For Sci-Fi fans, this is a good one to have in your collection. It examines an interesting problem in interstellar warfare that no other book (or movie or TV show) has attempted to tackle: relativity.
It's been a few months since I listened to this one, and I don't recall anything especially memorable about the characters, but this isn't about who the people are as much as it's about the cultural impact upon the characters of "moving through time". There's a lot of orginal and thought-provoking ideas here, and overall it's worth the time and credit.
This book is all over the place. Not sci-fi enough to feel like a sci-fi book, dull military moments of training and traveling, long explanations of bizarre fictional physics, green teddy bears with no face, fighting aliens in bubbles, everyone sleeps with everyone, dull moments of planting potatoes on parent's farm, horrific deaths, a tossed in love story, everyone on earth has to carry a gun or have a body guard, and all humans are forced to be homosexual to control the population. All over the place. It would have been interesting if any of those things had been executed well, but sadly they were not. The book just seems to drag constantly, making the most obscure and irrelevant detours. The bizarre journey over hundreds of years ends with the most predictable and anticlimactic punchline and the narrator doesn't have an ounce of military charisma. Save your money and pray this never gets a movie adaptation.
This story has some great military battles but keeps in focus the importance of the individual and the commitment of two individuals to eachother.
Good sci-fi action, Commentary against war is jarring and thoughtful. I especially liked the implications of space travel at relativistic speed and its relation to the war, I.e. What happens if the enemy develops new technology during the time you're traveling there, etc.
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This is a classic Sci-fi but it feels very dated to the 70's. The performance was great , but I found myself at times hard pressed to finish the story.
This is a good read, comparable to Ender's Game in its use of time scaling, and Old Man's War in its use of searching for an identity in a totally dehumanizing experience. But it is at times a bit dry. I would reccomend it as an inclusion of then and now sci-fi, but it's not my favorite by a long shot.
I liked the book. But the way the author discusses homosexual vs heterosexual is very obviously a bit antiquated in terms of modern ideas.
I waited several years to read / listen to this book and am by no means disappointed. Bravo to Mr. Haldeman! Excellent sci fi concepts but makes you feel for what the characters are going through.