Old Man’s War

This first novel by John Scalzi is a gripping story of a 75 year old who joins the colonial army to help humans colonize space.

I had been meaning to read Old Man’s War ever since I found out about it on John Scalzi’s blog since he writes so well there. But I had too many books on my reading list and I never got around to it until I found out about the features and offers with Tor’s new website.

we’ve got a little “holding page” currently at the tor.com URL, where we’re urging people to sign up as preregistered users. In exchange for their advance support (and their permission to email them our newsletters) we are, For A Limited Time, sending them links through which they can download free, un-DRMed digital editions of various recent Tor books in a variety of formats. For instance, if you sign up now, you can download The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory; in a few days, that will go away but you’ll be given the opportunity to download Farthing by Jo Walton. Since we’re rotating books in and out of the program at a fair clip, the earlier you sign up, the more free books you’ll score.

And this is how I got the Old Man’s War ebook, along with a dozen others and continuing.

This was also my first experience of reading a book on my Treo. While I won’t read long works on my PDA/phone, I found reading short novels pleasant.

Old Man’s War is the story of 75 year old John Perry who joins the Colonial Defense Force and battles aliens around the universe in his new, young, green body. It is well written and interesting throughout and reminds me somewhat of Robert Heinlein.

John Scalzi’s first novel, Old Man’s War was nominated for a Hugo award in 2005.

Aliens

Aliens is a sequel to Alien. Watching these old movies again is fun. Both Alien and Aliens are great but the later sequels not so much.

Watching old movies that I last watched a long time ago continues.

Aliens is a sequel to Alien. While Alien was a horror movie, the sequel is basically an action flick which continues the story of Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver.

Amber’s maternal instincts kicked in during the movie and she was very worried about the little girl Newt.

Overall, it was a good action movie and I rate it 8/10.

I never watched Aliens3 or Alien: Resurrection and have no plans of doing so.

Alien

Alien is a good science fiction/horror movie from when I was growing up. It was fun to watch it again.

With Netflix, it is sometimes fun to watch old movies that you might have seen but barely remember. And so I got Alien, the science fiction/horror flick from the 1980s.

It’s a good movie and I enjoyed watching it since I couldn’t recall much of the plot.

I rate it 7/10.

Spin

This is a book about the apocalypse, love, father-son conflict, ecology and the stars going out. Definitely one of the best science fiction novels written in recent times.

Spin by Robert Charles Wilson is a great science fiction novel and won the Hugo Award for Best Novel last year.

It is a story about friends growing up together as the world suddenly changes and the stars disappear. It turns out that the Earth is enclosed in a time warp so that time outside is moving much much faster than on Earth. But if time is moving so much faster, the Sun might become a red giant soon and everything (and everyone) on Earth would be dead; that’s the apocalyptic part. Then there’s conflict between a father and a son and a love story.

Overall, it has a very well fleshed out plot line and good character development.

It is definitely worth reading.

X-Men – The Last Stand

This is the 3rd movie in the X-Men trilogy. Mutants face a new threat in the form of a cure for their mutations. Then there is also the Dark Phoenix. It’s a good movie and I rate it 7/10.

X-Men – The Last Stand is the 3rd movie of the X-men series. We have seen all three and found them good.

While The Last Stand is a good movie, it looked to me that it tried to mix two plot lines. The main plot was about the “cure” discovered for mutants. This was a good story and would have sufficed by itself without the distraction of Jean Gray’s return as the Dark Phoenix. Jean’s return was interesting and deserved more of a storyline.

Overall, I rate it 7/10.