The Human Division #12: The Gentle Art of Cracking Heads
This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device, and with iTunes on your computer. Books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
The twelfth episode of The Human Division, John Scalzi's new thirteen-episode novel in the world of his bestselling Old Man's War. Beginning on January 15, 2013, a new episode of The Human Division will appear in e-book form every Tuesday.
United States Diplomat Danielle Lowen was there when one of her fellow diplomats committed an unthinkable act, which had consequences for the entire planet. Now she’s trying to figure out how it happened before it can happen again. Putting the puzzle pieces together could solve the mystery—or it could threaten her own life.
At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.
Publishers Weekly Review
© Publishers Weekly
My disappointment is not with John Scalzi's writing, but with the format of these e-published "episodes." When you download one, you'll see at the bottom of the page, in Arabic numerals, a page range: 1.....179; 1 ..... 53; 1 ..... 60; etc. So, you think you're getting close to those many pages of story. Well, you're not! Every episode has 17 or 18 pages of boilerplate - the same boilerplate. So, you're really getting just 162, 36, 43, etc., pages of story.
In fact, only two of the 13 episodes have more than 100 pages; the rest range between 51 and 79 pages, with most of those being 70 pages or less. A full-size novel runs between 94 and 97 percent story. The best a Scalzi episode can do is 87 or 89 percent story, with the rest ranging from 67 to 78 percent.
So, I'm feeling disappointed, bummed, maybe even a little scammed by what the publisher has done. Scalzi should not have permitted it.
- Category: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
- Published: Apr 02, 2013
- Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
- Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
- Print Length: 29 Pages
- Language: English