Old Man's War

Old Man's War

eBook - 2010
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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 aliens willing to fight for them are common. The universe, it turns out, is a hostile place. So: we fight. To defend Earth (a target for our new enemies, should we let them get close enough) and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has gone 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, which shields the home planet from too much knowledge of the situation. What's known to everybody is 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...
Publisher: 2010
ISBN: 9781429914710
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Katie_Dublin
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.

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Book_Reader_Man
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!

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louislampe
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.

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7626dee
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

Do you like snark? Do you like sci-fi?
Well then you'll love...

HCL_staff_reviews Oct 08, 2018

The Colonial Defense Force recruits its soldiers from among the old and retired. They take people with decades of life experience and give them a new life as super soldiers fighting for humanity's survival. John Perry discovers just what this means when he joins up on his 75th birthday. A great action adventure that includes many clever, funny, and poignant moments. Just won the Campbell Award for best new writer in 2005— Jody W., Maple Grove Library

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midori_hon
Sep 16, 2018

has the flavor of classic heinlein, which is why i enjoyed it. i may prefer the locked in series and redshirts but will still try at least the next book in the series.

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dupree905
Jun 18, 2018

Quirky sci fi book that kick-starts the series

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

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