The Android’s Dream, by John Scalzi (23 July — 25 July)

So, remember when I said that I’d never experienced a story/cover mismatch that bothered me? Well, now I have, and this is it. The Android’s Dream cover looks like this, and there are absolutely no androids in the novel! I was expecting androids, people.

But that’s not to say that this wasn’t an excellent book, because it was. And it was a good way to break up the Harry Potter hullabaloo, even if it’s really just jumping from one obsession to another (I love the Scalzi). And while it wasn’t about androids, it was about sheep, which is apparently another Philip K. Dick reference I need to go learn about.

Anyway. This is one of those books where the first lines just really set the tone for the story, so here they are: “Dirk Moeller didn’t know if he could fart his way into a major diplomatic incident. But he was ready to find out.”

Yes, really. And he does succeed, though perhaps not in the way he thought he would, and it falls to the State Department of Earth to rectify the slight against the Nidu race, one of their closest allies. Oh, dear. To do so, the Earth’s government must find and procure one sheep of the Android’s Dream variety (with electric blue wool, of course) for the Nidu ruler’s coronation ceremony, which cannot happen without such a sheep. Unfortunately, someone out there knows this and has been killing all such sheep. But then Harris Creek and his truly intelligent computer (which has the brain of Harris’s long-dead best friend, no, really) find the last remaining sheep, which is good, but Creek and the sheep are being well followed by some people who would like to see the sheep gone. So they go on a cruise. Really. And there’s more, but then you’d just get confused and not read this book, and I strongly advise against that.

This book is really funny and packed with pop-culture references of awesome and is in that spectrum of weird where, sure, this story could totally happen, maybe. I call it perfect light reading for these oddly cold summer days.

Rating: 8/10

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