Two book reviews for the price of one! These are both short stories by the same author that I read on the same night, so I’ve lumped them together.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A fantastic short story- An Election definitely lives up to Scalzi’s unique brand of humor. The main character, David, decides to run for city council; a move that makes perfect sense until it turns out that in his district, humans are the minority. No human being has been elected to city council in nearly fifty years. Scalzi nails some of the absurdity of politics with this one; I also really enjoyed the relationship between David and his loving, but exasperated, husband.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sentient ship-board AIs conspiring to prevent the death of their crew & their own destruction? LOVE IT. Like all of Scalzi’s work, the plot moves along at a good clip, and even though this story was more serious, it doesn’t get bogged down. He also avoids the common short story flaw (and my BIGGEST pet peeve) of telling only part of a story; this has a definite beginning, middle, and end, although there’s certainly room for more. Fingers crossed that he expands this into a full-sized novel one day.
P.S.> Did you know Goodreads had a handy “blog this” feature for all of your reviews? I’ve been copy&pasting them by hand, but this is MUCH easier. Just make sure that you switch from the ‘Visual’ to the ‘HTML’ tab when putting your post together!