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August 11, 2015

On sale today: John Scalzi’s The End of All Things
Posted by Patrick at 11:10 AM * 9 comments

endofallthings.jpg On sale today in hardcover and ebook in North America, and on August 13 in trade paperback and ebook in the UK.

Excerpts here. Author post about it here. Video interview with the author here. Author tour schedule here.

From the author’s post about it, linked above:

“This book is a direct followup to The Human Division and continues the scenarios, events and characters found there. It also wraps up the larger story arc begun in The Human Division (i.e., you will find out who is behind all the cliff-hangery stuff and why), so those of you worried that there will be some things left unresolved and to be dealt with in a third book: Relax. It all gets settled. […]

“I will be stingy on the details except to say that two [of the novel’s sections] are from the point of view of major characters in The Human Division, one from a previously minor character, and one introduces a brand new character who I think is very interesting indeed. […] And yes, the actual end of all things is a very real concern in this novel.”

Some reviews:

“Polished and powerful…The inevitable and parallel downward spirals of the two corrupt space empires, the human Colonial Union and the alien Conclave, are finally coming to a head. All four protagonists work for one of the two entities, and Scalzi shifts among their perspectives to thread a fine needle, recognizing that good people can be entrenched in terrible systems and sometimes can’t (or won’t) change them.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“It’s classic crowd-pleasing Scalzi, offering thrilling adventure scenes (space battles, daring military actions, parachute jumps through a planet’s atmosphere), high-stakes politics, snarky commentary, and food for thought. Delightful, compulsively readable, and even somewhat nutritious brain candy.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“[F]ascinating, uncharted territory for military science fiction. The world is a considerably complicated place, and this is a book that recognizes it, and attempts to capture a tiny piece of that complexity. The format of the book, with its four parts and sub-chapters, aids the narrative in this regard, reminding me of the films Syriana or Traffic by telling huge story in tiny brushstrokes….[T]he series has been left in a good place, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.”

Comments on On sale today: John Scalzi's The End of All Things:
#1 ::: Cadbury Moose ::: (view all by) ::: August 11, 2015, 12:14 PM:


I have a shipping notice from bigsouthamericanriver for the hardcover but have got to catch up with all the preceding books before I can start that. (Too much reading for rockets has left this moose waaaaaay behind.)

#2 ::: Howard Bannister ::: (view all by) ::: August 11, 2015, 02:03 PM:

Excuse me. I gotta go buy something.

#3 ::: Lizzy L ::: (view all by) ::: August 12, 2015, 11:32 AM:

I'm number 16 on the Hold list at the county library. I should have it in a couple of weeks, depending on how many copies the powers-that-be purchased.

#4 ::: Victoria ::: (view all by) ::: August 14, 2015, 09:57 AM:

I bought the installments as they came out. I'm glad I ponied up the extra cash instead of waiting.

Is this thread spoiler sensitive?

#5 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: August 30, 2015, 01:27 PM:

I've finished the book. It is, in the words of Sellars & Yeatman, a damgudthing.

#6 ::: Cassy B. has a question for the gnomes ::: (view all by) ::: August 30, 2015, 01:48 PM:

I normally navigate this blog via "last 1000 posts". In my "last 1000 posts" ONLY #5 in this thread is showing (which is how I found out about the top-post).

Is it just me? Is it a problem? <whine>How will I know I haven't missed anything?</whine>

#7 ::: Naomi Parkhurst ::: (view all by) ::: August 30, 2015, 01:52 PM:

The other posts are two weeks old; I dare say there have been more than 1000 posts between posts 4 and 5. That explains the mechanism of why the other posts don't show up in the last 1000 posts.

Still frustrating to have missed the top post, but I'd guess there's some other reason why that happened.

#8 ::: Cassy B. ::: (view all by) ::: August 30, 2015, 10:19 PM:

Ah; thanks, Naomi. Must have missed them when I switched back and forth between work and home access. Glad to know it's not a technical issue. And a bit embarrassing; I should have checked the dates....

#9 ::: Edmund Schweppe ::: (view all by) ::: August 30, 2015, 10:49 PM:

It is, as Fragano reports, a damgudthing.

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