Old Man's War

, #1

Mass Market Paperback, 355 pages

English language

Published Jan. 26, 2007 by Tor Science Fiction.

ISBN:
978-0-7653-4827-2
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4 stars (271 reviews)

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, out there, planets fit to live on are scarce—and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of our resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Forces, and everybody knows that when you reach retirement age, you can join up. The CDF doesn't want young people: they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You'll be taken off Earth, never to return. You'll serve two years in combat. And if you survive, you'll be given a homestead of your own, …

15 editions

What a different type of sci-fi

4 stars

The first book in the old man's war trilogy was different than I expected. It was campy, humours, and much more straightforward in its delivery of a sci-fi action story than I am used to.

Most sci-fi I have picked because of its stewing political subplots, the meta commentary podcasts everywhere and the social commentary masked as alien species and totalitarian power relations.

This book was fun, and if critical of the colonial and war-mongering society that features at its heart, it has an over-the-top presentation which reminded me of the starship troopers movie.

Definitely a brain off, retro futures good read and I am looking forward to seeing if there is more interesting subplots developed in the following novels.

reviewed Old Man's War by John Scalzi (Old Man's War, #1)

Facets of war

5 stars

Scalzi takes his time building up a credible world before he starts piling on outrageous details. Once the stage is set (with the explanation of how this old people's army works), he can therefore dive directly into the action and assume that the reader will know and understand enough to accept whatever Scalzi will serve.

And serve he does! The story develops from a face-value beginning that might make pacifists squirm a little in its glorification of war (without even getting especially patriotic; it's just the plain old war-as-an-adventure trope) into a growing discomfort with the way this specific war develops.

Along the way, new characters are encountered and new details about the universe learned. He will develop all of this in later books, but for now the story is just barely coherent enough to wrap up satisfyingly with a strong feeling that this is not the end of the …

reviewed Old Man’s War by John Scalzi (Old Man’s War #1)

Buen inicio

5 stars

Tras leer un par de novelas del autor me animé con esta saga y no defrauda. Muy al estilo de Starship Troopers, tocando temas interesantes como la colonización o qué nos hace humanos cuando podemos transferir nuestra consciencia o mejorar nuestro cuerpo y mente a través de genética y tecnología. Como en otras obras, el estilo de Scalzi es muy divertido y fácil de leer incluso en inglés.

it was fine

3 stars

An entertaining homage to Heinlein (better, imo) with a nice, sometimes witty, protagonist who is lucky in love, friends, and war. It's just fine. Nothing wow - just does what's on the tin. I'm sure the series would be good, and while I doubt I'll get to them, it's something to keep in my pocket for when there's "nothing to read" and I just want something smooth.

Review of "Old Man's War" on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Enjoyed and a quick read. I read this in Scotland after the death of Elizabeth II and there was a lot of talk about the Empire and the Colonies. A big part of the plot is humanity's drive to conquer and exploit natural resources no matter the cost. I'm not a big believer in manifest destiny so this kinda colored my enjoyment on the interesting ideas in the plot.

reviewed Old Man's War by John Scalzi (Old Man's War, #1)

Review of "Old Man's War" on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

A decent romp reminiscent of classic science fiction military adventure, but with more modern sensibilities. The protagonist is male, but the rest of the characters are split about 50/50 between male and female biologically.

It's not perfect, but as a first novel, it's pretty amazing.

reviewed Old Man’s War by John Scalzi (Old Man’s War #1)

Review of 'Old Man’s War' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Well, this is part of the field of Science Fiction literature devoted to futuristic warfare, which is exemplified by Heinlein's Starship Troopers and Haldeman's Forever War. But Scalzi puts his own twist on this genre in an initial novel that sets him up for more sequels in a very interesting universe.

I was hooked right from the opening sentence, and for the first part of the book it was almost like finding some Heinlein I had somehow missed. Scalzi is just that good. But it is not the bildungsroman that Heinlein wrote, just the opposite in fact, since the main character is in his 70s (there is a reason it is called the Old Man's War). For me that makes the viewpoint even more interesting since I closer in age to the main character here than I am to Heinlein's protagonist. But here we have someone at the end of …

reviewed Old Man's War by John Scalzi (Old Man's War, #1)

Review of "Old Man's War" on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This was an exciting military SF adventure in the tradition of [b:Starship Troopers|17214|Starship Troopers|Robert A. Heinlein|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1406457252s/17214.jpg|2534973]. A retiree joins the Colonial Defense Force, rumored to be able to make the elderly young again, and soon finds himself drawn into a much larger universe — one full of conflict — than he expected.

While it's touched upon briefly, I expected a bit more meditation on the psychological toll constant warfare would have on the human mind, but the general mood is kept brisk and light throughout the book. Readers looking for more emotional heft are advised to check out [b:The Forever War|21611|The Forever War (The Forever War, #1)|Joe Haldeman|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1386852511s/21611.jpg|423] or [b:Armor|102327|Armor|John Steakley|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1465894856s/102327.jpg|604650]. Despite its different emphasis, Old Man's War is not necessarily a shallow book, however, and fans of those other military SF classics are likely to enjoy this book as well.

Old Man's War works just fine as a stand-alone …

reviewed Old Man's War by John Scalzi (Old Man's War, #1)

Review of "Old Man's War" on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Old people go to war with aliens, no one under 75 allowed! And it is as fun as it sounds.
Humans can travel in space and have found other lifeforms but they don't like us. So we have to fight them all over the universe in epic wars with super advanced technology. What is there not to love?
True, characters come through a bit one sided, and the main character is you standard generic male hero who just excels at everything he does, but this is a fun action packed and surprising story.
It may lack on deep philosophical issues, but it has some good and interesting ideas about the meaning of tech and the comparative ease of going to war instead of going through the effort of actually understanding Others and communicating with them.
It is the beginning of a trilogy. And I am looking forward to the sequel, …

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