Old Man's War
By John Scalzi
- Release Date: 2007-04-01
- Genre: Science Fiction
Old Man's War John Scalzi Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
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Once You Start...
I picked up this as a paperback at a book store in Grand Central Station in NYC. Just a little something to exercise the mind. I did not expect to find such a gem. By the time you get to the action (which doesn’t take long) you’re already wondering if there’s a sequel (which there are several... including one with an interesting twist).
I’d love to see this as a movie.
Old Man’s War
By Want my mags back
This was an interesting read
By Person 183
Well now I tried this book and it worked as a great gate keeper to the new world (for me) of science fiction. Although I did go to my nearest old man and suggest the book to him. When I told him the name he wondered if he heard me correctly. So he asked me to write it down, and I gave it to him. He was polite and kindly excused me. Then I was off but then I heard a grunt and guessed that it was him finally figuring the implications. Of what he guessed I meant, then I started hearing tearing. So well this is a difficult book to give to people over sixty who would be considered "old".
The reviews were amazing so I read it. I considered the writing to be underwhelming. Calling this guy the next heinlein is reaching for sure.
The 21st Century Rewrite of Heinlein's Starship Troopers
I stumbled across Scalzi when a very minor character on my favorite TV show of all time was seen reading this book. Scalzi was also a creative consultant on that show so, along with other members of that show's cast and production team, I've been following him on a Twitter list for some years now. On Twitter he is funny and interesting so when this book went on sale recently I decided to buy it here in the iBooks store.
The book is well-written although the characters are mostly generic and flat; even the snarky narrator and hero isn't particularly distinctive as an individual person. The action is evenly paced between exposition disguised as dialogue. It tastes like a Heinlein novel.
In fact, the entire book is basically a rewrite of Starship Troopers with cloned super-bodies taking the place of battle suits and a plethora of hostile races standing in for the bugs. This is not necessarily a bad thing but Scalzi breaks no new ground here nor are cultures or concepts explored beyond a most superficial level.
I enjoyed reading this book but I don't feel motivated to read the other books in this series.
Not terrible, but the glut of 5 star reviews today is insane. There is no way to adequately compare books and ratings since standards are so low everything nowadays is 5 star. The story is interesting as long as one doesn't get too involved in an actual plot. Everyone is an enemy, kill everyone and don't make an attempt to understand the science since in the future we know even less than now. I ordered the book after reading the author got a large advance on future books. I assume his books sell well, but not really my taste.
Leaves a bad taste
The basic premise is interesting, and the plot develops with a satisfying number of twists. But... Those who have served in the military will find some parts silly, and even a little insulting for Marines. The dialogue is also clunky and unnatural, especially for the female characters. But what really turned me off was the approach he takes with morality. One example is that the main character supposedly loved his wife more than anything, but reminisces that cheating made his marriage stronger. Bleh.
Old Man's Health
By Baby Grunge
Enjoyed it very much.
This book and the series were a very easy read.
Was awesome to pick up the book and continue reading every chance I had even a few extra minutes.
Each time it was just like I hadn't had to put it down.
Old Man's War
By J Merv Smith
Very good book, I usually take a week or more to read 600-700 pages. Got this done in 4 days. Good story and character development. Technical references where believable and yet not too far out there. I will continue the series mostly because I like the main character, Scalzi pulled me in, way in !
Great story, well thought out and engaging. Very slow to begin with but once it got going WOW! I think I've found a new series of books to read.