Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Last Colony

I'm now a little over halfway through my R&R, and amongst traveling and walking and drinking and visiting and touring, I have just finished The Last Colony . The Last Colony is the last of a tri-parter from John Scalzi. Old Man's War is the first of the series, which continues with The Ghost Brigades. Old Man's War in particular has a pleasantly Heinleinish feel to it. Both the first two are excellent, very enjoyable reads. The last feels slightly different, but does not suffer for it.

The Last Colony, especially early in the story, is much funnier than the first two books. This may be because Scalzi has already proven that he can write a good read and sell it; he now has nothing to prove, and maybe he's relaxed. In any case, this book can stand alone, or (my suggestion) can be read after Old Man's War and The Ghost Brigades. If you enjoy military sci-fi, it really doesn't get much better than this, unless you're one of the oddballs that revels in the minutia of space opera. Interesting, full-bodied characters, wit, good but not pretentious dialog, thoughtful plots- it really doesn't get much better. 5/5 stars.


Old NFO said...

Yep, read all four of his books, and eagerly awaiting the 5th!

J.R.Shirley said...

Hm. There are a few more. But, all in this series are definitely great. :-)