Where I picked my copy up: Through the Humble ebook Bundle offer in the fall of 2012.( Humble Bundle )
It would seem like an odd coincidence that I ended up reading this book shortly after having a discussion about John Scalzi and his body of work at a dinner not too long ago…In reality, it was the next book on my Kindle.
This is the first book by John Scalzi that I have read – though I am familiar with other books. (Red Shirts, Agent to the Stars)
Old Man’s War is a truly enjoyable read. For me, this is achieved by a truly relate-able and very likable character. The character John Perry lends a very humanistic view to a very alien landscape. (Even if he does come dangerously close to being a Mary Sue – which is oddly enough mentioned, though not using those exact words.)
The concepts in Old Man’s War are classic science-fiction. The human race is trying to carve out a place for itself in the larger universe using technology – technology that they didn’t necessarily invent.
The concept of the “Super Soldier” has been explored throughout science fiction. Most often I’ve seen it explored through serums and augmentations. I liked the transfer of consciousness approach. I appreciated the underlying question of what makes us “human”.
I can certainly see myself reading more of Scalzi’s work in the future.