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Review: The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi

The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi

From the back of the book

Saving the planet, one sheep at a time.  A human diplomat kills his alien counterpart.  Earth is on the verge of war with a vastly superior alien race.  A lone man races against time and a host of enemies to find the one object that can save our planet and our people from alien enslavement…a sheep.  Yes, you read that right.  Welcome to The Android’s Dream.  For Harry Creek, it’s a nightmare.  All he wants is to do his uncomplicated mid-level diplomatic job with Earth’s State Department.  But his skills and past training get him tapped to save the planet – and to protect pet store owner Robin Baker, whose own past holds the key to the whereabouts of that lost sheep.  Doing both will take Harry from lava-strewn battlefields to alien halls of power.  All in a day’s work.  Maybe it’s time for a raise.

My rating: 4 out of 5

Bookshelf: Yes

How I got it: Bought

I enjoyed this. It was exciting, adventurous, sarcastic, and fun.  I enjoy Scalzi’s sense of humor, and the dialogue between his characters is great.  If you’ve read Old Man’s War, then I think you’ll enjoy this. I took me a bit to get over the fact that this isn’t set in the same world as OMW, especially since the main character’s name is Harry. If you haven’t read Old Man’s War, then this is a great introduction to Scalzi’s writing style. This is more of a sci-fi thriller, where Old Man’s War is definitely military sci-fi. There are some explanations of scientific topics, but not at the “hard sci-fi” level, which is great because that usually goes right over my head. There were some political explanations that went on a little too long for me, but there weren’t many so I was okay with that.