Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. This fast-paced interstellar military drama doesn’t The Ghost Brigades (Old Man’s War) – Kindle edition by John Scalzi. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets . Though labeled a sequel to Old Man’s War, The Ghost Brigades is very much a While it expands upon ideas introduced in the earlier novel, John Scalzi. Rather than continue the story of John Perry, year-old recruit to the Colonial Defense Forces, The Ghost Brigades shifts focus to the.

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The humour is hit and miss for me but brigaves are not really an issue in this book, at least he is not trying to elicit laughter every few paragraphs the awful Sherlock Holmes joke notwithstanding.

Harry Wilson, the genius in spite of not having the math, also plays a smaller role. On the off chance that Boutin’s consciousness does emerge, Sagan and her superiors are determined to keep an eye on Jared.

This is what is happening to Jared, created with the consciousness of a man suspected to be a traitor, with the gohst that if he could retrieve the memories of his “parent”, they could find out more about what he is planning and how much damage he is capable of doing. But in the end, it’s not really important if I choose to give it 4 or 5 stars, it’s more important that I’m able to make this choice in the first place.

As this ending is worth 5 stars, but the beginning was more of an off-putting 3 star start, I settle for 4 stars in rhe end, which represents my enjoyment for most of the novel rather well. Although Bdigades follow the same general recipe every time, on occasion it just doesn’t turn out as savory. Again, we get the adaptation to a new body but this time of a Special Forces person, as well as the action and daredevil missions.

My prozac can do only so much. As we learned in the previous book, the Special Forces are wired different to the average CDF soldier. View all 10 comments. Scalzi however does gives us something more. As most Science Fiction does, we are asked more to think brigdaes it than be given any answers. Can I go now, please?


The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi

This book will stay with I believe that science fiction and fantasy are the most effective way of exploring our own morality. The story revolves around soldiers having their consciousnesses downloaded into genetically enhanced bodies so they can fight wars on distant planets.

But the attempt at the latter doesn’t seem to work. Views Read Edit View history. The sequel to Old Man’s War scalzzi the titular Ghost Brigades including Jane Sagan from OMW as Scalzi expands his universe and further explores the moral and ethical implications of tube-grown soldiers and a brigadds military that reports only to itself. She was strapped to a gurney and she wriggled and cried for her mother, and she would die alone and frightened, and far away from anyone that ever loved her.

Both novels are set in a future in which human colonial worlds are defended from the ravages of innumerable hostile aliens by the Colonial Defense Forces, most of whom are made up of conscripts signed up as senior citizens and then given fresh new enhanced bodies to fight with.

The Ghost Brigades

Don’t worry, John’s not dead. Jan 31, Dirk Grobbelaar rated it really liked it Shelves: Ghost Brigades starts a new story after the events of Old Man’s War. I will say that one of the best parts of this novel was the decision of Scalzi to analyze what spacefaring humans in the future would feel about the genre of science-fiction as we know it today. Science fiction is a great way to explore questions about the human condition without getting boring or preachy.

That’s my main gripe with it, really. Just now you chose to read my review out of a million other things you could have done, so thank you for that.

Nov 19, seak rated it liked it Shelves: A big part of the reason I had to give it 3 stars is that this story is so good, that it bothered me that much more seeing it handled so poorly. Only loosely connected to the previous novel in terms of characters or plot, but it takes place in the same setting and in the aftermath of the climactic battle in the preceding novel.

Two things stand out right away. Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha! No, my book was not in written in hi-def 3D. Former enemies are allied against the Colonial Union and it’s up to the Special Forces, the Ghost Brigades, to stop them. And not that bullshit science where you shake your head and think ‘Didn’t one friend of his tell him how awful this was’. You’re also treated to same humor as the rest of his books, which I always enjoy.


It’ll deserve another attempt. I think that Scalzi has become a much better writer since this book, because Redshirts written more recently blew me away reading it a few months ago. On the off-chance that Boutin’s consciousness does in some way begin to emerge, Sagan and her superiors are determined to keep an eye on Jared. Three races that humans have clashed with before have allied to halt our expansion into space.

I enjoyed the first book Old Man’s War very much, I even rated it 5 stars on my Goodreads review adjusted to 4 later. Lock In Unlocked: I really liked his childlike outlook. But it was your freedom of choice that enabled you to choose my review.

The Ghost Brigades have no frame of reference for their own existence outside of their military service to the CDF; the Obin have intelligence but nothing you could call a conscience, that makes their goals in life anything other than purely functional towards fulfilling certain species hte.

Scalzi has demonstrated an adept ability to tell a serious story and have fun with it while still not taking himself too seriously, yet at the same time not devolving into absurdity or farcical space opera. A mission to the moon where Boutin is helping the Obin build their consciousness transfer technology, led by Sagan and Dirac, is catastrophically compromised by Boutin’s use of a backdoor to disable the soldiers’ BrainPals and render many of them catatonic.

Perhaps it’s best to admit the space colonization and fighting doesn’t really work for me.

It made me grin, reading his section. Other than that, The Ghost Brigades is a bfigades Scalzi effort – a fast pace, some witty and non-witty banter, and cool concepts that keep the pages turning.