Old Man's War
With his wife dead and buried, and life nearly over at 75, John Perry takes the only logical course of action left: he joins the army. Now better known as the Colonial Defense Force (CDF), Perry's service-of-choice has extended its reach into interstellar space to pave the way for human colonization of other planets while fending off marauding aliens.
The CDF has a trick...more
Old Man's War is more "flight-of-fancy" and not really grounded in too much hard sci-fi. Also, the depth of the characters in Forever War far-far-far outweigh the shallow development in Old Man's War. Actually this is my main gripe about Old Man's War, and that all the characters are pretty much the same person, just in different bodies.(less)
There's a lot of violence, but I don't remember it being too graphic or gratuitous - they're soldiers, and they're fighting a lot of police actions/brush wars. Language is strong but it's not like everybody curses a blue streak.
I'd live it a 15 (UK) rating, myself, or a soft "R" if you're in the US - if your kid's a teenager s/he's old enough to read it unless you're very conservative.(less) (hide spoiler)]
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I really enjoyed Old Man's War and think you should read it. For me it was a 5* first half and a 3* second half (I liked the 2nd half but it wasn't 5* 'amazing'). Scalzi can write! He opens with excellent characterization, touching and real. This skill at bringing the POV character to life, at catching the vibe of a vital ...more
Do not mourn me, friends
I fall as a shooting star
Into the next life
Holy Mother Of Graham Crackers! This book was awesome
When you're an old person, you can sign up to go out into the galaxy to fight in the alien war. WHAT?
John Perry decided to do this when he turned seventy-five. His wife had been dead for awhile so he had nothing to lose. Or did he?
He went through this process and had to leave the Earth forever. Dead to the Earth.
John found some good friends on the way to their ...more
I'm often frustrated when I see others misunderstanding The Magicians trilogy in the same way I seem to have misunderstood Scalzi's work. I'm going to leave my original thoughts/rating posted because they are genuinely how I ...more
I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew Scalzi —I follow him on Twitter, we've sat on panels together, I could pick him out in a line up with confidence —but none of these things necessarily translates ...more
Scalzi himself acknowledges being inspired by the late grandmaster. Much of the tone and style of the book does seem to not only imitate RAH, but somehow channel his genius into a new voice for a younger generation. Most evident is that Scalzi has recreated Heinlein’s corny but endearing dialogue, espousing an approachable and likable optimism.
A Heinlein fan will compare this most readily ...more
this is a military science fiction novel and the first of a series. that probably brings up a whole host of automatic preconceptions about what will be happening ...more
I was ...more
John Scalzi's blog is one of the few I've followed in 2010 and I'm pleased to say that if Old Man's War is any judge, his novels are just as entertaining as his blog.
I've been pretty omnivorous in my reading tastes the last couple of years and I think that's why I ...more
Old Man's War tells the story of aging people on Earth who volunteer for an off planet life in the army in return for a 'makeover'. There is a lot of humour and a lot about life, love and relationships. Of course there are also futuristic gadgets and space travel but none of it is too deep or over explained.
I really enjoyed the ...more
The beginning starts with John, the main character, entering a recruiter's office to review and sign his enlistment contract. It is a marvelous device, allowing John's internal commentary and reactions to provide needed background to the current political and technological setting. Scalzi's straightforward ...more
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Saying I had a good experience enjoying this book is an understatement: (view spoiler)[ when I read the rather sad and serene first chapter, I almost forgot the title of the book has word "War". Then I reached second chapter, and WHAM! for the rest of Part I, I was ...more
Without dazzling innovation, but also far from depressing imitation, Mr Scalzi gathers all the best and most interesting features of space opera, constructing a dynamic and captivating story.
In distant future, several hundred years of technological development failed to conquer the greatest enemy of a man - the ageing of his body. The last hope for the pensioners is the Colonial Defence Forces, ...more
This book is bad. As I write this, I'm remembering that I only finished it to provide the most honest review. It was fun in spurts, but, on the whole, this book was, as I said, bad. The writing is pedantic at its best and horrid at its worst. Why do I keep expecting more ...more
"... “Part of what makes us human is what we mean to other people, and what people mean to us. I miss meaning something to someone, having that part of being human.”... ... ...
“What is it like when you lose someone you love?" Jane asked.
"You die, too. And you wait around for your body to catch up.”...."
This one sentence is how I felt after I lost the person I loved most in this life... It is a good thing we, as humans, always strive and tend to find other humans to relate to in ...more
It doesn't help that while the premise requires that the protagonist excel at warfare etc., he surpasses all expectations -- stuns his ...more
In this terrific novel, humanity has spread out to the stars only to find that they’re competing with several types of aliens for habitable planets. The Colonial Defense Force has been waging those wars ...more
Well, that's a new concept. Thank goodness we've never done anything like that here on Earth. This is happening in space.
Oh, there's a special day for that? Ooops. Better bring a pie over to the neighbors later. They live in a box on the corner now. I gave them some blankets that my kids used when they had chicken pox,
so they are staying warm. I'll bring them some beer too. ...more
While humourous, the story does carry some form of moral/ethical ...more
In order to get that second chance John joins the army, well the Colonial Defense Force (CDF) to be exact. The CDF ...more
Set in the far future, Earth has branched out to colonize as much of the known Universe as possible for the survival and betterment of the human race. Unfortunately, we are not alone among the stars. Every form of intelligent life from here to the end of the space time continuum ...more
Old Man's War was a very entertaining read, but it wasn't phenomenal. The main character is an old man, John Perry, yet he talked as if he was 30 years younger. I just didn't seem to connect with him, and all the other characters. It's not that they were all flat and ...more
The book "Old Man's War" by John Scalzi I immediately liked when I started reading it. The first idea that old people are fighting is totally crazy but I have to admit that a writer has a lively imagination. As the writer flips the story, I simply walked into the world, strange aliens, planets, wars, and galaxies, where life and death are linked to angry wool. The question of humanity in this book hangs on a thin thread, and again as if everything is inverted, how humanity can be ...more
Picked this book up at random and read the first paragraph which was interesting and soon found myself enjoying a military scifi even though I generally struggle with scifi books.
The first part of the story, well basically ’s of the book, consists of the enlistment and training of a bunch of septuagenarians who have joined the cause to fight off planet against various alien species. In return they are made young again somehow, or so the rumor goes. I mean, why enlist old-timers ...more
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