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Old November 8 2011, 06:00 PM   #54
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Re: What SF/F Book Are you Reading? .. Redux

So I finished Old Man's War.

The bad first:
Scalzi learns his Heinlein lessons a little too well.

It's no Forever War. It's not even close, but it is - overall - a fine damn read, a very quick one, and I've already found myself plunging into the sequel. Scalzi's got an excellent sense of pacing and quite confident prose, he has genuinely clever and fun ideas about the applications of medical science to warfare (the basic conceit of the novel of septugenarians as draftees never gets old, if you'll forgive the horrible pun) and overall it's damn fine sci-fi war stuff.
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