The Human Division Review at GeekExchange

It’s here. And it’s good; I especially like that it talks about the intentionally multi-media aspect of the novel (that’s “multi-media” not “multimedia”), because we intentionally built it from the ground up to work effectively in more than a single medium. It’s nice when people pick up on that.

For those of you too busy for the reading, here’s the summation graph:

The bottom line: The Human Division flat out rocked. It’s a smart space opera novel that weaves together politics, characters and action that surpasses its predecessors in the series. For an experimental novel (and this isn’t the first online attempt at a serialized story), it seems to have mostly worked, and at points, worked incredibly well. More than just an experiment in the delivery medium, this is a fine read, and an excellent addition to the series. Season/Book 2 can’t come soon enough.


Also: One week until the hardcover release. Can’t wait.

13 Comments on “The Human Division Review at GeekExchange”

  1. Augh! This is like when I was a kid, and every mention of Christmas just made the wait drag out thaaaaat… muuuuccchhhh… loooooonggggeeerrrrrrrr…..

  2. Congratulations!

    From the review:

    The sheer scale of The Human Division lends itself to be a difficult one for a conventional book,

    Out of curiosity, what is the total, final word count?

  3. Out of curiosity, what is the total, final word count?

    I believe Scalzi has said somewhere in the neighborhood of 130K words.

  4. Can’t wait? I can wait. It’s all I’ve been doing! I am getting good at waiting. That’s a lie, GIMIIE GIMMIE GIMMIE!

  5. OK, I’m not gonna rub it in your waiting faces… but getting it episode by episode was actually pretty cool. I’d never tried episodic downloads before and I was surprised how it made each Tuesday special. Even if I didn’t get a chance to read it the day it arrived it was still a bit like Christmas, only it came once a week.

  6. Yes. I hated the episode a week model for the first few weeks, but then, I really got into it. Now Tuesdays just a little bleaker.

  7. I’m begining to see an advantage to the episode mode. It makes it last. I suspect I will scarf this down too quickly when I finally get my grubby mits on it. Cover to cover, urp. Yummy but all gone.

  8. My Kindle pooped out on me, so I didn’t get to read past the second episode. As a poor college student, I usually only allow myself one hardcover every 2-3 months. Hmmm…

  9. So I’m gonna ask – Is this the 13 episodes published in book format? Or is there more good stuff in it? Because I spent 13 X $.99, and if there is more in the book, for less, I’m bummed. Feel ripped off. Not with the story, by the serial gimmick. Please advise!

%d bloggers like this: