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Old Man's War

Old Man s War John Perry did two things on his th birthday First he visited his wife s grave Then he joined the army The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space The bad news is that pla

  • Title: Old Man's War
  • Author: John Scalzi
  • ISBN: 9780765315243
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Paperback
  • John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday First he visited his wife s grave Then he joined the army.The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce and alien races willing to fight us for them are common So we fight To defend Earth, and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate.John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday First he visited his wife s grave Then he joined the army.The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce and alien races willing to fight us for them are common So we fight To defend Earth, and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades brutal, bloody, unyielding.Earth itself is a backwater The bulk of humanity s resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force Everybody knows that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF They don t want young people they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living You ll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return You ll serve two years at the front And if you survive, you ll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard won colony planets.John Perry is taking that deal He has only the vaguest idea what to expect Because the actual fight, light years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine and what he will become is far stranger.

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    1. This is, for me, a pretty short review as the key novel element here is one that it is fun to discover in the book, and not spoiling that severely limits what I can discuss.I really enjoyed Old Man's War and think you should read it. For me it was a 5* first half and a 3* second half (I liked the 2nd half but it wasn't 5* 'amazing'). Scalzi can write! He opens with excellent characterization, touching and real. This skill at bringing the POV character to life, at catching the vibe of a vital ind [...]

    2. Do not mourn me, friendsI fall as a shooting starInto the next lifeHoly Mother Of Graham Crackers! This book was awesome 😄When you're an old person, you can sign up to go out into the galaxy to fight in the alien war. WHAT? John Perry decided to do this when he turned seventy-five. His wife had been dead for awhile so he had nothing to lose. Or did he? He went through this process and had to leave the Earth forever. Dead to the Earth. John found some good friends on the way to their destinati [...]

    3. There wasn't anything horribly wrong with this book, but I found myself unattached to any of the characters. And even for a science fiction novel I thought a lot of the plot was just unbelievable; the main character seems to excel at and have the answer to everything while his fellow soldiers get killed left and right. The people he meets are little more than cannon fodder and you don't really get a chance to like them so it's not that big a deal when they bite it. Scalzi chooses to barely descr [...]

    4. EDIT 07/22/17: It has been brought to my attention that I may not have the proper Science Fiction background to understand what this book's purpose is. 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. I'm often frustrated when I see others misunderstanding The Magicians trilogy in the same way I seem to have misunderstood Scalzi's work. I'm going to leave my original thoughts/rating posted because they are genuinely how I feel [...]

    5. sometimes a first novel gets everything right. writing that is clean, clear, and fluid. characterization that is simple, straightforward, and real. a narrative that hurtles forward but does not feel rushed or incomplete. ideas that feel new and that are conveyed with enthusiasm and a brisk, unpretentious freshness. such is Old Man's Waris is a military science fiction novel and the first of a series. that probably brings up a whole host of automatic preconceptions about what will be happening an [...]

    6. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi has been described as an exciting new take on the work of Robert A. Heinlein.Scalzi himself acknowledges being inspired by the late grandmaster. Much of the tone and style of the book does seem to not only imitate RAH, but somehow channel his genius into a new voice for a younger generation. Most evident is that Scalzi has recreated Heinlein’s corny but endearing dialogue, espousing an approachable and likable optimism. A Heinlein fan will compare this most readi [...]

    7. I'm about to say something I wasn't sure I'd ever say about a science fiction novel about interstellar war - this book is warmly humanist in its approach. From the first time I sat down to read it, I felt invited and welcomed into the world Scalzi was creating. I enjoyed meeting and spending time with the characters he creates, who are mostly interesting and intelligent people that you'd want to know. I loved the digressions about the morality of following orders, and war as the easy way to deal [...]

    8. John Perry enlists in the Colonial Defense Force on his 75th birthday and gets whisked off to war in a new and improved body, defending Earth's colonies against alien races. Will John be one of the few that survives his first year?John Scalzi's blog is one of the few I've followed in 2010 and I'm pleased to say that if Old Man's War is any judge, his novels are just as entertaining as his blog.I've been pretty omnivorous in my reading tastes the last couple of years and I think that's why I like [...]

