Old Man's War

Old Man's War

Book - 2005
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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.

Old Man's War Series
#1 Old Man's War
#2 The Ghost Brigades
#3 The Last Colony
#4 Zoe's Tale
#5 The Human Division
#6 The End of All Things
Short fiction: "After the Coup"

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Publisher: New York : Tor, [2005]
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780765315243
Branch Call Number: SCI-FIC SCALZI 2005
Characteristics: 320 pages ; 21 cm


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The first title in another great "war in space" series!

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JCLJENNYT Apr 03, 2020

I genuinely really enjoyed "Old Man's War" I'm not usually one for space war book but there was something about this one. Perry is written pretty well as were most of the other characters the only reason I can't rate it any higher is it did skirt around some unsavory topics and while it wasn't atrocious the way Scalzi dealt with this issues I think that they could have been handled better.

This book made me cry at one point which speaks for Scalzi's writing ability but its not per say a sad book. It kept me engaged pretty thoroughly for almost the entire duration save a few dry spots towards the middle end. I'm interested to where he takes this series and if you have interest I would definitely recommend reading this one.

Dec 16, 2019

John Scalzi is a throwback to the old classic writers with the ability to also bring in new readers.

This book is one of the best science fiction written in the modern age, a tribute and equally good read to the Forever War by Joe Halderman which for me is an all time must read military science fiction title.

Scalzi can do science and characters as well as any with the added touch of comedy and touching moments.

Sep 26, 2019

Fun read! Smart, witty, action packed. Thankful it's a series.

Jul 15, 2019

Fantastic novel. The blurb on the cover compares it to Heinlein, and it really is that good. Reminiscent of Starship Troopers (the amazing novel, not the cheesy movie). I will definitely continue reading this series.

Jul 06, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the onset, where the main character joins the CDF forces and becomes the ultimate self. Easy to read, completely captivating.

JCLIanH Jun 27, 2019

A beautiful novel that asks a lot of those big questions sci-fi novels like to ask in a really elegant way. I expected a military sci-fi page turner and what I got was a meditation on what makes humanity human. The alien races the septuagenarian soldiers (in new, modified bodies) are up against are fascinating and go far beyond your usual insectoids hellbent on killing anything that moves. The differentiated species create a central conflict for the human soldiers as each one has its own methods of warfare. The species have their own cultures and values and seeing these in contrast with those of humans is just one of the ways the novel wins. It's also funny, and heartbreaking, and poignant.

IndyPL_JordanH Jan 25, 2019

A lot of fun, a little bit of thoughtfulness, and plenty of sarcastic humor. Scalzi takes the idea that it's possible to transfer a human consciousness to a new, genetically engineered body, but doesn't dwell on the implications all that much; no philosophical debates about whether human essence is being copying vs transferred, at least not between the characters themselves. The unique way he employs this old science fiction trope has plenty of cool factor, and the dialogue keeps things mostly fast and light, but with enough emotional heft to make the characters and events seem realistic. Recommended!

Nov 29, 2018

My ffirst Scalzi and last. I didn't like it. Totally unexplained science is not Science Fiction. Fantasy maybe. The premise is good but no plot. He just wanders theough adventures/battles without reason. I didn't see any point to it.

Nov 09, 2018

Very interesting concept and storyline. Is it the soul or the body which goes on and once united can they be separated? Very good Sci-fi read by an interesting writer.

Hillsboro_RobP Oct 29, 2018

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May 26, 2015

Sexual Content: Very gratuitous, strong and graphic. Totally unnecessary and gross.


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