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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Fact was, he was something of an unlovable, whiny twit, and eventually I found colon pushing the plot along without regard to story quality just so I could get to John and Jane and Zoe.
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She insists on accompanying John and his family to the new colony and beyond, and I have no idea why. 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.
Too much politics CU acting like complete morons. Hardcoverpages.
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: But I will tell you this about it: Frankly, I felt the story on Roanoke proper wasn’t very entertaining. Not to cast any aspersions oclony any of the pages John is leaving out. Views Read Edit View history. So that’s what makes The Last Colony intriguing from the start, then, is that it has little to do with either of the first two books; it instead takes the main characters from Old Man’s Warretired soldier John Perry and coony dead-wife-turned-secret-policewoman Jane, and puts them in charge of a peacetime mission to found a new planetary colony, a controversial one fraught with dangers.
Jul 21, Tom Merritt rated it it was amazing. They all have this laid back mid-West US talk, and they use the word ‘no offense’ all too often. A better adjective for John Scalzi might be “possessed. The resulting peace from strength has become shaky as the Union has been so brutal in maintaining allegiance and control that Earth has dropped out, removing a big source of their resources and soldiers.
Old Man’s War 3.
Thoughts on The Last Colony
Maybe just more colomy in past same universe? 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. There’s some really impressive moments spread throughout the book.
To add insult to injury, even after being reminded lqst Jane that Obin do gender differently than humans — each individual is both male and female — he unsystematically refers to Hickory and Dickory as “him” as well as “it.
I can accept one person doing stupid mistake but organisation that successfully led humanity for few hundred years colle 2. As mentioned, The Last Colony does a good job of wrapping up all of the major plotlines of the series. John Perry is back, it’s first person again, and the focus is now on the colonial side of the union.
We may forgive him. And as a matter of fact, today’s book under review is actually the third in a series of interrelated ones by Scalzi, stretching back to this Old Man’s War we’ve been talking about; that novel, see, is about a time in the future when old people on Earth are essentially tricked into waging bloody offworld war on behalf of Earth’s colonizing laat, by being promised tough new young genetically-engineered bodies, ones even given limited superhuman powers through the “magic” of chromosome manipulation, and then being kept in the dark about the uohn realities of the intergalactic war they’re about to go fight, until it’s too late to do anything about it.
Jane lxst there, and Zoe, too, and it feels a bit awkward. This book isn’t quite as smooth as the previous two. Together with the other members of the Conclave, he visits forbidden, isolated Earth to reveal what has been occurring in the rest of the universe and to update them on scalzii Conclave’s level of technology.
Then the CDF plays a switcheroo on the colonists, and they become pawns in a chess match between the CDF and the alien Conclave on a world called Roanoke.
At the end of the day, while I’ve concluded there are some weaknesses to this series, sczlzi the strengths add up to give me an easy sci-fi, perfect for a light reading mood.
But then adding a character named Stross is just a wee bit on-the-nose, wouldn’t you say? How much cooler would the iohn have been if the werewolves had decided to reappear right on top of everything else hitting the fan? I have a plan to crawl out his TV set later on tonight.
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The guys are going on a mission to setup a colony. If Roanoke is destroyed, enlistment in the CDF will spike via using the colonists, allowing for a more aggressive campaign against the other alien races. 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. I was really This is disappointing since I usually can count on Scalzi for keeping me glued to the folony of my Kindle.
Aug 02, Lyn rated it liked it. Jane is the local constabulary. Multiple story arcs collide and meet at opportune times, and the whole story is compelling and enjoyable to the reader, HIGHLY Recommended along with the other books i the series: Hayden signs it with Tor and puts it out; it 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.
I know exactly what you mean. Overall this was a fantastic read and a lot of fun. Then it strikes you that the themes aren’t just love and family and such but also war and oppression and politics and the meaning of being human.
The mysterious disappearance of the American colony is so far in the past no one realizes this is a joke on our hapless colonizers. Aug 01, Krbo rated it really liked it. Unfortunately for me most of it seemed quite obvious.
There must be f January At the end of the book Scalzi says he isn’t going to write any more about these characters. There are significant military actions in the story, but most of the tale is taken up with intelligence work and political maneuvering.