Friday, January 25, 2013

Old Man's War by John Scalzi: classic sci-fi

Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)Old Man's War by John Scalzi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Starship Troopers meets Ender's Game meets, um, Sunshine Boys? However you tag it, it's a really good story. It's mostly Starship Troopers, the wonderful Heinlein novel, not the weird fascist Verhooven film, without coming across as an homage or pastiche. It stands on its own as a tale of interstellar colonization and combat with a very human face.


My only real quibble is the position of the Earth-based forces as "kill 'em all" colonists. Basically, it makes us the evil invading aliens wherever we go, and that position is never explained. Did we try diplomacy at one point and give it up as a bad job? Oh, well, it's Scalzi's world and he writes a compelling tale within it.

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