The Ghost Brigades

Well, I’ve just finished The Ghost Brigades, the second novel from John Scalzi in the Old Man’s War universe. It was pretty entertaining as well.

Book 3 is The Last Colony, which came out last year. Book 4 is coming out in August and it’s called Zoe’s Tale.

While I await to purchase The Last Colony next week, as well as, hopefully, Metal Swarm from Kevin J. Anderson, The Prefect and House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds and the last Dune book, which I haven’t yet read. I’m anxiously awaiting Anathem from Neal Stephenson.

I’m kind of pissed that Scalzi is actually already reading Anathem and has received The Prefect earlier this year. (Die Scalzi, die!)

What made me read Scalzi? I’ve been reading his blog for about 5 months. That in itself isn’t really what made me decide to start reading his work. It’s actually because I saw the Tor.com had Old Man’s War out for free as an ebook. It’s no longer available, but I was curious.

His writing is peculiar. Like I mentioned before, there is a sardonic wit present in his stories, which is mostly absent from the more hard hitting science-fiction. Just think about the premise of Android’s Dream. A trade negotiator kills his alien rival during a set of talks by farting him to death thanks to a stick up his ass.