Old Man's War

Old Man's War

Paperback - 2007
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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

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.

Jun 18, 2018

Quirky sci fi book that kick-starts the series

sit_walk Feb 06, 2018

Really solid sci-fi page-turner. If you are a fan of Starship Troopers or Joe Haldeman's The Forever War there's lots to like here. (And ignore the other reviewer's comment about graphic sexual content. There's hardly any sex in the book and nothing particularly graphic.)

Aug 29, 2017

Never having heard of the author, I decided to read his book based on this characterization (below): "However, there was way to much gratuitous sexual content. And it was not mild. It was more prolonged and graphic than what you would find in Game Of Thrones." I thought, really? - more and harsher (degrading) sex than the Game of Thrones series? Is that possible? Well. It is sci-fi. Maybe there is tentacle-sex?

You be the judge. Here is the scene: "I stared. I opened my mouth to say something. She grabbed my head and kissed me so hard that I was knocked back into my quarters, She managed to kick the door shut on our way to the floor. I was impressed. I had forgotten how easy it was for a young man to get an erection."

Where would you score this on a sex-scale between Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers and R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones series? Not the much milder presentation on television. The actual content of the books.

One begins to wonder if all the reviewers here are sincere.

Mar 31, 2017

Just as good as Starship Troopers in that rejuvenated human army recruited senior citizens fight several different alien species & stealing each other's technology the hard way.
Cute joke on Ghost Brigades from deceased applicants' DNA.
Good to have a mature everyman.

Mar 09, 2017

I love, love, love this series! It's a super easy read, almost like an airport novel, but with none of the trash. Fascinating world building and engaging, believable characters. Do yourself a favor and read this book!

Feb 12, 2017

The first Scalzi book I read and along with The Ghost Brigades and still one of my favorites. When I try to get people to read sci-fi who look down their nose at it this is my go to book to show that it can be fun.

Aug 29, 2016

A good yarn, very enjoyable!!

Apr 07, 2016

Quite good.

Not on-par with Haldeman's Forever War, and it ignores some interesting technical questions, but all in all a good read.

Highly recommended

KateHillier Aug 09, 2015

So my eBook loan for this book expired when I was about halfway through it and I was enjoying it so much I bought it so I could finish it. I've heard a lot about this series over the past little while and given how much I have enjoyed Lock In and Redshirts I gave this one a go. Same tone and humour as from the other works but there's also a nice debt to be paid to Robert Heinlein here as well and I loved it. It's a fabulous concept (taking 75 year olds and their experience out into space to fight for the colonies and live out there once their life on Earth as they know it is winding down) and I really enjoyed reading about John Perry's experiences in training and in what action we see him get. He is almost painfully the everyman to the point of absurdity in how well he does in some cases but in a world where the mortality rate is really, really high you can almost deal with the dumb luck that goes his way.

The world and organization is engaging as anything - Starship Trooper without the lectures as one of the reviews in the front says. And it really is a fun and exciting read. I'm on board for more and that's a fact.

Jul 17, 2015

Funny, funny, funny! If you like witty interesting characters, you should really enjoy this book. Don't let the fact that it is science fiction keep you away. It's a great story.

May 26, 2015

Brilliant. I must give this book that. Just brilliant. However, there was way to much gratuitous sexual content. And it was not mild. It was more prolonged and graphic than what you would find in Game Of Thrones. Good book. But the gratuitous content made the book nowhere near as good as it could of been. Didn't finish the book...

Feb 28, 2015

I am not 73--yet, the thought of living another 70 years, even in a young, perfect body horrifies me, and I would never join a war. However, I could not put this book down. One of the best sci-fi books in a long time. Science, human limits, human failings, social and environmental criticism, and of course, war and its toll.

Feb 02, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I think the cover kind of put me off actually. It was recommended to my by Goodreads. I'm not particularly inclined to consume sci fi but enjoyed it nonetheless. I appreciated the humour and the manner in which Scalzi chose to portray the thoughts of a 75 year old man.

Oct 23, 2014

Very good book. A real page turner. It was almost like reading Heinlein or Clark. If you like hard science fiction, you will like this.

LindaRurak Aug 09, 2014

Great book for the sci-fi reader! Now I know what to ask for on my 75th birthday!

Jun 21, 2014

Excellent work of science fiction. Quick, enjoyable read that will keep you highly entertained.

Aug 20, 2013

In a distant future, Earth's elderly are offered a chance to live longer. Join the colonial defense forces and the military will somehow make you younger, stronger and faster. Survive ten years and you are allowed to settle as a colonist. Never mind that most troops are dead within ten years. Oh, and that "make you younger, stronger and faster" involves having your consciousness into a new body. Hey, you would have been dead in ten years if you had stayed on Earth anyways.

Scalzi has created a wonderful, quick paced story, full of questions about getting old as well as his wonderfully quirky send of humour that comments on our consumer driven society. He is a futurist who realizes that while the future may be awesome, it won't be as shiny as we hope it would be.

I had trouble putting this book down, and I still think about it a few weeks after I finished it. Symptoms of a great book.

Go read this.

Jan 04, 2013

I saw that this book had a lot of good feedback so wanted to check it out. Interesting, entertaining sci-fi. I thought the guy writes somewhere between Orson Scott Card and Charles Stross. I enjoyed the book, however the dialogue (in my opinion), crossed the line between witty and irritating a few times which is always a danger when you're trying to be funny.

Aug 23, 2012

Mereha, ... Thanks for your recommendation ! .. I loved Ender's Game and the 1st and maybe 2nd follow-up.

Also, I'm a little fan of Niven and Pournelle, I loved "a mote in God's Eye" and "Footfall".

I just read "Redshirts" by the same author, John Scalzi and liked the book. It was FUN ! I'd say if you liked Galaxy Quest and can read a 300 page novel with large print -- this is the book for you ! :-)

Good reading .. I especially like "Hard SF" :-)

Aug 08, 2012

The perfect beach book for the nerd (as far as such go to the beach or are forced to go to the beach). Old Man's War has fantastic world building, character development, and a unique premise, none of which slow down the narrative. Definitely in the Ender's Game vein, I recommend this for lovers of Orson Scott Card, as well as Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.

Jun 20, 2012

A comedic sci-fi.

May 16, 2012

Great book. At my age I like the idea of getting a new body and another chance to live & love. I'm not so sure about going to war to get it. And only 10% survive to get it. I'll definately read his other books.

Feb 06, 2012

This is an outstanding book! Great sci-fi story; touching, thoughtful and tearful.

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