Kirkus Review of The Collapsing Empire

It’s here, it’s positive, and it’s at the Kirkus site. Here’s the link.

My favorite line is the last: “Scalzi continues to be almost insufferably good at his brand of fun but think-y sci-fi adventure.”

“Almost insufferably good.” I love this sooooooo much.

By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

20 replies on “Kirkus Review of The Collapsing Empire”

“just enough here that’s new” is a bit ungenerous but yes, a great exit line.

Kirkus has its (very loud and often loudmouth) critics but I like it. When it comes to reviewers (and review sites) it’s important for readers that they are, in a way, predictable*. I’m generally in agreements with Kirkus’s verdicts, which means that I can take unseen gambles on books and almost never regret it.
Which doesn’t mean Kirkus and I have great taste: simply that they jell.

*This also works splendidly in the negative. There are reviewers I always disagree with, so their advice is also invariably useful to me.

“Almost insufferably good.” I love this sooooooo much.

If you do decide to get a coat of arms, I think this is a winner for the motto. “CAPAX TANTUM INTOLERANTIUS”. (“Capax” rather than “bonum”, I think, because it means good as in able or skilled rather than good as in morally worthy)

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