Tag Archive: John Scalzi

Reading Challenges – Late September Update

 Reading Challenges Three Books Finished in September – Thirty-Eight for 2015!

This afternoon I finished John Scalzi’s The Last Colony It is the third book that I have read in September and the 38th book finished in 2015. The other two books finished this month are Better Than Before from Gretchen Rubin and Robert Ludlum‘s The Matarese Circle.

I had planned to read both The Last Colony and Better Than Before. The two other books that I had planned to read for my reading challenges were Mayhem a historical fiction read and The Lost Triumph a nonfiction read about the Battle of Gettysburg.  While I started both books, neither caught my attention strongly enough to keep reading either of the books. I have been reading two other books though. The Shining Girls from Lauren Beukes and Amazing Grace by Jonathan Kozol.  Both of these books have been really good and I hope that I can finish either one or both of them before the end of the month!

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Fuzzy Nation – John Scalzi’s Reimagining of H. Beam Piper’s Little Fuzzy done well!

Fuzzy Nation

Little did I know when I sat down to read Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi, that the story of Fuzzy’s story had been told before by H Fuzzy NationBeam Piper,in a very success trilogy starting with Little Fuzzy, and continuing in Fuzzy Sapiens and Fuzzies And Other People. (You can read more about H Beam Piper and his books at the H Beam Piper Memorial Website.). Even if I knew that the story was an update of these books, I don’t think that it would have hurt Scalzi’s marvelous re-imagining of their tale!

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Book 32 of 2012 – John Scalzi – Redshirts

Book 32 of 2012 is a bit of a departure from my normal reading, kind of a throwback to an earlier era when I read a lot of science fiction. The book Redshirts by John Scalzi is actually a semi-mystery. Not a murder mystery, more of a why are all the little people getting killed mystery!

When Ensign Andrew Dahl is assigned to Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, he is thrilled! He was assigned to the xenobiology lab, and would have a chance to serve on “Away Missions”, along with the ship’s senior officers. He soon discovers that on every “Away Mission” the ships officers face some kind of deadly confrontation, while some members of the senior crew , particularly Lieutenant Kerensky get badly wounded. They always seem to survive, while one low-ranking member of the crew is killed!

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