Review: The End of All Things by John Scalzi

The End of All Things (Old Man's War, #6)The End of All Things by John Scalzi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love John Scalzi’s books, his sarcastic writing voice just resonates with me. I have read all Old Man’s War books, they are my favorites.

However, I found this one somewhat disappointing. I expected a book similar to the previous ones, but I actually got three novellas. They are connected and complement each other, but I for me they didn’t make one complete novel. Maybe a hint in the Publisher’s Summary would have been useful.

The entertaining quality varied through the three stories. I found the first one grabbing and I enjoyed it much, but the second one was too heavy with political intrigue and lacked action. The third one was better again, featuring one of my favorite characters, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson.

In places I got bored. I rolled my eyes when CDF soldiers were chatting about what day it was and what the menu in the mass hall would be. Seriously? And I almost skipped parts in the middle, because of too much politics. As always, the writing voice grabbed me, and kept me listening to the audio version in places where the story was stalling. That alone earned one star.

Other reviews claim that this book was a nice wrap up of the OMW story line. Certainly, there was a kind of resolution, but I didn’t have the feeling that it could be the last book. Is it even possible to wrap up a story-line like this one? I don’t know if Scalzi wants to write another book in this series, but I would be interested, for sure.

William Dufris did an excellent job, kudos for him. Other reviews complain about Tavia Gilbert’s performance, but I found it fine for a voice of an alien woman.

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In need of a professional editor?

I was reading the writer’s blog posts for while, hesitating what should I do with my manuscript. It went trough beta reading, and had I corrected a lot of errors – more than I had expected. I thought of some of the indie books with misspelled words and bad grammar, and I knew I didn’t want to publish one like those. When you spend many hours crafting an excellent story, the one you always wanted to write, you don’t want it to go down because the reader frowns at the grammatical mistakes you have made. So I hired a professional editor.

My first e-book is short, around fourteen thousand words – three science-fiction short stories – but I wanted it to be as good as I can make it. I’m a new author, still in the learning curve, besides, I’m not native English. So there were plenty of things my editor had to work on.

I used the services of People Per Hour, and asked Sarah to undo all the mistakes I made against the English language. She did an amazing job. I gazed at the red corrections, crossed words and side-comments, and I humbly realised how much I still have to learn. Together we put the stories in a publishable shape. Now it’s sitting on my hard drive, waiting for a nice cover to be made. Then I’ll push the publish button, and check every hour time after time how many copies I sell.

This e-book is my guinea pig to experiment the indie publishing way.