This, the second novel in the series, suffers from a number of flaws that make it a difficult audiobook to get lost in.
"Old Man's War" walked the reader through alongside the protagonist while he discovered a strange universe. In this book everything is told to the reader directly, not revealed. Recapped in painful detail for anyone who read the first novel. The main character is not particularly engaing, and characters stand around monolgueing like villians in a Bond film. I could not finish it.
The phrase "special forces soldier" is repeated a million times, and must die.
The text is great fun and the narrator does a very good job. My one and only complaint is more about the John Scalzi's style of writing. His repetitive use of "he said", "she said" can very be passed while reading, isn't so easy to ignore when read aloud. It was noticeable the whole way through but only near annoying a few instances.
I really tried to give it every chance. I listened to it for 3 ½ hours hoping that may be it was just one of those books that was slow getting started, BUT really now, this story went into far too much detail about every little thing that did not even matter. I will have to rate this one as, “REALLY REALLY SUPPER BORING”.
I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.
Very well done.
It fits in nicely with Old Man's War and the Last Colony. I grew to really like the characters and enjoyed learning more about them and their goals for protecting humanity. The issues, both social and political, were interesting to think about. Like all good science fiction, it combined thought provoking situations with pure entertainment. Scalzi is very much a traditionalist but the modern spin on the issues and technology make it a very enjoyable experience. Which for me is the point after all...
Really well done. I am always amazed by how the really good narrators can distinguish characters without affecting an over the top accent, which for me, would define over acting. Dufris does a very good job. I enjoyed it tremendously.
I could see this book being made into a movie. It has interior action that could be translated to a movie. Maybe ... "the Universe is a Scary Place"....this question seems to come up a lot in these reviews and honestly I think movie and books are so different, and they are rarely converted from one medium to another well.
I am not sure why I didn't read Scalzi before, but better late than never. He is a good author, clever in the fact that he saves some ideas for later books and story archs. These are not densely packed books but they combine action, philosophy, social commentary and politics in a way that make it enjoyable and entertaining. I would recommend this to any fan of traditional Science Fiction who wants to spend a month with characters in 3 books (Old Man's Ware, Ghost Brigade, Last Colony) that they will become fond of. I know I did.
This book continues the story started in Old Man's War focusing on the Special Forces in general and Jane Sagan in particular. Just as I thought I'd had enough of the tale, it kept evolving to develop the universe and personalities in much greater depth. While so many science fiction stories about humanity's expansion into the universe revolve around the same basic themes, this series is wholly different. There is limitless variety of species / races. Humans come in all the real varieties, not just good guys. I haven't enjoyed a story in this arena so much since the Ender's Game series. I will most certainly finish the entire series and probably look for more from John Scalzi.
Like historical fiction, apocalyptic and post apocalyptic genre, some horror and sci-fi and the occasional main-stream thriller.
I gave Old Man's War 5 starts all around. I loved the first book, it was one of the best sci-fi's I've read. I was very much looking forward to the next book in anticipation of much of the same. Witty and funny John Perry is gone to be replaced by a Jared Dirac, character so uninteresting it was painful. What a disappointment. Boring, dragged out story with a nearly complete absence of humor and the imagination of the first book. The only reason I might purchase book 3 is because John Perry is back.
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It was an interesting concept - Scalzi always makes you think and this book is no exception.
Like his reading - he suits the style of writing and the characters.
The concept is good - but found it hard to connect to the main characters
Compared to Old man's War, which admittedly is a tough act to follow, the book disappointed. It is still a good listen.
As usual, Scalzi provides a narrative with many unexpected but believable twists. His characters are well-developed and fleshed out. I found myself caring about the characters and their fates. The narration by Dufris is remarkable, with emotion and personality that really brings the book to life. I often find myself wincing at the sound of a male narrator trying to voice a female character, but Dufris is able to do this acceptably and the female characters' voices are tolerable.
The reason I rated this 4 stars rather than 5 is that I found the previous book in the series, "Old Man's War," to be more enjoyable. This book at times fell into a droning and somewhat boring series of dull conversations between characters, with little advancing of the storyline. To me it is like Scalzi is trying to pad the narrative in order to meet a publisher's demand for a certain number of pages. There is such a thing as too much information when it is extraneous to the story.
That having been said, overall I did enjoy the story and would recommend this book.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
Book to of the ‘Old Man’s War’ series brings another view to the world of the CDF and takes us into the life of the CDF Special forces AKA “The Ghost Brigade”. The cast of characters are a few old faces but mostly new ones, and is well written with enough background to read stand along or as the next in the series. The characters are likable and the story really focuses in on the humanity of the characters and really makes you connect with them. Along with that is enough action and futuristic tech to make you think “who the F comes up with this stuff?”. Some of it is just crazy. Highly recommended for the sci-fi lover.
The performance is for this book as well. Mr Dufris' range of characters really brings them to life and makes the connection with them all that much stronger.
Not as good as the first book in series but quite entertaining still.
Interesting plot. Few really good twists. Well written. Well narrated.
High hopes for the next one in 'OMW' series