Old Man's War by John Scalzi

By a very narrow margin, the book chosen for the December meetup is Old Man's War by John Scalzi!

The book was originally published in 2005 and was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2006. What's a little surprising is that Paramount bought the movie rights in 2011, though nothing seems to have come from it so far. There are subsequent books in this story, such as The Last Colony, The Ghost Brigade, and Zoe's Tale, with each of them are rather complete on their own.

As briefly described by the San Francisco Chronicle:
"With his wife dead and buried, and life nearly over at 75, John Perry takes the only logical course of action left: he joins the army. Now better known as the Colonial Defense Force (CDF), Perry's service-of-choice has extended its reach into interstellar space to pave the way for human colonization of other planets while fending off marauding aliens. The CDF has a trick up its sleeve that makes enlistment especially enticing for seniors: the promise of restoring their youth. After bonding with a group of fellow recruits who dub their clique the Old Farts, Perry finds himself in a new body crafted from his original DNA and upgraded for battle, including a brain-implanted computer. But all too quickly the Old Farts are separated, and Perry must fight for his life on various alien-infested battlegrounds. 'Scalzi's astonishingly proficient first novel reads like an original work by the late grand master, Robert A. Heinlein' Publishers Weekly 'Delivers fast-paced scenes of combat, and pays attention to the science underpinning his premise' San Francisco Chronicle"

You can find the book here on Amazon

You can find the book from Houston Public Library here

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  • Ben C.

    It was awesome having a really good group of folks to talk about Old Man's War with!

    3 · December 9, 2013

  • Steve R.

    Best of intentions, too many Honey Do's. Meet ya'll next go around.

    December 8, 2013

    • Ben C.

      No worries. Looking pretty full here tonight!

      December 8, 2013

  • Balek

    I read it and enjoyed it, but won't be there tonight. Scheduling snafu.

    December 8, 2013

    • Ben C.

      Doh! Was looking forward to your witty remarks. See you in January!

      1 · December 8, 2013

    • Balek

      January or bust.

      December 8, 2013

  • Robert B.

    I look forward to meeting everyone. I'm a slow reader and I don't seem to find the time these days but I will try to keep up.

    December 6, 2013

    • Ben C.

      Glad to have you join us! We usually read one book every 4-5 weeks, and nothing too monstrous. On occasion there's a second optional title for people that are interested.

      December 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I likely won't be there. I'll be in San Marcos Sunday doing some suspension and tire testing on the race car. Probably won't be back in time.

    December 3, 2013

  • Elizabeth M.

    Didn't get to read this one...

    December 3, 2013

  • Steve R.

    I'm going to tentatively put myself in as a "maybe" on the meetup. Although, I'm a tradesman and my usual wake-up is 0400, so 9pm is about my bed time!

    December 3, 2013

  • Steve R.

    Read it in Iraq three years ago. Reminded me of the Forever War and Starship Troopers (which has been opined before), but any military Sci-Fi captures my interest.

    December 2, 2013

    • Ben C.

      I actually Starship Troopers this month on my own as well. I've read the Forever War before as well. All excellent books.

      December 2, 2013

  • Justin

    Just read this one about six months ago. Good read. I read it in Afghanistan so it was very appropriate.

    November 26, 2013

    • Ben C.

      That's cool. The storyline goes on in other books if you're interested. I've been in a bit of a reading spree this month after my tech reading. Just finished Terms of Enlistment as well.

      November 27, 2013

  • Fran M.

    Well it seems life is too busy and we cannot come to the meetup after all. Really liked the book but it seems like that is the only time we can celebrate our foster son's birthday. Look forward to chatting syfy with y'all in the new year.

    November 26, 2013

  • Ben C.

    At the last meeting we had talked about possibly doing a book (or used book) gift exchange during the meeting. Something $10 or less and could be a used book. Were people still interested in doing that or would a second meetup during December be better for something like that?

    November 23, 2013

    • Balek

      Thought we were doing the in January? I am easily confused.

      November 24, 2013

    • Ben C.

      Ah you could be right! A good book to start off a good year I think is what we were thinking.

      1 · November 26, 2013

  • Fran M.

    Am enjoying this very much. I did not get a poll announcement as done in the past. Guess I just need to go online when I miss a meeting. Hope our plans do not change and we do see y'all at next meet up. Really appreciate Ben taking over as organizer. Even when we do not come to mtg, we read the selection. Back to the war...

    November 22, 2013

    • Ben C.

      Hi Fran, that's probably my fault for not having figured out the polling system yet. But January's poll will go out to everyone in the group to vote on.

      1 · November 23, 2013

  • Kiran P.

    I finished it as well - Thought there was some interesting world building but characters seem pretty flat and rather uninspired. The author's attempts to add dimension to seem to be a little overwrought (for example: the jokey dialogue, gratuitous hand wringing about the moral implications of their actions.)

    November 19, 2013

  • Ben C.

    Finished this one up and read The Ghost Brigades as well. Fun books, very fast to read. I like how each of them complement each other, but are distinct enough to also be a good book by itself. In case anyone else is interested, there's The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony, Zoe's Tale, and now I think there's two more, The Human Division and Sagan's Diaries(?).

    November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good choice. I read this book many years ago. I don't mind reading it again.

    November 8, 2013

    • Ben C.

      Hey Tobey! All three choices for his month are good books. The poll format this time was different, perhaps I should have explained that better. Next month will be three fantasy titles for those of us wanting more magic.

      November 9, 2013

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