Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)

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.


  1. J.C

    I grabbed this through the same bundle and am yet to read it – this has given me the incentive to bump it up my to-read pile! thanks again 😉

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