Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fantasy Matters Reads John Scalzi's Old Man's War

We kicked off the Fantasy Matters Reads! book group by reading Guy Gavriel Kay's The Summer Tree, which generated a lot of wonderful discussion.  For our next book, however, we're going to shift gears quite a bit--rather than reading something that fits in the "epic fantasy" category, we are going to move to the realm of science fiction with John Scalzi's Old Man's War.

Now, we've posted several times already about Scalzi's work, including our reviews of Fuzzy Nation, as well as my recent review of Agent to the Stars.  In general, we love Scalzi's work because it's clever and funny, while not shying away from storylines that engage with weightier questions about life, morality, and love.  Scalzi also does an excellent job of invoking the feeling of sci-fi greats such as Heinlein, while still being creative and original.

All of these things certainly can be said about Old Man's War as well.  This novel tells the story of John Perry, a 75-year-old man who joins the Colonial Defense Forces--a common practice among older citizens of this future version of Earth  One of the early questions of the novel is how these older humans are useful to the military, and while this isn't the major conflict the novel, I'm not going to reveal any secrets about it here, as finding out what happens to John is better described by Scalzi himself.

Our discussion for this fun, exciting, and imaginative novel will run through the end of August.  We would love for all of you to join in our discussion--you can learn more about how to do that here or by following the Fantasy Matters Reads! tab at the top of the page.

Happy reading!