Old Man's War

Old Man's War - John Scalzi I had some very mixed feelings about this one. The concept was intriguing, and some of the tech described was interesting - if not entirely too convenient to the point of ridding the book of any real tension. The characters wanted to be better than they actually were, and the message could have been better than it was. I think John Perry was a relatively well fleshed out character, but all of his friends were pretty much indistinguishable, aside from singular and inconsequential traits that were ment to differentiate them (Alan is gay, another one was an eastern philosopher, there was a high school physics teachers, etc). There was a lot of war, but for apparently no reason in the end. Some of the characters even address the arbitrariness of all the battles, but apparently the excuses that the characters found mostly unsatisfactory for all the violence were supposed to suffice the reader. I'd hoped that eventually there would have evolved a more satisfying impetus for the wars, but they motivations and stakes remained arbitrary. I guess if you like war for war's sake, then it won't bother you, but I had a hard time getting past this, especially since the battles described were too easy, the soldiers too strong/well trained/improved to create a real sense of risk in the plot.

Not my cup of tea, apparently. The prose was good on the whole, and was enough to keep my reading, hoping for more. Unfortunately, I never got it. Part of me wants to continue reading the series, hoping it will evolve to something more than just battle-porn, but I doubt it, and if so, I'm afraid it won't be worth the effort.