Felix is an Earth soldier, encased in special body armor designed to withstand Earth's most implacable enemy-a bioengineered, insectoid alien horde. But Felix is also equipped with internal mechanisms that enable him, and his fellow soldiers, to survive battle situations that would destroy a man's mind.
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Armor just became my hands-down favorite sci-fi novel. It’s utterly modern and classical simultaneously.
Steakley wrote his heart out in his genre, though he certainly didn't have to. He wrote the way he wanted, no pretense, no expectations.
Armor reads like an oil painting with deep characters at the center of a blurry canvas, where chaos is a smear...more
I read about Armor on John Scalzi's blog and decided to give it a shot. At first glance, Steakley took the parts of Starship Troopers he liked the most, power armor and aliens that resemble insects, and e...more
If you are a grammar Nazi, you'll probably hate this book. I'm certainly not a grammar Nazi and I...more
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"...everything you were hiding from was in there with you. That's the trouble with armor. It won't protect you from what you are."
Felix is a loner, a broken man with a mysterious past. When he's dropped with thousands of fellow soldiers on a toxic planet nicknamed "Banshee," he's the only survivor of the battle with the 8-foot tall "Ants" that live there. That's partly because of the special armor he wears -- his black nuclear-power...more
I sympathized or empathized with Felix. I detested Jack Crow until the last part of the book. I understand some of the motivation and psychosis of Felix, but I'm scratching my head with respect to the Antwar. I must be missing the point with this plot.
Besides Old Man's War, this is the only military science fiction I've read to date. I like the former, I'm ambivalent with the latter. Two more titles await me on my to-be-read list - Starship Troopers and The Forever War. Perhaps they wi...more
Young boy with nothing to do observes an anthill. Puts a stick through one of the small holes and lo and behold finds ants streaming out. Pokes more holes and soon has the whole hive agitated. Imagines he is fighting a battle with the ants. Ants discover him and start coming up his legs. That night, while scratching the itchy welts on his feet, thinks, "What if I...more
This is probably my third or fourth re-read of this great book.
It's the story of Felix, a foot soldier in a war against an alien ant-like race. It's got your standard hard-core sci-fi plot elements: aliens who are seemingly unstoppable, a hero who might be more than he seems, a crusty space pirate who might really have a heart of gold, beautiful women, space ships, interstellar t...more
Meet the enemy: Huge, bioengineered aliens resembling ants.
Felix is dropped time and time again onto a planet where the "ants" dwell, and time and time again he survives. Three to Five successful drops qualifies you for retirement...Felix has not lost count of his drops, but somehow his superiors lost track...
The battles are intense, and when wounded, the armor injects the soldiers with pain killers so they can fight on. Some of the be...more
A soldier in a horrific and seemingly unwinnable war loses his identity and self within his armor. Willing to die, he never does. Meanwhile (in the narrative which traverses between the stories), decades after the war, a pirate/crook and a pair of scientists discover a piece of armor floating in an abandoned spaceship. They begin the process of reviewing the armor's files by basically reliving the...more
It was OK but I'd hardly call it a classic. It does have its moments. While battle scenes begin to bore me after 10 pages, I have to admit these ones were pretty intense. And, yeah, the armor was pretty wild.
And, yeah, I did begin to feel for the poor guy. Damn, the more I think about it...more
I thought Steakley's Armor was sort of similiar to the Hunger Games, in that it had the ground work to have a deeper meaning and convey a more powerful mess...more
First off let me say that there is a very jarring transition about 90 pages in. The second part doesn't feel at all connected and it isn't as good as the first part. You may get a little discouraged while reading this part. Don't give up; push through it.
The first part is great. It is very reminiscent of Starship Troopers. The action scenes are excellent. The character, Felix, is mysterious and someone that you really feel for.
Then the second part. The main character, Jack Crow, is a spa...more
Felix's storyline is intense and powerful. Despite Steakley's lack of skill as a writer, he managed to create a character who was interesting, terrifying, and likable. In Felix, we have a genuine sc...more
The first thing that I love about this book is that jumping back and forth between the two story lines is well explained and solidly believable. The explanation of what is going on is so natural and organic, it doesn't seem like the author is even trying to tie the two narratives together, they just seamlessly merge.
The second thing that has s...more
Some people love this book more than Halloween, kittens and Disney World combined. They see it as emotionally charged, creative and raw.
Others see it as a schizophrenic mess that could have more than half it's pages removed and, only then, be laudable as a very mediocre novella.
Like many things that have a huge following, both parties are correct. I loved the book and thus overlooked its flaws, which are glaring.
If the secondary character of Crow fell off the earth and was eaten by Gr...more
The second part is a (seemingly) unrelated story of a space pirate named Jack Crow that has nothing to do with the first narrative, except that he finds the suit of armor the soldier wore in the first half.
The third part...more
ARMOR is a story of a mysterious guy named Felix who joints the Fleet Navy to escape a painful and terrible past. It's during basic training that he's found to have unique warrior skills; a remarkable adaptability to combat situations and an incredible, almost superhuman will to live. He's made a Scout and given the standard, fully armored battle suit which is complete wit...more
In an interview Steakley has actually said that he was inspired by Starship Troopers when he wrote Armor, and took many ideas for his book from Heinlein's. Not in an effort to steal, but as a compliment - Borrowing a scenario he loved and using it to explore a different idea.
Starship Troopers is an exploration of citizenship, duty...more
'Armor' develops th...more
I'll start by saying that I read this book because a friend lent it to me and recommended it.
It took me a long time to get into it, and I probably wouldn't have finished it if I didn't have someone waiting for my response.
That said, I ended up liking the book by the end, but it is not without flaws.
First, I had a really hard time "picturing" the epic battle scenes in the book. Some even seemed to violate the picture already painted.
There were more than a few times...more
By this time I was well and thoroughly bored. I hate it when...more
After reading Vampire$, there was no way I couldn't try this. How handy that I already had it in my bedside stack since I got them both from the library at the same time.
This book was written before Vampires and in some basic ways is very similar in character structure. I also am confused about why Steakley can only seem to name his main protagonists Felix and Jack Crow, especially when they are clearly supposed to be different people in a different reality. However, be that as it may...more
The Jack Crow plot-arc was AWFUL, waffling, pointless. GET ON WITH IT. There were points where the editing was abysmal, and I'm not just talking about the occasional typo. I'm talking about bits where paragraphs collided and partially repeated t...more
I like this book and found it very involving. I did find my interest waning a bit during our first encounter wit...more