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Out On A Limb....
am 5. Juni 1998
I read The Forever War about seven years ago, when the 'original' material was still in the middle section. This material can be found comprising the graphic novel of The Forever War by Marvano. Instead of talking about how great Forever War is (both versions are) I'm goign to go out on a limb and dislike the new material. In making a more effective story that focusses on the changes to Earth throughout the course of the war, the new material succeeds. It comes as a much bigger hammer that hits the reader, much more directly showing how much has changed for Mandala. However, this tears the book in two. Forever War when I first read it was a war story, showing the horror of war and the humanity that gets violated over the course of what is perhaps the most tragic war one could fathom. The new material attempts to add another arc to the story, an arc that isn't explored at all once Mandala and Potter re-enlist in the army. I feel it detracts from the overall story, although I admit, as a story in and of itself, the new material does very well. Mr. Haldeman should have left the old material in, making the new material as it's own story, instead of the other way around. But that's just my two centavos!