This is one of those books I hate and I love. The back story is imaginative and engaging, and the plot is predictable a mile away but still fun. However, the characters are kleenex-thin, the dialog is spiritless and there is not a lick of style or humor anywhere in the book.
Much better series in this genre are Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan, Hyperion by Dan Simmons and The Gap by Stephen R Donaldson. Check those out before you go further in this series.
I had high hopes reading all the positive reviews, but I found this book to be childish and predictable, with one-dimensional characters and a tedious style. It covered well-worn territory with little that was new.
Richard K Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs stories, starting with Altered Carbon, use the same topics to create a beautiful landscape filled with interesting characters, told in a compelling way.
Old Man's War is a 50's style space opera, and if that's what you like, you'll like this. If you're more post-modern, you might not.
Excellent book. A light mystery combined with a very good novel. Short, well-crafted.
This wouldn't have been published if it weren't for the success of Da Vinci code.
I ended up finishing it, but I'm not sure why. The threadbare, incomprehensible and idiotic plot combine with moronic dialog and a belief that pointless detail is a good thing. Cartoonish characters don't help either.
If someone recommends this book, don't listen to anything they say about books after that. Either they don't read much, or like to follow the crowd.
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