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November 28, 2005

First Review of The Ghost Brigades

Sending out those ARCs of The Ghost Brigades is paying off: The first review of the book is up at SFReviews.net. A choice pull quote, complete with an ellipsis to make you wonder what I'm skipping over:

Like Old Man's War, The Ghost Brigades is thinking fans' space opera. And for all that Scalzi gives you to chew on intellectually, he doesn't skimp on the blow-shit-up factor. The book opens with a fantastic action scene that ends with a brilliant narrative bait-and-switch I didn't see coming, and climaxes with an even better one... The Ghost Brigades maintains Scalzi's standing as one of SF's most rewarding purveyors of thrilling, gut-wrenching, and thoughtful space opera.

Neat. The full review is here

Posted by john at November 28, 2005 08:36 PM

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Peter | November 29, 2005 05:58 AM

I just finished reading that review, and traipsed over here to see if you'd updated the Whatever accordingly. XD Congratulations, John! I look forward to picking up TGB.

dave munger | November 29, 2005 07:11 AM

Congratulations on the good review! You have at least one sale: my daughter pre-ordered it for my son as his birthday present.

James Goodman | November 29, 2005 07:40 AM

Congrats! It looks like the book is off to a good start.

Lee | November 29, 2005 09:10 AM

Dude, you sure know how to ramp up pre-sales!

Lee | November 29, 2005 09:14 AM

Uhh, is there any way to get one of those ARCs, for a premium?

John Scalzi | November 29, 2005 09:37 AM

I was sent a few, but they've already been claimed by family members and a couple of friends. Anyway, they're from a previous editing iteration and have a couple of flubs in them -- good enough for reviewers but I think most readers will want to see the final version instead.

psychotoddler | November 29, 2005 11:53 AM

Congratulations! I just ordered Old Man's War from Amazon and look forward to reading it. I usually don't spend that kinda money on hardcover books!

Dermott McSorley | November 29, 2005 12:15 PM

Um any chance of getting a download of the ARC,Id be willing to pay for it.A publishier (Aka B...)does this,Please, Not That I need this ,I Can Stop At Any Time.

Brian Greenberg | November 29, 2005 12:54 PM

Heh...nice job with the elipses.

Congrats on the good review. Looking forward to reading it.

Bob | November 29, 2005 11:13 PM

I read Old Man's War a couple of month's ago, and for sure I'll get The Ghost Brigades as soon as it's out.

For the last year or so I've been reading books on my Palm PDA. I have no idea if this kind of e-book publishing is a growing market or just an interesting little sideshow. Nor do I know if it's a good deal for an author. Is there any chance of The Ghost Brigades showing up on, say, ereader.com?

KenL | November 30, 2005 10:34 PM

"At this pace, he'd have to make some pretty stupid choices to fall off his perch."

Nope, nope, doesn't sound like John.

John Scalzi | November 30, 2005 11:56 PM

I guess this isn't the time to tell you that the next book will be 450,000 words long, and all the dialogue in the form of limericks.

Martin Wagner | December 1, 2005 01:06 AM

If you were to make it a 450,000 word limerick, I'd be really impressed. But only if you worked in the three-breasted robots and the Wiggler.

John Scalzi | December 1, 2005 06:48 AM

Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh. "Worked in the Wiggler." Heh.

idiot | December 7, 2005 01:53 AM

i am an idiot and i am lead by richard simmons

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