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Armor by John Steakley
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May 03, 09

Read in January, 1987

In my top three? Yes as I am not that high brow even though well read. ;)

I enjoyed the two apparently differnt story lines and how they come together. I like the hero, found the engine personality intriguing as a coping mechanism and thought he covered a lot of traditional scifi themes well.

My personal opinion is that anyone who says this is a Startship Troopers ripoff never read either. Mr. Steakley has said in interviews that he definitely had it in mind when writing this but that this story is all his own. I think that is readily seen in both his treatment of the war, his presentation of the hero and the flow of the story.

Heinlein's Starship Troopers is a great story in its own right but I find Haldeman's The Forever War to actually be a bit better at presenting the antiwar theme and challenges of fighting over gteat distances.
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