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April 02, 2006

TGB Review in the San Francisco Chronicle

It's the third review in the column here; Ian McDonald's River of Gods and Christoper Moore's A Dirty Job are also reviewed. Good company.

The reviewer Michael Berry gives TGB a positive review and also says, "it will be interesting to see whether Scalzi ventures into a new fictional universe with his next novel." As it happens, yes; The Android's Dream is not set in the Old Man universe at all, and neither are the books planned for after The Last Colony. It's that whole "don't want to put all of one's eggs into one basket" thing.

Posted by john at April 2, 2006 12:54 PM

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Michael G. Richard | April 2, 2006 03:15 PM

So is the Android's dream about electric sheep or not?

Martin Wagner | April 2, 2006 11:11 PM

Good plan on going a different direction. Much of my disappointment in Mieville's Iron Council was that after three massive New Crobuzon novels in a row, the bloom was off the rose. He was repeating himself when I wanted to see him go new directions.

To steal Ebert's most famous bit of snark, I hated hated hated hated hated hated hated A Dirty Job. Okay, I didn't hate it that much, but I sure didn't like it.

John Scalzi | April 2, 2006 11:14 PM

Ironically, Android was the first book I wrote after OMW; it got bumped after Tor decided it wanted a sequel.

But yeah, this is also why I'm taking a break from the Old Man universe after The Last Colony. Three books in the same universe will be more than enough for now.

Dave | April 3, 2006 12:33 AM

Good one. Haven't read River of Gods yet (it's on the stack), but I found A Dirty Job to be solidly mediocre output from Christopher Moore. That is to say, still quite readable and occasionally quite amusing, but nothing you'll rush to recommend to anyone. At this rate, he's gonna get real tired of hearing reviews of the form "okay, but nowhere near as good as Lamb".

Tony Dismukes | April 3, 2006 07:44 AM

I just finished A Dirty Job, and I loved it. I laughed out loud on quite a few occasions.

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