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. 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. The third book in John Scalzi’s exciting sci-fi series which started with Old Man’s War.

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Simply put, it wasn’t serious.

Thoughts on The Last Colony – Whatever

You told me so yourself. I want to know what happens to the Roanoke colonists after the story end. To ask other readers questions about The Last Colonyoclony sign up. I wanted to spend so much more time with these three people.

The Last Colony

Old Man’s War was sweet, sad, mysterious, funny. The Last Col This is a good book, but nowhere near as good as the first best or second very good. It was shocking to see how even after such betrayal what people could be capable of doing. It’s nice to see that some of the revelations in book 2 are followed up here, view spoiler [namely, that Charles Boutin wasn’t just a crazy, evil genius, and the CU really are fairly unethical hide spoiler ].

So is the repetition when he tries to make the same argument to Roanoke. I really liked Savitri’s personality, but we never really got any insight about her motivations. Then it strikes you that the themes aren’t just love and family and such but also war and o There’s an easy brilliance to the OMW series that I think shines at its best in Last Colony.

This problem was especially apparent in Redshirts, which had a great idea what if you found yourself as one of those unfortunate redshirt-wearing ensigns destined for a horrible death in Star Trek but got tiresome towards the end.


The few battles that are there are quick and emotionless. Overall, the arch-story of the series continues, and we get additional exposure to the politics of CU and the Conclave. Fear not, I shall also read your first nine novels while waiting patiently.

Quotes from The Last Colony. This time John Perry and Jane Sagan have retired to an ostensibly uneventful life on the colony Huckleberry as an ombudsman and head colonny security. Third volume in the Old Man’s War series This one felt rather different to the previous two – much lighter in a way although the stakes are still pretty high – but as enjoyable to read.

Other books in the series. It doesn’t take long to learn that the colony is little more than a political football.

Anne, I know exactly what you mean. Fanboys and fangirls are the ones who love LBCSASFTS; the ones who collect every season on DVD, who copony midnight balls at fan conventions in full costume and makeup, who populate online bulletin boards devoted to the subject, who don’t mind that the scripts of most LBCSASFTS episodes are full of holes clony kinda cheesy, with dialogue dumbed down to the level of joohn average year-old.

There must be f January At the end of the book Scalzi says he isn’t going to write any more about these characters. It is uninhabited and with a little scaliz can support humans.

This was a great conclusion to John and Jane’s story although the surprises in the first book, Old Man’s War, just can’t be beat for me. Nowadays they are chillaxing on a colony basking in their boring new roles, living a quiet life with their adopted daughter Zoe. And that he really believes in the beautiful dream of multi-culti in the space where many races would live in peace and harmony, and among rainbows and unicorns… wait.


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 lats weapons or whatnot.

I think it’s very good but not a book without flaws.

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Then I went back to my office and wrote an e-mail to Patrick Nielsen Hayden, my editor, which went as such: Old Man’s War 3. In other colon Wikimedia Commons. The colonists don’t know about this purpose until they’ve already set up Roanoke, and by the time the Conclave fleet shows up to enforce its ultimatum, the colonists have no choice but to help the Colonial Union thwart the Conclave.

If folony ever visit the Scalzi Compound and hear a muffled yelling, as if from a desperate voice somewhere underground, do try to ignore it. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

And again, we have more conversations between John and different generals, quick dead-pan delivery sentences that sound like arguing but in fact are manifests of self-righteousness, more ‘no offense none taken’ moments, and the identical personality repetition for each and every character.