Just when you thought it would crush you with loss, it makes the prospect of fighting interstellar war not so bad.
"Why is the sky blue? Because God loves the infantry!" - U.S. Army saying.
I've listened to this book numerous times now and am still loving it. It's fun to have an older looking to the future.
Great book! Or audiobook rather. Good delivery, great plot line, plot twists and develops well and thoroughly entertaining throughout. Worth the credit!
Based on the description and accompanying accolades, I was hoping for the normal Sci Fi adventure that takes you to new worlds and possibilities. Instead, I was given unnecessarily long-winded attempts at explaining future physics and uneven development that kept pulling me out of the narrative. The author heavily relies on a handful of plot devices to breeze over details that was jarring and (dare I say) lazy.
Maybe this has to do with reviewing a book that is now decades old. If so, then this story aged very poorly. Not recommended.
The story was OK. I was never able to fully imagine a terren or some other parts of the book which left me with a bad taste in my mouth.
I did like the way it ended though.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
When I first read this in the early 80's it was considered cutting edge, now it is considered a Classic. This does not surprise those who have read it, most of us knew back in the 70's and 80's that this would reach classic status. Before David Weber and John Ringo, there was Joe Haldeman. This involves a lot of physics, a lot of time paradoxes and a little anti-war. The physics in most cases is explained so that the common layman can understand and it is done in an entertaining way. In the beginning of the book Mandella goes to a planet out past Pluto. The suits they wear and how they deal with the climate make the book very entertaining. It is nota lot of speeches, it is more if you do this you will blow up, etc... It is written in a way in which you do not feel you are in a class room. There was some stuff, especially toward the end of the book that did go over my head, but the book was still great as a whole.
Is the theme song going through your head? The anti war is not overly done. You are not beat over the head with it. There are no long Alan Alda speeches. You can be a war hawk and still love this book. I will admit that the book does drag a little toward the end, but still as a whole it is great. Think a more modern version of Arthur C. Clarke.
the forever war is like old mans war by scalzi, but without the humor. This one is more anti war which is fine, but why in the hell do the more current sci fy writers feel the need to dumb down the level through F bombs. Heinlein did fine while never cursing once, which makes it feel more like literature than a magazine article.
that being said, i am buying the others in this series.
A Sci Fi junkie who occasionally goes slumming to read other literature.
I enjoyed this book, more so as I kept reading. Can't give it five stars because it reads a little bit flat (I'll avoid the word boring). It's just a solid novel about a young man named William who is drafted by the military, manages by luck not to get killed, and ends up commanding a strike force in the most distant place humans have travelled. He falls in love along the way and humans change dramatically as he ages only a few years relative to hundreds of years due to his travels at close to the speed of light (i.e. time dilation). There are some interesting technology descriptions such as a stasis field. The norm for humans becomes homosexuality while William is away fighting, and this topic plays a big role in the novel. I liked the comment on war: that in the end it is pointless, and largely a result of poor communication.