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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Thoughts on The Last Colony

At the end of the day, while I’ve concluded there are some weaknesses to this series, all the strengths add up to give me an easy sci-fi, perfect for a light reading mood. Llast alien races of the galaxy are organizing, in part due to humanity’s brutality, and they are trying to bring galactic peace. What I was writing was goodin my opinion; the problem was it was colonh too much. There must be flaws, but I can’t find any.

Thoughts on The Last Colony – Whatever

The Last Colony doesn’t have any training; Perry is the protagonist again and he does have to adapt to a new career as the administrator of a new colony, lxst there’s no boot camp — he’s chosen because we’re told he already has most of the necessary experience and leadership skills. Although the newest draft is slowly turning into a big monster.

It would be hilarious if it wasn’t obvious that Mr Scalzi is serious this time and not winking at the reader. I guess that’s inevitable since he’s the first-person narrator, but I rather resented it!

This review from October was wrongly placed with the entre piece of the serialized book: I think Scalzi’s a fun author to read, one you can nohn go back to knowing you’ll have an entertaining read. Think of the movie, man…. Want to Sca,zi saving…. At a higher level, we get the perspectives of a Colonial Union State Department spy and of an alien which is second in command of the Conclave.


The Last Colony

Quotes from The Last Colony. Later, when it becomes clear that the people in the Colonial Union who named the colony have nefarious plans for it, Perry reflects that hm, it must have been a deliberate choice to name his colony after the original Lost Colony! The narration is back from the point of view of John Perry, who is living a peaceful life on a colony with Jane Sagan and Zoe, after the cplony events of The Ghost Brigades.

They are fun and easy to read, but they are also full of big ideas. Scalzi has a sczlzi for writing science fiction that fires the imagination and remains completely believable. The Last Colony shows what life is like as a jogn and it’s dangerous and boring.

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Hickory and Dickory get their own point. The first two books got a lot of their structure from the military training that their protagonists, John Perry and Jared Dirac. I can accept one person doing stupid mistake but organisation that successfully led humanity for few hundred years colle 2. Return to Book Page. With some help from Hickory and Dickory the Obin guardians of Zoe.

To sum up, John Scalzi has a pretty reliable formula for saclzi out entertaining military SF, and he tries to vary it from book to book, but I don’t think I can gain cokony further by reading more of his output, with so many other books clamoring to be read.

Retired from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. Seeing the story again told from John Perry’s point of view was a blast and the combination of humor, plot, twists, characters and action worked really well for me.

He further tells them that to isolate them fully, they are forbidden from using any advanced technology. And it’s no wonder that John wrote Redshirts, because it allowed him to go wild and carefree. I have no fondness for Westerns scxlzi frontier towns and all the settler business was not that appealing.


At least until the next one comes out right. They are approached by a member of the Special Forces of the CDF, adapted to live in space, who had joun himself to the exterior of their craft.

Well, you know how I feel about outlining. Not to mention the dubious plot device of passing on military-grade combat strength and skills to someone by slipping something into their food? One of the things that I loved the most about the Last Colony was that Scalzi wasn’t afraid to shake things up. And that’s when you realize that Scalzi is a devilish little genius with a clever plan behind his smile.

The Last Colony (Old Man’s War #3) by John Scalzi

I guess i have no choice though. Besides crashing into the bed and not moving for a few days?

I did notice an increasing tendency to make things a bit too much on the noseif that makes sense. And does it really make sense that the alien Obin would commit their race to protecting the daughter of the human traitor who granted them consciousness? Multiple story arcs collide and meet at opportune times, and the whole story is compelling and enjoyable to the reader, HIGHLY Recommended along with the other books i the series: In order to assert its authority, the Conclave insists that new colonies from non-Conclave groups either go home, join the Conclave, or be destroyed.

The guys are going on a mission to setup a colony. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. View all 7 comments. The ending – Scalzi seems to deliver happy optimistic endings every time and I love it.