The Old Lie
Shane Daniels and Romany Zetz have been drawn into a war that is not their own. Lives will be destroyed, families will be torn apart. Trust will be broken.
When the war is over, some will return to a changed world. Will they discover that glory is a lie?
Claire G. Coleman's new novel takes us to a familiar world to ask what we have learned from the past. The Old Lie might no...more
The Old Lie is the second novel by award-winning Australian author, Claire G. Coleman. A fighter pilot, a soldier, a fugitive, a prisoner, a mortally-infected man: the opening chapters introduce these five ostensibly-unconnected characters and detail their situations. The fighter pilot has been flying for the Federation since Conglomeration forces began attacking Earth. The soldier left a spouse and children to fight for the Federation, for her family, her Country. The fugitive is on the r ...more
I can tell you that it’s a wonderfully imaginative, dark novel set in the future (mostly in outer space, but also on Earth in Australia), told from multiple points of view about humans trying to find their way back to Earth and make sense of what’s happened to their home ...more
In The Old Lie, Coleman subverts reader expectations to deliver a biting critique of colonial Australia, with a creative twist. Coleman excels at putting the audience in her characters' shoes, while telling a story that's both frightening and compelling. Readers should note triggers for graphic descriptions of war-related violence and dead bodies, racism, and violence towards refugees, including children.
Told from a range of perspectives, The Old Lie follows a core cast of First Nat ...more
Wow. Just...wow. This book, much like Terra Nullius, blew me away. It was a slow burn though - for the first half of the book, I enjoyed the characters and the writing but wasn't sure where the story was going. But as more a ...more
Coleman is a writer from Western Australia and identifies with the South Coast Noongar people. While still within the realm of speculative fiction, The Old Lie is a very different ...more
This book holds up a dark mirror to the world (and the reader), I also feel t ...more
I'm not a fan of space opera as a general rule, and perhaps that's why I didn't enjoy the first half of the book ...more
The story was also remarkably unimaginative. My guess is that this ...more
There's a definite message here about the shoe being on the other foot with our treatment of indigenous people.
Aliens invade and to fight them off we must form an allegiance with other aliens, but the alliance is not an equal one and while we're fighting what are we losing at home.
Fabulously done on so many levels.
The Old Lie is set in the future, but the heart of the story echoes from Australia's history. It's a story of wars fought for others' causes, children ripped from their families, prejudice, inequality, oppression, so ...more
At another level, the book operates as a series of challenges to the reader's assumptions. Coleman does love exploiting a ...more
Claire G. Coleman's ‘The Old Lie’ is a space opera that evokes the trenches of the First World War. The hard slog of battle for ordinary soldiers is front and centre, along with the results of war, such as the proliferation of refugees.
This is all ...more
The major part of the story is the Intergalactic war between the Federation and the Conglomeration. However the subplots reference to the stolen generation of Aboriginal children; the acceptance of Aboriginal people to fight in the war, then the non-recognition on their return; the plight of refugees trying to find safe havens as they are rejected from one location after another; the nuclear testing at Maralinga is ec ...more
Claire Coleman is not subtle, and nor is her use of science fiction tropes groundbreaking. But the underlying argument to her fic ...more
I am not normally a reader of speculative fiction but always make an exception for Claire G. Coleman. Nobody can make such a powerful point about colonisation while using outer space and alien species.
The Earth is part of the Federation who are at war with the Conglomerat ...more
Claire G Coleman is a trickster; her writing is cunning and she is skilled in illusion; she challenges our perceptions and assumptions; my mindset was thrown several times by plot and character revelations. This is ambitious speculative literature that messes with genre and respects history. We are reading a story set in space, a story that also reflects the politics of World War I and the alliances that caused it. The ...more
I enjoyed the pace of the story, particularly as it started to pick up along the way. I enjoyed the creativity of taking a future sci-fi setting and using that to explore aspects of our ...more