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Old Man's War (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Januar 2007

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" Though a lot of SF writers are more or less efficiently continuing the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein, Scalzi' s astonishingly proficient first novel reads like an original work by the late grand master...This virtuoso debut pays tribute to SF' s past while showing that well-worn tropes still can have real zip when they' re approached with ingenuity."
--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) on "Old Man' s War"
" Solid... [Scalzi] sidesteps most of the cliches of military science fiction, delivers fast-paced scenes of combat and pays attention to the science underpinning his premise."
"--San Francisco Chronicle "on "Old Man' s War"
" Thought-provoking!"
--"Entertainment Weekly" on" Old Man' s War"
" Smartly conceived and thoroughly entertaining, "Old Man' s War" is a splendid novel."
- "Cleveland Plain Dealer"
" Solid... [Scalzi] sidesteps most of the cliches of military science fiction, delivers fast-paced scenes of combat and pays attention to the science underpinning his premise."
- "San Francisco"" Chronicle" on "Old Man' s War"
"Gripping and surpassingly original. It's "Starship Troopers" without the lectures. It's "The Forever War" with better sex. It's funny, it's sad, and it's true."
--Cory Doctorow on "Old Man' s War"
"John Scalzi is a fresh and appealing new voice, and "Old Man's War" is classic SF seen from a modern perspective--a fast-paced tour of a daunting, hostile universe."
--Robert Charles Wilson
" I enjoyed "OldMan's War "immensely. A space war story with fast action, vivid characters, moral complexity and cool speculative physics, set in a future you "almost" want to live into, and a universe you sincerely hope you don't live in already."
--Ken MacLeod

"Though a lot of SF writers are more or less efficiently continuing the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein, Scalzi's astonishingly proficient first novel reads like an original work by the late grand master...This virtuoso debut pays tribute to SF's past while showing that well-worn tropes still can have real zip when they're approached with ingenuity."
--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) on "Old Man's War"
"Solid [Scalzi] sidesteps most of the cliches of military science fiction, delivers fast-paced scenes of combat and pays attention to the science underpinning his premise."
"--San Francisco Chronicle "on "Old Man's War"
"Thought-provoking!"
--"Entertainment Weekly" on" Old Man's War"
"Smartly conceived and thoroughly entertaining, "Old Man's War" is a splendid novel."
-"Cleveland Plain Dealer"
"Solid [Scalzi] sidesteps most of the cliches of military science fiction, delivers fast-paced scenes of combat and pays attention to the science underpinning his premise."
-"San Francisco"" Chronicle" on "Old Man's War"
"Gripping and surpassingly original. It's "Starship Troopers" without the lectures. It's "The Forever War" with better sex. It's funny, it's sad, and it's true."
--Cory Doctorow on "Old Man's War"
"John Scalzi is a fresh and appealing new voice, and "Old Man's War" is classic SF seen from a modern perspective--a fast-paced tour of a daunting, hostile universe."
--Robert Charles Wilson
"I enjoyed "Old Man's War "immensely. A space war story with fast action, vivid characters, moral complexity and cool speculative physics, set in a future you "almost" want to live into, and a universe you sincerely hope you don't live in already."
--Ken MacLeod"

Though a lot of SF writers are more or less efficiently continuing the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein, Scalzi's astonishingly proficient first novel reads like an original work by the late grand master...This virtuoso debut pays tribute to SF's past while showing that well-worn tropes still can have real zip when they're approached with ingenuity.

Solid [Scalzi] sidesteps most of the cliches of military science fiction, delivers fast-paced scenes of combat and pays attention to the science underpinning his premise."

Smartly conceived and thoroughly entertaining, "Old Man's War" is a splendid novel.

-"Cleveland Plain Dealer"

-"San Francisco"" Chronicle" on "Old Man's War"

Gripping and surpassingly original. It's "Starship Troopers" without the lectures. It's "The Forever War" with better sex. It's funny, it's sad, and it's true.

John Scalzi is a fresh and appealing new voice, and Old Man's War is classic SF seen from a modern perspective--a fast-paced tour of a daunting, hostile universe.--Robert Charles Wilson "Robert Charles Wilson "

I enjoyed "Old Man's War "immensely. A space war story with fast action, vivid characters, moral complexity and cool speculative physics, set in a future you "almost" want to live into, and a universe you sincerely hope you don't live in already.

