The story's divided into pieces and begins with Felix.
He’s on a military starship orbiting a hostile planet called Banshee and about to be dropped into combat along with 10,000 fellow warriors. The invasion is similar to Normandy on D-Day, and we get our first glimpse of Felix in the mess hall the morning of the drop. He’s a little like this:
A woman vomits at the breakfast-line right in front of ...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
The novel opens like a fairly standard MilSF novel, reminiscent of Starship Troopers or The Forever War. This first sequence introduces us to Felix. There is a lot of mo ...more
If you are a grammar Nazi, you'll probably hate this book. I'm certainly not a grammar Nazi and I ...more
It is a very good novel with great start and the last quarter of the novel. There are many psychological aspects in the story to make it not just a dumb action story. But I won't discuss the psy factor much, that's one of main reading pleasure for this book.
The character of main protagonist is pretty deep, and with ...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
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
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
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
I like this book and found it very involving. I did find my interest waning a bit during our first encounter wit ...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
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
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
Young boy with nothing to do observes an anthill. Puts a stick through one of the small holes and lo and behold ants stream 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 wrote a s...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
There are so many things wrong with this book. Where to begin?
First, there is almost no character developmen ...more
The second story revolves around Jack Crow, a famous brigand and scoundrel, a ...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
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
While the pacing could be a tad better -it fluctuates from extreme intensity to sometimes rather drawn out- it's well worthy of the critical acclaim it has received.
I could've easily given this a 5th star except there was some parts that were a little muddled. Regardless Armor still reaches inside to mess with your guts.
While its not one of my favorite sci-fi novels, i get the feeling much of it will stick with me, perhaps even in ...more
For me, the battle scenes, which were fairly few for a military book, weren't all that on their own. You can only read so much about massive ants getting blasted into obli ...more
A big part of the problem is that the story does a sharp narrative turn about a third into the book. We go from a gritty, straightforward military SF story following Felix, to the first person narration of Jack Crow, a dashing pirate who attemp ...more
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