My main comment about this book is the narrator: he was completely perfect. He brought the main character fully to life, which really added a great dimension to the story for me. There is a lot of military jargon and battle scenes which might have been a struggle to read through, but delivered in the first person narration it all worked. He was also able to present other characters in an engaging way. I especially liked the strange diction of one person William meets while recovering from injury and the laconic style of Charlie in the last section.
The story was episodic and thus the narrative momentum was uneven. But there was a lot to like and a ton of intriguing ideas about how warfare and society might develop over the centuries.
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.
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.