The Forever War (The Forever War, #1)

The Forever War (The Forever War, #1) Series Info This Is The First Part Of The Forever War Series, However It Can Be Read As A Standalone.Book Description The Earth S Leaders Have Drawn A Line In The Interstellar Sand Despite The Fact That The Fierce Alien Enemy That They Would Oppose Is Inscrutable, Unconquerable, And Very Far Away A Reluctant Conscript Drafted Into An Elite Military Unit, Private William Mandella Has Been Propelled Through Space And Time To Fight In The Distant Thousand Year Conflict To Perform His Duties Without Rancor And Even Rise Up Through Military Ranks Pvt Mandella Is Willing To Do Whatever It Takes To Survive The Ordeal And Return Home But Home May Be Even Terrifying Than Battle, Because, Thanks To The Time Dilation Caused By Space Travel, Mandella Is Aging Months While The Earth He Left Behind Is Aging Centuries. This book is a military style space opera with..Wait Where are you going Get back here I hadn t got to the good part yet Give me a second to explain Geez OK, so yes, there is an interstellar war with human troops in high tech ard suits battling an alien enemy on distant planets I know it sounds like another version of Starship Troopers or countless other bad genre sci fi tales that copied it, but this one is different Hell, when it was published in 1975 it won the Hugo, the Locus an This book is a military style space opera with..Wait Where are you going Get back here I hadn t got to th
First published in 1974 and winner of the 1975 Hugo and Locus awards, Forever War by Joe Haldeman kicks ass.More than just a book about a futuristic war, Haldeman describes a society built around the codependency of the industrial military complex and with a fluid dynamic socio economic culture that is fascinating to watch unfold.And the welfare recipients get a bag of dope with their check.Haldeman s protagonist, William Mandella, is in an elite military group that travels light distances to ba First published in 1974 and winner of the 1975 Hugo and Locus awards, Forever War by Joe Haldeman kicks ass.More than just a book about a futuristic war, Haldeman describes a society built around the codependency of the industrial military complex and with a fluid dynamic socio economic culture that is fascinating to watch unfold.And the welf
Yeaahhhh I m ready for some hard science fiction Look I got my glasses on all serious like. In case any movie producers are listening in, ten reasons to film The Forever War 1 Gratuitous sex and nudity.2 Social relevance it s about Vietnam, stoopid 3 Evil aliens.4 General relativity.5 Wormholes Inte
I bought and read this book based upon the many glowing reviews I saw on the internet It s heralded as a classic and one of the best Sci Fi books of all time I have to disagree.I liked the concept Scientifically, it was intriguing However, the story was repetitive and slow The exact same thing kept happening over and over again Set up base Boring Battle, many people die Get back on ship Stay in space for a long time Get bored Return to base Go back out Repeat.There were long, long s I bought and read this book based upon the many glowing reviews I saw on the internet It s heralded as a classic and one of the best Sci Fi books of all time I have to disagree.I liked the concept Scientifically, it was intriguing However, the story was repetitive and slow The exact same thing kept happening over and over again Set up base Boring Battle, many people die Get back on ship Stay in space for a long time Get bored Return to base Go back out Repeat.There were long, long stretches where just nothing happened Also, the character development was just non existent The enemy was only described in appearance but never described for what they were In fact, even the battles with the aliens were dull and lifeless.The protagonist is barely developed He is just a hapless soldier who just wants to get laid on a regular basis And for half the book he has his pick of any woman he wants and apparently has sex almost every night And other than ha
Catch 22 is often cited as one of the great books about the futility and inherent paradoxes of war I think this is easily its equal, but is often overlooked because it is dismissed as just science fiction.By using the tropes of SF, Haldeman vividly illustrates not only the psychological effects on the combatants, but also the desperate disassociation wrought between the soldiers and the rest of society his reference point was the Vietnam veterans, but it could apply anywhere and anywhen Catch 22 is often cited as one of the great books about the futility and inherent paradoxes of war I
Well I think it s safe to say that I m not the target audience for this book This is hard sci fi military space opera and I haven t even seen any of the Star Wars movies, or Star Treks, and only a handful of Doctor Who episodes I only found out last year what a TARDIS is I probably shouldn t have even been allowed to read this Somebody Kemper should have ripped it right out of my hands decrying You re not worthy and they d probably be right Despite my keenest efforts, The Forever War Well I think it s safe to say that I m not the target audience for this book This is hard sci fi military space opera and I haven t even seen any of the Star Wars movies, or Star Treks, and only a handful of D
I m really surprised this has such a high rating There s really not much to it.Okay, it presents a cool concept What would it really be like to fight a war with an alien race across the vast reaches of space Even with something that allowed you to jump vast distances
Conscript to brutal bootcamp to faraway alien war Countless novels have followed this story structure, aping Heinlein s Starship Troopers with mixed results.Like me, you might be getting tired of encountering this storyline Tired of reading what too often turns out to be Full Metal Jacket In Space Minus The Social Criticism If that s the case, borrow twenty bucks, get to a bookstore and order a copy of The Forever War This is military flavoured bootcamp to war Science Fiction in its finest Conscript to brutal bootcamp to faraway alien war Countless novels have followed this story structure, aping Heinlein s Starship Troopers with mixed results.Like me, you might be getting tired of encountering this
3.5 stars

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  • Paperback
  • 278 pages
  • The Forever War (The Forever War, #1)
  • Joe Haldeman
  • English
  • 19 January 2019
  • 0060510862