Though a lot of SF writers are more or less efficiently continuing the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein, Scalzi's astonishingly proficient first novel reads like an original work by the late grand master...This virtuoso debut pays tribute to SF's past while showing that well-worn tropes still can have real zip when they're approached with ingenuity. "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

Solid [Scalzi] sidesteps most of the cliches of military science fiction, delivers fast-paced scenes of combat and pays attention to the science underpinning his premise. "San Francisco Chronicle"

Thought-provoking! "Entertainment Weekly"

Smartly conceived and thoroughly entertaining, "Old Man's War" is a splendid novel. "Cleveland Plain Dealer"

Gripping and surpassingly original. It's "Starship Troopers" without the lectures. It's "The Forever War" with better sex. It's funny, it's sad, and it's true. "Cory Doctorow"

John Scalzi is a fresh and appealing new voice, and Old Man's War is classic SF seen from a modern perspective--a fast-paced tour of a daunting, hostile universe. "Robert Charles Wilson"

I enjoyed "Old Man's War "immensely. A space war story with fast action, vivid characters, moral complexity and cool speculative physics, set in a future you "almost" want to live into, and a universe you sincerely hope you don't live in already. "Ken MacLeod""

Though a lot of SF writers are more or less efficiently continuing the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein, Scalzi's astonishingly proficient first novel reads like an original work by the late grand master...This virtuoso debut pays tribute to SF's past while showing that well-worn tropes still can have real zip when they're approached with ingenuity. Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Solid [Scalzi] sidesteps most of the cliches of military science fiction, delivers fast-paced scenes of combat and pays attention to the science underpinning his premise. San Francisco Chronicle

Thought-provoking! Entertainment Weekly

Smartly conceived and thoroughly entertaining, Old Man's War is a splendid novel. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Gripping and surpassingly original. It's Starship Troopers without the lectures. It's The Forever War with better sex. It's funny, it's sad, and it's true. Cory Doctorow

John Scalzi is a fresh and appealing new voice, and Old Man's War is classic SF seen from a modern perspective--a fast-paced tour of a daunting, hostile universe. Robert Charles Wilson

I enjoyed Old Man's War immensely. A space war story with fast action, vivid characters, moral complexity and cool speculative physics, set in a future you almost want to live into, and a universe you sincerely hope you don't live in already. Ken MacLeod

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"Though a lot of SF writers are more or less efficiently continuing the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein, Scalzi's astonishingly proficient first novel reads like an original work by the late grand master...This virtuoso debut pays tribute to SF's past while showing that well-worn tropes still can have real zip when they're approached with ingenuity." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Solid...[Scalzi] sidesteps most of the cliches of military science fiction, delivers fast-paced scenes of combat and pays attention to the science underpinning his premise." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Thought-provoking!" --Entertainment Weekly

"Smartly conceived and thoroughly entertaining, Old Man's War is a splendid novel." --Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Gripping and surpassingly original. It's Starship Troopers without the lectures. It's The Forever War with better sex. It's funny, it's sad, and it's true." --Cory Doctorow

"John Scalzi is a fresh and appealing new voice, and Old Man's War is classic SF seen from a modern perspective--a fast-paced tour of a daunting, hostile universe." --Robert Charles Wilson

"I enjoyed Old Man's War immensely. A space war story with fast action, vivid characters, moral complexity and cool speculative physics, set in a future you almost want to live into, and a universe you sincerely hope you don't live in already." --Ken MacLeod

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John Scalzi's first novel in The Old Man's War series is a virtuosic debut novel in the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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Ein Buch, dass nicht von Zeile 1, oder zumindest dem ersten Absatz an, überzeugt ist es selten wert gelesen zu werden. (zumindest ist das meine Erfahrung).
Es gibt sicher Ausnahmen - die schleppend starten und sich dann entwickeln, oder hervorragend begingen und zum Ende langatmig und irgendwie überflüssig werden, doch Old Man's gehört in keine dieser Kategorien.

