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John Scalzi

Autor(a) de Old Man's War

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About the Author

John Michael Scalzi was born May 10, 1969 in California. He attended the University of Chicago. During his 1989 -1990 school year he was the editor-in-chief of The Chicago Maroon. After graduating in 1991, Scalzi took a job as the film critic for the Fresno Bee newspaper, eventually also becoming a mostrar mais humor columnist. In 1996 he was hired as the in-house writer and editor at America Online. When he was laid off in 1998, he decided to become a full-time freelance writer and author. His first published novel was Old Man's War. His other works include Agent to the Stars, The Ghosts Brigades, The Androids Team, The Sagan Diary, The Last Colony, and Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas. In 2014 his title, Locked In, made The New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por John Scalzi

Old Man's War (2005) — Autor — 8,659 exemplares
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas (2012) 4,884 exemplares
The Ghost Brigades (2006) 4,598 exemplares
The Last Colony (2007) 3,755 exemplares
Lock In (2014) 3,010 exemplares
Zoe's Tale (2008) 2,587 exemplares
The Collapsing Empire (2017) 2,474 exemplares
The Android's Dream (2006) 2,352 exemplares
Fuzzy Nation (2011) 1,790 exemplares
Agent to the Stars (2005) 1,717 exemplares
The Human Division (2013) 1,574 exemplares
The Kaiju Preservation Society (2022) 1,530 exemplares
The End of All Things (2015) 1,270 exemplares
The Consuming Fire (2018) 1,249 exemplares
Head On (2018) 1,097 exemplares
The Last Emperox (2020) 1,042 exemplares
The Dispatcher (2016) 836 exemplares
Starter Villain (2023) 807 exemplares
The God Engines (2009) 799 exemplares
The Sagan Diary (2007) 780 exemplares
Metatropolis (2008) — Editor; Contribuidor — 577 exemplares
The Human Division #1: The B-Team (2013) 317 exemplares
After the Coup (2008) 273 exemplares
Murder by Other Means (2020) 256 exemplares
Questions for a Soldier (2005) 231 exemplares
Judge Sn Goes Golfing (2009) 159 exemplares
The Rough Guide to Sci-Fi Movies (2005) 149 exemplares
Travel by Bullet (2022) 147 exemplares
The Mallet of Loving Correction (2012) 138 exemplares
The President's Brain is Missing (2010) 115 exemplares
The Tale of the Wicked (2012) 105 exemplares
An Election (2012) 98 exemplares
The Rough Guide to the Universe (2003) 96 exemplares
Slow Time Between the Stars (2023) 80 exemplares
Everything but the Squeal (2016) 76 exemplares
A Very Scalzi Christmas (2019) 68 exemplares
The Life of the Mind (2015) 61 exemplares
Don't Live For Your Obituary (2017) 57 exemplares
Clash of the Geeks — Editor; Contribuidor — 56 exemplares
This Hollow Union (2015) 48 exemplares
Can Long Endure (2015) 44 exemplares
To Stand or Fall (2015) 44 exemplares
Muse of Fire (2013) 44 exemplares
Redshirts: Chapters 1-4 (2012) 31 exemplares
The Origin of the Flow (2019) 25 exemplares
Subterranean Scalzi Super Bundle (2012) 20 exemplares
Waiting for Athena 14 exemplares
Subterranean Magazine, Issue #4 (Spring 2006) (2006) — Editor — 12 exemplares
The High Castle 10 exemplares
Pluto Tells All 7 exemplares
Utere Nihil… [short story] (2014) 5 exemplares
The Other Large Thing 4 exemplares
The Rough Guide to Money Online (2000) 3 exemplares
Extras 3 exemplares
Sneak Peek for Starter Villain (2023) 2 exemplares
The Statue 2 exemplares
Suburban Excursion 2 exemplares
Sarah's Sister 2 exemplares
Eternal 1 exemplar
A model Dog 1 exemplar
Midnight rises 1 exemplar
Penelope (poem) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

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Always Coming Home (1985) — Introdução, algumas edições2,132 exemplares
Robots vs Fairies (2018) — Contribuidor — 229 exemplares
Twenty-First Century Science Fiction (2013) — Contribuidor — 181 exemplares
The Best of R. A. Lafferty (2019) — Contribuidor — 153 exemplares
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014 Edition (2015) — Contribuidor — 153 exemplares
Black Tide Rising (2016) — Contribuidor, algumas edições94 exemplares
The Art of John Harris (2014) — Prefácio — 88 exemplares
The Best of Subterranean (2017) — Contribuidor — 73 exemplares
Escape Pod: The Science Fiction Anthology (2020) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares
Rip-Off! (2012) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares
Scenting the Dark and Other Stories (2009) — Introdução — 63 exemplares
Mash Up (2012) — Contribuidor — 62 exemplares
Resist: Tales from a Future Worth Fighting Against (2018) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares
The Stories: Five Years of Original Fiction on tor.com (2013) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
A Better Way to Die (2015) — Introdução, algumas edições30 exemplares
Love, Death + Robots: The Official Anthology, Volume 1 (2021) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
First-Person Singularities: Stories (2017) — Introdução — 18 exemplares
Love, Death + Robots: The Official Anthology, Volume 2+3 (2022) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Tor.com: Selected Original Fiction, 2008-2012 (2013) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
The Paulandstormonomicon — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
MidAmeriCon II Souvenir Book — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Subterranean Magazine Summer 2008 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Scalzi, John Michael, II
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Fairfield, California, USA
Locais de residência
Covina, California, USA
Glendora, California, USA
Claremont, California, USA
Fresno, California, USA
Bradford, Ohio, USA
University of Chicago (BA|1991)
film critic
humor columnist
In-house writer/editor (America Online)
Professional blogger (America Online)
business consultant
Booth, John Wilkes (distantly related)
Blauser, Kristine Ann (wife)
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA)
Fresno Bee
America Online
Prémios e menções honrosas
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (2006)
Hugo Nominee (Fan Writer ∙ 2007)
Hugo (Fan Writer ∙ 2008)
Robert A Heinlein Award (2023)
Ethan Ellenberg (Ethan Ellenberg Agency)
Bibi Lewis (Ethan Ellenberg Agency)
Joel Gotler (film/TV)

