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maybe I am not geeky enough, but this didnt work for me in fact I felt ripped off paying for this more details, see my good reads review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1002886865?book_show_action=false
Ich habe das Buch auf Grund der guten Rezensionen gekauft und bin enttäuscht. Ich suche vergeblich den "Witz" und habe nach 80 mühsamen Seiten aufgegeben.
Im Wesentlichen handelt es sich um einen Spionageromen mit Sci-Fi-Touch. Es gibt jede Menge Personen und Schauplätze, was verwirrend ist, dazu ein paar Aliens mit ungewöhnlichen Verhaltensweisen. Zumindest am Anfang zeigt sich kein einziger "Charakter", es handelt sich um Abziehbilder bekannter Typen. (Ok, vielleicht wird das ja im Laufe der restlichen 300 Seiten noch.)
Ich habe bei 80 Seiten vielleicht zweimal leicht geschmunzelt - das ist nicht annähernd genug für einen Romen, der angeblich von seinem "beißenden Witz" lebt.
I really loved the Old Man's War series and bought them all. Agent to the Stars was good too. This one . . . The story was fine and Scalzi can certainly write, BUT there were just too many really graphic gory bits I found too disturbing. I should write more to give this a possibility of getting some attention, but am just to conflicted about the whole thing unfortunately.
Just BEWARE if you don't have a really strong stomach for things like . . . Graphic descriptions of people and animals being beaten to a pulp. Graphic descriptions of torture. Graphic descriptions of people being killed. Graphic descriptions of people being eaten by another sentient beings.
You get the picture. If you aren't bothered by things like that it is a good book.
John Scalzi has a dark sense of humour and a sarcastic bent that comes out in his wise cracking characters. Inside his characters have grit and poise but the outside version we see in his stories is anything but sarcastic, cocky, irreverent and side splitting funny.
Humanity and the alien Nidu are at peace. At least on the outside. Inside humanity has major problems with the Nidu. Half the world wants to kick them back to their home world while the other half wants to exploit any advantage they have with the Nidu as reluctant partners.
While the Nidu only control a small fleet of war ships, those ships far outclass anything Earth has in its fleet.
Our story starts with a high level meeting between human and Nidu diplomats to hammer out an agreement. Unknown to the Nidu the Earth's head diplomat hates their guts and is just dragging on negotiations to aggravate them. However he does have an ace up his sleeve, or rather in his shorts, as he has had installed a special technology that manipulates farts to send messages to the Nidu who converse with smells.
Moving on from that we then have two opposing groups trying to find a special breed of sheep called Android's Dream. The Nidu need one for a special ceremony. So one group desperately tries to find the sheep while the other group methodically works to kill them all.
In a saga that travels from Earth to the home world of the Nidu we have a nonstop roller coaster of a story. Twist and turns are everywhere and the plot twists are well thought out, developed and highly entertaining.