Thursday, March 24, 2005

Old Man's War

John Scalzi

This is kind of a bare-bones hard-science fiction pulp, and was as pleasant and easy to read as those kinds of books frequently are. It was also not nearly as sophisticated as I expected it to be in the wake of Scalzi's own discussions of what he owes to Heinlein's pulp, in terms of inspiration.would be, but it was smart, frequently amusing, occasionally didactic and sometimes kind of doofy. At points, the level of Mary Sue-ism made me cringe. But the book was quick and definitely competent and entertaining, and isn't that what you look for in your sf pulp?


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