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John Michael Scalzi II (born May 10, 1969) is an American science fiction author and former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He is best known for his Old Man's War series, three novels of which have been nominated for the Hugo Award, and for his blog Whatever, where he has written on a number of topics since 1998. He won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2008 based predominantly on that blog, which he has also used for several charity drives. His novel Redshirts won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel. He has written non-fiction books and columns on diverse topics such as finance, video games, films, astronomy, writing and politics, and served as a creative consultant for the TV series Stargate Universe.



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Series Info/Source: This is the second book in the Old Man's War series. I borrowed this from Kindle Unlimited on audiobook.

Thoughts: I enjoyed this but not quite as much as the first book in the series. I think the wonder of this world and the humor in the first book just really blew me away. I did enjoy still getting to see Jane, but this story focused more on a Ghost Brigade soldier (Jared) created from the consciousness of traitor to humanity, Charles Boutin.

I continued to enjoy this world and really enjoyed learning more about The Ghost Brigades. We meet a mostly new set of characters in this book, although Jane and Harry are in and out of the story some. I enjoyed Jared as a character but not as much as I enjoyed Perry and crew in the first book.

We do get a much broader story here about the CDF versus three other alien races. We also get exposed to some intriguing questions about the CDF and their motives when it comes to human interactions with alien races. Additionally, this book focuses a lot on The Ghost Brigades themselves and what it really means to be human.

I didn't think this was as funny as "Old Man's War" but there is some humor throughout. I listened to this on audiobook and really enjoyed the audiobook narration. I would recommend listening to this on audiobook if you enjoy audiobooks.

My Summary (4/5): Overall I liked this. I didn't think there was as much humor in this book and didn't enjoy the characters in this second book quite as much. However, I did enjoy learning more about The Ghost Brigades and delving deeper in to this world. I also really enjoyed the broadened storyline around the CDF and the three alien races joining forces against humanity. I look forward to reading "The Lost Colony" soon. I would recommend to those who enjoy science fiction with some intriguing space travel, aliens, and a look into what it means to be human.
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krau0098 | 160 outras críticas | Apr 11, 2024 |
Lock-In is a low-key sci-fi thriller that uses a pandemic as a plot device. And since it was written in 2014, five years before Covid‑19, I'd be giving John Scalzi some serious props for divining the future except I believe Stephen King's The Stand and Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven beat him to it. Besides, the pandemic isn’t the only thing in this book. It’s also a darned good buddy cop (FBI) story and it lays into those who exploit the disabled and the disadvantaged.

This is the second title of Scalzi’s I’ve read where the gender of the main character is never even hinted at. Audible handled this by offering a choice of two narrators for the audiobook version, Wil Wheaton or Amber Benson, and I went with Amber. I wish I’d chosen Wil. It could be me but she was hard to understand when she'd pitch her voice low for some of the supporting characters whereas I’ve never had any trouble understanding him. Also, the last two hours of the audiobook is a bonus novella, Unlocked, which is the prequel to the Lock In series. Since it's mostly just world-building, you don't have to read it to follow the plot in this but if you do, I'd say read (or listen to) it first instead of at the end.
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wandaly | 208 outras críticas | Apr 5, 2024 |
Recommended: eh
For a very business-heavy modern day villain, for some quirky ideas especially around animals, for unexpected moments that startle you into a disbelieving "did that just happen??" kind of laugh

I've seen some of John Scalzi's other books, and while I admired the unusual angle they usually seemed to take, I also felt like they wouldn't really be for me. I gave this one a shot anyway because it sounded like it might align more with my interests and be the strange angle that I could actually get behind. For the most part that was true, although most of What I took away from this was that modern-day villains do a lot of budgeting and financial stuff. It wasn't super thrilling.

The strength of this is definitely the way it's written: the word play; the funny details; the insightful looks at things that we accept as normal but really are s range if you're not accustomed to them. The downside for me was the plot itself, which felt surprisingly small and without much direction. For most of this book I just kept thinking, where is this going? And I couldn't really envision anything, which made it pretty tough to feel invested. 

It's a good thing that I did this as a buddy read with Nicole, because otherwise I probably would have just DNF'd it at 61%. It's not that it was bad, but that it wasn't compelling enough for me to come back to it. Mostly, I was just bored. Having the chance to do some back and forth with her and focus on the interesting details and small joys in the writing style helped get me through the end of this when I wasn't really invested in any of the characters or events going on.

I think this ended the only way it could have, and for that I am grateful. At the very least, I didn't come through this and then feel disappointed at the end. XD
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Jenniferforjoy | 68 outras críticas | Apr 2, 2024 |



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