It's ok. Weak ending.
Squidapus often feels many "classics" people hail as cornerstones of literature are often products of their time and do not hold up over time. The Forever War is not one of those fallen classics. A very obvious parallel to the Vietnam War, it's story can still resonate to this day. Even without the greater themes it tackles it's just an entertaining read about a war over thousands of years that the people who started it never saw the end of.
I can understand why this won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards, as it's quite wonderfully written- Haldeman's prose is efficient and utilitarian, managing to weave sophisticated concepts into the story while neither over-explaining to the reader or leaving them at sea. It would undoubtedly be a five star read if the dated attitudes towards sexuality weren't so uncomfortable to read, and profuse.
1. Fran lookin' all nonchalant while hugging her tail.
2. About to start the tagged book for my IRL book club.
3. A soy latte and a chocolate-almond croissant.
4. A handful of pecans. I has tummyache.
5. I don't know. The cake is a lie.
When I finally made the effort to get into the Vietnam-era war mentality, and set aside all of my "well, that's clearly dated" snap-judgments, Forever War turned in to one of my all-time favorite books (genre nonspecific), and ended up being 1/3 of one of the best SciFi trilogies that I've ever read... Sure, you can clearly tell that the author was drawing upon that Vietnam, GI Joe, must-kill-Charlie headspace from the time, but it was so great
This is that book that came to mind for #war A war against an unknowable enemy that lasts centuries, with soldiers returning to a world they don't recognise. One of the few sci fi books I've read that deals with concept of time dilation. It's also a love story. Recommended. #maybookflowers @RealLifeReading #dogsoflitsy
Maybe, as a fan of "Doctor Who" and "Back to the Future," I expected too much from the book's title. Like, deliberate menace instead of sloppy incompetence. And a "forever" that lasted a bit longer. But Haldeman definitely captures the culture shock and PTSD of warriors returning to a home they no longer recognize, and I feel that was the point. The ending was a bit too pat; but if anyone deserved a clean break, it's these characters.
I thought there was a great balance between science fiction, military strategy, and examination of potential future societies. The concept of time-dilation in relation to space travel is rarely addressed in sci-fi. Though I would have liked a deeper exploration of the effects than pining for Marygay, it was a fairly unique plot devise. I didn't expect everything to wrap up as neatly as it does, but it didn't feel cheap.
I'm not tons into books with the main focus in war but this is on the NPR top 100 SciFi & Fantasy books which I am working through. I'm 34 books into that list... quite a ways to go. I found this book interesting but not fantastic, the main character in a war not being particularly heroic was an interesting take and the author's personal influence by serving in Vietnam was pretty apparent.
#outofthisworld indeed. This is one of my favorite sci-fi books. I loved the concept of a wafr constantly affected by the space time continuum. Our protagonists end of being extremely old in Earth years even though they have barely aged. It was fun and interesting and #outofthisworld. #booktober #photochallenge
The Forever War is military science fiction, but it's so much more. It's a book about the Vietnam War. But it's also a book about every armed conflict the US has been in since. It speaks of the futility of war, the necessity, the disillusionment, an enemy that behaves and fights differently...and it also deals with the time issue. The soldiers have to deal with leaving for a few years and coming back to an Earth centuries older.
I read this many years ago. Haldeman was a Vietnam vet and this book is in many ways a metaphor for this war. The story follows a draftee into mankinds first interstellar war fought against an enigmatic race for nebulous reasons and because of relativity, each engagement occurs further in the future alienating our hero from any life except the military and his fellow veterans including his lover from whom he becomes separated in time.
I loved this book! I really enjoyed how it was a great fun thought provoking sci fi tale but also had some themes from the Vietnam War. The characters were great and moments in this book had me laughing and crying. Give this one a read as well.