    9. If somehow you read my Old Man's War review first before others (yeah, highly improbable), my first advice is: STOP reading this review, just read the book first!===========OK, so you want me to elaborate more on this review?Saying I had a good experience enjoying this book is an understatement: (view spoiler)[ when I read the rather sad and serene first chapter, I almost forgot the title of the book has word "War". Then I reached second chapter, and WHAM! for the rest of Part I, I was overwhelm [...]

    10. Tor free Kindle book of the month, from June 15-21, 2017, if you join or are a member of Tor's book club (which is also free). ebookclubr/?utm_source= (I've been in it for about 3 months now and it's well worth it. You get emails about once a week.)Military life in the future, fighting aliens over planets to colonize. The mysterious Colonial Defense Force recruits 75 year old men and women to fight its wars, and many sign up because some sort of second shot at youth is involved, and at this poin [...]

    11. Definitely an enjoyable read. 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.The beginning starts with John, the main character, entering a recruiter's office to review and sign his enlistment contract. It is a marvelous device, allowing John's internal commentary and reactions to provide needed background to the current political and technological setting. Scalzi's straightforward writ [...]

    12. Old Man's War is about old people giving up their lives on earth to join the colonial forces as supersoldiers to help defend humanity. That's a solid premise that I can get behind. Old Man's War is, however, not written well.This book is bad. As I write this, I'm remembering that I only finished it to provide the most honest review. It was fun in spurts, but, on the whole, this book was, as I said, bad. The writing is pedantic at its best and horrid at its worst. Why do I keep expecting more fro [...]

    13. This is an odd sort of book. Scalzi has a really neat central premise -- but the story gets lost up against it. The story is told in an oddly clinical fashion that leaves a sort of feeling that you're being given a report on story instead of the story itself. The story moves along briskly enough, but I'm left oddly unmoved by the protagonist's experience. It doesn't help that while the premise requires that the protagonist excel at warfare etc he surpasses all expectations -- stuns his drillmast [...]

    14. Awful. 'I did this cool thing, then I saved some people, then I single handedly rescued the mission, even though I was the least qualified, then I came up with this cool idea and got promoted. I was a green superhuman too.'

    15. “Our job is to go meet strange new people and cultures, and kill the sons of bitches as quickly as we possibly can."Well, that's a new concept. Thank goodness we've never done anything like that here on Earth. This is happening in space.Oh, there's a special day for that? Ooops. Better bring a pie over to the neighbors later. They live in a box on the corner now. I gave them some blankets that my kids used when they had chicken pox, so they are staying warm. I'll bring them some beer too. Alco [...]

    16. Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros:O que você faria se tivesse a opção de se alistar no exército aos 75 anos e voltar a ser jovem de novo? É uma ideia no mínimo tentadora, correto? E foi pensando nisso que o protagonista de Guerra do Velho, John Perry, decide se juntar às Forças Coloniais de Defesa (FCD) ao chegar nessa idade.Uma decisão que a princípio parece fácil, já que você terá um corpo novinho em folha, habilidades aprimoradas, entre tantas outras vantagens, mas tu [...]

    17. Getting old sucks but as the old joke says, it‘s better than the alternative. However, what if there was a way to get to be young again? The catch is that if you do it, you’ll probably die in some horribly bloody and spectacular fashion at the hands of aliens on a distant world. Any volunteers?In this terrific novel, humanity has spread out to the stars only to find that they’re competing with several types of aliens for habitable planets. The Colonial Defense Force has been waging those w [...]

    18. [4.5 stars] I’m so glad I finally started The Old Man’s War series – it’s every bit as good as I’d hoped it would be. Filled with humor, action, exploration, and a touch of sentimentality, if you’re looking for your next great sci-fi read, this may be it! The book is essentially about John Perry, a 75-year-old man who signs up for the Army to fight an intergalactic war. John’s POV was my favorite element of the book. His “wisened” outlook on life and general mannerisms were a d [...]

    19. I loved this book from start to finish. I loved the premise, loved the action, loved the protagonist, I even loved the aliens. And I'm confident a lot of the aliens would love me back - in a purely culinary kind of way.Set in the far future, Earth has branched out to colonize as much of the known Universe as possible for the survival and betterment of the human race. Unfortunately, we are not alone among the stars. Every form of intelligent life from here to the end of the space time continuum h [...]

    20. What would you do if you were given a chance to live longer, and have a new "young" body that is way better than the normal human body? The catch is, you're now a soldier, in a different planet, and you can never go back to Earth.Old Man's War was a very entertaining read, but it wasn't phenomenal. The main character is an old man, John Perry, yet he talked as if he was 30 years younger. I just didn't seem to connect with him, and all the other characters. It's not that they were all flat and bo [...]

