Friday, June 8, 2012

Book Review: John Scalzi's Old Man's War

You may remember that weeks, or even months ago, I posted about starting Connie Willis' All Clear, and how excited I was about it.  You may be wondering why I haven't told you more...  Sadly, I have to admit that I have had to put the book on the back burner (which means 'returned it to the library') for now.  It's such a heavy book so I can't take it on the bus to work, and I've had trouble reading in bed lately (lonnng days at work and lonnng bus trips = yawn).  Please don't take it as an indication of the quality of the book!  It's still fabulous, but as I've said before, I find it hard to get into Connie Willis' books at first, and despite this really being the second half of Black Out, it's still a new book.  I can't wait for Christmas when I have some time off so I can get back into it!

Meanwhile, I picked up John Scalzi's Old Man's War while wandering through the science fiction and fantasy section at the library (yeah, I know, right?!  We have a science fiction and fantasy section!).  I almost literally could not put it down, and I finished it in less than two weeks (you may have realised, I'm a very slow reader)!  Not only is the book gripping with brilliant character development and subtle but striking themes, but it is the most honest and funniest piece of science fiction I have read.  Ever.  Not to mention hostile aliens, galactic war, cloning, posthumanism, military technology, extra-solar colonies, faster-than-light travel...  Basically, everything  you could want from good science fiction.  Except length.  It was over wayyy too fast for my liking.  On with a spoiler-free review (just trying something different!), that's still pretty long (so nothing new there) - so click on the picture to continue.

I highly recommend this book if you're looking for something amusing, that's light enough to read in a day (if you're that way inclined) but has enough substance to really make you care about what's going on and to stay with you when you're not reading it.


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