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Christopher C.
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Austin, TX
Post #: 1
The May discussion book was Old Man's War by John Scalzi. His new book, Redshirts, came out last month. I read it in one day yesterday, which is very unusual for me. It's a fast read and very engaging. I liked it a lot.

The fist few chapters are available to read for free online here:­

The preview is also available for free for Amazon Kindle and via iTunes.

Scalzi was interviewed on Talk of the Nation this week. That and other interviews of Scalzi related to Redshirts are available for free download via iTunes as podcasts.

Scalzi is also a prolific blogger:
He won a Hugo award for a book-form collection of some of his blog entries.
Austin, TX
Post #: 3
He's also on Twitter as @scalzi.

I'm glad I could turn some new folks onto 'Old Man's War' and Scalzi. He's an entertaining dude.
A former member
Post #: 16
I read the book last month and it was something of a disappointment. I liked the major premise, a story about the disposable people in fiction. As a security guard myself, I blogged about it.

Beyond that, I felt that this was a quick, dirty, fast and loose knock-off by a professional writer just keeping pace. Myself, I write non-fiction and stopped claiming numbers when I hit 300 publications. I just sent one off yesterday. It could have been tighter, but rather than edit it, I called it a two-parter. Just to say, Redshirts was a clever idea but not well executed.

The worst flaw was the minor premise, that their universe is linked to the television screenwriters of ours. It was an unnecessary tangent that only served to allow the author more words without saying anything.
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