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...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 ...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 Nations ...more
This book holds up a dark mirror to the world (and the reader), I also feel ...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 ...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
The story was also remarkably unimaginative. My guess is that this ...more
Actually, that's not quite true. I knew it was by Claire G Coleman, so having readTerra Nullius I had a reasonable assumption that it would involve something very clever and probably heart-wrenching as a commentary on Indigenous Australians.
(If you haven't readTerra Nullius yet, and you're Australian, you really really really should.)
I also assumed that it would be a really awesome story, because it was her.
The other main assumption I made was ...more
At another level, the book operates as a series of challenges to the reader's assumptions. Coleman does love exploiting an ...more
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, ...more
The standout element of the story that I absolutely ...more
The novel immediately throws you into the front line. Coleman uses complex and fascinating characters to encapsulate the ...more
Claire Coleman is not subtle, and nor is her use of science fiction tropes groundbreaking. But the underlying argument to her ...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 ...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
From Coleman's previous novel Terra Nullius I knew to ...more
It’s a story of war on Earth and in Space, human and alien. A very modern science fiction tale with a lesson in trust.
This was very well written and not the usual type of genre I read but I found it an entertaining and unforgettable story. It’s written by talented Australian author Claire G. Coleman
I loved the way Claire's story was influenced deeply by ...more