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The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
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Mar 22, 12

Read from December 01, 2011 to March 22, 2012 — I own a copy

As y'all may have learned to expect from John Scalzi, this sequel to Old Man's War is quite entertaining. The battle scenes are as good as any in this list: The Forever War by Joe Haldeman Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein Gateway by Frederik Pohl The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven.

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 story flow.

I enjoyed the book. It's charm lies, I think, in its easy accessibility, the effortless prose and, perhaps, in not taking itself too seriously.

Three and a half stars.

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