John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The bulk of humanity's resources are in ...Show synopsisJohn Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The bulk of humanity's resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force which doesn't want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living to the frontlines of war, light-years from home.Hide synopsis
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I'm not sure some of the concepts in this book are too far off. There is already talk of saving one's mind/personality and growing a body for it so who's to say what is coming.
Anyway, I enjoyed the book a lot and would suggest it to my friends of like mind.
If John Scalzi never wrote another word worth reading, he'd have nothing to apologize for. (But he has written a lot since, and it's also excellent!)
Spiritual cousin to The Forever War, OMW is less informed by Vietnam and more by new millennium memes, but belongs in the same pantheon. Entertaining yet poignant, full of action while making one think, it's as perfect a book as one could wish for, as I remember when I reread it every six months or so.
Anyone serious about SF should read OMW, along with Heinlein's Starship Troopers, Harrison's Bill the Galactic Hero, and Haldeman's The Forever War.
If you are a sci-fi fan, then this book should make you smile. It is full of adventure, derring-do, and great escapes. It is not overly crass either, though the bulk of the book, as the title suggests, is centered around a prolonged war.
While reading this, it easy to make comparison's to Heinlein's Starship Troopers, and for those of us that have been in the service, though the setting is drastically different, boot camp seems eerily the same no matter the circumstances. Although here in Old Man's War, there is a bit of a twist. You don't enlist at 18, you enlist at 75. That changes things, as now you have all of that experience in your core characters. They aren't at a loss to explain the world (in this case universe) or overly naive, and that makes for an interesting take on this futuristic war.
I found this book to be a quick read, and full enjoyable. I would be up until 2AM engrossed in this novel, well knowing that I had to be awake again at 630 to go to work.
This is definitely not the most profound work out there, don't come in thinking it is going to change your life. It is, however, one of the better books that you can pick up, read, and thoroughly enjoy.
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