No. of Recommendations: 11

Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Does anyone read these reviews? If no one does I'll just stop doing it, but if a few do I'll continue writing them.

This book is written in the flavor of Heinlein but with lots of sassy characters. Pretty much every comment by every character is a flippant remark. The theme is that humans who "come of age" (are about to die of old age) are recruited into the army to fight aliens in deep space.

A major point of question in the start of the book is exactly how these old people will contribute to the deep space army. Without giving anything away, I'll mention that they are able to with the benefit of the right technology.

This story follows the adventures of John Perry, a 75 year old guy who joins the space marines and then delves into a lot of battles, nicely orchestrated with underlying themes and tension, and with lots of tactical and strategic analysis going on. If you like scifi space combat, this is definitely a book to read. If anything, the operatic movement of the strategy could have been drawn out a little longer- this was a difficult book to put down and I was saddened at having it come to an end.

(I am a pacifist, but not when it comes to blowing apart aliens- I have no problem with fighting other species for territory)

However, the older people come across as acting like young twentysomethings- perhaps they will in sixty years- but I suspect that the endless squabbling for primate hierarchy through verbal comebacks is more a function of the youth rather than the elderly. The witty remarks though are brilliant for a book (many witty remarks that are funny that you hear come across flat when you read them)- you will laugh out loud at this book in a number of places.

So I will recommend this highly for anyone who enjoys scifi battle romps. Some great ideas and exploration of how science will impact the future of humanity with a protagonist struggling through this future- what scifi is supposed to be about.
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