    21. I didn't really know what to expect when I started reading this book. The first half of the book was a breeze to read and was peppered with a lot of humour that had me laughing out loud. The author had a very fluid and easy prose that just flows. The dialogue is often times hilarious and laced with dry humour (my favourite kind). The second half is where the action really starts and the tone of the book changes quite significantly. While humourous, the story does carry some form of moral/ethical [...]

    22. So I finnnnnalllyyy got around to reading this, I have been meaning to for a fairly long time now. I'm definitely glad that I did read this too becuase although it's a short book for me, it actually worked super well as a military SF that I enjoyed (not something too common for me to be honest). This story drew me in fast and then kept me interested right the way through by following the character of John Perry, an old man who joins the Space Army in exchange for somehow becoming younger.I have [...]

    23. We all have regrets and things we wish we could do differently if life would allow it. What would you be willing to do to have an honest chance to live life over again? In Old Man's War that's not a philosophical question it's a real choice and one that many senior citizens take gladly. One such senior citizen is John Perry who on his 75th birthday chose to live his life over again.In order to get that second chance John joins the army, well the Colonial Defense Force (CDF) to be exact. The CDF [...]

    24. The first 100 pages or so of this book are absolutely fantastic. The Colonial Defense Forces recruit citizens of Earth on their 75th birthdays to fight with them against the various alien species threatening the series of colonies Earth needs because of population overflow, war, all the usual ways we’ve fucked up the planet. Senior citizens sign up because the CDF promises to make them young again—if they sign a contract to serve for ten years. And most of them will probably get gruesomely k [...]

    25. Eu amo a união de ficção científica e temas militares, e com esse livro não foi diferente. Foi uma leitura muito gostosa, rápida e que me entreteve demais. A história é bem interessante e o universo criado pelo autor é surpreendente — inclusive acredito que seja o ponto mais forte do livro. Toda a ciência, a tecnologia, os planetas e as formas de vidas criadas me interessaram do começo ao fim. John escreve muitíssimo bem e pinta o cenário de forma fantástica.A primeira coisa que [...]

    26. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature. * In this universe, experience counts. * Guns don’t kill people. The aliens behind the triggers do.John Perry is 75 years old, his wife is dead, and he has nothing left to live for. It’s a perfect time to join the army, and the Colonial Defense Force is recruiting. They need a lot of loyal human bodies to maintain the universe colonization project, so their preference is to recruit old people, rejuvenate their bodies (nobody on Earth knows exactly how [...]

    27. Rating: 5/5Old Man's War is one of the first adult sci-fi I've ever read (could be the first one too) and it was pure awesomeness. John Scalzi managed to create a setting and characters that really made me get lost in the story. This is the story of John Perry, a 75-year-old who decides to join the Colonial Defense Force. It seems like people managed to colonize other galaxies but they are not the only ones and in order to protect their colonies and create new ones they need a army of 75-year-ol [...]

    28. 5 Five stars.Old Man's War by John Scalzi has been on my to read list for a very long time. Countless of my friends have recommended this book to me. After long while I finally read it. Wow is all I can say I'm totally blown away. To me and my taste this book is a perfect science-fiction novel. It really has it all. I was already a fan of Scalzi before reading this novel but now I can see him easily among my top favorite. So many things set this book apart from the competition. First, you do not [...]

    29. 2 Stars Overview:“The problem with aging is not that it's one damn thing after another—it's every damn thing, all at once, all the time.” I’ve been a huge sci-fi mood for the last few weeks, so I was really looking forward to this one. The story revolves around 75-year-old John Perry, as he joins the army and begins fighting in intergalactic wars. It sounded like a lot of fun.Pros:This was really funny in places. Perry had a very sarcastic and dry humor about him, and though his jokes we [...]

    30. Actual rating: 3.5 starsHow do you fulfill a promise to tackle a complicated subject like human mortality and aging using believable science fiction tropes, exploring a premise of why septuagenarians would make excellent soldiers in a futuristic space war?Easy. You don't. Parallel UniverseOld Man's War is really two books in one: Old Man and War. Old Man is a well written, thoughtful, and at times emotionally wrenching fictional memoir. It doesn't require a science fiction setting to make the re [...]

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