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. The third book in John Scalzi’s exciting sci-fi series which started with Old Man’s War. 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.
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Two stars are for the overly emotional but cute Obins, and the steadfast Hiram. Seeing the story again told from John Perry’s point of view was a blast and the combination of humor, plot, twists, characters and action worked really well for me. Jane Sagan and Savitri Guntupillai. They are approached by a member of the Special Forces of the CDF, adapted to live in space, who had attached himself to the exterior of their craft. Out went the third-person chapters, and in came a new focus on John Perry and his point of view.
John, hope you enjoy well deserved rest!
The Last Colony
I guess that’s inevitable since he’s the first-person narrator, but I rather resented it! Apr 10, Stuart rated it liked it Shelves: Because see, it’s this general subject that drives the entire conflict behind all of Scalzi’s stories; in his universe, there are tons of intelligent, spacegoing species, but only a tiny amount of planets around the galaxy that can support humanoid life, and so in realistic fashion a giant galaxy-wide space war has ensued over these precious resources, with there constantly being a state of conflict between all of the spacegoing species in question.
Jul 09, Kaethe rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 10, Mpauli rated it it was amazing Shelves: Scalzi’s tight plotting keep things moving nicely and the mysteries keep the pages moving as well. I have no fondness for Westerns and frontier towns and all the settler business was not that appealing.
SF & Fantasy book review: The Last Colony by John Scalzi | Books | The Guardian
And as a consequence, the book became better. Aug 11, The Shayne-Train rated it it was amazing. The officer who accompanied the Roanoke colonists then waited for every ship to arrive before detonating the explosives, save the leader’s craft. This frankly turned out to be a blessing. Low key is the word and they couldn’t be happier, maybe. Unbeknownst to the Perry family, Roanoke is part of a massive plan to make sure that peace never materializes.
One of the groups of people, for example, who I’ve been put back in contact with recently because of all these books, is that vast group making up the bulk of science-fiction’s actual purchasers, conventioneers and other customer base — the fanboys and fangirls, that is, those who just eat anything up whatsoever that has at least something to do with spaceships or exotic aliens or laser weapons or whatnot. So is the repetition when he tries to make the same argument to Roanoke. The alien races of the galaxy are organizing, in part due to humanity’s brutality, and they are trying to bring galactic peace.
I enjoyed this much more than I was expecting, and totally loved these women: After the attack, John is nearly arrested for almost ruining the plan to destroy the enemy fleet by asking General Gau to surrender. Aug 02, Lyn rated it liked it.
You’ll realize that these characters jhon green super soldiers, alien generals with eye stalks and emotionless guardians of a teenage girl. At a higher level, we get the perspectives of a Colonial Union State Department spy and of an alien which is second in command of the Conclave.
That doesn’t make for a good conflict, especially when the conflict is presented as humanity vs. Hey, at least we have each coliny. Overall this was a fantastic read and a lot of fun. Also, there’s an odd storytelling gaffe in that, in the book’s first half, the colony finds itself victimized by a heretofore unknown species of vicious aborigines that resemble — and come to be called — werewolves. It is a just the right job for a war hero without any experience useful in the daily life of a backwater rural colony.
General Gau’s speech regarding why the colonies mohn to either surrender, join the Conclave, or die is the highlight of the book. Is it important to read “Ghost Brigades” before “Last Colony”? Goodreads tells me there are more books in the series. At any moment you may feel like you’re reading a coloyn novel with snappy dialog and a straightforward plot.
So is it good? Ich war kurz vor dem Abbruch. 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 ambiguity. She begins to question why they keep putting out fires but do not address the colnoy causes.
Thoughts on The Last Colony
The few battles that are there are quick and emotionless. Almost immediately, the entire fleet is annihilated.
Followed by Zoe’s Tale. Instead of Perry leveling up to a new phase of training, he sometimes rather passively receives new information. I’d like to think people would be smarter than this, but the colonists are probably similar to the majority of individuals in the world. I think Scalzi’s a fun author to read, one you can always go back to knowing you’ll have an entertaining read.
With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up. I would happily read many more stories about them. This time the focus is less on those Heinleinesque battle scenes and more upon the consequences of playing politics with people’s lives.
So, techically I would deduct a half-star for this, so it is a 4. Scalzi has all of these interesting alien species, but I’m This is the point in the series where the story needed to make me fall in love with it as much as the first book did.
A good installment in this series. Let’s pretend to be Amish in space and then have long discussions with alien generals around Bushido code in a Texan accent.
And this isn’t necessarily badhaving a book on your hands that’s likely to delight most who are 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 the appeal of any given author among a large general population versus a smaller genre one.