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Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City: Prologue: A Tor.com Original [Kindle Edition]

John Scalzi
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Old Man's War author John Scalzi's sendup of the heroic fantasy genre, now a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 570 KB
  • Print Length: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (10 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00823ZUP2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,835 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Scalzi won the 2006 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and his debut novel Old Man's War was a finalist for the Hugo Award. His other novels include The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony, and The Android's Dream. He lives in southern Ohio with his wife and daughter.


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3.3 out of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clue for the stupid: this is a parody. 9 Sep 2013
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This is a parody of epic fantasy; an outright pisstake on the great hulking doorsteps that the likes of Eddings et al tend to churn out. Epic novel, epic verbiage and basically pretty much the same plot every damn time; this is a re-airing of all the old cliches and tropes, very nicely parodied.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shadow War 7 May 2013
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I loved it but it was more like trailer than a movie. From my researches it sounds like the whole things a big joke so take from that what you will
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1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish 23 Aug 2013
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I like Scalzi's books, but didn't get this at all, supposed to be a satire, I just couldn't stay with it.
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  21 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars I paid money for this so I could read it off-line 24 Jun 2012
By JLarson - Published on Amazon.com
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I can read this for free online, but I finally had to have my own copy to read anytime. Be careful reading this in "public", people may stare at you when you laugh out loud. Tears were running down my face. I want him to continue the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Fnny 22 May 2013
By Matthew R. Seevers - Published on Amazon.com
First of for the people criticizing Scalzi's writing on this, it was meant to be bad because it was an April fools day joke. What makes this entertaining is the fact that he set out to write the best worst fantasy novel possible and succeeded.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really people? 28 Feb 2013
By Michael D. Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Those two one-star reviewers must be the only two people on Earth that didn't know this was an April Fool's joke gone wildly successful. John initially posted it on his web site, whatever.scalzi.com, to absolutely rave reviews. At least in his community, it was a gigantic hit.

Go back and read it again, if you must. You'll see the absolutely tongue-in-cheek prose.

"Which is to say: It was a dark and stormy night."

Hilarious!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a read! 27 July 2013
By big al - Published on Amazon.com
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I should've known he was a Holy Grail fan. My wife thought I'd gone insane I was laughing so hard. If he ever decided to continue this story, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bit short, but a beginning 21 Sep 2012
By G. Jack Powell - Published on Amazon.com
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In this book John Scalzi has tickled our imagination and our fancy with this short. Honestly I did not look at the page size because I was familiar with the author's work. Scalzi has never failed to please with his books about people and their relationships. You do need to be careful that others not see a tear in your eye, or are startled when you laugh out loud.
Others have said that it is too short, but the title does say "A prologue". We should infer from that that it is not the whole story. It is still well written and contains his special blend of humor. If you don't want to pay for it, don't get it, but remember if the author finishes the story later you may need this for clarification.
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