Sometimes I need something quick and easy as a little refresher, so these will probably get worked in here and there over the next few months until I'm done with them.
If asked, I would recommend it to anyone that vaguely likes to read this sort of book. There's not much *not* to like, and it is pretty accessible to almost any moderate-level reader.
It was an okay read but in the end I was mostly just bored. I felt like nothing happened. The parts that were interesting weren't really explored that well and even when he went into detail it just felt so dry.
A lot of the time I felt like he cut short the suspense with the way he writes. He's got this way of telling you exactly what's going to happen (or not happen) by either transparently lying or bluntly telling you the truth. "I knew Jane was going to die" which clearly meant she wasn't. "I never saw Jane again... but I did hear from her LOL, and when I say never I mean probably not til next book." If you do that kind of thing once or twice it can have an effect but after that it just kind of saps any sort of suspense from the story.
I hate to be so negative. It definitely wasn't terrible. But I don't see myself reading any more in the series.
I can't do much but repeat what everyone else has already said. I enjoyed it, but not to the point that I would hold off other books I'm waiting to read to continue the series. I suppose I do tend to enjoy more descriptions of things in my books.
There is something very generic about the way Scalzi writes, He sets up a premise well and starts heading in an interesting direction than lets the story run it's course. He never seems to add much more beyond what is introduced in the first act. He telegraphs exactly where he is going, M Night Shamalan he aint. He is not a bad writer, all his works I have read so far are light fun reads, but if you are searching for rich worlds, deep characters and original conflicts there are other writers who trounce him in all those departments.
I hope you guys pick something a little meatier next book, I have already read American Gods (bizarrely it was 3 weeks after taking a road trip almost exactly mirroring the path of the character). Gaiman never disappoints.
Last edited by Merkins4Brazil; 01-23-2013 at 08:54 AM.
Instead of a book-of-the-month club, can we switch to a book of the week? I dunno about you guys, but I tend to devour a book (that doesn't suck) in a day or less.
I probably wouldn't participate more than once a month if it was that frequent. It's just not practical to have so much of my reading chosen by other people.
Like this month's book was kind of a chore, for example, so if I was reading something similar every week it just wouldn't be worth it. Once a month is nice since it forces me to branch out a little bit.
Sorry for the delay in getting the poll up. I'll have it posted later tonight.
Once per week is way too frequent. Before we get ahead of ourselves we should let this thing get off the ground first. One month and it isn't a dismal failure, lets look forward to the coming months and see where to go from there.
Late to the party here but I plowed through half of it last night. Good stuff.
finished it in 2 sessions, enjoyed the story a lot, homage to starship troopers. all the aliens were fine, you got to meet some strange things out there.
at first i found his technique of those hard, fast cuts disturbing, but after a while it gave the story an interesting pace.
checking out ghost brigade soon/next.
read it a week ago, just because,
liked the book the premise was decent, for the read it was, it was good. I also read ghost brigade and last colony and imo last colony was "better" than the other two but there was so much left open that could have been explored further/made more complex/went off on that potentially was left off that could have made the book "better" overall.
spoilering for those that have not read
I read the second and third books in this series, and anyone that enjoyed the first one should like the next two as well. It's quick, easy page-turning stuff and a just lot of fun to read.
As others have said, this book is "light" scifi. The book doesn't really make you think in any way. It just skims along until it ends. I did enjoy the humor, especially in the first part. Overall, I found the book to be average at best. It did not leave me with an urgent need to read the other ones.
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