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A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most...unusual...way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire, who with the help of Brian Javna, a childhood friend turned artificial intelligence, scours the earth looking for the rare creature. And they find it, in the unknowing form of Robin Baker, pet store owner, whose genes contain traces of the sheep DNA. But there are others with plans for the sheep as well: Mercenaries employed by the military. Adherents of a secret religion based on the writings of a 21st century science fiction author. And alien races, eager to start a revolution on their home world and a war on Earth. To keep our planet from being enslaved, Harry will have to pull off the greatest diplomatic coup in history, a grand gambit that will take him from the halls of power to the lava-strewn battlefields of alien worlds. There's only one chance to get it right, to save the life of Robin Baker -- and to protect the future of humanity.

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La terre connait l'expansion vers l'espace et la cohabitation avec les extra-terrestres depuis un bon moment. Tout est ainsi bien organisé ; les relations avec les E.T sont bâties selon une extrapolation plutôt simpliste des relations internationales que nous connaissons.
Les relations des E.U avec l'une des espèces extra-terrestres, les Nidus (apparemment lézaroïdes) et la difficulté à maintenir la paix dans un contexte de crise diplomatique constitue le point de départ du récit.

Rien de terriblement sérieux cependant : le style est loufoque, entraînant, amusant, plein d'idées saugrenues, le tout énergiquement trimballé au cours du livre. Il y a vraiment des trouvailles délirantes ("l'incident" de départ conduisant à la crise diplomatique, recherche du génome du mouton bleu électrique, église dont les prophéties ont été d'abord écrites de toutes pièces PUIS volontairement vécues par les fidèles, les années d'expérimentation du jeune alien Takk, un intellectuel insoupçonné), des personnages toniques et amusants et une intrigue bien ficelée. On retrouve également la visible fascination de l'auteur pour les actes de guerre héroïques ou plutôt désespérés, un héros à la James Bond et une non-héroïne bien réussie.

Mes réserves sont de deux ordres.

Tout d'abord les aliens : On n'y croit pas une seconde et c'est assez frustrant.
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I liked that one very much, although, I admit, i was a bit scared at the start by the strange humour. But as the plot unfold, what seems at first totally outrageous became very witty and inventive.
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HASH(0x9060ecb4) étoiles sur 5 Anti-Depressant Sheep? 8 novembre 2006
Par Patrick Shepherd - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Scalzi, in his Old Man's War, showed that he can write serious drama about important things, and that book was written very much in the mold of a Heinlein novel. With this book, he shows that it's going to be quite difficult to pigeon-hole him into any particular category, as this is a fun romp, with large satirical bites suffusing it, somewhat like those of Neal Stephenson, an overall plot that is reminiscent of another author who has tackled the space-opera of old, Bujold, and with kudos paid to Philip K. Dick. Anyone who can bring such disparate influences together in a coherent whole will never have to worry about being accused of a being a one-note writer.

The book opens with a rather extended joke, where a mid-level bureaucrat manages to do away with his opposite number at the diplomatic conference table via a rather ingenious device that can send messages via scent. Of course, this sparks an immediate diplomatic crisis. In determining how this event managed to transpire and what to do about it, new elements of computer hacking, DNA manipulation, the Church of the Evolved Lamb (shades of L. Ron Hubbard) and their blue sheep, impending all-out war, palace coups, James Bondian skullduggery, and a super-competent hero who nevertheless seems to be constantly getting whacked upside the head are introduced and folded into this whacky mixture.

The plot's the thing here, as none of the characters are super-deep, though they are all well enough presented to make them believable people. At some points, it seems as if the story line has gotten out of hand, gone in just too many directions at once, but the conclusion manages to bring each of the threads together in a surprisingly logical whole. All the while, the action is fast-paced and engrossing, with a humorous leavening to guarantee there will be no morning-after depression syndrome.

It's not a great book, but it wasn't heading that way in the first place. Rather, it's an entertaining book, a fun way to relax and be carried away from everyday cares.

--- Reviewed by Patrick Shepherd (hyperpat)
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HASH(0x9060ef00) étoiles sur 5 Somewhere between Heinlein and Douglas Adams 1 décembre 2006
Par T. Simons - Publié sur Amazon.com
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John Scalzi is quickly shaping up to be the next Big Name in modern SF. This book synthesizes the best elements of several of the best other SF writers -- it has plotting and action reminiscent of Heinlein, situational comedy that rivals Douglas Adams while still (somehow) retaining believability, something of Neal Stephenson's eye for future trendspotting and commentary, and even a taste here and there of Vernor Vinge.

This book is definitely for adults, or at least for readers old enough to handle topics like bestiality or the desire of an AI for sex without flinching. The best way to describe the book might be by stating the opening: A human diplomat creates an interstellar diplomatic incident when he uses a rectally-implanted gadget to fart out insulting messages in the scent-language of an alien race. Not that the book is overly crude -- it is, in fact, a testament to Scalzi's writing that all of the crudity is perfectly incoporated into and dictated by the needs of the plot -- but still, be aware. (If this paragraph has made you more interested in the book, good!)

It will be very interesting to track Scalzi's growth as a writer. As good as this book is, there are parts of it that are slightly derivative. But then, as (either T.S. Eliot or Mark Twain, I can't remember) said, "Mediocre writers borrow, great writers steal." There's nothing at all wrong with a book this well-crafted, and with this much of the writer's personal style in evidence, lifting a little here and there from other the other greats of the genre. After all, as the title's allusion indicates, that's part of the fun. And very few SF titles within recent memory are anywhere near as much fun as this.
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HASH(0x9060eec4) étoiles sur 5 opens with a fart joke and closes on sheep...brilliant! 5 mars 2007
Par Joe Sherry - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
John Scalzi knows that the best way to get a reader interested in his work is to hook said reader from the opening sentence. Scalzi opens The Android's Dream with a fart joke. A really good and creative fart joke. Then he spins that fart joke into a brilliant opening chapter which sets the stage for everything that follows. Essentially, John Scalzi sells the entire novel on the premise of a fart joke and then he makes it work. Amazing. It is a work of art.

The Android's Dream is about two groups of men. One group is trying to prevent the intergalactic diplomatic incident that was begun by that opening fart joke. The other is trying to spread the floodgates open wider and really mess things up. The solution to the problems of both parties was to locate a particular sheep. Yes, a sheep. The solution to prevent an intergalactic war is to find a sheep. Obviously hijinks ensue and trouble abounds and things do not go smoothly, but from a fart joke to a sheep (and O what a sheep!), John Scalzi has put together a very funny, sharp, witty, clever, and creative novel. The Andoid's Dream is an outstanding piece of science fiction and serves as a good reminder of what the genre can do.

Really, this book deserves three or four pages of praise rather than three short paragraphs, but it is what it is. Fans of Scalzi, Science Fiction, or Good Writing: You must read this book. Period.

-Joe Sherry
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HASH(0x906154bc) étoiles sur 5 Pure fun and SciFi too 27 février 2007
Par Jerry Saperstein - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
John Scalzi's "Old Man's War" and "Ghost Brigades" have serious stories to tell with a SciFi twist. "The Android's Dream", on the other hand, is very funny and almost pure SciFi in its way. It's a great story, especially for those like me whose interest in science fiction waned decades ago.

Some indeterminate time, thousands of years in the future, Planet Earth is a minor member of the Common Confederation of planets, its most significant trading partner being the Nidu who, although also a minor member, could crush Earth.

The leader of Nihu dies and the successor must be chosen. One wrinkle: all the sacred blue sheep, one of which is needed for the orderly coronation of a new leader are dead or dying. To reserve the interplanetary peace, a blue sheep must be found.

Relations betwen the Nihu and Earth are further strained when a minor trade diplomat assinates a Nihu diplomat in one of the most hilarious ways conceivable. Death as comedy - it works.

Enter Harry Creek, an unassuming one-time war hero who is perfectly happy in his little job of bringing bad news to alien diplomats. Harry is the one man who can be trusted to find the blue sheeep.

Now Scalzi unleases it all: an interplanetary power struggle with treason, double-dealing, a very large (and accurate) dose of computer hacking of the largest order, a religion that knows it is fake but seeks to find out if its prophecies might be true (try that one on for size - Scalzi makes it work) and an appealing young woman, Robin Baker, with some very special qualities.

Harry Creek turns out to be quite a hero and the bad guys - well, sentient beings - chasing him aren't at all talentless, which makes for an exciting earthly and interplanetary chase.

There's a lot here. Good science. Good fiction. Surprisingly well developed characters. And a complex plot that never misses a beat. Even if science fiction isn't your metier, Scalzi's science fiction has more than enough fiction to keep anyone interested in a good story happy.

Jerry
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HASH(0x906156d8) étoiles sur 5 Hilarious! 17 juillet 2013
Par Kim Mcallister - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I'm not sure if I read the same book as those *2-star* reviewers, but I thought this book was hilarious! This is the first book I've read by John Scalzi, so I went in with no preconceived notions of what to expect in terms of the author. I had no clue what the book was about as it was an impulse purchase following a website recommendation. The very first line of the book had me giggling, and I knew this was no serious sci-fi tome. :D

There are plenty of reviews here that go into plot, theme, and other "reviewer-type" topics. There isn't a lot I can add other than my *5-stars* and the fact that I read it in one day and was willing to lose sleep to finish it! And to let you know that it is, most definitely, worth purchasing.

I'm now moving on to Scalzi's more serious works, which I'll be adding to my library as soon as this review is completed.

What more can I say? The man can write. And even better, he can make you laugh.
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