Thursday, November 06, 2008

Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Old Man's War by John Scalzi is the first book in a military science fiction series. I've actually been reading Scalzi's blog for over a year now. Figured it was time to read some of his fiction. John Perry is 75 the age to enlist in the Colonial Defense Force. He'll receive a younger body but have to give up his life on Earth and be thrust in wars of attrition against different alien species.

The novel is fast-paced with compact pros that is a welcome relief from jargon heavy science fiction. The characters often poke fun at the stereotypes of the military in the media. In particular a drill sergeant that is actually the heart ass he claims he is. It's pretty funny in places. The combat is 20th-century small unit tactics with more firepower. A rifle can fire several different types of ammunition. All and all a enjoyable distraction.

Highly recommended!

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