Old Man’s War

I finished Old Man’s War early this afternoon. It was terrific. It was just what I hoped it would be, and I think it easily holds its own with books such as Starship Troopers and The Forever War.

I found myself getting a little misty-eyed in one scene where Jane seems to decide that she wants to be like John’s dead wife. I thought that was a really good scene. But the scene that stole the show and just blew me away had to be the scene where the special forces ("Ghost Brigades") essentially do a HALO drop from orbit around the planet. That was incredible.

I find that the more I write and work with crit groups, the more I have a little voice in my head trying to understand what the writer was doing when telling the story.  But that didn’t happen this time.  This was a science fiction story the way a science fiction story should be told.

One thing I noted, and I’m probably the last person to notice this, the main character’s name is John, and prior to joining the Colonial Defense Forces, he was a writer.  By a strange coincidence, the author of the book’s name is John, and of course, he is a writer too.  Hmm? 🙂

I’m looking forward to starting on the sequel, The Ghost Brigades, as soon as I finish Rainbow’s End.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.