An amateur writer who recently completed their first novel. I prefer fantasy, sci-fi, and horror novels but loathe non-fiction.
The main character is flat as a pancake. An old guy who misses his wife. After a few hours of listening I literally know nothing else about this character. The author also doesn't develop any relationships between any characters. Just when you think a relationship might start developing, the author puts on the brakes.
Additionally, there's no plot. This guy joins the army because he's old and hopes they'll make him young again. What's the protagonist's main goal or desire? No idea, he doesn't seem to have one. What's the primary conflict of the story? I don't know, it doesn't seem to have that either. Without conflict there can be no drama, and without drama I was left bored.
Also, this author feels like he has to tag every line of dialogue. Even if it's just two people talking, he'll tag every single line with "he said" and "she said." Unnecessary dialogue tags is one of my biggest pet peeves.
Listening to Books...who would've thunked!
Yes, yes, yes! William Dufris is simply amazing. This is a brilliant piece of sci-fi and action. I mean...if you love sci-fi and especially Heinlein, this is a must read for anyone I know and don't know.
I really liked the "boot camp" portion where the new soldiers learn to use their new bodies. Some how it kind of reminds me of my boot camp days back in the Corp...very slightly reminiscent.
Amazing. Brilliant. Superb. Fantastic...He is just awesome!
Um...little green men? haha
This book surprised me. The description intrigued me just enough to add to my wish list, but sat there for some time. I finally purchased it and gave it a listen. Glad I did. While the science is soft, it is innovative and interesting, and of course tachyons come to the rescue to solve a tough problem like in any good sci fi novel. Scalzi brings up lots of interesting moral issues about end of life, what constitutes being human, human cloning, use of artificial and alien technology/biology to improve the human function, reason/motivation/revulsion for soldiering, and other issues.
The pace is just fast enough to stay engaged, but slow enough to develop interesting characters.
This was a great story. Lots of action, romance, I really cared about the characters. The plot was fairly unique and we'll written. Narration was great. What brought it down to 4 * was the excessive taking of God's name in vain. It was the go to expletive, needless & highly offensive in what could have been an awesome story. Was it supposed to make the story more realistic? If I was more realistic I'll read nonfiction, not science fiction, which should be somewhat realistic but requires some suspension of disbelief.
Why not take Allah's name in vain? Or Buddha? Gandi or Confucius? Because those communities would be in an uproar. I am a military veteran & did not hear God's name taken in vain as much as in this story.
If you can get past that, or if that doesn't bother you, this is a great story.
I've read the entire series at this point. The first book stands on its own, introduces great characters and allows a definitive ending that you can walk away from if you so choose. No spoilers... recommended this book to a couple of friends and sent a digital purchase to a few buddies who were deployed. They also liked it. Basically the earth is overpopulated, 3rd world countries citizens can apply for a migration Visa to be a stead holder on a newly founded colony in a distant world somewhere in the galaxy. First world country citizens can only join up at advanced age (think it's 65), and only for the military arm of the Terran space coalition, which is an entity completely separated from Earth and it's countries. No one on earth knows why you need to be soo old, and once you leave earth no one ever comes back. It's a great action space sci fi Military book.
Old Man's War has everything. Love, War, intrigue, a hilarious training Sergeant, wry but welcome humor, all played out by a cast of mostly ordinary people thrust into an extraordinary adventure that explores the ranges of human emotion in context far beyond what I could expect from any other book. The descriptions of loss and grief are particularly well detailed along with the shimmers of hope renewed faith in humanity and purpose.
I wasn't expecting much more out of this book than a standard syfi book however it Came around with a surprisingly emotional and strong finish. It's has a wide universe that I'd love to lean more about. The narrator is neither amazing nor bad but acceptable. A well written book for sure
I can't convey the struggles of this book to you or any due to not wanting to spoil it for you. just know that I listened to the book off and on for 6 days straight and each time it was a pleasure to imagine myself as one of the characters. This book is very compelling story and has some compelling characters along the way. so why not check it out for yourself.
It was good from start to finish, Though some of the pacing was a little abrupt it was truly worth the time (and money) to listen to this book.
Military Sci fi at its finest.
The effort put in by the narrator as well did not go unnoticed yet was still controlled enough to properly convey the intense emotional parts through the book without getting carried away.
This author narrator combo recently became one of my favourites and I'll be listening to more of them in the time to come.
I highly recommend this book to anyone remotely interested in the genre and author. Scalsi hasn't let me down yet.