The Human Division Parts 6 & 7, by John Scalzi

I really cannot help but enjoy The Human Division. It’s like a present (that I paid for) every week! Here are some more thoughts on recent stories:

#6: The Back Channel

The Back ChannelI really think the best part of this story series, and eventually this novel, is that we get a chance to see what’s going on from all sorts of different points of view (without having to read an entire other novel, though that’s fun too!). This story is especially interesting because it’s from the point of view of the generally accepted bad guy, though of course he’s not as bad as people make him out to be. In fact, it seems that he’s just like any of our good guys, doing the politics and making the promises and getting people to solve his problems with threats of violence. As it goes.

#7: The Dog King

The Dog KingThis is a story that I found probably more amusing than it was, on account of I was reading it while doing my treadmill thing (as I’ve done for all of these stories) and it was a delightful distraction. There’s a tiny puppy and carnivorous plants and you might be able to see where this is going but of course things are slightly wackier than that. It was definitely cute when I read it, but it hasn’t really seemed to further the story even having read a little farther in the series, so that’s a bit disappointing. But whatever, it’s a wittle puppy! I’m okay with it.

Rating: 8/10 and, say, 7/10 (with bonus points for adorable dog)

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