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Questions for a Soldier (Old Man's War Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

John Scalzi
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Scalzi revisits the world of his acclaimed debut novel Old Man's War.

Product Details

  • File Size: 463 KB
  • Print Length: 28 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press (September 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,614 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fills in a Small Amount of Background May 2, 2006
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This little tome does not seem to have ever been intended for wide distribution. It is intended just for fans of the universe conceived by John Scalzi in his books, OLD MAN'S WAR and THE GHOST BRIGADES. It exists merely to fill in a little of the background of the that artistic universe. To that degree, it has some small success but is not really a great entertainment value.

The situation is a PR tour by the protagonist of the first book. He is visiting some colonial worlds and pitching the mission of the military. The entire book, all 30 pages, is a transcript of a public interview he gives on one of the worlds. In it, he is asked some questions and he answers them without any dodging. Some of the questioners are supportive and some are antagonistic. Surprisingly, he seems to share some empathy with the antagonist at some points.

This is worthwhile if you are a great fan or if you want to fill in a small bit of the cultural background of this particular playground. If neither sounds appealing, wait for the next book.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for after finishing Old Man's War March 5, 2006
As soon as I completed Old Man's War, I went right online to pick up Questions for a Soldier. OMW was such a great read that when it was over I was left wanting more and couldn't wait to learn of what happens to John Perry. QfaS is a very short story- it takes all of 5-10 minutes to read to whole thing. That's right, ten minutes tops. Is it worth the price of admission? Absolutely! If you loved OMW, you can't not get it. As the title suggests, John Perry is the honorary speaker at one of the colonies that he and the CDF defends. There he is asked by townspeople what it is like being a soldier and the talk turns into a deeper discussion about the meaning of the CDF and what it is to be a colonist and a soldier. This really is a fun read and a great, if only minor, expansion to this great universe that Scalzi has created. As far as timelines go, you can read this before or after Ghost Brigades, QfaS is a stand-alone one shot- but worth reading. This is especially worth picking up because John Perry isn't a part of Ghost Brigades; Jane Sagan takes a more forward role in that story. So if you want more of John Perry, buy Questions for a Soldier. Here's hoping the third book reunites John and Jane for an entire story of their own!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful sidenote to a fun book March 23, 2006
This is a signed, limited edition chapbook from Subterranean Press, with cover and interior illustrations by Bob Eggleton.

Captain John Perry, in Old Man's War, did a goodwill tour of the colonies after the Battle of Coral. This is the Q&A session from one of those stops, on the colony world of New Goa. There's no story here, really; just the back-and-forth between a combat veteran and some of the civilians the Colonial Defense Forces are defending-who have a variety of views of the CDF, the fact that it's composed entirely of old folks from Earth (colonists cannot enlist), and the perpetual state of war between humans and most other intelligent species they're in contact with. It's interesting, entertaining, and thoughtful.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wait for the Short Story Collection July 10, 2006
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This is a short story that just doesn't hold up alone, wait for the short story collection (I hope will someday come).

Only the die hard John Scalzi fan needs this in their collection... and yes I still have mine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For fans only December 13, 2012
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No real story here.
A fill-in, some insight in John Perry's mind, some background of the Huckleberry colony and Savitri. Well worth USD 0.99 for dedicated fans of the series. If you just want a short and cheap action read, skip it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Questions... November 14, 2012
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Scalzi has great range, a terrific sense of humor, and a vivid imagination. All important characteristics for a science fiction writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent return to a great universe June 5, 2012
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Scalzi at his best is fantastic. I was horribly disappointed by the journal of whomever -- the soldier made from Old Man's War protagonist John Perry -- and seriously considered never reading anything of his again.

This wonderful -- and too danged short! -- visit with Perry was wonderful, the veritable balm in Gilead for a "classic Scalzi" fan. I get that you don't want to be typecast, John, but take us back to that place now and then, willya?<g>
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! March 13, 2012
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Great Scalzi work! Love the fact that he's writing more 'shorts'. Harkens back to the golden age of Sci-Fi, Astound! and the like.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagination to the max
John Perry's narrative answers at the dinner address were terrific. Stories covered all aspects of peace and war in the universe just as here on earth.
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Several, mostly political, questions for CDF Capt. John Perry
For those familiar with Scalzi' s OLD MAN'S WAR, this is a bit of a rehash of how the CDF works and keeps the peace. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Samuel Bissell
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific.
Really neat little short story. Complements the first three Old Man's War novels (which are outstanding themselves) very well. Read more
Published 25 days ago by DC DG
4.0 out of 5 stars continuing a great story
John Scalzi is one of our great current writers, and this is his goto series that always hoping that there will be one more
Published 1 month ago by James O. Gillenwaters
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
if you read any of his book this is just a repeat...
Published 3 months ago by Nimrod
3.0 out of 5 stars Way too short for 99 cents
Mildly entertaining, but should have been a FREE book for as little as it contained. I knew going in that it was only 28 pages, but it started and ended so quickly that I felt kind... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Frank
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather lacking companion piece
This was written at the bequest of a fan who won some sort of contest. It's a very short piece of a diary with a short introduction written by a fictional character in the Old... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Questions for a Soldier a lite interlude.
A nice slice of extra info which could have been part of two books. It's lite/light entertainment and in the comic relief area of the story.
Published 4 months ago by Lawrence Rhodes
4.0 out of 5 stars A short, fun stop in the Old Man's War Series
Presented in transcript form, this short story serves as a follow up to the original Old Man's War novel by John Scalzi, so it would technically be called #1.5 in the series. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M.Jacobsen
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
but not required for the series. falls between book 1 and 2, let's us know Perry was still alive (then anyway) and we meet colonists. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Reader Woman
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More About the Author

John Scalzi writes books, which, considering where you're reading this, makes perfect sense. He's best known for writing science fiction, including the New York Times bestseller "Redshirts," which won the Hugo Award for Best Novel. He also writes non-fiction, on subjects ranging from personal finance to astronomy to film, was the Creative Consultant for the Stargate: Universe television series. He enjoys pie, as should all right thinking people. You can get to his blog by typing the word "Whatever" into Google. No, seriously, try it.

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