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I'm a new Scalzi fan
on May 13, 2015
This may sound funny but I've been avoiding reading Scalzi for years now. Every book recommendation program like the one here on Amazon thinks I would love him, but his books aren't cheap so it was easier to avoid him (not knowing what I was missing) than to shell out gobs of money to buy up everything he wrote if I loved his stories. Well, I broke down and read Old Man's War and now I'm totally screwed. It was good. Real good. So much so that I just can't wait to read more and now I'm going to be poor by the end of summer!!
Reading this felt similar to reading The Forever War. Both are war based without all the annoying "Hut-2-3-4" and "Hooyahs" and all the other "real-life" military stuff that I find bores me to tears. This was full of science, aliens, genetic manipulation and everything science fiction is supposed to be with a dash of humour. That's right...this book has it all!!
Meet John Perry...he's a 75 year old widower from Ohio. Ten years earlier he signed up for the Colonial Defence Force and they only take recruits who are 75. The CDF operates in space protecting Earth from....who knows, as no one on Earth has been told anything. Citizens of Earth aren't allowed to go into space, except 75 year olds who join the CDF but once you join, you're never allowed to go back to Earth.
As it turns out, a lot is happening in space. Aliens are all fighting each other over the prime planets and no one wants to give up what they have. Essentially this is a real estate war.
I enjoyed all of the characters. You don't get to know many very well, aside from John Perry, but after 75 years of life they are interesting, funny, a bit sarcastic, and basically they were people you were sad to see killed off in this war. As I mentioned before I really shouldn't have read this because now I have to run out and get the next books in this series and there are a few of them.