Der erste Absatz hat mich gepackt und dann konnte ich nicht mehr aufhören zu lesen.
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His book is like Robert a. heinlein kind of adventure for grownups. Not mind blowing but really entertaining. Highly recommended!
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Those of you who are intimidated by the people who write it reads like Heinlein, well Heinlein at its best without the political agenda would be more fitting. Earth is still a backwater, hardly changed from today while space has been colonized by humans, to be more precise the part of space not conquered by other alien races. And there are several hundred of them out there. So soldiers are needed and lots of soldiers and they are recruited from earth. Die of old age or die with a young body in the army is the choice at hand. Everybody wants to survive his term and become a settler on a planet. The fighting is as realistically described as possible in SF, the characters tune in well, what disturbs me is of course that the hero becomes a sort of super soldier... It is in any case very good reading and gives some food for thought in the end.
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This is great SF, written in a very nice style; John Scalzi handles the characters, technology, and political dimension equally well. His ideas are (at least in this setting) novel and convincing - the basic concept of drawing octogenarians for galactic war offering them a new life is just brilliant (not the concept as such, but as idea for a SF story, of course).
His main character is set up brilliantly, and Scalzi has wonderful timing, never loosing the reader?s attention. This is a pageturner, and if you like well written SF, highly recommended.
The sequel ?the ghost brigades? has a slightly different focus, but is as gripping.
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An seinem 75. Geburtstag tritt John Perry den Kolonialen Streitkräften bei, was nicht so absurd ist, wie es klingt. Nur Menschen ab 75 werden rekrutiert, diese aber wieder jung gemacht, wodurch sie buchstäblich ein zweites Leben erhalten. Sollten sie es überleben - wofür die Chancen 1:3 stehen - können sie sich auf einer der menschlichen Kolonien niederlassen. Doch davor müssen sie diese Kolonien gegen eine Unzahl feindlicher und gefährlicher Aliens verteidigen.

Das Vorbild, Heinleins "Starship Troopers", ist unverkennbar, doch hat Scalzi hier nicht einfach eine Hommage geschrieben, sondern die Grundideen dieses Buches weiterentwickelt. So kämpfen Perry und seine Kameraden nicht gegen die obligatorischen insektoiden Aliens, sondern gegen eine ganze Menge unterschiedlicher Rassen, was nicht nur die Kämpfe, sondern auch die Geschichte abwechslungsreich macht.
Darüber hinaus ist es für Perry unvermeidlich, sich früher oder später Gedanken zu machen über das, was die Kolonialen Streitkräfte da tun und ob es nicht auch andere Möglichkeiten gibt. Ein interessanter Aspekt ist auch, dass sämtliche Rekruten zwar Freiwillige sind, doch eigentlich nur beigetreten sind, um noch einmal jung zu sein. Ob es den Preis wert ist?

Das Buch ist flüssig und spannend geschrieben, durchsetzt mit feinem Humor, vor allem Perrys Anfang als Rekrut. Die Charaktere bleiben ein wenig zweidimensional, mit Ausnahme nur von Perry selbst, der mit seiner sympathischen Art allerdings vieles wettmacht. Und, wie es nun einmal in dieser Armee so ist, die meisten seiner Freunde bleiben einfach nicht lange genug am Leben, um sie besser kennenlernen zu können, was dem ganzen auch eine etwas melancholische Note verleiht.

John Scalzi ist eine vielversprechende Ergänzung zu den Autoren von Military Science Fiction und ein Name, den man sich merken sollte.
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“Now, you may think that this is some sort of generalized hatred that I will carry for the lot of you. Let me assure you that this is not the case. Each of you will fail, but you will fail in your own unique way, and therefore I will dislike each of you on an individual basis.” - Old Man's War

It has been a long time since I have had a book that had my laughing every few minutes while also having an interesting and "realistic" (if you can say that about science fiction) plot and good characters.

I love the dry humor the main character uses to describe the events of the book. Even horrible things are often sprinkled with wonderful humor, but that does not mean that he takes them lightly. He still reflects on what he is doing, although not nearly on the level of a book like Heart of Darkness. But that's okay. I do not expect deep thoughts from this book. After reading the first few pages, it became clear that this was a lighthearted book about horrible things, and I am okay with that.

I also found the explanations of the physics of the skip drive to be a highlight, considering that I have a basic understanding of what they are talking about. Even though it is probably bulls***, the idea they use is awesome.

My one regret is that the book is very short. I finished this book within a few hours, and even though I greatly enjoyed those hours, I still would have liked to read some more of the story. But then again, there are always the sequels. Speaking of which, please excuse me, I need to get reading.
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