The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War #2)
The universe is a dangerous place for humanity—and it's about to become far more dangerous. Thr...more
James Cameron: Could you hit the button for the top floor, please?
John Scalzi: Sure. Say, aren’t you James Cameron?
JC: That’s right. My friends call me King of the World! Ha Ha! Just kidding.
JC: You look kind of familiar. Have we met?
JS: Met? No. Maybe you recognize me from my author’s photo on my books. I’m John Scalzi.
JC: Uh……No, sorry. I don’t think I’ve read your books.
JS: Really? You haven’t read Old Man’s War...more
A secret is discovered and war is looming. Former enemies are allied against the Colonial Union and it's up to the Special Forces, the Ghost Brigades, to stop them. They only take the dirtiest jobs and this is no exception.
The Ghost Brigades deals almost exclusively with the Special Forces who have been nicknamed the Ghost Brigades on account of their entire Forces using the bodies of people who did not enter the militar...more
It just had a little help."
I don’t know whether it was because I was more focused this time, but I believe I enjoyed Ghost Brigades a bit more than Old Man's War. Scalzi is extremely popular, and rightly so. His military Science Fiction stories are tautly plotted and fairly lean, which means you can read them quickly. Yet, they also deal with interesting concepts a...more
This wasn't exactly what I was expecting from a sequel to O...more
It's about an entirely new cast of characters, taking place almost entirely among the Special Forces soldiers whose existence was revealed in the first book. One scientist has defected and is aiding an alliance between three other races aga...more
(view spoiler)[ we have here a mad scientist with a grudge who wants to annihilate the whole human civilization in order to save it and a minimal commando team...more
Nominee: Prometheus Award
On the surface, it may seem like a light, easy read, but there are quite a few interesting social commentaries about humans, rationality, purpose, and how we think.
And really, what better way to tackle these issues than in an incredibly entertaining story set in an equally fascinating world?
My only minor gripe is that there are a lot of info dumps not attached to any particular POV. I guess I've been reading a lot of tight...more
I'd go on to book three but my library is all out of audiobooks and I don't think I'd get too far trying to actually read one.
The challenge for a second book in a series is that now you've lost the sense of discovery of a universe,...more
The BrainPal technology developed by the Colonial Defense Force has so far given the human military an edge in its competition against other alien life forms for colonisable planets. But even superior technology may not be enough to counter a secret...more
Though there's a bit too much of 'explaining' the technology and the alien cultures for my taste (after several instances, I skimmed over the rest.), I do not consider this as diminishing the overall likeability of the book. The tone is more serious than its predecessor, an improvement IMHO; the funny scene setups can detract from the st...more
Koloni Birliği'nin başı yine derttedir. Bilinç nakli konusunda uzman ünlü bilim adamı Boutin onlara ihanet etmiş ve düşman ırklarla işbirliği yapmaktadır. Üstelik özel kuvvetler gemileri de gizemli bir şekilde ortadan kaybolmaya başlamıştır.
Kahramanımız Jared ise bu hainin yanlışlıkla yok etmeyi unuttuğu kayıtlı bilincinden kopyala...more
The Special Forces units that Scalzi introduced in "Old Man's War" were intriguing in their weirdness and...more
If I'd have more energy, I'd try to find more quotes from the book, but these few will have to do to hint at the flavour.
“They can run all the tests they want; nothing will show anything but evidence of a natural catastrophe. Because that's what it was. It just had a little help."
"::I wasn't really thinking about it,:: [he] said. ::I just didn't want to die.::
::Funny how that will make a person creative,...more
I didn't like it as much as the first novel in the series which had a hilarious setup and everything was shiny and brand new.
Again, the whole universe is against us: Scientist Boutin has turned traitor and brought three alien races - human flesh lovers Rraey, insect-like Eneshan and culturless Obin into an alliance which would wipe out humanity.
The first third dra...more
-full of logical loopholes or "retarded" science premises
-cumbersome wordy writing style, but not one that slows you down
Colonel James Robbins gazed down at the rotted, exhumed body on the morgue slab for a minute, taking in the decay of the body from more than one year under the dirt.
The popularity of Scalzi is a bit surprising to me... scooping up hugo nominations left and right. OTOH Lois McMaster Bujold owned the hugos for a while. I guess it's mor...more
The second book in the series initiated by Old Man's War, this novel takes a sharp turn towards fundamental questions of humanity as asked and ultimately answered by one whose humanity is in grave doubt. The outsider at the center of this book, along with his fellow bio-engineered freaks, take the disturbing not...more
(If you want to contact John, using the mail function here is a really bad way to do it. Go to his site and use the contact information you find there.)