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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    Lock In is good but is not as good as Old Man's War. I think the Interdependency Series has a lot that anyone who likes Old Man's War will like. The Dispatcher is fantastic. It is such a creative tale!
    Good to know. It initially came off to me as more militaristic and hard-SF/complex than the character-driven OLD MAN'S WAR saga -- which for a (generally) non-SF guy like me was a bit of a turn-off -- so was thinking of giving it a pass. Based on your rec, I'll give it a chance. :-)

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    If you love the Old Man's War series, then you should also love The Interdependency. Hurry up and release the Last Emperox!

    And don't forget the one-offs. The Androids Dream and Redshirts are particularly good.

    If it wasn't for the fact that I somehow got sucked into The Expanse series, I would be able to read the Lock In series and complete my Scalzi reading. I am not counting his non-fiction collections, which I will probably not live long enough to read all the way through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HumphreyBear View Post
    If you love the Old Man's War series, then you should also love The Interdependency. Hurry up and release the Last Emperox!

    And don't forget the one-offs. The Androids Dream and Redshirts are particularly good.

    If it wasn't for the fact that I somehow got sucked into The Expanse series, I would be able to read the Lock In series and complete my Scalzi reading. I am not counting his non-fiction collections, which I will probably not live long enough to read all the way through.
    Completely agree regarding Androids Dream and Redshirts. The description of Androids concerned me but I really enjoyed it. Reading Scalzi is simply fun.

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    Just read AGENTS TO THE STARS on the plane to and back from Santa Barbara while on vacation last week, and absolutely loved it...man, what a great read!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    Just read AGENTS TO THE STARS on the plane to and back from Santa Barbara while on vacation last week, and absolutely loved it...man, what a great read!
    The description of that story left me unsure. The concept and execution were exceptional. Really loved that story. I am thinking about getting my Scalzi fix with a re-read of Fuzzy Nation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    I am thinking about getting my Scalzi fix with a re-read of Fuzzy Nation.
    Good one? Safe to assume it's one you'd recommend? Thinking about what Scalzi to pick up next, but don't want to get bogged down in one of his other series (yet), so was looking at either FUZZY NATION or ANDROID'S DREAM (perhaps RED SHIRTS, but though I'm a Star Trek fan, it comes across as kinda gimmicky). Will certainly pick up the two-book LOCK IN series before too much longer. I also just received THE DISPATCHER, so that'll be next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    Good one? Safe to assume it's one you'd recommend? Thinking about what Scalzi to pick up next, but don't want to get bogged down in one of his other series (yet), so was looking at either FUZZY NATION or ANDROID'S DREAM (perhaps RED SHIRTS, but though I'm a Star Trek fan, it comes across as kinda gimmicky). Will certainly pick up the two-book LOCK IN series before too much longer. I also just received THE DISPATCHER, so that'll be next.
    Yes, go to The Dispatcher, it is great. Androids Dream is along the lines of Agents to the Stars. Completely unexpected and fun to read. I am not a Star Trek fan but really enjoyed Red Shirts. It actually is gimmicky but with Scalzi’s dialog and humor I really enjoyed it. The Lock In duo are good but not great. Avoid Miniatures and The Gods Engines and you will be fine.

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    I went all in yesterday and ordered signed 1st/1st HCs of ANDROID’S DREAM, FUZZY NATION, and REDSHIRTS. Should see ‘em soon. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    I went all in yesterday and ordered signed 1st/1st HCs of ANDROID’S DREAM, FUZZY NATION, and REDSHIRTS. Should see ‘em soon. :-)
    ...aaannd losing the battle of inner restraint to pick up a copy of the Sub Press signed HC of AGENT TO THE STARS. Have one on the line at the moment that I’ll likely pull the trigger on tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    ...aaannd losing the battle of inner restraint to pick up a copy of the Sub Press signed HC of AGENT TO THE STARS. Have one on the line at the moment that I’ll likely pull the trigger on tonight.
    I warned you, Scalzi is addicting! I am currently listening to Will Wheaton read Fuzzy Nation, great stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    I warned you, Scalzi is addicting! I am currently listening to Will Wheaton read Fuzzy Nation, great stuff.
    Hard to believe I’ve gotten so damn fanatical about an author I hadn’t even read just three months ago! Amazing what can come out of the blue sometimes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    Hard to believe I’ve gotten so damn fanatical about an author I hadn’t even read just three months ago! Amazing what can come out of the blue sometimes...
    I went from having never read his work to having read all published fiction in a little over a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    I went from having never read his work to having read all published fiction in a little over a year.
    Hahaha, well, I’m on the road to follow in your footsteps, it seems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    Hahaha, well, I’m on the road to follow in your footsteps, it seems.
    I recommend pacing yourself. He does not publish as fast as we read. Re-reading does help but it is not the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    I recommend pacing yourself. He does not publish as fast as we read. Re-reading does help but it is not the same.
    Sage advice. I'll need to start slowing down a bit once I have these three new reads in my hands...spread 'em out a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    I went all in yesterday and ordered signed 1st/1st HCs of ANDROID’S DREAM, FUZZY NATION, and REDSHIRTS. Should see ‘em soon. :-)
    Received all three, sure glad to have ‘em.

    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    ...aaannd losing the battle of inner restraint to pick up a copy of the Sub Press signed HC of AGENT TO THE STARS. Have one on the line at the moment that I’ll likely pull the trigger on tonight.
    ...aaannd I lost the battle. It arrived a few days ago, sure excited to have it.

    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    Sage advice. I'll need to start slowing down a bit once I have these three new reads in my hands...spread 'em out a bit.
    Lost that battle, too...finished THE DISPATCHER and now reading REDSHIRTS. Restraint be damned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    Received all three, sure glad to have ‘em.



    ...aaannd I lost the battle. It arrived a few days ago, sure excited to have it.



    Lost that battle, too...finished THE DISPATCHER and now reading REDSHIRTS. Restraint be damned.
    I completely failed with the restraint also. I thought The Dispatcher was a very creative story as is Redshirts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    I completely failed with the restraint also. I thought The Dispatcher was a very creative story as is Redshirts.
    Yeah, THE DISPATCHER was great, and I’m about halfway through REDSHIRTS and am really enjoying it. I read some older interview on-line where Scalzi said he was going to revisit the world of THE DISPATCHER and write a full-length novel set there. No idea if he’s still working on that idea or if he abandoned the idea...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    Yeah, THE DISPATCHER was great, and I’m about halfway through REDSHIRTS and am really enjoying it. I read some older interview on-line where Scalzi said he was going to revisit the world of THE DISPATCHER and write a full-length novel set there. No idea if he’s still working on that idea or if he abandoned the idea...
    A full length novel in The Dispatcher universe would be fantastic. I have The Dispatcher on audio and it is a perfect length for a quick listen but a full novel would be fantastic!

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    Martin, I finished FUZZY NATION tonight, and you were right (in another thread)...it’s a fantastic read, full of character and thrills, heart and charm. Just a wonderful read.

    I couldn’t help it — just started another Scalzi (THE ANDROID’S DREAM) right after it.

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