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Book Notes: The Sagan Diary

A short (100-page) addition to the Old Man's War universe, this is a set of diary-style musings by one of the characters in the series. scalzi wrote this because Bill Schafer gave $5k to the John M. Ford book endowment, which is awesome. A handful of nice illustrations by Bob Eggleton.

By John Scalzi (scalzi)
Subterranean Press, 2007
Started: Wednesday, January 16th
Finished: Wednesday, January 16th

I imagine I would have had an easier time getting into this if I read it right after reading one of the OMW books (of which I've only read the first two), but as it is, I haven't read one of them in a long time, and it took 30-something pages before I really felt interested. It's very lyrical, musings on life and love and death and other topics from the POV of one of the genetically engineered supersoldiers in the Colonial Defense Forces. It's a clever way to have some fun as an author, I imagine: as you're writing novels, the characters really become fully fleshed-out in your head, but what you write has to be in service of the novel. By putting together a side-project like this, Scalzi gets to explore the character further in a way that the novels never let him do.

Anyway, a fun diversion if you're reading the novels in the series; otherwise, probably not worth picking up.

Oh, and it has a shout-out to a bunch of folks in the back: Scalzi set up a deal where if you pre-ordered a limited, signed edition, he'd add your name as one of the soldiers who died in a particular battle. johnromkey is in there, which is neat.



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Jan. 16th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Not to mention my dad. He'd enjoyed the books in the series, so I got him his name as one of the dead for his birthday.
Jan. 18th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
That's a good gift idea. I've been occasionally loaning my dad recent SF novels, since he likes SF but has no idea which books to bother with. I bet he'd enjoy OMW.
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