I intended to give it up one day, but until then, I wanted to be on the line. It's narrated in the first person and John Perry is a pretty funny guy. What could possibly go wrong? Yes it is science fiction but there is a whole lot more to it than that, so even if you are not a sci fi fan you could still enjoy this book. His dialogue crackles and he balances just the right amount of humor and pathos to keep his characters real in a very unreal world. I need directions to the nearest nursing home that has been featured on a news expose' In this story, Earth has learned to travel in space and has been colonizing planets for years. And, to be fair, I don't really find anything all that good. He'll be fighting for his life on the front line as he defends humanity's colonies from hostile aliens.
You know, the guys in the red shirts always die. It's been said that it's poking fun at the genre specifically Heinlein's work in a way I don't have the context for. Why do I keep expecting more from Science Fiction? Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine—and what he will become is far stranger. They even gave themselves a name, The Old Farts. We follow the course of events through the eyes of John Perry, whom you simply have to love for his dry sense of humour, intelligence and general attitude to life and death. I guess when I read a Science Fiction book, I don't expect the most interesting parts to be the multiple, creative ways in which different alien species inflict death upon their enemies.
The book is essentially about John Perry, a 75-year-old man who signs up for the Army to fight an intergalactic war. You are still a dipshit. I miss meaning something to someone, having that part of being human. So meet John Perry, our protagonist who, with nothing and no one left to live for, signs on the dotted line. There is a strange juxtaposition between humor and brutality here that didn't necessarily work for me.
Let's just say that this one is definitely in the top 10 of 2010. He also has a talent for honest to God laugh out loud moments. I really enjoyed the main character who turned out to have a lot more going for him than anyone was aware of. His New York Times bestsellers include The Last Colony, Fuzzy Nation, Lock In, and also Redshirts, which won 2013's Hugo Award for Best Novel. Now imagine all those young, just out of school recruits and replace them with old ladies and gizzards, no good for our society anymore and close to death, their children already having children and grandchildren. I know that a lot of people loved this novel, but it was just decent for me. I was anticipating to read how an old person would process the constant intergalactic war and cope with this kind of struggle.
On Earth, the bulk of the resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force. I enjoyed the training segments and initial skirmishes and only wished they could be more fully described. Continue the gripping space war series with The Ghost Brigades. See the colonies in the wider universe. I think my favorite character was Master Sergeant Antonio Ruiz. John Perry decided to do this when he turned seventy-five.
It's Starship Troopers without the lectures. First he visited his wife's grave. There is a lot of humour and a lot about life, love and relationships. Because we are going to have us some alien busting fun! It reads like Scalzi is growing tired of that world. Like most women, I hate magic. The book is essentially about John Perry, a 75-year-old man who signs up for the Army to fight an intergalactic war. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce--and alien races willing to fight us for them are common.
To say that my expectations were not met is a bit of an understatement. The second The Ghost Brigades, 2006 is ridiculously convoluted with weak science as the hero thwarts a revenge plot to wipe out mankind. It is a good thing we, as humans, always strive and tend to find other humans to relate to in order to keep on going, despite that feeling never being able to be duplicated. Listen to an old lady's advice and maybe I'll bake you some cookies some day. I started it yesterday, intending to read only a chapter or two, and ended up reading the whole thing, even though I have a shelf full of other books I meant to read first, which says something. Better bring a pie over to the neighbors later. Scalzi's story is addictively readable.
I've been pretty omnivorous in my reading tastes the last couple of years and I think that's why I liked Old Man's War so much. It's Starship Troopers without the lectures. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. But upgrades alone won't keep Perry safe. These elite troops are also cloned from the dead, so he might fit in.
Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! A nice mix of philosophical and humorous observations, especially in the beginning, manage to capture the tone of an older person looking back on a long life. I don't enjoy rating an authors book so low but this is how I feel. The author had a very fluid and easy prose that just flows. Who can you trust, if you can't trust yourself? At seventy-five years old, John Perry is after a fresh start - so, naturally, he joins the army. Earth itself is a backwater. Online, Scalzi is a warm, unflinching, sentimental, humorous shit-stirrer.
Scalzi has a really neat central premise -- but the story gets lost up against it. A genetically enhanced and upgraded new body, ready for battle. Briskly paced, entertaining, cool world building if a little lacking on detail and oddly clinical. These are just the benefits we are authorised to advise you of before you join. It's always a challenge depicting a character's transformational process; while training can be repetitive, it's hard to believe the transformation into elite status unless details are shown.