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Review: The Collapsing Empire

The Collapsing Empire - John Scalzi

OMG, I finally did it! I finally finished a Scalzi novel! The first chapter was a real chore to read, but then I swapped to the audiobook. Somehow the prose that seems so corny in print is a delightful lark to listen to. 

 

It still has some problems. The whole plot and world are built around the western building block du jour of imperialism, undercutting the attempt at counter narrative of having an emperor who is horrified by the concept. She isn't trying to change the situation until the nature of the universe makes the construct untenable. 

 

But I did get quite a few laughs out of this.