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With each book bound in genuine leather and accented with 22kt gold it′s easy to see why Easton Press is one of our most popular reues. 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 GeezOK 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 and the Nebula awards for best novel so you know it s gotta be pretty decentWilliam Mandella has been drafted as one of the first troops that will be sent to fight the Taurans There are points in space called collapsers that are like wormholes that will transport your ship to a distant area in the universe instantly and humanity is fighting the Taurans to use them Both races like to build bases on nearby planets to establish control of the area around the collapsers Unfortunately most of the planets out there aren t anything like what we re used to seeing in Star Wars They re usually cold lifeless rocks and just training to use their suits in these environments is dangerous let alone trying to fight an alien race they know little about Mandella gets through training and manages to survive the first battle with the Taurans That s where the book gets really interestingWhile the collapsers provide instant space travel the ships still have to get to the nearest one and that means months of travel at near light speed It turns out that Einstein was right about relativity and traveling at near the speed of light makes time do some funky things So while the troops on the ship feel like a journey only took months years have passed for everyone else When Mandella returns to Earth after his first battle he s only aged two years but ten years have passed on EarthSince Mandella has to do and light speed journeys centuries pass on Earth even though it s only been a few years for him Mandella will return from missions to find that humanity has changed so much that he has almost nothing in common with the rest of the people and since he manages to survive several campaigns when almost everyone else dies he s uickly becoming one of the oldest men in the universe during his ten year subjective enlistmentAnother uirk of the time differences is that when the humans meet the Taurans they can t know if they re battling alien troops who are centuries ahead or behind them in terms of military intelligence and weapons technology So Mandella and his fellow soldiers may have a huge advantage or be severely outgunned It just depends on if the Taurans they re fighting started their light speed journeys before or after they didAs the war drags on for century after century it is both sustaining and draining Earth s economy Mandella finds himself losing all his family his friends and his lovers to war or age He is increasingly out of touch with Earth and the rest of humanity The army continues to promote him mainly because his seniority has reached ridiculous levels after centuries of serviceOne of the things that isolates Mandella is that homosexuality becomes the norm due to Earth overpopulation In an ironic reversal of don t ask don t tell Mandella is the outcast that disgusts many of his fellow soldiers due to his unenlightened ways Even the slang spoken by other soldiers becomes incomprehensible to him Increasingly lonely and out of sync with everyone around him with almost no chance of surviving his enlistment Mandella nurses the hope that the war will someday end during the large gaps of time he skips as he travels to his assignmentsJoe Haldeman is a Vietnam vet and this is an obvious allegory for that war with a weary soldier stuck in a seemingly endless conflict and realizing that even if he makes it home he won t fit in to the world he left While Haldeman s science and military background gives the book its detail and depth it s the tragedy of Mandella s predicament that makes it a sci fi classic

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Ts For nearly three decades the Norwalk Connecticut publisher has been releasing some of the most sumptuous and gorgeous books available. In case any movie producers are listening in ten reasons to film The Forever War1 Gratuitous sex and nudity2 Social relevance it s about Vietnam stoopid3 Evil aliens4 General relativity5 Wormholes Interstellar Joe Haldeman was here first6 Freaky high tech zone where you can only fight with swords7 Unexpected twist view spoilerThe evil aliens actually turn out to be good aliens hide spoiler

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On the market from the best classic novels to science fiction contemporary fiction and countless beautiful collectible multi volume set. 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 disagreeI 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 RepeatThere 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 lifelessThe 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 having some difficult command decisions to make we learn virtually nothing about his character I was sorely disappointed by this book and just can t recommend it to anyone


10 thoughts on “The Forever War

  1. says:

    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 GeezOK 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 publ

  2. says:

    First published in 1974 and winner of the 1975 Hugo and Locus awards Forever War by Joe Haldeman kicks assMore 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

  3. says:

    Maybe a generous 25? Just for the overall conceptLet's start with the positive I enjoyed following a main character struggling to adapt to the changes on Earth while he's at war 2 years for him end up being 26 on Earth due to time relativity It only gets worst as the war progresses The rest was a mess for me This book is often mentioned as

  4. says:

    While it reminded me of Heinlein's Starship Troopers and Avatar especially the beginning where recruits are told about all the things that could kill them and how they likely wouldn't make it back alive Haldeman's Forever War takes a different turn Haldeman's book focuses on a soldier fighting an interstellar war Because our character is traveling to his battles at near light speed when he returns to earth between missions decade

  5. says:

    In case any movie producers are listening in ten reasons to film The Forever War1 Gratuitous sex and nudity2 Social relevance it's about Vietnam stoopid3 Evil aliens4 General relativity5 Wormholes Interstellar Joe Haldeman was here first6 Freaky high tech zone where you can only fight with swords7 Unexpected twist view spoilerThe evil aliens

  6. says:

    Yeaahhhh I'm ready for some hard science fictionLook I got my glasses on all serious like

  7. says:

    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 disagreeI 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

  8. says:

    Review to followThis was a book which I had been wanting to read for a long time and then as part of March's Bossy Book Challenge Time Travel for one of the SF groups I belong to Apocalypse Whenever the person I was paired with gave m

  9. says:

    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 eual but is often overlooked because it is dismissed as just science fictionBy 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 vete

  10. says:

    Joe Haldeman a Vietnam veteran wrote The Forever War in the seventies and his novel soon became a classic of the so called “military science fiction” genre in keeping with and way better than Heinlein’s Starship Troope