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REVIEW ✓ Old Man's War ↠ John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday First he visited his wife's grave Then he joined the armyThe good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce and alien races willing to fight us for them are common So we fight To defend Earth and to stake ourJohn Perry did two things on his 75th birthday First he visited his wife's grave Then he joined the armyThe good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce and alien races willing to fight us for them are common So we fight To defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate Far from. This is for me a pretty short review as the key novel element here is one that it is fun to discover in the book and not spoiling that severely limits what I can discussI 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 individual grown old and isolated combines with a great plot hook It's vivid modern almost literary writing unfolding a fascinating take on future earthThe first half felt modern with a gentle touch on characterization a fresh idea diversity a book of its time The second half felt like 60's70's sci fi blasting bad guys in space EE Doc Smith could have written it That's by no means a bad thing I enjoyed it You may well too But the transition from a very personal earth bound story to a space romp didn't uite gell for meFrom the hard scifi point of view this also felt old fashioned in a Star Wars sense Star Wars serves us WWI biplane aerial combat in the guise of space warfare X Wing pilots literally look out of their cockpit windows for the enemy It's enjoyable nonsense Old Man's War is similar serving up a mix between WWI and Trojan war combat for infantry ignoring much of the current and likely future developments in technology that would radically change this probably make it redundant and likely make it much boring Think Starship Troopers where they fly across light years to die in droves machine gunning alien bugs These minor nits aside this is a fun interesting exciting funny book Read it Join my 3 emails a year newsletter #prizes

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H and never allowed to return You'll serve two years at the front And if you survive you'll be given a generous homestead stake of your own on one of our hard won colony planetsJohn Perry is taking that deal He has only the vaguest idea what to expect Because the actual fight light years from home is far far harder than he can imagine and what he will become is far strange. I'm about to say something I wasn't sure I'd ever say about a science fiction novel about interstellar war this book is warmly humanist in its approach From the first time I sat down to read it I felt invited and welcomed into the world Scalzi was creating I enjoyed meeting and spending time with the characters he creates who are mostly interesting and intelligent people that you'd want to know I loved the digressions about the morality of following orders and war as the easy way to deal with conflictNote The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision hereIn the meantime you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

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Old Man's WarEarth the war has been going on for decades brutal bloody unyieldingEarth itself is a backwater The bulk of humanity's resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force Everybody knows that when you reach retirement age you can join the CDF They don't want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living You'll be taken off Eart. A few weeks ago I was at one of my children's friend's homes watching the two of them do a dubious job on a joint project and nattering away about fiction with the friend's father At the end of the day he pressed Scalzi's Old Man's War into my hands He didn't pitch it He just said I'd like itI 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 into someone's fiction Can you tell what my novels will be like after reading my Twitter feed after shooting the breeze with me over a school project after seeing me stride across a parking lot Who knows But it turned out that that it did translate Online Scalzi is a warm unflinching sentimental humorous shit stirrer And Old Man's War is a warm unflinching sentimental humorous shit stirring sci fi It has a good hook — in the future old folks can sign up to be young again in exchange for fighting in a galactic war — but lots of novels have good hooks What Old Man's War has is an enormous beating heart powering all the training montages and alien action seuences The novel is interested in training montages and alien action seuences but it is also very interested in friendship and in being deeply madly truly in love with your wife The combination is sparkling whimsical and infinitely readableI read this not too long after reading The Sparrow and uite a long time after reading Ender's Game and I think they'd be a kind of charming threesome to read altogether — a month of training montages ethically complex aliens friends friends who are actually people you'd like to have carnal knowledge of linguistics and light space ship action My first Scalzi but not my last