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Old Man's War (2005)

af John Scalzi

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7,023349950 (4.05)3 / 454
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 #1Old Man's War #2The Ghost Brigades #3The Last Colony #4Zoe's Tale #5The Human Division #6The End of All Things Short fiction: "After the Coup" Other Tor Books The Android's Dream Agent to the Stars Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded Fuzzy Nation Redshirts Lock In The Collapsing Empire (forthcoming)… (mere)
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  2. 162
    Starship Troopers af Robert A. Heinlein (goodiegoodie, jlynno84)
  3. 110
    The Forever War af Joe Haldeman (JulesJones)
    JulesJones: Two books which examine in different ways what happens to the recruits in an interstellar war who by the very nature of their service can never go back to their home culture.
  4. 80
    Young Miles af Lois McMaster Bujold (jlynno84)
  5. 30
    The Last Colony af John Scalzi (Karlstar)
    Karlstar: John Scalzi introduces the universe of the Colonial Union in this book. Similar in feel to Starship Troopers, in many ways.
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  8. 10
    Future War af Jack Dann (TomWaitsTables)
    TomWaitsTables: An anthology of stories in this vein.
  9. 10
    Space Cadet af Robert A. Heinlein (JulesJones)
    JulesJones: The obvious Heinlein influence on Scalzi's "Old Man's War" is "Starship Troopers", but this also covers some of the same ground as Heinlein's YA "Space Cadet".
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    47 Echo af Shawn Kupfer (tottman)
    tottman: 47 Echo lacks the depth (and the universe-spanning scope) of Old Man's War, but the story and the fighting are both quite enjoyable. I won't say it's nearly as good as Old Man's War, but it is a quick, fun enjoyable read. And there's a lot of potential from this author I hope to see come out in future books.… (mere)
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    Grease Monkey af Tim Eldred (goodiegoodie)
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Muy entretenido. Me lo he pasado genial leyéndolo. En breves, la segunda parte. ( )
  essuniz | Jan 2, 2021 |
After muddling through China Mieville, this action/adventure sci-fi novel almost seems fluffy in comparison. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
What I liked: the easy, conversational tone. It was a quick read, and although nothing much happened the first few chapters, I didn't really mind because it was fun listening to the narrator talk. The premise (old men get recruited to the space military, and we don't know at first how the military patches them up to be fit to fight) is interesting.

What I didn't like: there wasn't much of a plot. "Guy joins the military and has a series of unrelated adventures" isn't really a plot. There were a couple twists, namely two big reveals about 2/3 through, but other than that, it was just our hero going through training and then fighting different battles against different aliens.

I thought for a while the plot would be "turns out we're the baddies" (because I'm not at all impressed with the space military's morals) but instead we are told that questioning the space military gets you killed so you shouldn't. It's possible that this gets dealt with in future books, but I find I'm not curious enough to want to read the next one. Uncritical loyalty to a hawkish, unethical military is just not that interesting to me. Neither is reading descriptions of all the cool weapons they have, or of military tactics. ( )
  jennelikejennay | Dec 31, 2020 |
War romanticism. For a while I thought it was satire, but no. War romanticism. ( )
  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
Continuously entertaining, are the first two words that come to mind when I think about this book. The characters were likable, the situations were exciting, the overall premise was unique. I can definitely see why this series is so popular, my wife and I couldn't wait to read more every night.

At the same time, it's more like the Stephen King of sci-fi, than something mind-blowing and cutting edge, so it gets 4 stars instead of 5 from me. ( )
  ragwaine | Dec 22, 2020 |
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There has never been a military in the entire history of the human race that has gone to war equipped with more than the least that it needs to fight its enemy. War is expensive. It costs money and it costs lives and no civilization has an infinite amount of either. So when you fight, you conserve. You use and equip only as much as you have to, never more.
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. . . "There has never been a military in the entire history of the human race that has gone to war equipped with more than the least that it needs to fight its enemy. War is expensive. It costs money and it costs lives and no civilization has an infinite amount of either. So when you fight, you conserve. You use and equip only as much as you have to, never more."

He stared at us grimly. "Is any of this getting through? Do any of you understand what I'm trying to tell you? You don't have these shiny new bodies and pretty new weapons because we want to give you an unfair advantage. You have these bodies and weapons because they are the absolute minimum that will allow you to fight and survive out there. We don't want to give you these bodies, you dipshits. It's just that if we didn't, the human race would already be extinct."

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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 #1Old Man's War #2The Ghost Brigades #3The Last Colony #4Zoe's Tale #5The Human Division #6The End of All Things Short fiction: "After the Coup" Other Tor Books The Android's Dream Agent to the Stars Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded Fuzzy Nation Redshirts Lock In The Collapsing Empire (forthcoming)

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