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The Sagan Diary by John Scalzi

The Sagan Diary (2007)

by John Scalzi

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Series: Old Man's War (novelette)

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An interesting addition to the Old Man's War universe, unlike the others I've read this one is about the internal emotional state of Jane Sagan, a special forces lt from the three books in the series. ( )
  jmkemp | Jul 5, 2016 |
If you knew you were an artifical human being bred for war and fell in love with a natural human being what would think? This novelette answer that question and in doing so makes the reader examine their own humanity. ( )
  Cataloger623 | Nov 8, 2014 |
The Sagan Diary was a prize and an experiment. As John Scalzi explains in the introduction, this novelette was written for Bill Schafer, editor of Subterranean Press, who won it in a charity auction. Schafer wanted a story set in Scalzi??s popular OLD MANƒ??S WAR universe. Scalzi wanted to challenge himself, so he decided to attempt a womanƒ??s internal monologue. Fans will immediately realize from the title of the book that the woman is Captain Jane Sagan, a cyborg who features prominently in OLD MANƒ??S WAR. Scalzi has said that he originally wrote this story in free verse (which I did not know before I read it). The Sagan Diary is available for free in audio format on Scalziƒ??s blog where itƒ??s read by Elizabeth Bear, Mary Robinette Kowal, Ellen Kushner, Karen Meisner, Cherie Priest and Helen Smith.

Unfortunately, all of this information about The Sagan Diary is more interesting than the story is. I love the concept and the idea that Scalzi was challenging himself. I love that itƒ??s read by his friends and offered free on his blog. All of that is really cool. But, frankly what works great as an experiment for the author and his friends doesnƒ??t always work as entertainment for the reader. I did not enjoy The Sagan Diary. Read the rest at FanLit:
http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/the-sagan-diary/ ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
Scalzi has three strengths: Fun, breezy plots. Witty Dialogue. Lovable characters. This story is missing the first two. There's very little plot. Very little actual dialogue. It's a series of introspective musings from the mind of Jane Sagan, one of the main characters of the Old Man's War universe, on the eve of her death and rebirth.

This book is aimed at the fan of Old Man's War who is really itching to get more into the mind and perspective of Jane Sagan. Personally, I think the trilogy (Old Man's War, The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony) does a sufficient job of characterizing Jane and The Sagan Diary didn't really tell me anything new.

Much like reading anyone's diary, it is filled with meaning to the one who wrote it, but to anyone else? Not so much. If anything, it was a little uncomfortable reading the inner thoughts of such a private character. It felt a little like a violation.

Anyway, cool to see Scalzi try something different from his usual style. But unlike The God Engines, I don't think this experiment really worked. ( )
  dgmillo | Jun 2, 2013 |
As a short story, the language is more literary than the series it derives from and the character is much more philosophical. It was pleasant to read, but doesn't fit well with the series for both of these reasons. It can't stand alone, but will be fun for those already familiar with the [b:Old Man's War|51964|Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)|John Scalzi|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1316728508s/51964.jpg|50700] series. ( )
  OshoOsho | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Fans of John Scalzi's "Old Man" universe, prepare yourselves: there's a long new story in that universe, told from the point of view of one of the series' most intriguing characters. And for the first time, fans can become part of the universe themselves. Subterranean Press is proud to announce The Sagan Diary, a long novelette that for the first time looks at the worlds of the Hugo-nominated Old Man's War and its sequel The Ghost Brigades from the point of view of Lieutenant Jane Sagan, who in a series of diary entries gives her views on some of the events included in the series... and sheds new light into some previously unexplored corners. If you thought you knew Jane Sagan before, prepare to be surprised.… (more)

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