- Series: Old Man's War (Book 3)
- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; First edition (July 29, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076535618X
- ISBN-13: 978-0765356185
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.9 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 676 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“An impressive piece of work.” ―Philadelphia Inquirer on The Ghost Brigades
“Fast and deep…I like the galaxy this author's playing in, the characters he limns, the situations he's playing with, and I'm glad there's at least one more volume on the way.” ―San Diego Union-Tribune on The Ghost Brigades
“In Heinleinesque fashion, the book is loaded with scenes of comradeship, isolation, ruthlessness and the protocols, which govern the lives of active-duty soldiers. But this is where Scalzi, famous for his blog ‘The Whatever,' surpasses Heinlein. Scalzi weaves in subtle discussions of humanity's growing fear of aging and our simultaneous attraction and repulsion to the Frankenstein-like creatures we are able to create.” ―San Antonio Express-News on The Ghost Brigades
“Scalzi is a natural heir to Heinlein, and his second book in this series is a good old-fashioned space opera, which takes time to question the nature of free will.” ―St. Louis Press-Dispatch on The Ghost Brigades
“Astonishingly proficient.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Old Man's War
“Top-notch. His combat scenes are blood-roiling. His dialogue is suitably snappy and profane. And the moral and philosophical issues he raises... insert useful ethical burrs under the military saddle of the story.” ―The Washington Post on Old Man's War
“Smartly conceived and thoroughly entertaining, Old Man's War is a splendid novel.” ―Cleveland Plain-Dealer
About the Author
John Scalzi won the 2006 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and his debut novel Old Man's War was a finalist for science fiction's Hugo Award. His other books include The Ghost Brigades and The Android's Dream. He has won the Hugo Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for science-fiction, the Seiun, The Kurd Lasswitz and the Geffen awards. His weblog, Whatever, is one of the most widely-read web sites in modern SF. Born and raised in California, Scalzi studied at the University of Chicago. He lives in southern Ohio with his wife and daughter.
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Scalzi is one is one of the best at it that I've seen since the 1950s and1960s (when I was a less sophisticated reader).
His story and series arcs are coherent, plausible and intriguing with realistic, empathic characters. His thematic arcs teach very positive human values about family, loyalty, love, self-sacrifice and the power of individuals to change history.
He avoids the trap of demonizing enemys. Most importantly he shows the the power of the merciful side of the warriors Ethos to end wars and avoid genocide. I believe that he rightfully ascribes that ethos to totally alien military leaders.
In all Scalzi gives us a delightful space opera-ish tale that deftly critiques common human failures, the realistic limitations of the 'assumed' omniscience of powerful people, and the ability of 'ordinary' people, who dare to act, to avert apparently inevitable disaster.
I highly recommend, and look forward to his future work.
The book’s focus is not on the struggle to adapt to a new world; instead, its focus is on the effort to colonize a planet that multiple alien worlds may wish to have for themselves. But compared to the first two books, this book contained less soldierly-fighting and more inter-galactic intrigue (which I preferred). Indeed, I especially liked this book’s basic storyline. The plot made the phrase “do you know who your enemies really are?” come to mind. And, like the first two books in this series, the main characters were presented with intelligence and compassion.
One oddity to the storytelling: The planet contained intelligent and organized beings, but they only appeared briefly within the story and then were never mentioned again. So they were just an interesting distraction that did not contribute to the basic storyline.
Bottom line: Good plot; good characters; satisfying ending. Certainly better than your average sci-fi.
I enjoyed how the book gave the characters a view of the setting. the role of humanity in interstellar politics is interesting to read about, and I like the way challenges of the main characters, but the rising action is awful. Scalzi's spends probably a third of the book having the characters deal with a threat that is completely unrelated to anything, and doesn't have any major resolution. It was a frustrating read, and a disappointing sequel to one of the best SF series written in many years.