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A detailed description of Hero's scarf. she's hoping Leander will swim the Hellespont AGAIN to visit her.
"...efficient method of destroying energy." Anybody who's done school physics knows that's just plain wrong. In this case the rotational kinetic energy of the fluid is being converted to heat or at least to small scale turbulent flow (ultimately because the fluid is viscous). (The example is why the vortex you create by stirring a cup of tea disappears so fast when you remove the spoon!)
OK, the snarky dialogue, whilst convincing for a bunch of teens, has officially become too much for me. There's two more books in the series but I think I've overdosed with four in a row and I'll probably take a break and read somebody else next.
Instead of leaping forward from the prologue, we've gone backwards in time...not what i hoped for. Still, Scalzi seems to have nailed a teenaged voice.
This volume displays much more sophisticated plotting than its predecessors and finally allows us to see the big picture of galactic politics. In doing so, Scalzi finally also reveals what he thinks about the super-aggressive militaristic Colonial Union. It's what I had been waiting for.
The book jackets variously describe Scalzi as "slick", "accessible" and "entertaining", assessments that I agree with. At this point in his career he had not tipped over into overly dialogue dominated pseudo screen-plays, either. Fun stuff.
So far we're just recapitulating the previous book from the perspective of a different character. Sure, the stories diverge for a period fairly late on but up till then it's gonna be fairly predictable in general terms.
John Perry, protagonist from the first of the series, is back, having been entirely absent from the second book.
Right, so Scalzi seems to be like eating chocolates: YUM! That was good. Where's the next one?
The characters seemed not so strong in this sequel to Old Man's War but we learn a bit more context for humanity's constant interstellar warring with sundry (200+) alien species and there's an interesting plot hook about the motivations of a pair of traitors. It feels like things are still being set up for more, though and indeed there are four more...
I wish Marlowe had not got himself stabbed to death before finishing this; Chapman's continuation doesn't seem up to the same standard so far.