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2.0 out of 5 stars Old Tat, 3 Nov. 2010
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This review is from: Old Man's War (The Old Man's War series) (Paperback)
A pretty basic piece of sci-fi and nothing special.

The story moves along quickly and that's about all it has going for it. The characters are extremely flat and behave nothing like people their age. 75 year olds thrust back into youth, new bodies and war could make for an extremely interesting novel but Scalzi doesn't give any consideration to such lines of thoughts. The attempt at snappy, witty dialogue falls flat like an uncle's old joke. The setting must be centuries in the future but the Earth featured seems rooted in the late 20th century - something I find incredibly hard to accept. The science is pathetically brought up, then glossed over and repeatedly dismissed with, "You don't have the maths," quips. If you're going to try explain the science in an SF novel either do it the "hard" way or just ignore it altogether so it appears as accepted fact in-universe.

So I have a number of issues with this novel (I won't get into the cliché romance) but even if the prose is weak at least it's easy to read. I did get through the book quickly, which is a good thing, but it was more because I didn't want to spend longer than necessary reading the novel, not because I was entranced. Pretty weak SF pulp - not a touch on The Forever War. I can't quite see why this is mentioned in the same breath.
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