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Stephen Mack
John Scalzi's "The B-Team" (chapter 1 in a new thirteen-episode novel set in the Old Man's War universe) is released today on Amazon's Kindle e-reader and in other e-book formats. He discusses it today on the Kindle Daily Post. - http://www.kindlepost.com/2013...
John Scalzi's "The B-Team" (chapter 1 in a new thirteen-episode novel set in the Old Man's War universe) is released today on Amazon's Kindle e-reader and in other e-book formats. He discusses it today on the Kindle Daily Post.
The post begins: "In May of 2011, I sat down in a conference room with Patrick Nielsen Hayden, my editor at Tor, Tom Doherty, the imprint’s publisher, and several other Macmillan executives to talk about the idea of writing my novel The Human Division in a way that was native to the electronic format -- which is to say, that took advantage of the strengths of electronic publication and distribution in order to give readers the best experience possible in that format." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Interesting concept, but I'll wait for the complete book for two reasons: 1) I like to read at my own pace, not wait a week between chapters, and 2) 13 x $0.99, $12.87 is more than I like to pay for a book. Love Scalzi's work and look forward to getting the whole thing in May. - Ken Gidley
My preorder just showed up on kindle. Can't wait. - Todd Hoff
OK, I thought chapter 1 was a good read. I like Scalzi, and I really enjoyed Old Man's War and Redshirts, but with The Ghost Brigades and some of his shorter work, I think his big problem is making distinct characters. This character Harry Wilson was apparently in both the first two books as well as a short story I read ("After The Coup") but he's so generic that I didn't remember him. John Parry and Jane Sagan are a bit more distinct, but I think many of Scalzi's lead characters have a same-ish generic leading action figure quality. - Stephen Mack
I think the problem with Harry Wilson in the first two books was that he didn't have enough screen time. The little he had he played critical roles, but they just weren't long enough. Unlike, say A Song of Ice and Fire, Scalzi's support characters are completely support characters. There's also Jesse who we don't hear about in Ghost Brigades or The B-Team. What happened to her? Hopefully, Scalzi will bring her out in one of these other chapters in the pipe. - Arlan K.
Well, I could have waited, which is disappointing because I really like Scalzi. The writing and story didn't really grab me for some reason. People I don't know doing things I don't care about. The Colonial Union is odious. Their continued existence isn't high on my interest list. The other side sounds like a much more interesting story. Oh, and another advantage of a serialized format is that it evens out revenues. A disadvantage is that it gives the reader a stopping point at which they can make a go no-do decision. If it were a complete book I would keep on reading thinking it will warm up. Now, I'm not so sure... - Todd Hoff